The Flight Director Office at Johnson Space Center is seeking skilled individuals to serve as Flight Directors responsible for planning, directing and controlling the activities of a multi-discipline, integrated team in the conduct of real-time mission operations. The Flight Director role is critical to continued success of NASA's human spaceflight programs. It requires leadership, extensive expertise in mission systems, and ability to manage risk in a high stress, real-time environment.Learn more about this agency
- Lead a flight operations team and make decisions which can have consequences for human lives and multi-billion dollar commercial and international space assets. Manage risk in building a mission and resolving issues pre-flight and real-time.
- Develop and evaluate mission objectives according to programmatic guidelines and constraints. Develop and execute Flight Plans according to programmatic mission requirements. Develop and enforce Mission Rules to ensure crew and vehicle safety.
- Lead development of human spaceflight missions through coordination with programs, technical discipline experts, the Astronaut Office, safety organizations, international partners, Payloads Operations, and other mission-specific stakeholders.
- Make decisions during spaceflight missions and manage crew, vehicle, launch and ground resources to ensure crew and vehicle safety.
- Determine and implement a course of action for contingency situations in the areas of crew and vehicle systems, vehicle dynamics, and ground systems to resolve malfunctions and restore the mission to a normal operational state.
- Lead teams in near-real-time activities to address critical vehicle contingencies, address on-board malfunctions, assess risk associated with recovery options, and select solutions to protect the crew, vehicle and mission.
- Guide development of mission rules, operating procedures and checklists. Certify flight readiness by evaluating integrated ground and on-orbit team performance.
- Lead and direct review of methods for accomplishing mission operations and techniques for working with malfunctioning systems using spacecraft telemetry, command, and voice communication subsystems.
- Evaluate the technical proficiency of flight control team members and certify their ability to execute real-time assignments. Plan and conduct training of the flight control team and crew.
- Lead analysis of spacecraft and ground systems operation, flight control team performance, and efficacy of procedures utilized by flight controllers and spacecraft crew. Steer corrective action to improve subsequent flight operations performance.
- As chairperson of a Flight Techniques Panel or Joint Operations Panel, direct development and coordination of flight trajectory, attitude control, and avionics systems management for all phases of flight.
- In long-range planning periods of mission development, drive integrated team analysis of spacecraft and launch system performance and mission resource predictions to develop flight techniques and mission plans.
- Evaluate development program/project designs for future mission flight systems and operations, providing technical evaluation of operability and certification of adherence to programmatic requirements.
- Provide flight operations leadership on various panels, conferences, working groups, and technical committees.
- Monitor development of innovative concepts, processes, and techniques as well as program/project progress. Perform pre-mission planning, including development of operations concepts, mission plans, and flight readiness processes.
- Duties described above are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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Conditions Of Employment
- This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
- A one-year probationary period may be required
- Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
- Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
- Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
- Selectee must pass a Flight Controller physical examination
- Position will require working on nights, weekends, and holidays during mission operations
QualificationsIn addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you, must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for GS-14:
Specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) includes performing duties such as technical operations including risk management and decision making which provided knowledge of spacecraft or launch vehicle design and operations, aspects related to hardware, software, flight control, flight design, orbital mechanics, launch services, or ground support systems (command, telemetry, voice -network/TDRSS); integration of ground, crew, and spacecraft capabilities; pre-flight planning, development of integrated procedures/rules, preflight training, or real time mission execution; building coalitions and working with organizations and stakeholders.
To qualify for GS-15:
Specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-14) includes performing duties such as leading design or technical operations, including aspects related to hardware, software, flight control, flight design, orbital mechanics, launch services, or ground support systems (command, telemetry, voice -network/TDRSS); providing technical and team leadership of ground, crew, or spacecraft capabilities which includes preflight design/planning, development of integrated procedures/rules, preflight training, or real time mission execution; building coalitions and working with organizations and stakeholders including Commercial Crew/Cargo entities, payload and science representatives, International Space Agencies, or other external organizations.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
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Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
*Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus
U.S. Engineering degrees must have been awarded from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to http://www.abet.org.
Foreign Engineering degrees must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.
Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.
Official transcripts will be required at the time of selection to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.
Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.
Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces.
NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJOBS resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJOBS' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.
If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Unavailable', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to take hard copy applications at this time. If you are having issues applying, please reach out to email@example.com and let them know the announcement number and issue BEFORE the announcement closes. The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) staffing unit will review the request and, if accepted, The NASA Resume Operations Center (ROC) will work with you to have your resume and supplemental information scanned into the system.
If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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