George C. Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate in Huntsville, Alabama
The Safety & Mission Assurance (SMA) Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) leads the entire Marshall workforce in its commitment to assuring mission success and making the workforce and the work of the Center and the Agency as safe as possible. The SMA Deputy Director assists the SMA Director in planning, establishing, implementing, and directing all SMA programs and processes for the MSFC institution and associated in-house and contracted activities.
This position reports to the Director of the SMA Directorate. The Deputy Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate: Plans, establishes, and directs all safety, quality assurance, and reliability activities at MSFC and component installations. Performs surveillance of in-house and contractor design, manufacturing, and testing activities to ensure compliance with the program/project engineering requirements and controls. Provides the focus for an integrated safety program in the areas of system and industrial safety within the Center and at component installations and associated contractor activities. Ensures adequate information is provided to the SMA Director and the Center Director in support of decision-making responsibilities relative to residual hazards/safety risks. Represents MSFC in designated areas of responsibility with NASA Headquarters, NASA centers, other government entities, industry, or community boards, panels, committees, councils, working groups, and ad hoc groups.
Conditions of Employment
You must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level or equivalent. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. We recommend you provide two (2) examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. Responses to ALL ECQs must not exceed ten (10) pages; MTQ responses must not exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Please include your full name on all documents submitted. If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and been certified by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) you MUST address the MTQs, but do not need to address the ECQs. When preparing your responses to the ECQs and MTQs, you are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualification and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications. For a sample template on how to format your ECQ narrative visit NASA's Executive Leadership Opportunities. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. ECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: MTQ 1- Demonstrated knowledge of safety, reliability, and quality assurance principles, practices, and techniques applicable to institutional safety, scientific experiments, and cutting-edge propulsion and launch vehicle systems, subsystems, and components design, development, and operation. MTQ 2- Demonstrated experience in planning and directing safety, reliability, and quality assurance operations in a manner judged to produce the best results in terms of quality, efficiency, economy, and timeliness for the total safety related activities of the institution and highly technical engineering and scientific organizations.
This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, date degree awarded, and college/university. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science is required. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.