NASA is currently seeking interested applicants for a Senior Level (SL) position as the Director of the Agency’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. SSERVI is chartered to enable world-class multi-disciplinary research pertinent to the science and human exploration of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars. The SSERVI Director plans, directs, and coordinates all scientific activities of the Institute, manages communications and advocacy with key NASA stakeholders and members of diverse science communities, assists key HQ sponsors in the solicitation and selection of community-based research teams, and cultivates international partnerships. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills and experience in defining strategy and implementation plans, in managing diverse groups of people towards a common vision, and in conducting effective communications and advocacy to key stakeholders. Familiarity with how science is conducted and managed is desirable, but there is no requirement for the Director to be an active research scientist.Learn more about this agency
This position is assigned to the Office of the Center Director (Code D) at the Ames Research Center. The selectee receives a term appointment, serving for a period of 3 to 5 years, with potential to convert into a permanent appointment without further competition. Please refer to the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for additional application instructions.
This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens and Nationals. This position is being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement number AR18C0035. Current NASA civil service employees on career, career conditional, non-competitive, and NASA term appointments with conversion eligibility wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures must apply to vacancy announcement AR18C0035 here ->Announcement #AR18C0035. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.
The major duties required of the SSERVI Director are leadership, management and advocacy. The Director provides executive leadership of the Institute and its geographically dispersed and multi-disciplinary science teams. He/she identifies new focus areas where competitively-selected and community-based research teams contribute to Agency scientific and human exploration objectives. The Director works to ensure that the sum of the Institute’s research portfolio is greater than the sum of its constituent teams. The Director is responsible for enhancing the effectiveness and impact of SSERVI by identifying a strategy for integrating international partners into the Institute’s activities. He/she ensures that the Institute remains at the cutting edge of using technology to enable effective and efficient use of virtual communications tools to integrate the geographically dispersed SSERVI teams.
The Director manages the day-to-day activities of the Institute’s core staff of civil servant and contractors at NASA’s Ames Research Center. These activities include: oversight of the Institute budget and implementation of cooperative agreements with external science teams, annual negotiations of operating budgets with stakeholders at NASA Headquarters, performance reviews of Institute employees, oversight of support contracts, and development and regular reporting of Institute highlights and budget status to HQ stakeholders. The Director leads a staff of about 12 contractor and civil service staff, plans and determines evolving resource needs and allocations, and executes budgets and schedules.
The Director is the primary advocate for the Institute to NASA senior management, the sponsoring HQ Mission Directorates, Ames Research Center management, current and prospective international partners, the lunar and planetary scientific communities, and the public at large. Advocacy includes strategic and tactical discussions pertaining to the Institute’s vision to integrate science research into NASA’s current and future plans for human exploration. The Director is expected to organize and host an annual science conference at Ames, and to develop and maintain vigorous external communications with the science and exploration communities, and to the general public.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
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