Headquarters, NASA AST, Technical Management in Pasadena, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The incumbent serves as the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Manager in the NASA Management Office (NMO) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, overseeing the development and building of aerospace hardware, and identifying and controlling hazards in aerospace engineering, scientific research, and facility operations. Providing expert guidance to senior management in evaluating and analyzing the development and application of the JPL-wide safety and mission assurance program which includes areas of engineering sciences including the nature and effects of explosives, propellants, cryogens, gases, toxins, flammables, and systems associated with JPL research, testing, and development programs, operations, and aerospace hardware.


This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ17D0036, open to all U.S. Citizens. Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply to vacancy announcement HQ17C0092. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

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Provides authoritative technical decisions, advice and consultation on variables and unknowns affecting the planning, integration, coordination, and critical management problems with respect to safety, mission assurance and cost to meet all institutional safety and mission assurance requirements for aerospace programs or projects. Analyzes, coordinates, and integrates complex program elements into the overall JPL program position.

Serves as an expert technical authority consultant or advisor to institutional safety and mission assurance activities and engineering initiatives. Initiates investigations and risk management studies to finds solutions to critical problems in areas such as safety, analysis of facilities, systems, equipment and operations. This includes monitoring contractors work. Prioritizes tasks in order of impact, risk mitigation and overall mission success and coordinates with internal and external offices to establish requirements, cost, project schedules, deliverables and services for aerospace operations at JPL.

Reviews and updates JPL long-range plans for health, safety, mission assurance, and objectives. Validates surveillance, audit activities, and preventive/corrective actions. Monitors the design and development of JPL deliverables, advanced safety technology and facilitates technology transfer.

Serves as the NMO at JPL expert and coordinator for mishaps in aerospace programs or projects, and assures that mishaps (on-site and off-site) are reported and investigated in accordance with NASA issuances and the NASA/Caltech Prime Contract clauses. Ensures adequate recurrence controls are implemented by JPL. Interfaces with the NASA Safety Center to ensure that JPL plans are in place for immediate action to secure the mishap scene and preserve all data and evidence. Coordinates with the NASA Mishap Information System Administrator to ensure appropriate documentation is gathered.

Provides contractor oversight to ensure JPL reports incidents, close calls, and existing potential hazardous situations to HQ and monitors investigative activities and corrective actions to prevent recurrence or to eliminate conditions, and establishes adequate measures to prevent exposure of the public to undue hazards arising from JPL operations by implementing a hazard control program, and an effective operational readiness inspection program.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current federal employees on career/career-conditional appointments OR employed by an agency with an OPM interchange agreement. Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. VEOA eligibles. Individuals eligible for special hiring authorities [VRA, 30% or more disabled veterans, Schedule A for individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps, AmeriCorps & VISTA employees, certain military spouses, certain former overseas employees]. NASA term employees with conversion eligibility.

Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test

In addition to the basic education requirements, applicant must also 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 at the GS-14 grade level for this position includes:

1) Performating safety and mission assurance oversight of satellites, instruments, and/or launch vehicles.

2) Participating in Mishap Investigation Boards and/or failure review teams associated with major aerospace systems.

3) Performing audits of safety and mission assurance activities.

Your resume must fully support how you meet the specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this position

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.

To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours). If this information is not provided, you education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.


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Other Information

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

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.

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.

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Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA's policy.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476671000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-31

Salary: $134,411 to $161,900 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Series: 0801 General Engineering

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: HQ17C0092

Control number: 476671000