AST, Flight Systems Safety
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Washington, DC

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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 included within a specialty that involves responsibilities to advise on, coordinate, and monitor, the engineering systems safety program for all space and aeronautical programs. Serves as Flight Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Manager for science missions and is reponsible for assuring that an effective safety and mission assurance (SMA) program is established and continually implemented throughout the life cycle of Science Mission Directorate (SMD) programs.

This position may be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 level with promotion potential to the GS-15 level.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

A one-year probationary period may be required

Successful completion of a security investigation will be required

This is a drug-testing designated position

DUTIES:
Assures that SMA approaches appropriate to the unique design and operational characteristics of assigned programs are developed and implemented throughout the life cycle of science missions, including design, test/verification, launch preparations, launch deployment, assembly, activation/operations, maintenance, and disposal as appropriate.

Evaluates payload/expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV) interfaces and assesses various means to consolidate and/or simplify interfaces for improved safety, reliability, or performance. Supports the Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance, providing evaluations, analyses, and recommendations at proposal meetings,

design reviews, mission readiness reviews, or flight acceptance readiness reviews.

Serves as authority on SMA policy and program requirements for science missions, and provides technical and managerial consultation to NASA and industry personnel. Performs and oversees SMA assessments of science mission hardware, software, and payloads to identify and control hazards across the interfaces.

Maintains liaison with functional counterparts throughout the Agency and with external partners; and serves as a member on national and joint international technical working groups, panels, review boards, and committees as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-14 level specialized experience includes responsibilities supporting engineering safety program for space and aeronautical programs; participates in research, development, and application of activities related to space and ground systems; and conducts assessments of the ELV/payload safety process involving these systems.

GS- 15 level specialized experience includes responsibilities to advise on, coordinate, and monitor, the engineering systems safety program for space and aeronautical programs; management of research, development, and application of activities related to space and ground systems; and performing work related to ELVs, as well as that of typical science payloads that utilize these vehicles.

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*, 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. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Resumes will be rated by 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 - Tentative 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 Applicant Guide. .

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.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :

Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to 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.

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

OTHER 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 Applicant 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.

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.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Occasional travel may be required.

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

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