National Aeronautics and Space Administration Position Opening at in Cleveland, Ohio

  • Duties



You will serve as a Chief Engineer for a Project Office providing technical leadership of engineering activities in concert with the Project Office Manager. Duties will include technical leadership and support of flight project engineering teams, development of engineering processes, and implementation of engineering standards. As a technical leader of a project engineering team, you serve as the technical authority for the project, develop the engineering team, assign tasks and implement technical activities. Specific project assignments will be made as needed and may include multiple projects.

Significant travel may be required depending on the project assignment. The incumbent will also support integration and implementation of engineering processes working with managers and leaders in multiple organizations across the Center.

This position is included in the bargaining unit.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made from this announcement.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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*Serves as the independent Technical Authority within the Project Office developing engineering teams with the Project Office Project Managers and Project Lead Engineers.

*Assigns tasks and implements technical activities for the Project Office, assisting the Project Office Manager in resolving technical issues through identification of cost/schedule/risk balanced management.

*Implements approved engineering practices and standards and approves all technical waivers, deviations and exceptions to engineering requirements and serves as the technical signature authority for project documentation and plans.

*Analyzes, coordinates, and integrates a number of complex program elements into programs that represent a Center-wide/program position.

*Initiates investigations and balanced technical/risk/cost studies to find solutions to critical problems in areas such as project requirements, systems design and implementation, resource analysis, technical management systems, technical engineering management, or configurations management.

*Oversees the development of trend analysis, process analyses, control policies, and requirements for a Center, or program.

*Monitors the design and development of advanced technology applicable to the project.

*Manages overall development efforts for a significant and complex NASA program or a set of complex projects with multiple interfaces and extensive scope and variety. Makes substantial and continuing contributions to long-range project planning and to the formulation, modification, and determination of overall objectives. Serves as an authoritative source of information for decisions and guidance concerning changes in program objectives relating to the management of the total project effort.

*Supports mission requirements and initiates design and modification efforts as necessary; often coordinating with other offices within the project to establish content, cost, schedule of products, deliverables, and services.

*Serves as expert consultant in the resolution of the most challenging problems on projects of national or international scope and impact, characterized by a need for new theoretical treatments, instrumentation, equipment, and procedures.

*Exercises a very high degree of originality and sound engineering judgment in guiding the analysis of unique problems and developing new and improved problem resolution techniques and methods in areas such as operations, life science, or measurement and instrumentation systems.

*Serves as expert authority in planning and conducting investigations and tests and evaluating equipment, components, or systems where critical problems need to be resolved and existing methods are inadequate, thus making it extremely difficult to design tests and gather reliable data.

*Integrates resolutions across disciplines and provides technical expertise in the formulation of engineering policies and procedures.

*Serves as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), guiding and evaluating contractor efforts and assessing technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Only: * Current Glenn Research Center (GRC) civil service employees on career, career conditional, non-competitive, and NASA term appointments with conversion eligibility * * Current NASA employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center * Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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0801 General Engineering

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Must complete a financial disclosure statement.

  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • Must have one-year of Time-in-Grade at the GS-14.


By the closing date of this vacancy announcement, you must have one year of Time-In-Grade and specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized Experience for this position is defined as:

Demonstrated, comprehensive experience of engineering and scientific principles and practices required to perform the technical management functions of the position;

Candidate must demonstrate effective management and communication skills experience (i.e., verbal and written, presentations, reports, etc.);

Demonstrated experience in developing new insights into situations and applying innovative solutions to problems;

Experience in identifying problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations;

Demonstrated the ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of a group of individuals. Examples include a full range of team lead responsibilities, or directing a program or major program segment with significant resources; and

Demonstrated mastery of project and organizational principles, methods, practices and techniques and the ability to apply this mastery in planning, integrating, evaluating and managing a portfolio of projects for the Center and the agency.


Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only: Any field of engineering, physical science, life science or mathematics related to the program or project. The major must include or be supplemented by 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in physical science or engineering courses and by mathematics through and including the integral calculus level.

ABET accreditation requirement applies to foreign education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

Additional information

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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 consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your CTAP 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. 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.

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.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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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.

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 4200 Rideout Road Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

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Agency contact information
Kimberly Davis


NASA's Resume Operations Center 4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL US

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Next steps

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. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. 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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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/27/2017

Salary: $124,106 to $161,340 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent