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    The Flight Director role is critical to the continued success of NASA’s human spaceflight programs. The Flight Director’s responsibility for leading the flight operations team and making decisions can have ultimate consequences for human lives and multi-billion dollar commercial and international space assets. The Flight Director role requires excellence in leadership, extensive expertise in mission systems and the ability to manage risk in a high stress real-time environment. This role also requires the confidence to manage substantial risk through leadership of a multi-dimensional team in building a mission and resolving issues both pre-flight and real-time. The duties and responsibilities of a Flight Director are unique and are at the core of NASA’s ability to safely fly humans in space and achieve mission success.

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    The Flight Director role is critical to the continued success of NASA’s human spaceflight programs. The Flight Director’s responsibility for leading the flight operations team and making decisions can have ultimate consequences for human lives and multi-billion dollar commercial and international space assets. The Flight Director role requires excellence in leadership, extensive expertise in mission systems and the ability to manage risk in a high stress real-time environment. This role also requires the confidence to manage substantial risk through leadership of a multi-dimensional team in building a mission and resolving issues both pre-flight and real-time. The duties and responsibilities of a Flight Director are unique and are at the core of NASA’s ability to safely fly humans in space and achieve mission success.

    Specifically:

    Plan, direct, and control the activities of a multi-organizational, integrated team in the conduct of real-time mission operations. This environment is high stress, fast-paced, and requires the ability to withstand criticism and lead under pressure. The applicant must accept that the consequence of failure to lead or poor decision-making is degradation of a national asset or loss of human life. He/she must coordinate the requirements and contributions of the flight control team and flight crew to effectively perform this function.

    Develop and evaluate mission objectives according to programmatic guidelines and constraints. Develop and execute flight plans according to programmatic mission requirements. Develop and enforce mission rules to ensure crew and vehicle safety and abide by programmatic mission and vehicle constraints.

    Lead development of human spaceflight missions through coordination with programs, technical discipline experts, the Crew Office, operations and programmatic safety organizations, the JSC Engineering Directorate, International Partners, Payloads Operation organizations and additional mission-specific stakeholders.

    Responsible for decision-making during spaceflight missions, managing crew, vehicle, launch and ground resources to ensure crew and vehicle safety. In contingency situations, determines and implements a course of action in the area of crew vehicle and ground systems and vehicle dynamics to resolve malfunctions and restore the mission to an operational state.

    Manages risk inherent to human spaceflight missions. Leads teams across multiple organizations in near-real-time activities to address critical vehicle contingencies. Leads teams to creatively address on-board malfunctions and assesses risk associated with malfunction recovery options, selecting the solution most likely to protect the crew, vehicle and mission. Responsible for communication of a selected solution, associated risks and rationale for selection to the program customer.

    Guides flight control team development of mission rules, operating procedures and checklists, used by flight teams to execute normal and contingency mission operations. Leads and directs flight control team review of mission operations methods and techniques for working around malfunctioning systems using spacecraft telemetry, command and voice communication subsystems.

    Evaluates the technical proficiency of flight control team members to certify that they are able to execute their real-time assignments.

    Upon completion of a mission, leads a flight control team analysis of the operation of spacecraft and ground systems, the performance of the team in management of those systems and the efficacy of procedures utilized by the flight controllers and the spacecraft crew. Steers corrective action processes to improve performance in subsequent operations.

    As chair of a Flight Techniques or Joint Operations Panel, directs development and coordination of trajectory, attitude control and avionics systems management for all phases of flight. In long-range planning periods of mission development, drives integrated analysis of spacecraft and launch system performance and mission resource predictions to develop flight techniques and mission plans. In pre-mission planning, oversees development of procedures and activity timelines to accomplish mission objectives. In pre-mission preparation, plans and conducts training of the flight control team and crew. Prior to flight, certifies flight readiness by evaluating integrated ground and on-orbit team performance.

    Evaluates development of program/project designs for flight systems, providing technical evaluation of operability and certification of adherence to programmatic requirements. Serves as flight operations leadership on various panels, conferences, working groups, and committees. Monitors the development of innovative concepts, processes, and techniques as well as program/project progress. Performs pre-mission planning for developing vehicle programs, including development of operations concepts, mission plans and flight readiness processes.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

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