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  • #113378

    Steve Ressler

    Great Opening

    Job Title: AST, Engineer Program Management

    Department: US National Aeronautics & Space Administration

    Agency: Headquarters

    Sub Agency: Early Stage Innovation Division, Office of the Chief Technologist

    Job Announcement Number: HQ11B0005


    $123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year


    Friday, October 22, 2010 to Friday, November 05, 2010




    Full-Time Permanent appointment




    1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area


    This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.


    NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

    This position is located within the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) who serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs.

    NASA uses the USAJobs resume as the basic application document. NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of about six typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters (including spaces). You cannot complete the application process if your USAJobs resume is too long. More information about the NASA application process is also available under the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.


    • U.S. citizenship is required
    • A one-year probationary period may be required
    • Occasional travel may be required


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Washington DC Metro Area

    Provides strategic leadership of the Centennial Challenges program including planning, managing resources and schedules, assessment of multi-disciplinary technology needs, and creative engagement with government and private stakeholders. Collaborates with others in OCT, the Mission Directorates and technologists across the agency to ensure that the prize challenges address appropriate technology needs and complement the overall NASA technology portfolio. Coordinates with Headquarters offices on legal, legislative and outreach issues and with other federal agencies and offices on government-wide initiatives.

    Leads the strategic planning of future goals and activities for the program including the advanced technology needs assessment for new prize challenges. Provides oversight of the solicitation and selection of external partner organizations.

    Reviews and approves all program documentation including agreements with external organizations, competition rules and plans, and information for public release. Reviews competition results and approves prize payments.

    Develops or approves informational concepts or content designed to inform, educate and persuade the general public, specialized groups, other agency heads, members of Congress, private sector leaders and media representatives of the value of the agency’s work.

    Communicates both verbally and in writing with nationally and internationally known groups or individuals, such as prominent members of the news media, to explain, defend or present agency positions.

    Serves as an expert consultant, providing advice on challenging problems in innovation and technology. Participates as a presenter in national and international meetings and conferences providing external advocacy for the programs assigned as well as the activities of the OCT.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    Basic education requirement (combine with appropriate grade level AST qualification statement) “Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    GS-15 Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 or equivalent 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 space technology planning and management; program and project management in engineering, science or technology development activities.


    Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate’s resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA’s Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.”

    Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

    Benefits and Other Info


    NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


    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.

    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 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’sApplicant Guide 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.

    Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

    Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

    U.S. citizenship is required.

    Occasional travel may be required.

    Allowable relocation expenses, excluding guaranteed home sales, may be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area. Relocation expenses will be authorized based on funding availability.

    How To Apply


    This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the “Apply Online” link.

    In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents that you are allowed to attach through USAJobs.

    Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

    You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

    If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

    If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA’s Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

    All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


    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 Applicant Guide.

    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.


    Tara Caldwell
    Phone: 202-358-0192
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    NASA’s Resume Operations Center
    Mailstop: HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812

  • #113380

    John Carter

    Re: Electronics Engineer.

    John Carter

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