Program Specialist

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States


Full Time

23 days ago

Job description


  • Oversee education project management activities to include developing, planning, coordinating, and facilitating specific education activities, projects, and/or programs.
  • Engage in on-going project assessment to improve performance. Propose project and process enhancements, including short-and long-range planning, evaluation of requirements and priorities, and reporting.
  • Track or monitor project budget and schedule development, project control, risk management practices/issues, and project documentation processing/archiving between multiple teams.
  • Provide support, assistance, and coordination in designing materials, planning, developing, implementing, and facilitating STEM education activities and functions in coordination with NASA offices, education institutions, museums, and science center.
  • Consolidate, interpret and transform data and make recommendations to support decision making. Produce, analyze, and report on project/program data to identify demographic trends, efficiencies, gaps and improvements.
  • Manage and/or support internship programs.
  • Contribute to preparation of new activities to support Mission Directorate strategies that may include regional and national participants.
  • Work with customers to understand expectations, requests, and logistics required in the development of education projects and programs. Conduct initial research and respond to requests for educational activities from organizations.
  • Provide support and assistance while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with facility managers, mission directorates, and education officials and organizations.
  • Serve as a liaison to external and internal education groups to develop new partnerships and projects for NASA that lead to innovative educational engagement initiatives.
  • Foster a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation. Champion NASA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation or higher-level clearance. Investigation/Clearance may differ and be required based on the duties/location-NASA Center requirements.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Financial Disclosure, Drug Testing, and/or the Travel Requirements for this position may differ and be required based on the duty location/NASA Center requirements.
  • The location will be determined upon selection but must be at one of the locations indicated within the announcement.
  • This position may require a one-year probationary period.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level:
  • Implementing educational activities effectively to engage students, while interfacing with educators, community leaders or organizational management;
  • Performing project management activities such as project assessment, planning, coordinating, and/or facilitating specific education activities, projects, or programs;
  • Developing strategies for using technology to enhance the development and implementation of student or educator engagement opportunities;
  • Gathering and analyzing data or information and preparing briefings or reports with recommendations regarding program effectiveness.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job. NASA prohibits the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool in drafting application and assessment responses. Please visit to review NASA's guidance on the use of AI tools during the application process.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
- Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

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Depending on position assignment, position may or may not be in a bargaining unit. To learn more about bargaining units at NASA please click here NASA Unions (Bargaining Units) | NASA.

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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.

Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. Category rating and veterans' preference will not be considered in evaluating applicants. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.

Veterans: Under the provisions of Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. However, applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). For more information please see: Veterans' Preference information on the FedsHireVets website.

You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

You will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Education Programs and Technologies
  • Problem Solving
  • Program/Project Management
  • Written Communication
NASA considers paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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