USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Program Analyst

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Open & closing dates
Pay scale & grade

$102,663 to $157,709 per year

Appointment type

Temporary – Temporary promotion NTE 1 year with option to extend or make permanent without further competition.

Work schedule


1 vacancy in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.

Clarification from the agency

Current Goddard Space Flight Center employees on career, career conditional, non-competitive, and NASA term appointments that provide for conversion eligibility. Current NASA employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center.

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The Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Program Analysis Office, Program Planning, Analysis and Evaluation Branch (Code 153.1) is seeking a senior analyst to integrate budget plans and requirements, and monitor and analyze performance of the various programs, projects and directorates into a balanced GSFC wide plan, and advise Center management of the most effective and economical means of budget formulation, presentation and execution of these plans.


  • As a Program Analyst, you will evaluate, plan, and direct the analytical and evaluative work related to the development and presentation of budget plans and programs. Plan, establish, and direct programs implementing administrative control systems.
  • Analyze direction and guidance to the Center to determine the level and type of information required to understand and evaluate the guidelines. Coordinate the preparation of obligation and expenditure schedules, special studies, and reports.
  • Coordinate all phases of budget development, monitor budget expenditures, and report to upper management. Implement and monitor financial management controls.
  • Identify programmatic and policy issues, including technical and management risks and associated resource requirements that should be addressed.
  • Analyze and evaluate the administrative aspects of substantive, mission-oriented programs. Develop long-range program plans, goals, objectives, and milestones for evaluating/measuring the effectiveness of major Center programs that affect the agency.
  • Perform all analysis associated with the assigned programs and projects, including communication to Center Management, and recommended approach for program and resource decisions.
  • Integrate the results of individual analysts into more comprehensive analysis. Oversee all activities within the office which are in support of, and provides important program-specific information to the cognizant analysts.
  • Plan, establish, and direct a cost effectiveness program for large, difficult and diverse projects. Establish short- and long-range program goals, develop detailed plans for implementing them, and oversee implementation of the goals.
  • Determine if adjustments or changes in objectives or emphasis are needed in organization functions. Identify risks, potential problems and alternative courses of action in advance of decision milestones.
  • Direct the capture, reporting, and analysis of statistical data relating to the organization’s operations and directs or personally performs special studies or projects.
  • Conduct studies of resources requirements to carry out proposed programs using cost information available in the NASA Core Finance system, and other analytical tools to assess future needs.
  • Develop plans and implement activity within the Program Analysis Office to maintain awareness of cost and schedule assessment activities being conducted at the Agency level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status
Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-14: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) is defined as managing budget formulation and execution of complex program/project budgets; and evaluating, planning, and directing the analytical or evaluative work related to the development and presentation of budget plans and programs. Also, experience in evaluating cost and schedule performance of spaceflight hardware projects (including spacecraft bus and/or scientific instruments) including key risks, margins, and cost and schedule drivers, using program management techniques such as Earned Value Management (EVM).

GS-13: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12) is defined as formulating and execution of complex program/project budgets; and conducting the analytical or evaluative work related to the development and presentation of budget plans and programs. Also, experience in reviewing the findings and risks associated with project plans and evaluating the potential for the program/project budget to fund the planned cost phasing.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

This position may be filled at either the GS-13 or GS-14 level.

Identification of promotion in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continued need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

This is a temporary promotion not to exceed 1 year with the option to extend or make permanent without further competition.

Upon conclusion of your temporary promotion, you will be returned to your position of record or a position at the same grade at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Your salary will be set to the step you would have held had you continued in your General Schedule position, to include any within grade increases you may have been eligible for during the time that you were on the temporary promotion.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See ‘How You Will Be Evaluated’ for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

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.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate’s resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA’s Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

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