Job Overview


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 incumbent serves as the Director of the Mars Exploration Program and is responsible for successful implementation of NASA's Mars Program and all Mars exploration robotic flight program activities in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), beginning with mission formulation and continuing through design, development, launch, and mission operations and data analysis.


The Director, Mars Exploration Program, oversees NASA's Mars Program and is responsible for leading, planning, organizing, budgeting, controlling, and directing formulation activities; approving program and project plans; directing implementation of the program; and for assessing and evaluating the total flight program design, development, and operational activities. Programs within the incumbent's purview include all Mars missions in operation and development and missions in early planning, including technologies and capabilities to enable these missions. The incumbent coordinates the establishment of Mars Exploration program-level mission and science requirements with the Director, Planetary Science Division (PSD).

Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

--Develops long-term technology needs, and mission science data acquisition and data analysis activities.

--Establishes programmatic requirements and mission plans; organizes, controls, directs, approves program and project plans; leads formulation activities for candidate new missions.

--Provides guidelines and policy direction for Mars exploration mission formulation, design and development, and launch and mission operations and data analysis.

--Manages review, evaluation, and assessment of all Mars exploration mission implementation activities being conducted by supporting Centers (e.g., design, development, test, launch, and mission operations and data analysis).

--Establishes detailed budgets for Mars exploration mission formulation, advanced technology development, flight system mission developments, and mission operations and data analysis; assesses Mars exploration financial status and makes changes, including mission descopes, as appropriate.

--Serves as the primary point of contact with other Headquarters offices, other government agencies, international space organizations, and center management in all programmatic matters relating to the planning, formulation, implementation, and operations of Mars Program activities.

The Director is also responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment of equal employment objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.