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Job Title:Director for Safety and Mission Assurance

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Dryden Flight Research Center

Job Announcement Number:DF13S0001

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 $165,300.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 05, 2013 to Friday, May 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0801-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Edwards AFB, CAView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

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.

As Director for Safety and Mission Assurance is responsible for the management and technical direction of the Center's safety programs including the Center's safety culture. Plans, directs and coordinates all activities necessary to ensure that proper safety policies, objectives and standards are established, clearly defined, supported and enforced.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to a NASA web site. If you successfully
apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. An email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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.
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation

DUTIES:

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As Director for Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) of the Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), the incumbent reports directly to the Office of the Center Director, with responsibility for the management and technical direction of the Center's safety and mission assurance programs. Plans, directs, and coordinates all
activities necessary to ensure that proper safety culture, policies, objectives, processes, and standards are established, clearly defined, supported, and enforced, with emphasis on aviation operations and experimental flight research safety, facilities safety, and workforce safety.

The S&MA Director oversees four subordinate organizations: Aviation Safety (SA); Flight Assurance Office (SF); Aviation, Safety, Health and Environmental Management Branch (SH); and the Quality Office (SQ). The Director serves as the principal advisor and consultant on project flight systems safety matters to line and functional management within the Center, and speaks for Dryden authoritatively on S&MA to outside organizations flying at Dryden. The Director provides independent risk assessment and analysis, separate from line management, and independently monitors safety and ensures communication and accountability Centerwide.

The DFRC deals with piloted, remotely piloted, and unpiloted experimental and advanced aerospace research vehicles, as well as airborne science operations. Major Directorate program areas include
independent assessment of the safety of experimental flight research, flight and ground operations, and public safety. Many flight research and aircraft test operations are inherently classified as high risk. The S&MA Director formulates and develops flight systems safety guides and accomplishes a system of safety
reviews, appraisals, and independent evaluations of DFRC and contractor activities. Ensures inclusion of appropriate safety standards and related requirements in contractual clauses with contractors. Negotiates safety policy with Agency-level senior managers for research aircraft programs.

The Director monitors aviation safety to ensure aircraft operations at DFRC are in accordance with published standards, rules, regulations, and ensures pilot training and proficiency meet required safety standards; oversees the Dryden Quality Assurance Program for aerospace research vehicles, vehicle systems,
components, material and related support equipment during development, manufacture, procurement, assembly, modification, repair, maintenance, and operational phases; and plans and administers a program of integrated institutional risk management in the safety, health, and environmental programs which
systematically identifies potential and real risk hazards and regulatory compliance liability.

The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment 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 organization's 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.


Applicants must meet the following basic education requirement in addition to the technical and managerial qualification requirements described above.

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR
Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described above.

Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering.

More detailed information on the basic education requirement may be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/

1. Knowledge of safety and mission assurance principles and practices applicable to experimental flight
research test and operations involving both inhabitated and uninhabitated advanced aerospace research
vehicles, including skills in independent assessment of safety programs related to experimental flight
research; flight and ground operations; flight crew, workforce, facility, and public safety.

2. Ability to effectively manage organizations responsible for safety and mission assurance processes and
procedures for complex aerospace flight systems, large multi-functional facilities, environmental health,
workforce and budgets.

3. Ability to provide independent assessment of safety of experimental research flight and operational
aircraft flight and ground operations; provide independent risk analysis; risk mitigation, and quality
assurance programs.

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.

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.

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Allowable relocation expenses will be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area.

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. 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:

Connie Bosworth
Email: connie.s.bosworth@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:

DF13S0001

Control Number:

341253400