Director for Safety and Mission Assurance - NASA

In an effort to recruit and attract the best talent for this executive position, the vacancy announcement for NASA’s Director for Safety and Mission Assurance (SES) at Armstrong Flight Research Center has been extended and is now closing on Monday, January 22.

This announcement AFRC-24-ES-12233922 is open to the public. 

Director for Safety and Mission Assurance

As Director for Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) of the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), the incumbent reports directly to the Center Director, and is responsible for the management and technical direction of the Center's safety and quality assurance programs.

Salary:  $196,023 - $202,085 per year

Pay scale & grade: ES 00

Location: 1 vacancy in the following location:  Edwards AFB, CA 1 vacancy

Remote job: No

Telework eligible: Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Travel Required: Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.





This position reports to the Center Director. The Director for Safety and Mission Assurance:

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates all activities necessary to ensure proper safety policies, objectives and standards are established, clearly defined, supported, and enforced.
  • Oversees three subordinate organizations, the Quality Assurance Branch, the Institutional Safety Branch, and the Flight Research and Test Safety Branch.
  • Serves as the principal advisor and consultant on flight systems safety matters to line and functional management within the Center and speaks for AFRC authoritatively on S&MA to outside organizations.
  • Provides independent risk assessment and analysis, separate from line management, and independently monitors safety and ensures communication and accountability Center-wide.
  • Formulates and develops flight systems safety guides and accomplishes a system of safety reviews, appraisals, and evaluations of AFRC and contractor activities.
  • Ensures inclusion of appropriate safety standards and related requirements in contractual clauses with contractors. Negotiates safety policy with Agency-level senior managers for research aircraft programs.
  • Monitors aviation safety to ensure aircraft operations at AFRC are in accordance with published standards, rules, regulations, and pilot training and proficiency meet required safety standards.
  • Oversees the Armstrong Quality Assurance Program for aerospace research vehicles, vehicle systems, components, material and related support equipment during development, manufacture, procurement, assembly, modification, repair, maintenance, and operational phases.
  • Plans and administers a program of integrated institutional risk management in the safety, health, and environmental programs which systematically identifies potential and real risk hazards and regulatory compliance liability.
  • Partners to identify, assess, and mitigate risk using a continuous risk management process in the areas of range safety, software safety and software quality assurance, and systems safety/hazard management.
  • Fosters and continually drives a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence, and innovation within and outside of the organization and NASA. Champions the Agency's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and creates an environment and culture that promotes and enables the Agency's commitment to safety, inclusion, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.


Conditions of Employment

  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report' (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial Senior Executive Service (SES) Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level or equivalent.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. We recommend you provide two (2) examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. Responses to ALL ECQs must not exceed ten (10) pages; MTQ responses must not exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.

If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and been certified by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) you MUST submit a resume and in a separate document address the MTQs. Any ECQs submitted will not be considered. Your resume must clearly state that you are a current career SES, eligible for reinstatement, or SES CDP certified and year of certification.

When preparing your responses to the ECQs and MTQs, you are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualification. For a sample template on how to format your ECQ narrative visit NASA's Executive Leadership Opportunities.


ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


MTQ 1- Demonstrated experience in leading and managing an organization that is responsible for aviation or aerospace system safety, hazard analyses, risk identification, institutional safety, and quality assurance to ensure projects and other activities are conducted safely and reliably.


This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by credential evaluation service that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

Additional information

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the ECQs and MTQs. Your application may then be referred to and evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel (ERP) and will be placed in one of the following categories: Not Qualified, Qualified, or Highly-qualified. Candidates may receive an interview and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The ERP will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package. If you do not provide all required information, you will not be considered for this position. Only provide the following:

1. Resume showing relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry. Limit your resume to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

2. Executive Core Qualifications narrative responses, if applicable. Limit your response to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications narrative responses. Limit your response to 1 page per MTQ. If more than 1 page per MTQ is submitted, only the first pages for each MTQ will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your eligibility and the information provided in your application package. For example, we may request transcripts, SF-50s, SES Candidate Development Program certificate, etc. Therefore, we encourage you to have these documents prepared and ready when requested by the agency. 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.



Flight Test Pilot - Edwards AFB

The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrows Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Flight Test Pilot (GS-2181-13/14) to work at the 412 Test Wing, 412 Operations Group, 416 Flight Test Squadron, (416 FLTS/DOOO) at Edwards AFB, in Edwards, Ca.

NO 6-MONTH WAIT!  Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Full-time Air Force Civilian Service employees enjoy the below benefits, and more!

