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Job Title:  NASA's Recent Graduate Opportunities
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
Job Announcement Number:  MS13P0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$48,221.00 to $48,221.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 17, 2013 to Thursday, June 20, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
2 vacancies in the following location:
Huntsville, ALView Map
Recent Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certification (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).


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.

This advertisement serves as a Public Notice to fill entry level positions in the Scientific, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Business, and Administrative occupations. Opportunities include multiple types of positions within these occupational areas at various locations throughout Marshall Space Flight Center.


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 only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.


  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
  • Position is Excepted Service-Excluded from the Career Transition Program.
  • Must have received qualifying degree within 2 years of appointment date
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Applicants must identify their graduation date, degree, and GPA.


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Participates in Marshall Space Flight Center's Pathways Recent Graduate Program. These are formal training programs consisting of specialized training designed to accelerate an employee to the full performance level. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. Program participants receive formal periodic assessments of progress.

Position involves working in a formal developmental program as a Contract Specialist in the Office of Procurement under the Pathways Program at MSFC. Work involves performing or developing professional work involving the procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development using formal advertising or negotiating procedures; developing policies and procedures; evaluating contract price proposals; and administration, termination, and/or close out of contracts.
Reviews requisitions to ensure adequacy and completeness prior to initiation of contractual action. Recommends appropriate method of procurement for requirements involving standardized specifications and established markets. Evaluates the responsiveness of the contractor's bid or proposal to the solicitation.
Monitors the administration of the contract until final delivery and payments are complete. Interprets contract provisions and methodologies to agency contractors ensuring procedures are in compliance with agency regulations. Monitors contract performance and negotiation of necessary contract modifications to ensure satisfactory progress and completion of contract activities. Recommends actions when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions. Negotiates changes to agreements when precedents are well established and the bargaining positions are close, as well as other Contract Specialist Duties.


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NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.

We are seeking graduates with emphasis in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

For GS-9 Level:

Applicants may qualify at the GS-9 level if they have:

a. Completed a qualifying master's degree in an appropriate field.

b. Completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree and have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility at the GS-7 level. Some examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to experience in research and development using advertising or negotiating procedures and evaluating contract price proposals.

NOTE: While experience will be considered during the review process, candidates will be evaluated primarily on their education and degrees consistent with the intent of the Pathways Program.

Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements. Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Candidates will be assessed either based solely on basic eligibility requirements or may include a qualitative rating of candidates. NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference. If candidates are further evaluated using NASA's category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the NASA Jobs website.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

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.

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.

Selectees are subject to a trial period.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

If you are an individual with a disability, eligible to utilize federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or require an accommodation for the application process please contact Patricia Caraway by email at . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Your e-mail should have in the subject line "Reasonable Accommodation" , and contain the specific accommodation required/requested


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Individuals seeking to apply to actual job opportunities should visit the NASA People website. Applications for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program will be accepted through Automated Student Application System and NASA's automated Staffing and Recruiting System (STARS).


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 only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative KSA statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) 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 until requested by the Human Resources Office. 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 are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


After applying through the NASA People site if you are found qualified, you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.)

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