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Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Lead Quality Assurance Specialist (Aerospace) in Houston, Texas


Serves as the Quality Assurance (QA) expert at Johnson Space Center (JSC) with extensive knowledge of quality requirements imposed by NASA Headquarters for human-rated and Non-Human space programs. Duties include: Ensuring implementation of agency and industry requirements into the JSC institutional Quality Management System; Manage the day to day operations of the QA group, ensuring team's skills are adequate, resolve issues and advise the Branch Chief on matters pertaining to quality.


Serves as a technical expert for quality assurance programs by conceiving, planning, and implementing policies at JSC.

Provides technical and administrative direction to a Quality Assurance team of civil service and contractors in the areas of work assignment, funding/resource planning, personnel issue resolution, team accomplishments and training needs.

Plans and coordinates the efforts of Quality Assurance Specialists in the areas of procurement, contract surveillance, development, production, processing, testing and operation of flight hardware

Prepares and coordinates reports/work-related information for presentation and communication.

Monitors/reports on the progress of performance management concerns and recommends related actions, such as assignments, reassignments, promotions, tour of duty changes, performance appraisals, awards, and recognition to the Branch Chief.

Advises program/project managers in areas of quality assurance concerns and provide technical input regarding contract quality requirements.


Conditions of Employment


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. To qualify for GS-14,you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level experience in the implementation and/or oversight of quality assurance processes and systems that have direct impact on the quality of aerospace products and/or services provided; experience conducting quality assurance audits/surveillances related to aerospace systems, equipment, materials and/or processes; and experience in the continual improvement of quality through advocacy and dissemination of advanced quality tools, techniques, technology, practices, policy, procedures, and training (such as practices for ISO 9001/AS9100, six-sigma, continual improvement, process control, and others). 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.


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 are a current federal employee, you must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible for this position. To be eligible, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in a position no more than 1 grade lower than the advertised position. (Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. If your eligibility for both merit promotion and/or time-in-grade cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible. Please see Required Documents for additional information). Note: Time-in-grade requirements also apply to applicants who have held a non-temporary, competitive service GS position in the past year. 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.

-Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. Candidates rated in the 'Best Qualified' category are considered well-qualified. Please see 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for more information.

-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents' For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - 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.