  • Paid Time-Off:
    • 11 Federal Holidays off per year
    • Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year
    • 13 sick days per year (104 hours)
  • Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family
  • Retirement:
    • Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
    • 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching
  • Flexible work schedules and shift work may be available (depends on position)
  • Employee assistance Programs
  • Health and Wellness resources
  • Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
  • Many career enhancement and promotion opportunities


  • This position MAY be eligible for a recruitment/relocation incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official

Telework Information up to 20% telework possible (must reside in the local area)

This position has a typical 2023 salary range of $135,274 - $183,500 (includes SSR).

Send resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:

  • To qualify for a GS14, candidate must have graduated from either Air Force, Navy, or internationally recognized Test Pilot School (full course).
  • Previous experience as an instructor/mission commander in fighter aircraft (F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, etc), airborne radar experience, graduation from USAF Weapons School or USN Weapons School (Top Gun), or experience as a USAF Aggressor is highly desired.
  • Mastery level of technical knowledge and demonstrated expert skill to operate and maintain qualification in assigned aircraft.

To serve as a Pilot/Test Pilot for the 416 Flight Test Squadron (FLTS). Flies test sorties, conducts test mission briefs and debriefs, and provides direction to policy critical to flight test safety and technical adequacy of multiple aircraft performing test at Edwards. Incumbent tests and evaluations new and modified aerospace vehicles/subsystems/associated weapons for DoD, civilian, and foreign customers. The pilot/test pilot will use aircraft modified with specialized test instrumentation.

Major Duties

  • Plan, execute, and manage developmental and qualification flight tests of 412 Test Wing (TW), 412 Operations Group (OG) fixed-wing aircraft. The unit coordinates assets from AFMC, AFTC, and other commands and agencies to accomplish ground and flight tests on aircraft including T-38, T-7, F-16.
  • Serves as an Instructor Pilot, Test Pilot, and/or Test Support Pilot
  • Maintains proficiency in the T-38, T-7, and/or the F-16 and demonstrates ability to fly flight test/test support sorties and handle all types of in-flight and ground emergencies.
  • Flight Instructor/Evaluator, if qualified
  • Test and Safety Planning
  • Key management position in which the incumbent is required to influence USAF, AFMC, and AFTC policies on the capabilities, limitations, and techniques for employment and fleet modification schedule of aircraft assigned to AFTC.
  • Serves as Risk Manager for all flight operations and management issues


  • S. Citizenship
  • Obtain & maintain Top Secret clearance.
  • This is a designated Drug Testing Position (if applicable)
  • Previous experience as an instructor pilot in US Military aircraft is required.
  • Incumbents on flying status must pass and maintain a USAF Flying Class III physical IAW AFI 48-123. Comply with AFI 48-123 standards for flying qualifications and requirements to see a flight surgeon for DNIF/RTFS determination. To be eligible for potential flight authorization, ability to perform frequent and regular aerial flights in high performance military aircraft associated with training and test support military flight activity is required. Applicant must meet periodic USAF Class II medical standards as required by Air Force instructions. Applicant will have access to flight surgeons and must comply with AFI 48-123 requirements to see a flight surgeon for Duties Not Involving Flying (DNIF) and Return to Flying Status (RTFS) determinations. With respect to active flying duties, this position does have a moderate lifting requirement (15-44 pounds). The incumbent must maintain personal fitness levels comparable to active duty aircrew counterparts. The incumbent must maintain aircrew flight qualification IA W AFI l l-202v2 and applicable MAJCOM procedures/ directives.
  • Incumbent must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; both meet the intent of the requirement. The FAA Flight Instructor Certificate or the military equivalent rating is also required. The pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. Navy instructor experience identified as NATOPS, is acceptable for the instructor requirement.
  • Candidates establishing eligibility based on military night experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable.

The following flight hour requirements apply to all applicants:

Total Flight Time - 1750 Flight Hours - Flight time as pilot-in-command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirements; 2) Pilot-in-Command - 1150 Flight Hours - Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable; 3) Instructor Hours - 300 Flight Hours - Only flight hours acquired as instructor are creditable; 4) Flying Time, Figher-type aircraft: 500 military jet flight hours required; 5) Night Flying - 75 Flight Hours desired: 6) Instrument - 75 Flight Hours desired; Simulated instrument time is also acceptable as part of this total; 7) Flying Time, Last 12 Months - 100 Flight Hours

Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.


posted 4 December 2023

Experimental Test Pilot - L3 Harris

Principal, Pilot

JOB ID IMS20230510-106967

For more information and to apply click HERE.

