Job Overview


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.


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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.