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Program Planner & Scheduler III

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is encouraging applications for a NASA Program Planner/Scheduler. This position coordinates complex schedules for the assembly, integration, and test of NASA space missions. Specifically, the Planner/Scheduler will be responsible for the coordination, preparation, monitoring and maintenance of the Microsoft Project Integrated Master Schedule. The preparation and maintenance of the master schedule is done in close collaboration with CAMs (Control Account Managers) and subcontractors as required. Onboarding and assistance to enable any transition to space-oriented planning will be provided.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

LASP at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only academic research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop, maintain and update the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) using Microsoft Project software based on the Contract Work Breakdown Structure (CWBS) and guidance from the LASP EVMS System Description.
  • Coordinate, integrate, and review schedule input from management, CAMs, production, subcontractors, and suppliers to develop an integrated master schedule.
  • Support the development and update of contract Earned Value (EV) Management deliverables and requirements.
  • Perform schedule analysis on critical path, schedule reserve, and variances, while maintaining change control.
  • Prepare schedules, graphs, progress, and trend analysis for monthly reports and proposal submissions.
  • Prepare full month-end narrative reports including logic change analysis for monthly customer reports and present progress at internal/external program reviews when required.
  • Work with the CAMs to develop schedule solutions for mitigating schedule risk and achieving program goals, requirements, and objectives.
  • Highlight problem areas during schedule updates to the Project Manager in order to minimize schedule impacts and devise workarounds, where possible.
  • Develop and provide PMO and CAMs with critical schedule performance metrics.
  • Provide specialized scheduling services such as What-If-Analysis reports as needed.
  • Maintain Project Schedules under configuration management.

What You Should Know

  • Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $74,119-103,838. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years of project planning and scheduling experience related to engineering, technical development activities, research and development, construction projects or closely related field (ideally in a NASA contracting environment with EVM requirements).
  • Experience with Integrated Master Scheduling (IMS).
  • An understanding of NDIA PASEG and EVMS best practices as related to scheduling.
  • Experience with Schedule Critical Path Method (CPM).
  • Working knowledge of Schedule Risk Assessment (SRA).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Project.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work and communicate well in a team environment.
  • Work with limited supervision to develop and maintain program schedules.
  • Possess excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in other Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work optimally with minimum supervision. Ability to multi-task efficiently, work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects, and have strong attention to detail.
  • Skilled at taking in large quantities of information and presenting it in a clear and concise manner.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will start immediately and will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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