The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is on the lookout for its newest fleet of personnel. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?
The space agency has announced its latest job opening for the position of flight directors in a press release. But what does a flight director do? According to the same press release, they will be in-charge in leading human spaceflight missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
They will be the ones holding responsibility for being the leader of several teams including flight controllers, engineering and research experts, as well as technical support staff located all over the globe. With the safety of the space agency’s astronauts in mind first and foremost, they are expected to have a competent level of decision-making skills to be able to meet the space agency’s high expectations.
Holly Ridings, the Chief Flight Director of Johnson Space Center in Texas, enumerated the characteristics the perfect candidate should possess to help them in performing their duty perfectly and efficiently. According to her, they should have the “unique mixture” of being humble and confident. She also stated that they should also have the drive for innovation and organization in their everyday working lives.
NASA specifies the following qualifications in order to be considered for the position. First, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States. Second, they should possess at least a baccalaureate in any of the following fields including engineering, biological and physical science, mathematics, and computer science. Substantial experience related to the job position is also required which includes being able to make critical decisions in a high-risk, high-stress work environment. Though not necessarily a requirement, previous flight controllers of NASA are also asked to apply for they have the working knowledge in the organization and its internal procedures.
Interested applicants are directed by the space agency to apply through this link. They will stop accepting applications on September 10th.
Results are expected to be out this fall. Successful applicants will undergo a series of comprehensive training in order to instill them the knowledge to operate and manage NASA’s current flight control and spacecraft systems. It will also include activities to culminate in their risk management skills and operational leadership in managing their teams.