Job Overview


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.

The Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate (SSOPD) seeks a highly skilled and dedicated Engineer to serve as the Manager of the Code 802 Advanced Projects Office. In this key position the individual will serve as the Supervisor of the Office and be responsible for Directorate commercial and tenant user activities.

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Selectee will be required to obtain a Secret Security Clearance.

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To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcript prior to entering on duty.


The incumbent serves as the focal point for the Directorate for commercial and tenant user activities and maintains sufficient insight into all WFF activities to provide technical assistance to the Director of, through review and evaluation of programs, resource allocations, management practices, and safety issues.

Provides occupational specific technical and administrative direction for subordinate employees performing the work and functions of the organization. Obtains resources and identifies strategic objectives for the organization. Evaluates the organization and employee accomplishments by accepting or rejecting work products; and presents and defends organization and employees work to senior management and other offices.

Responsible for establishing policy, guidelines, and procedures as required to accommodate the commercial, tenant, and various users programs, including other NASA Centers and Federal Agencies. Insures that technical, operational, and management approaches are timely and are applied fairly and consistently to all users, and that NASA safety policy is followed, NASA's interests are protected, and that appropriate reimbursement for NASA support is made. Develops and provides for the implementation of policy, guidelines, and procedures for accommodating commercial, tenant, and other users of sounding rocket and launch range services and facilities under the control of the Directorate. Manages and serves as a focal point for the Directorate's review and approval process for formal documentation associated with commercial programs and tenant programs.

Takes initiative to perform studies to collect information, select approaches, techniques, systems, etc. as required to assess user requirements. Reviews Directorate capabilities and appropriate policies, and makes recommendations to NASA management regarding the extent to which NASA support, facilities and services will be provided to meet user requirements. Continuously reviews programs and the allocation of resources relative to present and future programs, projects and functions and recommends adjustments where warranted. Is responsible for developing high-level requirements for the future and managing top-level transition and integration plans for major new capabilities and support.

Serves as the focal point for the Directorate for all relationships with outside organizations and users. This includes liaison with foreign government representatives, federal government agencies, tenants such as Navy, NOAA, and Coast Guard, and various local government agencies such as the Eastern Shore Economic Planning Commission and the VA Space Flight Authority.

Develops manpower and cost estimates for new user support agreements. Reviews, recommends for approval and is responsible for Directorate support requirements, commitments and agreements involving Wallops resources as well as the negotiation and preparation of new and revised support commitments and agreements.

Develops long range plans for supporting commercial, tenant and other user programs and explores mutual benefits. Initiates efforts and works with these users to develop strategies for enhancing mutual benefits. Conducts studies, performs assessments, and makes recommendations regarding the extent to which NASA support facilities and services will be provided to meet user requirements. Seeks out opportunities to strengthen and extend existing relationships and mechanisms and develop new relationships and mechanisms for increased cooperation between the Directorate and all users.

Maintains corporate knowledge and files of relevant directives, laws, policies, procedures, etc. that apply to user activities at NASA. Produces these and other documents as required to formalize Directorate's policies and procedures for supporting commercial, tenant and other user activities. Serves as the Directorate's representative on the GSFC New Business Committee. Performs technical, operational, and management duties associated with other projects and tasks as assigned.