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Job Title:  Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Headquarters, NASA
Job Announcement Number:  HQ13S0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$175,000.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 to Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DCView Map
This announcement is open to All Qualified Individuals. Noncompetitive (Current career SES, QRB certified graduates of SES candidate development programs and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility) You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


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.

The Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate is a senior level position responsible for executive leadership, overall planning, direction, and effective management of NASA programs concerned with the scientific exploration of the Earth, Moon, Mars and beyond, including charting the best route of discovery and reaping the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society. As such, the incumbent manages and sponsors research, flight missions, advanced technology development and related activities required to expand our understanding of the Earth and the Sun, and the Sun¿s effect on the solar system environments; explore the solar system with robots to study its origins and evolution including the origins of life within it, bringing the lessons of our study of Earth to the exploration of the solar system, and vice versa; and explore the universe beyond, from the search for planets and life in other solar systems to the origin, evolution, and destiny of the universe itself.

Persons selected for initial appointment to the career Senior Executive Service must have their Executive Core Qualifications certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Successful adjudication of a TS/SCI clearance will be required.
  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.
  • This is a drug-testing designated position.


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The incumbent is responsible for leading the NASA Science Mission, executing Headquarters Executive responsibilities for assigned areas, and supporting the overall vision and mission of the Agency. In particular the incumbent develops and oversees sustained and affordable scientific exploration of Earth and space that will expand the frontiers of Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics.

Specifically, the incumbent:

- Engages the science community via the National Research Council and the NASA Advisory Council to
seek advice on priorities for NASA's science portfolio.

- Sponsors research by academia, NASA Centers, other Federal research centers, industry, and others
selected through open, competitive solicitations.

- Ensures that Science programs have appropriate interagency and industrial cooperation, capitalize on
synergy between science and other Agency investments, fully exploit industry and other government agency
technology, and seek commercialization opportunities for science research and applications.

- Develops and/or leverages advanced technologies to meet science mission requirements and enable new
scientific endeavors.

- Formulates, plans, and advocates Science programs consistent with the Agency and Mission strategic plan,
including negotiating Program Commitment Agreements with the Administrator. Defines required policies
and guidance, and approves program plans.

- Leads the Mission Directorate budget development and approval process.

- Establishes and maintains relationships with industry, political constituents, universities, the scientific
community, advisory groups, and other Government agencies with respect to agency-wide research
requirements in general and Science programs in particular.

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.


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Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications. All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualifications in order to receive consideration for the position.

To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website, please see the SES Handbook and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications for more information.

When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Mandatory Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualification.

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.

In addition to demonstrating executive level managerial capability as described in the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications below, the applicant must have the skill and ability to perform the duties as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/managerial experience, normally with several years at the GS-15 level or equivalent, which clearly identifies the ability to manage people and resources.


Basic requirements for this position allows eligibility through meeting either the education or experience requirements specified below:

Education: All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions

Undergraduate or graduate education with major study in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For this position applicants must address the following executive core and mandatory technical 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.


1. Demonstrated mastery of science and technology in relevant fields, with emphasis on one or more of the
core mission areas, Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics.

2. Demonstrated ability to manage large, complex organizations and programs.

3. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including senior and subordinate
managers, the scientific and academic communities, other Federal agencies, and Congressional Officials.

If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you will be considered ineligible for this position.


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.


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

Salary Range - The salary range for this position is $175,000.00 to $179,700.00. The total compensation package indludes other benefits and options.

Pay, Benefits, Work Schedule - This is a permanent position. You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system. You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before tax savings and tax deferred investment earnings. You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the Government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program, and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life, Long Term Care Insurance and Flexible Spending Account programs.

Senior Executive Service employees earn 8 hours of annual leave each pay period. Federal Employees also earn 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.


Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Equal Employment Opportunity - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Relocation Expenses - Allowable relocation expenses will be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area, excluding guaranteed home sales.

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.


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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.


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.


Cheryl L. Parker
Phone: 202-358-3042
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


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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