NASA Vacancy Announcement: Associate Administrator Office of Biological & Physical Research

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement Number: HQU-SES-01-710

Opening Date: 12/12/2000
Closing Date: 03/15/2001


Salary: $115811 per year - $130200 per year

Promotion Potential: ES-06

Duty Location: 1 vacancy at WASHINGTON, DC

Applications will be accepted from:

Open to all qualified persons.

Major Duties: As the Associate Administrator for the Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR), the incumbent is responsible for executive leadership, overall planning, direction and effective accomplishment of NASA programs concerned with biological, biomedical and physical sciences research and applications, including ground and space flight programs for advanced human support technology, fundamental biology, biomedical research, physical science research, and space-based commercial research. Specifically, the incumbent performs the following duties: Formulates, executes, and evaluates NASA-sponsored and reimbursable programs in biological, biomedical, and physical sciences including microgravity research, space-based commercial products, payload operations, and education and scientific outreach activities. Presents, advocates, and defends OBPR programs within NASA, the Administration, Congress, academia, and the general public. Defines flight and ground-based scientific and technical projects and associated space-based and related ground-based experimental facilities to advance the knowledge of sciences and to transfer that knowledge to the US industrial and academic communities for practical applications. Directs the planning, development and operation of NASA missions which use the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle, other Shuttle-attached payload carriers, free flyers, and other advanced carriers to accomplish OBPR objectives and directing the provision of these services to other users, pursuant to agreements between OBPR and the users.

Qualifications Required:

Candidates must demonstrate possession of responsible experience to perform the duties described above. Normally, this level of experience would have been gained at or above the GS/GM-15 level or its equivalent. Candidates MUST demonstrated experience in the managerial and technical areas noted below:

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities Required:
Executive Core Qualifications:

1. Leading Change: Encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity-to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

2. Leading People: Involves the ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

3. Results Driven: Stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

4. Business Acumen: Involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.

5. Building Coalitions/Communication: Involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.


1. This position requires a degree in biological science, physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR Combination of education and experience-education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Ph.D or M.D. degree with experience in basic, applied and/or clinical research in areas supported by Office of Biological and Physical Research is desirous. Preference will be given to individuals with biomedical research experience.

2. Ability to manage and direct biological, biomedical and physical science programs.

3. Ability to manage and direct technological programs relevant to the Office of Biological and Physical Research's mission.

4. Knowledge of biological and/or physical sciences as they apply to human space exploration research.

5. Ability to direct commercial activities as related to biological and physical sciences.

6. Demonstrated management of research-related projects in the government, private or academic sector.

Applicants must be eligible to receive a secret clearance.

NOTE: Additional information on SES and how to address qualifications can be found on the following website:

Basis of Rating:

Applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel based on the executive and technical qualification requirements stated in this announcement, and eligible candidates will be placed in qualified and highly-qualified categories. Interviews and qualification and suitability inquiries may be requested. The highly-qualified will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection.

Pay, Benefits and Work Schedule:
Conditions of Employment:
Other Information:

NASA is an equal opportunity employer, and all applications will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason. This announcement is for a career appointment to a position in the NASA Senior Executive Service (SES). Persons entering the SES for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period. A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES. This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling.

This position (is _ X__) (is not ____ ) subject to random drug testing.

How To Apply:

You may either submit a resume or form OF-612. The following information MUST be provided:

*Vacancy number and title of the job applying for
*Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone
*Social Security Number
*Citizenship status
*Reinstatement eligibility
*Highest Federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held)
*Educational information for High School and above (give name, city, state, date of diploma, majors, and types of degrees)
*Work experience RELATED to the job applied for in the following format: Job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and work phone, starting and ending dates, hours per week, and salary *Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
*Training, skills, honors, awards, membership in professional/honor societies, that are RELATED to the job applied for.

Applicants should provide, as a supplement to the above, work examples for each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed above. The same example may be used for more than one ECQ. This ECQ supplement should not exceed 10 pages. If you include reference letters addressing your ECQ's, they will count as part of your 10 pages. Do not send position descriptions, personal endorsements, or other unsolicited materials.

Resumes or applications must be received or postmarked no later than the closing date. Applicants should keep copies of all application materials since they will not be returned. Applicants who do not provide all of the required information may lose consideration for the position for which they are applying. All internal NASA applicants currently in the SES need only submit a memorandum requesting consideration and any relevant supplemental information you wish the selecting official to consider.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Applications should be sent to:
NASA Headquarters
Human Resources Management Division (Code CP)
Attention: Julie Porter
Washington, DC 20546-0001

For additional information, contact: Jeanette Covington (202) 358-4655 or TDD (202) 358-3581

The necessary forms are available at this address and at all Federal Job Information Centers.

For additional information about this position please contact:
Please submit your application package to:

WASHINGTON, DC 20546-0001

The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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