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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.

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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.