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The Director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD) reports directly to the SMD Associate Administrator (AA) and provides support in determining and presenting the PSD program to NASA senior management, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Executive Office stakeholders, and Congress. In partnership with the other SMD Directors, the incumbent will support the AA in providing the overall guidance, strategy, focus advocacy, and budget for NASA's Science Program. The Planetary Science Division has an annual budget of around $2 billion dollars.
The incumbent will be an active member of the SMD leadership team and be involved in the coordination and alignment of key functions and activities across the entire mission directorate. This includes, but is not limited to the development of cross-disciplinary research and analysis programs, developing and implementing policies that create higher quality and effectively managed programs across all of SMD, and efforts to continually improve the effective management of the SMD mission portfolio. The incumbent will also be called upon to provide feedback throughout all of SMD?s efforts to develop the highest quality and most innovative science program.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Leading a division of approximately 24 people, including scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals responsible for managing the Planetary Science Program, comprised of the Discovery Program, New Frontiers Program, Mars Exploration Program, Outer Planets and Ocean Worlds Program, the Research and Analysis Program, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, technology development, as well as ongoing mission operations and data analysis.
Developing budgets, policies and priorities for the programs under his/her cognizance, including providing scientific and technical leadership required to guide implementation of relevant programs at the NASA Field Centers, other Government research laboratories, academia, and private industry.
Ensuring an effective and innovative program of research and analysis of Planetary science data and dissemination of results of the studies to the scientific community and general public through scientific publications, symposia, colloquia, press releases, press conferences, and other means of communication such as social media, etc.
Serving as a liaison with the scientific community through advisory committees and other entities such as the National Academy of Sciences; coordinating the requirements of Planetary Science studies with the international community and other Federal Agencies.
Formulating future programs, developing a strategy for the implementation of these programs, which is consistent with available resources, and establishing the feasibility of the flight mission components of the program, all in conjunction with a robust research and analysis program.
The incumbent will also be responsible for all aspects of organizational management, including selection of employees, assignment of duties, evaluation of employee performance, planning of employee training, and recommendation of awards, promotions, discipline and adverse actions. The incumbent will promote equal opportunity and diversity in the workforce through employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees directly and indirectly supervised. The incumbent will also promote diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, within NASA appointed teams and committees, and within the science community. Managerial responsibility extends to improvement in efficiency, cost efficiency, and timeliness of performance. The incumbent is responsible for compliance with occupational safety, health, environmental, and energy standards, orders, rules, and regulations applicable to the area of responsibility, and for creating an atmosphere of safety consciousness within the workplace and ensuring safe work practices in a safe work environment.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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