NASA seeks exceptional leaders to head up dynamic organizations that are involved in exciting scientific and aeronautic missions. MPA graduates who have a background in physical science, engineering, mathematics or other fields of science as well as strong management skills are qualified for MPA careers with NASA.
The deputy associate administrator for research works within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and serves as a liaison between the space science research community and the associate administrator's office. The position includes responsibility for quality of science processes and programs and voting on final recommendations for all science mission solicitations that come before the SMD. The deputy associate administrator coordinates activities across NASA centers, working with key contractors, other federal agencies and the White House. One of the requirements for the position is substantial professional experience in earth science, space science or a closely related field.
The director of the Analysis Division directs the analysis, evaluation and development of acquisition initiatives for NASA. Position responsibilities include serving as a NASA procurement expert on federal inter-agency committees that are focused on developing new approaches and improvements to the procurement process. The director coordinates with various offices within NASA as well as with the Department of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Government Accountability Office. The director also oversees agency-wide reporting and analysis of contracts, grants and cooperative agreements with non-profits, educational institutions and businesses. Additionally, the director is responsible for managing IT procurement tools such as the procurement library and knowledge management websites and oversees acquisition training and career development within the Analysis Division.
The chief of Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division heads up an organization located at the Goddard Space Flight Center and is responsible for planning, coordinating and organizing end-to-end systems engineering and analysis for space flight missions and Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) for Goddard programs and projects. A technical background is required for this position in order to provide guidance for technology development and risk mitigation strategies. This position includes responsibility for defining systems engineering and GN&C standard principles and policies for the Goddard Space Flight Center. The Chief must also ensure that organizational diversity goals are achieved by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.