L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Experimental Test Pilot

Job Code IMS20230510 106967

Job Location:Greenville, Texas, or Waco, Texas or Tulsa, Oklahoma

Schedule: 9/80. First Shift 20% - 40% travel

Job Description:

L3Harris is seeking a person to become a Flight Test Pilot Unit Member in the L3Harris ODA / Airworthiness Group. Responsibilities include execution of flight tests and determination of compliance to FAA and Military Airworthiness standards, and support of the organization for determination of airworthiness.

Essential Functions:

  • Operate aircraft to determine compliance with specification/FAA certification requirements and operational suitability.
  • Operate multiple models of test aircraft during experimental and engineering flight tests, production acceptance and flight test support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.
  • Coordinate test flight operations efforts.
  • May conduct demonstration flights with customers, government officials, or other personnel on board to exhibit aircraft performance, flying qualities and system capabilities.
  • Training company pilot staff to perform organizational mission IAW FAA regulations and DCMA guidance.


  • Must be Graduate of a military Experimental Test Pilot School or an FAA DER with a current eCOA.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant flight test experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  • Commercial Pilots license with single & multi-engine rating required - ATP & 2000 hours flying time is required.
  • Experience desired performing role as Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor.
  • Experience in complex, jets, large transport and high performance aircraft is desired.
  • Knowledge of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations and GFR requirements.
  • Ability to attain knowledge of company standard operating procedures and policies.
  • Position requires an active DOD Security Clearance, and the ability to maintain a clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship.

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to self-study industry standards and industry trends for a team effort on continual flight test department improvement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and decision-making skills.
  • Flexible and open-minded with the ability to function effectively in a team environment.
  • High degree of integrity.
  • Self-starter with initiative.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office products.



Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

L3Harris Technologies is an E-Verify Employer. Please click here for the E-Verify Poster in English or Spanish. For information regarding your Right To Work, please click here for English or Spanish.

For more information and to apply click HERE.



posted 30 October 2023

Job Opening ~ Test Pilot for Raytheon

Raytheon Multi-program Testbed (RMT) Test Pilot

To Apply Click Here:

At Raytheon, the foundation of everything we do is rooted in our values and a higher calling – to help our nation and allies defend freedoms and deter aggression. We bring the strength of more than 100 years of experience and renowned engineering expertise to meet the needs of today’s mission and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threat. Our team solves tough, meaningful problems that create a safer, more secure world.  

Job Summary:

The Raytheon Systems Integration and Test (SI&T) group is seeking a Test Pilot to join our Raytheon Multi-program Testbed (RMT) Flight Test Operations Team. The RMT is a highly modified Boeing-727 flight testbed supporting a wide array of advanced and next generation programs. The primary role is to support Flight Test Operations in the planning and execution of flight testing for multiple mission areas.

The RMT Test Pilot is responsible for supporting operational functions in the management of a flight operations. Responsibilities include coordination with engineering and maintenance, tracking flight crew qualifications, and coordinating logistics for occasional flight test deployments. This position is an onsite role based in Ontario, California with an option to split time in in El Segundo, California with occasional work from home.


Responsibilities to Anticipate:

  • Collaboration with using program test teams for ground integration and flight test execution.
  • Plan and coordinate flight test missions involving military ranges and FAA airspace.
  • Conduct internal aviation safety evaluations and coordinate customer external airworthiness audits.
  • Lead mission planning, coordination briefings, and contribute to test reporting.
  • Coordinate aircraft maintenance activities and liaison with subcontracted support team.
  • Qualify and maintain currency as an RMT B727 pilot crew member.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s in science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) and a minimum of 10 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.
  • 1,500 hours pilot time with 500 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC).
  • Active and transferable U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date. 
  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate of military Test Pilot School, Weapons School, equivalent high-level formal course, or possess 3+ years of direct military flight-test experience.
  • Possess advanced flying qualifications including Instructor Pilot or Flight Examiner.
  • Military Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) flight test experience.
  • Tactical jet aircraft pilot experience or experience with large (>12.5K lbs) multi-engine turbine aircraft with an onboard Mission Crew.
  • Hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate
  • Experience leading a flight operations sub-organization or aircraft maintenance team.


What We Offer:

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.


Additional Information:

  • Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.


Location Information

The salary range for this role is 112,000 USD - 236,000 USD; however, RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills. Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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posted 11 October 2023