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 Office of Education, (Code 160), is seeking an Education Specialist to to be co-located at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. You will specialize in leadership, oversight and guidance of one or more of the Agency's education lines of business: NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships; Educator Professional Development; Institutional Engagement; and /or STEM Engagement.


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As an Education Program Specialist you will be responsible for ensuring that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated and integrated into education implementation strategies, local education goals and objectives, and customer support. Serve as a liaison between external professional associations and organizations and NASA. Leverage resources to develop new partnership with other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related organizations, Centers, educational institutions, and government agencies resulting in innovative enhancements to Center educational initiatives. Develop project budget requirements and manage resources.

Provide expert guidance in the development and implementation of projects for national, regional and local learners, formal educators, college faculty and administrators, informal educators, and institutions at the K-12, higher education and informal organizations, in accordance with Agency and center policies, goals and strategies their area of responsibility. Provide advice and guidance on undefined issues and elements for programs essentials to the Agency's mission, such as major agency programs of national scope and impact.

Plan and provide NASA participation in activities including career fairs, teacher workshops, symposia, seminars, and other STEM engagement events/activities. Assist educators on curriculum support material development and preparation of instructional materials pertaining to NASA and its programs. Lead in the design and assessment of newly emerging teaching tools, practices, and strategies such as educational gaming, distance learning, social media, badging, and other emerging instructional technologies related to the appropriate line(s) of business assignments.

Perform the full range of activities for grants/cooperative agreements management and technical monitoring. This will include responsibilities such as the initiation, administration, and closeout of grants and cooperative agreements in support of education projects including responsibility for budget availability and appropriateness. Serve as technical liaison between the award recipient and the grant/contract officer by monitoring the award recipient's performance and/or delivery of the final products and/or services under the award.