Status Report

Job Announcement: NASA Astrophysics Division Director

By SpaceRef Editor
January 12, 2022
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NASA leads the nation on a great journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the universe out to its farthest reaches and back to its earliest moments of existence. The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Director of the Astrophysics Division. The goal of the Astrophysics Division is to seek to understand the universe and our place in it.



·         Reports directly to the SMD Associate Administrator (AA) and provides support in determining and presenting the Astrophysics Program to NASA senior management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Executive Office stakeholders, and Congress.

·         Supports the AA in partnership with other SMD Directors in providing the overall guidance, strategy, focus advocacy, and budget for NASA’s Science Program. The Astrophysics Division has an annual budget of around $1.6 billion dollars.

·         Leads a division of approximately 35 people, including scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals who help plan and manage NASA’s Astrophysics Program, consistent with and leveraging interagency and international activities.

·         Provides scientific and technical leadership required to guide implementation of relevant activities and flight projects at the NASA Field Centers, other Government research laboratories, academia, and private industry.

·         Formulates future programs, develops a strategy for their implementation which is consistent with available resources, and establishes the feasibility of the flight mission portfolio, all in conjunction with a robust research and analysis program.

·         Ensures an effective and innovative portfolio of research and technology activities; serves as a liaison with the science communities through advisory committees and the National Academies of Sciences; communicates science results to the public.

·         Promotes diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, within NASA appointed teams and committees, and within the science community.

·         Responsible for all aspects of organizational management, including selection of employees, assignment of duties, evaluation of performance, planning of training, and recommendation of awards, promotions, discipline and adverse actions.


How to Apply:

All applications for this position must be submitted at the following URL:  This web page contains full details of the eligibility requirements and submission process. Potential applicants should note that the required narratives for Senior Executive Service positions are lengthy, and so NASA encourages individuals to plan well in advance of the deadline.



The deadline for applications is March 21, 2022.



Inquiries about this position may be sent to Dr. Daniel Evans, Asst. Dep. AA for Research, Science Mission Directorate, NASA (email:

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