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    The Space Sciences and Astrobiology Division (Code SS), comprised of over 150 scientists and engineers (including nearly 60 civil servants) within the Science Directorate (Code S) at NASA Ames Research Center, is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Division Chief. The incumbent provides technical and administrative supervision and management for a Division that conducts fundamental research in astrobiology, planetary sciences, and astrophysics. He/she is responsible for the formulation, strategy, advocacy, and direction of the key research, technology, applied sciences, and science-enabling activities pursued by the Division. The incumbent works with and advises the Science Directorate management on the strategic direction and implementation of the Space Sciences and Astrobiology programs at the Center.

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    As the Division Chief of the Space Sciences and Astrobiology Division, the incumbent provides supervisory technical and administrative directions, strategy formulation and implementation, maintenance of technical competence, and the cultivation and sustainment of relations with stakeholders. This includes advocacy and direction of the key research, technology, applied sciences, and science-enabling activities pursued by the Division. He/she initiates, plans, coordinates, and directs theoretical, experimental, and observational research programs aimed at defining pioneering science concepts to address fundamental scientific questions that drives NASA Space Exploration. Determines the strategic scientific goals and objectives for the Division, defining and advocating new research and projects, and developing management policies and procedures in implementing these goals. The incumbent keeps abreast of research activities, reviews mission participation activities and performance of the research staff in establishing new science research opportunities and directions. He/she works with senior management to identify opportunities that craft a coherent program to develop capabilities and ensure sound management of assigned programs and projects.

    As a subject matter expert (SME) in areas related to Space Sciences and/or Astrobiology, the incumbent takes part in national and international professional societies, including membership on Agency and external committees. He/she also reviews and/or edits research manuscripts, proposals, and/or technical reports. Serves as reviewer or editor for professional science journals in areas pertaining to Space Sciences and/or Astrobiology. The Division Chief is the Center's primary point of contact with NASA Headquarters leadership in astrobiology, planetary science, and astrophysics. He/she promotes and maintains professional relations with the Space Sciences leadership at other NASA Centers. He/she represents the Space Sciences and Astrobiology Division in meetings with external stakeholders, including representatives of other federal, state and municipal agencies, with academia, and with industry.

    The incumbent also performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, observes workers' performance, and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Assures that staff is trained and fully comply with the provisions of safety regulations.

    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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