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Job Opening at NASA – Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate

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The Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) leads and directs NASA’s space technology programs and organization. The incumbent leads the full portfolio, including program planning, implementation, execution, investments, workforce, and budget.


The Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate:

  • Leads and oversees NASA’s mission directorate and a multidisciplinary dispersed team focused on enabling exploration, technology innovation, and the space economy. Leads NASA’s focus on developing, demonstrating, and transferring new space technologies that benefit NASA, the federal government, federal and private sector partnerships, and the global economy.
  • Partners with government, congressional, international, national, academia, and industry stakeholders to lead and actively enable NASA’s technology programs to enable real world impact, transform future missions, and drive exploration and the global space economy.
  • Partners and collaborates with Agency leadership, NASA mission directorates, NASA centers, the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy, NASA organizations, government agencies, industry, international participants, and academia on STMD’s planning, policies, and programs to accomplish the Agency’s objectives.
  • Fosters and continually drives a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence, and innovation within and outside of the organization and NASA. Champions the Agency’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility and creates an environment and culture that promotes and enables the Agency’s commitment to safety, inclusion, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.
  • Develops and implements the organization’s goals, objectives, metrics, and actions to execute the strategic goals and outcomes of NASA and the space economy. Formulates, directs, and manages development of the STMD budget to support programmatic requirements and objectives, performance goals, and allocates resources in support of programs and projects. Represents the Directorate, programs, reporting requirements and interactions with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and other appropriate officials with and outside the Agency external bodies.
  • Manages and sponsors innovative research programs, pilot and prototype programs, flight missions, advanced technology development by academia, NASA centers, other Federal research centers, industry, and others selected through open, competitive solicitations and related activities.
  • Serves as a key member in providing recommendations and decisions on NASA Agency councils, Inspector General audits, Government Accountability Office reviews, and additional independent reviews of the Space Technology portfolio.
  • Conducts regular reviews of program and project performance, evaluating the current and projected status against the established requirements, objectives, and performance goals.



Conditions of Employment

  • The individual selected will be required to file an ‘Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report’ (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial Senior Executive Service (SES) Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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 submit a resume and in a separate document address the MTQs. Any ECQs submitted will not be considered. Your resume must clearly state that you are a current career SES, eligible for reinstatement, or SES CDP certified and year of certification.

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. For a sample template on how to format your ECQ narrative visit NASA’s Executive Leadership Opportunities.


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.


MTQ 1 – Demonstrated strategic leadership and experience leading a large, complex, multi-million dollar research and development technology portfolio that drives advancements in science, engineering, space technology, aeronautics, the economy, and/or humanity.


No Educational Requirement

Additional information

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.

NASA may discuss and consider candidate duty station location after selection, which means that the duties can be performed at any NASA location. The selected candidate will need to relocate and report to an on-site NASA location or duty station, which may be different from where he/she currently resides.

For information on NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, please visit Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the ECQs and MTQs. Your application may then be referred to and evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel (ERP) and will be placed in one of the following categories: Not Qualified, Qualified, or Highly-qualified. Candidates may receive an interview and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The ERP will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.


Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package. If you do not provide all required information, you will not be considered for this position. Only provide the following:

1. Resume showing relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry. Limit your resume to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

2. Executive Core Qualifications narrative responses, if applicable. Limit your response to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications narrative responses. Limit your response to 1 page per MTQ. If more than 1 page per MTQ is submitted, only the first pages for each MTQ will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your eligibility and the information provided in your application package. For example, we may request transcripts, SF-50s, SES Candidate Development Program certificate, etc. Therefore, we encourage you to have these documents prepared and ready when requested by the agency. 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.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

NASA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are an applicant with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact center listed on the job vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information

 NASA Executive Staffing


[email protected]


NASA Headquarters
300 E St SW
Washington, DC 20546

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Next steps

Although you may or may not be contacted during the selection process, we will always advise you about the outcome of the announcement. If you have questions, please feel free to contact NASA Executive Staffing at [email protected]

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

At NASA, we are united by a common purpose: to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. Our diverse set of engineering, scientific, aeronautics and space exploration missions are leaving an enduring impact on humanity. As our missions grow more complex, we will rely on leaders with vision, creativity, and programmatic and technical expertise to lead us into the new era of exploration. In addition to programmatic knowledge, NASA’s strong leadership cadre also plays a vital role in empowering our diverse workforce to achieve our shared goals. At NASA, the key to our success is our people. Join us and contribute to work that matters, while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters excellence, teamwork, inclusiveness, safety and integrity. Align your talents with your passion, and find out why NASA is consistently named a best place to work in the federal government. Join us as we explore the extraordinary, every day.

For more information: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

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