Minority Serving Institutions Rotation Opportunity

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NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) is pleased to offer a new opportunity to staff at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). NASA is seeking one to two mid-career staff whose skills support NASA’s Strategy for STEM Engagement to:

  • Create unique opportunities for students and the public to contribute to NASA’s work in exploration and discovery.
  • Build a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging students in authentic learning experiences with NASA people, content and facilities.
  • Strengthen public understanding by enabling powerful connections to NASA’s mission and work.

NASA’s STEM Engagement community works closely collaboration with NASA’s STEM workforce to provide exceptional experiences for students, and with NASA’s public engagement workforce to leverage opportunities for reaching students. NASA is committed to finding innovative ways to deliver content and engage students in STEM learning.

NASA will use the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program (IPA) to facilitate the appointment of fellows to NASA. The IPA provides for the temporary assignment of personnel between the federal government and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations.

To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must meet the following general requirements:

  • U.S. or naturalized citizen.
  • Full-time STEM/education faculty or administrative/managerial staff (i.e., student activities director, program/project manager, etc.) at a two- or four-year accredited U.S. (MSI designated) institution.
  • Letter of support from an authorizing official representative of the institution.

The selected IPAs will serve with the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) team during the pilot phase of this new activity. Assigned activities may include:

  • Developing strategies to infuse diversity and inclusion within OSTEM and NASA’s mission directorates.
  • Establishing priorities to enhance the participation of MSIs’ partnerships and collaborations, leading to increased involvement in NASA programs.
  • Managing significant elements or phases of an assigned research partnership with one or multiple NASA mission directorates under the auspices of the MUREP program manager.
  • Establishing a scalable and systemic OSTEM activity to broaden participation of underserved/underrepresented communities and institutions.

These activities may be tailored to the background and expertise of the candidate(s). Fellows may be placed at NASA Headquarters and/or centers agencywide. NASA’s telework policy may also be an option for this opportunity.

Fellows selected for the pilot initiative will begin a two-year temporary appointment in January 2021.

Faculty and/or staff who meet the general requirements, particularly members of underrepresented or underserved groups and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to consider this opportunity.

If you are interested, please register by 5:00 pm EDT on Aug. 17, 2020. Click the following link or copy and paste it on the address line of a web browser: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId={7E4DFD50-15F6-C3FF-5232-DDFF66633943}&path=&method=init.

Should you wish to nominate suitable candidates, please send the name(s) and email address(es) to: NASA.MSI.Fellowship.Rotation@nasaprs.com by July 31, 2020. You may also use this email address, if you have questions.

National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPage Last Updated: July 22, 2020Page Editor: Sandra MayNASA Official: Brian Dunbar