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Program Specialist

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Langley Research Center Hampton , VA 23630

Posted 2 months ago



Serves as the Risk Management Lead providing support to Program Planning and Control (PP&C) activities on NASA Langley's projects. Support includes identification and maintenance of appropriate PP&C requirements, policies, processes and procedures, as well as development and administration of PP&C training. The work involves the use of standard systems engineering practices and sound multi-discipline engineering principles as well as programmatic processes and practices.

Develops and maintains policies and best practices in alignment with NASA standards and requirements. Supports the risk management function on all flight projects at LaRC, defined as those that must comply with the requirements specified in NASA Procedural Requirements document (NPR) 7120.5, Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements, and 7120.8 NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements.

Ensures that LaRC projects comply with Agency and Center requirements associated with risk management. Leads LaRC Risk Management Community of Practice (CoP) to foster communication, understanding, and implementation of risk management best practices and analysis techniques.

Provides training in development of Risk Management Plans, administration of risk boards, and quantitative risk analysis techniques to the CoP, and also other project or Center personnel. Leads and participates in project assessments, and continuous improvement activities. Represents LaRC as a flight project Risk Management subject matter expert in Agency working groups and communities of practice, and as applicable, serves as a Risk Management SME representing NASA on external teams. Provides mentoring and guidance to flight project management personnel in their choice of risk management analysis techniques to enable effective and timely project decision-making.

Serves as the Technical Monitor for service contract task for risk management support. Assures that associated Statement of Work requirements and other provisions are consistent with applicable requirements, and established best practices.

Ensures the Contractor complies with the defined Statement of Work or specifications included in the contract. Assists the Contractor and the Contracting Officer in interpreting technical requirements of the contract scope of work or specifications. Reviews and evaluates the Contractor's progress related to expenditures, and recommends approval / disapproval for payment as appropriate.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

Occasional travel may be required
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
A one-year probationary period may be required


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Specialized experience includes development and implementation of risk management processes and procedures, development and implementation of project risk management plans, development of probabilistic risk analyses, and participation in industry or Federal scheduling communities of practice or professional associations.

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.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

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

  • Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category

  • Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category

  • Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 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

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

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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Program Specialist

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Langley Research Center