Education Specialist
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.

Serves as a Director within the Office of Education Planning, Policy and Evaluation Division in oversight and guidance of one or more of the Office of Education Programs, Projects or infrastructure. Supports two programs (Aeronautics Research and Career Development, STEM Education and Accountability) and one Infrastructure Division. Identifies and promotes projects directed toward the education community; and ensures that the projects funded by the Office of Education are structured to achieve NASA education outcomes.


A one-year probationary period may be required

Successful completion of a security investigation will be required

Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement

Serves as an expert consultant providing advice and guidance on undefined issues and elements for programs essential to the agency┬┐s mission; maintaining close contact with headquarters, field centers, commercial industry representatives, and international partners for elements in advanced program areas. Participates as a presenter in national and international seminars and symposia relating to fields of expertise in program management and to develop a holistic approach to implementing the NASA education portfolio.

Manages educational research, evaluation, and analyzes activities to solve the most difficult problems for novel or highly innovative programs. Identifies and implements alternatives that remedy problematic situations or improves the efficiency of operations and improvement of the education portfolio. Defines customer and stakeholder needs and constraints, develops and manages an efficient program organizational structure, and applies system architecture principles to develop and manage requirements in order to achieve the appropriate balance between resources, schedule and technical requirements. Manages the development, use, and dissemination of the most advanced instruction products based on unique missions and projects in the field.

Provides program planning and management to develop strategies for planning and developing major agency programs of national scope and impact. Prepares and contributes to reports and other presentations on program planning and evaluation. Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to long-range planning. Develops, coordinates, and implements strategic plans to include mission, goals, objectives and implementation strategies. Writes comprehensive research and resolution recommendations consistent with current professional education theory and practice. Coordinates requirements among organizational units in the formative stages of program initiation, project design, project implementation, and management of ongoing programs, projects or activities.

Administers a variety of program analysis studies or reviews; conducts organizational planning studies designed to improve management systems and solve problems involving mission-critical policies; researches and investigates new or improved business and management practices for application to the agency programs or operations; and performs organizational analysis for key agency-wide organizations or program or major national missions or functions.

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.

Specialized experience is defined as serving as a lead for developing strategies for planning and developing major agency educational programs; directing organizational analysis; and managing educational research, evaluation, and analysis to develop the implementation of an education portfolio.

A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4 year course of study described in A above.

U.S. citizenship is required.

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.

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.

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.

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