Status Report

NASA Announcement of IPA Opportunity – Deputy Human System Risk Manager Position

By SpaceRef Editor
September 16, 2020
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Announcement of Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Opportunity

Human Health and Performance/Health and Medical Technical Authority

Deputy Human System Risk Manager Position

Human Health and Performance Health and Health and Medical Technical Authority

Human Health and Performance Directorate

NASA Johnson Space Center

Houston, Texas


Term: 2 years, potentially renewable


Start Date: Fall 2020


Description: Serve as Deputy Human System Risk Manager in the Human Health and Performance Directorate (HHPD) supporting directorate goals of optimizing human health throughout all phases of spaceflight, providing support in development of systems, processes, and tools for achieving the goals within HHPD and developing and recommending integration goals across programs and projects, and for the institutional functions within HHPD.


Major Duties:

·         Occasionally chair the Human System Risk Board

·         Maintain overall cognizance of Human System Risks and interrelationships with Agency and Program Risks

·         Work with subject matter experts to facilitate regular updates to risk posture for the Human System Risks

·         Provide guidance to Risk Custodian teams on strength of evidence reporting and prioritization of risk work

·         Serve as a subject matter expert on risk assessment and risk communication

·         Coordinate with Health and Medical Technical Authority Delegates to programs on risk related matters for human health and performance

·         Interface with the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO) standards manager to enable risk-informed updates to NASA Standard 3001 and other policy and standards documentation

·         Attend the Exploration Integration Panel to support coordinated responses from the Human Health and Performance Directorate to the Mars Integration Group and other Exploration planning entities

·         Coordinate with Human Health and Performance Division Leadership to ensure coverage of Risk Custodian activities, assignment of Risk Custodians, and maintenance of scheduled risk activities for the Human System Risk Board

·         Create and present quarterly reports to the OCHMO Control Board



  • MD engaged in current clinical practice who also has extensive experience in a secondary field relevant to engineering or life sciences
  • MD/PhD preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate discussion of complex scientific topics in a large group setting
  • Research and publishing experience desired
  • Ability to be at JSC for at minimum 1 week a month in person
  • Ability to lead and motivate others. Strong ability to create technical partnerships, develop advocacy, generate technical, financial and schedule projects associated with project formulation and approval; must independently define task requirements for project formulation activities and to direct their implementation.


Strongly Desired:

  • Knowledge and/or experience in negotiating techniques in defining program requirements and constraints.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in tactical resource planning and integrating and balancing those resources against multiple goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in managing complex organizational interfaces.


To apply:


Submit your CV and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications via email to:

Please use the subject line “Deputy Human System Risk Manager Position”.

All applications must be submitted by COB September 30, 2020


Note: Individuals eligible for an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with a federal agency include employees of state and local governments; private and public colleges and universities; Indian Tribal governments; federally funded research and development centers; and qualified non-profit organizations involved in public management organizations where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. With special NASA flexibilities, the initial IPA appointment may be made for up to two years, with possible extensions for up to two additional two-year periods. An employee of a non-Federal organization must be employed by that organization for at least 90 days in a permanent position before entering into an IPA agreement. While on detail, the individual remains an employee of the home institution, as such remains covered under their permanent employer’s leave and benefit system. Federal Agencies do not offer permanent positions as a part of IPA assignments. NASA will negotiate funding of the detailee’s salary and benefits with the detailee’s home institution.


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