The Space Science Project Office (SSPO) at NASA Glenn Research Center works to strengthen relationships with the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and to manage numerous SMD projects. The SSPO also works with other organizations at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) to develop and sustain technologies and unique capabilities for simulation. In this position, you will serve as a Project Manager (PM) for integrating/infusing GRC hardware and technologies onto space science missions.
Serves as an authority and providing guidance and expertise regarding engineering project objectives, establishing strategic direction and political approaches, and advising senior officials.
Manages significant elements of complex projects that involve multiple interfaces and extensive scope and variety. Contributes to long range project planning and to formulating, modifying and determining overall project objectives.
Monitors and controls project development efforts and resources utilization. Plans, guides, coordinates, and manages the work of subordinate, secondary, and matrixed resources.
Plans, develops, and negotiates budget and resource allocations. Initiates design and modification efforts, as needed.
Coordinates with other offices and engineering groups to establish content, cost, scheduling products, deliverables, and services. Formulates and negotiates agreements and plans for institutional support of project activities.
Verifies and evolves an integrated and life-cycle balanced system of people, product, and process solutions that satisfy customer needs to include (a) technical efforts related to the development, manufacturing, verification, deployment, operations, disposal of, and user training for, system products and processes; (b) definition and management of the system configuration; (c) translation of the system definition into work breakdown structures; and (d) development of information for management decision making.
Periodically reviews and analyzes projects to assess achievement of goals. Analyzes special and future engineering projects, and does advance planning for new systems and capabilities. Participates in system requirement, system design, preliminary design and critical design reviews and determines, develops, and defends requirements.
Consults with all levels of management from within and outside the Agency. Establishes and maintains liaison with program managers and works closely with their representatives to ensure concerns are met involving such things as facility and systems requirements and adequate funding.
Analyzes tests, evaluates, validates, and certifies flight hardware, software, and system capabilities based on design and operational and safety requirements. Defines unknown conditions, resolves critical design problems, or develops new design theories. Directs critical design projects and integrates unique systems, customer products, and project and/or program elements to satisfy vehicle design and operational requirements.
Develops aerospace engineering analysis standards for projects or systems; performs requirements analysis, developing and implementing plans to ensure that project scope and requirements are defined and documented, projects are formally approved, and milestones and lower level reviews are accomplished.
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Conditions of Employment
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.
This is a bargaining unit position.
This vacancy is being announced concurrently with the Merit Promotion announcement # GR18C0109. Only one selection will be made from the collective announcements.
In order to qualify for this position you must first meet the Basic Education Requirement.
By the closing date of this vacancy announcement, you must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the the GS-13, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS-14, examples of specialized experience at the GS-13 are:
Providing technical and programmatic leadership of engineering projects.
Establishing content, cost, product schedule, deliverables and services in coordination with members of a project team.
Experience conducting investigations and risk management studies in areas such as resource analysis, technical management systems, technical engineering operations management or configuration management.
Participating in preliminary, critical and other design reviews or science experiment reviews.
Planning, design, fabrication, development testing and integration of components and/or full system, or operations of space science missions.
Experience conducting hardware qualification and/or acceptance testing prior to integration into a spacecraft.
Experience that demonstrates management of project risk and mission assurance processes and controls.
Experience interpreting and implementing Project Management policies, standards, and guidelines.
Skill and ability to interact with Principle Investigators (PI) and manage projects in a PI led mission environment.
Experience in applying aerospace project management to science missions and/or applications.
Ability to oversee and manage aerospace engineering flight projects in areas such as propulsion, power, scientific payloads and instruments, flight mechanics, materials composition and fabrication, and propulsion and power.
Please provide examples of how you meet the specialized experience requirements.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the Basic Education Requirement. You must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either:
a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs; or
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science, or other fields of science.
Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
Your degree must have been received in the year of, or in any year subsequent to the original date of ABET accreditation. To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to ABET accredited schools (
You must list your majors, related coursework, and GPA.
ABET accreditation requirement applies to foreign education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S.
If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.
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.
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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.
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Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA's policy.
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
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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.
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