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Job Title:Operations Research Analyst

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

Job Announcement Number:GR13B0006

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$71,533.00 to $110,580.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
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This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

This position is located in the Cost and Economic Analysis Office (CEAO) within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The incumbent is responsible for evaluating Glenn Research Center Programs/Projects when requested by Center and CFO management. The incumbent supports the implementation of Center level policies, processes, procedures, training, and model/tool development and/or deployment for cost estimating and related disciplines such as earned value management, economic analysis, and cost and schedule risk identification and analysis. Provides cost estimates and analyses for new and existing Programs/Projects. Develops and maintains Center processes, tools, and training related to executing earned value management on Center projects.

This is a bargaining unit position. (Covered under labor/management agreement)

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Occasional travel may be required


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The incumbent examines specific projects or studies and selects appropriate data collection and analysis methods from a variety of possible alternatives. Initiates investigations and planning methods, and determines specific approaches, procedures, accepted analytical techniques, appropriate statistical methodology and sources of data to be used. Projects involve new or imperfectly documented theory, premise, or technique.

The employee constructs analytical and mathematical models resulting in clearly delineated relationships between the study elements. Assists and consults with other organizational entities, including other Federal and State agencies, to determine the effect of existing regulations and standards and the need for changes.

Forecasts the impact of present and future technologies on the agency's current practices using analytical and model building techniques. The incumbent promotes the use of program/project management tools and processes for improving life cycle cost estimating and control. Provides cost estimating and analysis support using NASA and commercial estimating tools consistent with Agency and GRC policy and guidance. Performs cost and schedule risk analysis for projects using NASA and commercial risk analysis tools. The incumbent conducts independent assessments of programs, projects, and processes and assures that the cost analysis portion meets general and unique assessment requirements.

The incumbent develops and implements tools and processes for earned value and other performance analysis techniques and assesses the performance of those systems and outputs. Develops a range of tools and techniques to provide an integrated analysis of project cost, schedule, and technical performance. Communicates information to management for effective evaluation of project operations and performance.

The incumbent analyzes budget reports and statuses for program and project management. Provides interpretations of financial reports, statements, and data that point out trends, identify deviations from standards and/or plans, and project data into the future. Provides analyses and evaluations to management that encompass project milestones, schedules, and budgetary resource planning and execution required for effective management, operations, and decision making in support of GRC and NASA projects/programs or functional areas. Provides consultation services for cost estimating and assures that estimates are conducted in an accurate, timely, complete and professional manner. Utilizes a structured approach to cost estimating and economic analysis and ensures that appropriate study methodologies are employed. Works with personnel across the Center to match tasking with the proper resources. Provides expert consultation services for cost estimating and economic analysis and assures that estimate studies are conducted in an accurate, timely, complete and professional manner. The incumbent facilitates required lines of communication for cost analysis between GRC employees and Programs/Projects at other Centers that GRC personnel are supporting.

Serves as technical specialist and a key source of information for assigned areas for items such as project requirements, staffing plans, budgets, requirements for support services, schedules, interagency service negotiations, contracts, problem resolution, and statements of work. Performs independent assessments to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and recommends management improvements. Prepares metrics for achievement of performance requirements.


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Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major study in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring
substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus. Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, in order to qualify for the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have one year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

For consideration at the GS-12 grade level, specialized experience is described as:

- Experience in cost and life cycle cost estimating principles and risk analysis techniques.
-Knowledge of the overall business management function, including resources management, performance assessment, and program/project planning concepts.
-Experience utilizing commercial cost estimating tools PRICE and/or SEER and commercial risk analysis tools

For the GS-13 grade level, one year of professional experience is required in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

For consideration at the GS-13 grade level, specialized experience is described as:

- Expertise in cost estimating and earned value analysis techniques, and commercial cost estimating tools PRICE and/or SEER and commercial risk analysis tools
- Experience with quantitative and analytical techniques and technical principles used for analyzing the cost and performance of large development programs. This includes applicable methodologies and techniques to perform cost estimating, performance assessments, mathematical modeling, economic analyses, and statistical analyses.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) 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 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentative 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.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA'sApplicant Guide..

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their 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. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. 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.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

U.S. citizenship is required.


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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. 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 the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. 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. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

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 in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


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 are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). 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.


Theresa Santos
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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