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    This position is located in the Strategic Integration and Management Division (SI&MD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. SI&MD is responsible for the Directorate's strategic planning and messaging, science advisory committee, congressional, and executive activities. The division is also responsible for the administrative support provided to Directorate employees.

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    The duties described below are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

    As a Program Planning Specialist, responsibilities are broad and include: strong emphases on the management of Science Mission Directorate (SMD) relations and communications with external groups; serving as policy expert to develop and maintain relationships with various stakeholders in the government, private industry, and universities to further the agency's research or technology development efforts; and serving as the organizational spokesperson at public meetings, formal and informal, on extremely technical and complex program activities.

    You will provide policy advice and guidance on broad projects and science programs. You will provide extensive analysis and interpretation of space policy documents such as executive, legislative or judicial papers or draft legislation, and advise management on revisions to existing agency policies and programs to meet requirements.

    You will conduct a wide variety of comprehensive space policy studies and detailed analysis of complex functions, processes and space policy issues related to science program planning in order to advise on organizational or process changes. You will produce complex space policy analyses and written reports, including draft policies, briefing papers, congressional testimony, correspondence, congressional reports, staff briefings, and responses to Legislative and Executive Branch review actions used by key Agency Officials in planning domestic and international Earth and space science research.

    You will develop or foster cross-agency activities or organization of special committees. You will participate in a small space policy team focused on providing policy support to over 90 space missions that span Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and various reimbursable projects for other agencies. The space policy team manages SMD's relations with external groups including Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, other federal agencies and Departments, international and interagency partners, and external advisory committees and boards. In partnership with other SMD Divisions, the policy team also supports the SMD Associate Administrator by providing integrated policy guidance, strategy, and focused advocacy for NASA's science program.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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