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Job Title:  Lead Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis)
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Dryden Flight Research Center
Job Announcement Number:  DF14C0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$77,411.00 to $100,632.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 to Thursday, January 16, 2014
1 vacancy in the following location:
Edwards AFB, CA View Map
This announcement is open to current NASA Dryden Federal employees serving under a career, career-conditional or VRA appointment, those serving on an appointment under 213.3102(u) of Schedule A, or NASA term employees who have acquired conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004. All employees assigned to rotational assignments in IPAO, NESC, and NSC may apply even when the area of consideration is limited to within the Centers.



At NASA, we know that our employees are our most important strength. That's why we've been recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government! Use your current skills and knowledge to build an even brighter future for NASA, while at the same time expanding your own horizons by strengthening competencies that will serve NASA into the 21st century. This may be the opportunity that's right for you!

This position is located in the Engineering Support Branch, Maintenance Division, Flight Operations Directorate. The incumbent serves as the Group Lead and senior Information Technology (IT) Specialist responsible for the design, development, integration, documentation and support of computer based hardware and software libraries. This includes test hardware, application software, operating system software, and other aircraft subsystems. The incumbent performs detailed analysis of complex systems with the objective of determining system performance by laboratory test and evaluation, and devises and drafts detailed system test procedures. The incumbent will work independently and with research instrumentation engineers in fulfilling requirements for system upgrades.


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


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Distributes and balances the workload among employees and assure timely accomplishment. Maintains the status and progress of work, and makes adjustments in accordance with established priorities. Estimates and reports on expected time of work and prepares production reports. Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques. Provides on the job training. Answers employee questions on procedures, policies, directives, etc... Reviews and spot checks work in progress and completed work. Amends or rejects work not meeting established standards. Monitors working conditions such as seating, ventilation, lighting, safety, etc... Approves leave for a few hours and for emergencies. Resolves minor employee complaints and refers others to supervisor. Reports to supervisor on performance, progress and training needs of employees, and on behavior problems. Provides supervisor information concerning promotions, reassignment, recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs.

As the senior IT specialist for the Telemetry Lab, incumbent plans, schedules, coordinates, oversees, and personally works on assignments with Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), Global Positioning System (GPS), Flight Termination System (FTS), C-band beacon, time code generators, and related data gathering and transmitting systems. Performs modification, analysis and operation of complete data gathering and transmitting systems. Works in close harmony with engineering in the design, redesign, development, modification, programming, debugging, and fabrication of PCM, GPS, FTS, C-band beacons, time code generators, and related data gathering and transmitting systems on the Center's research aerospace vehicles.

Researches, interprets, modifies, and develops requirements and specifications for systems that meet business requirements. Performs fact-finding, system design, software surveys, testing protocols, and implementation plans for new or modified systems, resulting in the design or modification of software systems. Applies a structured systems analysis approach to the evaluation, design, and development of new or enhanced applications. Trains users and other IT personnel as needed on system design, use, and interface with other systems. Provides technical guidance to and works with user representatives on the formulation of requirements for a proposed application, such as a data base retrieval system or a multimedia graphics system.

Performs the preflight operation of telemetry and related system during test and isolates malfunctions
during test operations. Works to modify major components of the system to adapt to new operational or test requirements, or to improve major components with respect to performance characteristics such as reliability, operational and design characteristics, such as packaging size of equipment, speed and airworthiness.

Works on complete project assignments involving the fabrication and modification of data collection devices computer interfaces and related telemetry systems, equipment and components. Conducts inspections, operational checks, and troubleshoots systems for malfunctions using various test equipment. Removes and replaces components when diagnosed to be malfunctioning. Performs work assignments in the design, fabrication, modification and analysis of complex data acquisition systems and associated equipment. May generate own specifications/procedures in the event none are available.

Designs and monitors the execution of systems testing, including software testing and implementation plans; conducts post-implementation evaluations of systems. Collects and reports system statistics to anticipate system capacity and performance, capacity processing, system overloads or buss problems.

Prepares documentation on systems capacity and performance.
Reviews and analyzes documentation, systems design, software selection, software development, software modification and enhancement, unit and integration testing, conversion and installation and post-implementation and monitoring.

Monitors systems or acts as operations troubleshooter for recovery plans in system failure situations. Isolates problems between hardware, systems software and application programs. Detects damaged or lost files. Measures post-recovery system performance. Supports backup and recovery through database management.

Articulates and communicates to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion. Identifies, distributes, and balances workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization. Makes adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks; and ensures each employee has an integral role in developing the final team product.


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Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below and
specialized experience listed below.

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the
services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the
agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information
or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and
services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups
effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive,
controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues,
and responds appropriately.

Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound
judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has
equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the
position described above.

Examples of specialized experience at the GS-11 level are defining, developing requirements and specifications for data gathering/transmitting systems. Fabricating, modifying, troubleshooting, and analysis of data acquisition systems.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.

A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt. group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Occasional travel may be required.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

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

Must have a valid state drivers license.


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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 or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions 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 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.


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


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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