Serves as an Education Program Specialist in the External Relations Office (ERO) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) supporting Agency, Center, mission and partnerships related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement (SE) activities.
Serves as an Education Program Specialist in the External Relations Office (ERO) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) supporting Agency, Center, mission and partnerships related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement activities.
Work involves promoting, coordinating, implementing and improving education policies, programs, standards, activities, and opportunities in accordance with national policies and objectives. Also involves the performance, leadership, or formulation and implementation of policy concerning education problems and issues.
Integrates NASA missions, education resources and NASA-unique facilities to provide high-quality STEM content and hands-on learning experiences to educators or students. Coordinates with ERO and Headquarters leadership on activity strategic planning, alignment with priorities, budget and implementation status.
Identifies opportunities to collaborate with ERO, JSC, Program Offices, other NASA Centers, and external entities, to build relationships and seek opportunities to plan and implement new projects/activities; and to develop proposals that expand the scope and value of new and existing JSC education activities.
Manages assigned Agency and JSC projects and activities, monitoring progress and seeking opportunities for improvement and efficiencies across all STEM Engagement functional areas (STEM Engagement, NASA Internships, Institutional Engagement; and Educator Professional Development) increasing integration of the JSC and Agency education portfolios.
Works with STEM Engagement leads and managers in setting strategic direction for the successful implementation of education activities at JSC.
Oversees the design, implementation, and evaluation of educator activities such as Face-to-Face Institutes, Partner-Delivered, Online, and Community-Requested EPD; and STEM Engagement public education events, experiential learning (Internships) opportunities, and STEM challenges.
Serves as liaison between outside organizations (including contractors) and NASA. This may include leveraging resources/funds with external partners such as other NASA Centers, educational institutions, Mission Directorates, NASA Space Grant institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.
Performs the full range of activities for grants/cooperative agreements that may include responsibilities for the initiation, administration, and closeout of grants and cooperative agreements in support of assigned education programs.
Who May Apply
This job is open to
U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:
Professional knowledge and the ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate both formal and informal educational programs, projects, and activities for students and educators using current educational research and evidence-based practices.
Knowledge of current national education standards, particularly in, though not exclusively, in STEM, and the ability to develop and implement unique formal and informal education activities to align with educational objectives.
Knowledge of best practices, current research, and evaluation strategies in online learning, including the design and delivery of educator and student activities.
Knowledge of design and delivery of experience-based learning, and the ability to ensure activities align to current best practices and incorporate the latest techniques.
Knowledge in pedagogy and of best practices, evaluation and current research in education and the ability to ensure activities are incorporating the latest techniques.
Knowledge of and the ability to ensure that education activities support Nation's Committee on STEM education priorities, including the Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, priorities, and annual performance goals and indicators.
Ability to communicate effectively and build partnerships at all levels with multiple internal and external management teams and employees, including JSC, HQ, other NASA Centers, and external partner organizations.
Ability to make effective use of diverse resources and materials, including outreach and community relations efforts, multimedia, online, and social media to meet the needs of education audiences and to expand the scope and value of education activities.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of
the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses.
B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the
position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must reflect the level and kind described in C below.
C. Four years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices underlying the work of this series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university.
D. At least 1 full academic year of professional teaching experience.
This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the students' success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.
You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration.
Education completed outside of the U.S must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional, accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.
Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Education.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.
See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.
If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.
NASA's provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time.
However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category
80 pt. Category
70 pt. Category
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's .
Information for Veterans: The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility.
In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information.
No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.
For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
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