Job Description

Job Description

Flight Operations Training Coordinator is responsible for tracking and coordinating flight related training requirements to NASA Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) personnel assigned to Johnson Space Center/Ellington Field.

Responsible for the daily operations of the Mission Planning and Aircraft Flight Scheduling team, as well as providing oversight and support.

Serve as the primary flight operations liaison with the customer.

Essential Functions

  • Identify and analyze key performance indicators such as scheduling effectiveness, aircrew currency compliance, optimum use of aircraft, simulator schedule effectiveness and similar management metrics.

  • Develop and present Operational Readiness Review (ORR) briefings, highlighting key analysis and messages to the customer.

  • Serve as primary representative to aircrew members to ensure their operational and logistical needs are met in a timely manner.

  • Manage and oversee execution of training, analyze training needs, determine best methods to facilitate and address training gaps, develop appropriate materials, syllabi, and schedules and oversee training deployment and execution. This includes but is not limited to: Maintaining and instructing the Instrument Refresher Course, managing aircrew water survival qualifications/training, schedule, maintain and oversee the execution of the Astronaut Candidate (ASCAN) Initial T-38(N) ground and flight syllabus.

  • Manage data input/analysis and advise management on safety, mission suitability, cost, schedule and resources.

  • Deploy in support of space vehicle launches.

  • Manage and execute processes to obtain overflight clearances, missions, training and airspace scheduling, and Personal Equipment (PE) and Flight Publications coordination and electronic flight bag management.

  • Ensure availability of crew and aircraft for each scheduled departure, coordinate with customer for optimum utilization of aircraft and crew during irregular operation(s).

  • Establish and manage long range mission schedules and support mission export control.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of all appropriate flight training instructions and directives.

  • Receive training in the responsibilities of the NASA AOD Operations Duty Officer (ODO) and serve as the NASA AOD ODO when necessary.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervise the daily tasks of the Mission Planning and Scheduling team, generate work assignments, assign appropriate resources, manage schedules, set priorities, determine team objectives and procedures, assign daily tasks, review employee performance, and make strong recommendations on employment decisions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to act independently with minimum day-to-day supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, subordinates and customers.
  • Strong attention to detail, with an ability to recommend changes to existing policies and procedures.
  • Familiar with military and civil flight operations.
  • Ability to provide a leadership role for the Mission Planning and Scheduling team.
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills with an ability to lead, coach and manager others.


  • Bachelor’s Degree desired.
  • The successful candidate shall be able to complete training as a T-38(N) aircraft Mission Crewmember (MC).
  • The candidate shall possess an active DOD-approved aviation physical examination, FAA physical examination, or pass a NASA Class III physical examination to be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a DoD and/or Civil flight operations training/management environment.
  • The candidate should be familiar and versed in the following Primary Instructional Methods: Lecture, Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI), Self-and-Group-Paced Study, Simulator, and In-Flight Instruction.
  • Experience as a pilot or non-pilot aircrew member or dispatcher required.
  • FCC radio operator’s license and/or OCONUS aviation experience preferred.
  • Ability to travel 25% or more.

Work Environment

A fast-paced multi-tasking customer service-oriented environment requiring a high degree of efficient and effective performance. Adaptability regarding schedule and task changes is necessary to accommodate changing priorities. Overtime may be required.

Physical and Environmental Demands

In order to be considered, each candidate should be in good physical condition and able to meet the minimum physical requirements as specified in NASA AOD policy 09295, T-38(N) Operations and Training Procedures.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Other duties may be assigned.

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