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Job Title:Chief, Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Goddard Space Flight Center

Job Announcement Number:GS13S0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $158,832.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-1301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NYView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to All Qualified Individuals.

JOB SUMMARY:

NASA is looking for exceptional leaders for the 21st century! If you are interested in leading dynamic organizations responsible for fulfilling or supporting exciting scientific and aeronautic missions, there may be a place for you on the team. Seize this opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make significant contributions to our nation's future. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places in the Federal government to work.

Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales and that affect the habitability of our planet. We are looking for a dynamic executive to implement and manage a new way of doing business utilizing innovative, streamlined and efficient management approaches, thereby reducing mission costs and schedule.

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS CANCELLED.

Please be prepared to answer the standard Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) questions and additional job-specific Technical Qualification questions during your applications submission. It is recommended you prepare your answers prior to starting the applications process. It is also recommended you have plain-text versions of your answers. Pasting text directly from Microsoft Word will make your answer difficult to read.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.
  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Position subject to random drug testing.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will serve as the Chief, Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), reporting to the Division Director of Earth Sciences and is responsible for planning, leading, directing, implementing, and assessing the full program of GISS. The GISS mission is to do research in earth sciences in support of present and future GSFC/NASA programs by working cooperatively with New York area universities and research organizations, especially with Columbia University on whose campus GISS is housed, and with the major Earth Science Laboratories at the Center.

Since interdisciplinary research is crucial to fulfillment of the GISS mission, the incumbent must plan, initiate, and stimulate such activities. In particular, the Chief of GISS is expected to play a leading role in defining and initiating GSFC interdisciplinary research in the earth sciences, particularly global climate change research by innovation means to stimulate organizations, disciplines, and scientists to interact effectively for the purpose of fulfilling NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) programs.

The incumbent is expected to encourage interactions, exchange, and collaborative activities with the other laboratories in GSFC, especially activities which contribute to interdisciplinary research. To achieve the research and programmatic goals, the incumbent will develop effective working relations with university departments and scientists, especially the several relevant Columbia University departments.

The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishments of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, candidates must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/managerial experience, normally with several years at the GS-15 level or equivalent, which demonstrates clearly the ability to manage people and resources. Candidates must also demonstrate qualifications in the managerial and technical areas noted below. See the SES Handbook and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications for more information. IMPORTANT: CANDIDATES MUST FULLY ADDRESS ALL ITEMS UNDER EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS AS WELL AS ALL ITEMS UNDER TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU COMPLETE YOUR ANSWERS OFF-LINE IN ADVANCE OF BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS, SO THAT YOU CAN INSERT THEM INTO THE ELECTRONIC FORM. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT SAVED.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven - Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions - Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other relevant field of science. A Ph.D. is highly desirable. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Recognized in the science community for research and publications in development and application of Earth science and space-based observations, including EARTH system science, climate, remote sensing.

2. Experience in leading the implementation of complex Earth science research projects, including proposal development, budget formulation, managing and developing staff, and advocating new projects to senior level officials and the science community.

3. Ability to successfully manage an organization with a variety of research projects; a diverse staff including civil servants, university partners, and contractors; and advanced laboratory facility in a competitive research funding environment.

4. Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective advocate of an organization's science objectives and projects in the context of reviewing, studying, presenting and justifying various aspects of exploration requirements in a manner to provide for effective long-range planning and implementation without significant change in allocated resources (e.g., civil service staffing, support service contractor support).

5. Ability to build partnerships with external organizations with mutual goals to collaboratively develop advanced missions and research projects.

U.S. citizenship is required

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel based on the managerial and technical qualification requirements stated in this announcement. Eligible candidates will be placed in qualified and highly-qualified categories. Interviews, and qualification and suitability inquiries may be requested. The highly-qualified will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection.


BENEFITS:

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For information about employment as a Senior Executive, please refer to the OPM Handbook.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

This announcement is for a career appointment to a position in the NASA Senior Executive Service (SES).

Persons entering the SES for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES. This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling.

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.Occasional travel may be required.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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. If you are a current career member of the SES, or have reinstatement eligibility based on prior service under a career SES appointment, you do not need to address the Executive Core Qualifications. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to provide additional information, including narrative statements about your managerial and technical qualifications. Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications questions may not exceed 32,200 characters (approximately 10 pages). Responses to technical qualifications are also limited to 32,200 characters. Because your answers will not be saved until you complete the entire application, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS IN A SEPARATE TEXT DOCUMENT AND INSERT THEM INTO THE ON-LINE FORM. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT SAVED. Do NOT include your answers in the body of your USAJOBS resume, since they will be asked separately. We also recommend that you take some time to carefully prepare these documents, especially your Executive Core Qualifications. Helpful information can be found here. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental information 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. You must also respond to both the Executive Core Qualifications (Managerial Qualifications) and the Technical Qualifications. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. 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 unless we make you an employment offer. 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 use that as a basis for withdrawing our employment offer.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charlee Marcus
Email: charlee.b.marcus@nasa.gov
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
35812
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Although you may or may not be contacted during the selection process, we will always advise you about the outcome of the announcement. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the individual identified in the Contact section.

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Job Announcement Number:

GS13S0003

Control Number:

340965000