The incumbent serves as the Director of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Program within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), reporting to the SMD Associate Administrator (AA). The incumbent is responsible for implementation of all MSR program activities, beginning with mission formulation and continuing through design, development, launch, and mission operations. The incumbent also assesses and evaluates the total flight program design, development, and operational activities.Learn more about this agency
- Supports the SMD Associate Administrator (AA) and Director, Planetary Science Division (PSD) in the presentation of MSR to NASA senior management, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress, and other agencies and organizations.
- Coordinates the establishment of MSR program-level requirements with the SMD AA and the Director, Planetary Science Division (PSD). Develops plans to support all MSR program activities.
- Manages the review, evaluation, and assessment of all MSR mission implementation activities by supporting the Centers (e.g., design, development, test, launch, and mission operations).
- Provides objective oversight and insight of projects to increase the likelihood of mission success through checks and balances separate from institutional and technical authorities.
- Organizes, controls, directs, and approves program and project plans; and leads formulation/implementation activities for MSR projects according to NPR 7120.5E. Oversees all portfolio level risks.
- Establishes detailed budgets for MSR mission formulation, flight system mission developments, and mission operations. Coordinates funding and implements contracts for missions, boards, and studies.
- Provides objective oversight and insight of projects to increase the likelihood of mission success through checks and balances that are separate from institutional and technical authorities.
- Serves as the primary point of contact with Headquarter offices, government agencies, international space organizations, and center management in all programmatic matters relating to MSR activities.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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