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Operations Software Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Operations Software (OSW) Manager is responsible for overall supervision and guidance to the Operations Software Group. The OSW Manager plans, coordinates, develops and administers OSW Group activities. This includes all work related to programs and projects assigned to OSW Group personnel.

The OSW Manager is the direct supervisor of the OSW Team Leads. These supervisory responsibilities include establishing performance expectations, managing outcomes, and delivering performance evaluations.

The OSW Manager is responsible for coordinating cross-functional activities with other MODS Group Leads and/or other departments at LASP. The OSW Manager is also expected to communicate any potential program, project or personnel issues that have a direct impact to MODS or LASP in a timely manner to the MODS Division Director. 

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 is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Lead and manage the operations software group/department

  • Formulate and execute group strategic plan.
  • Establish operations software goals in support of LASP and division milestones and objectives.
  • Prepare and manage product and organizational budgets.
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance.
  • Work across OSW teams to identify gaps, problems, needs, consistency issues, and proposes potential solutions.
  • Represent and promote operations software's capabilities internal and external to LASP.
  • Continuously improve OSW Group internal process.

Personnel management and staffing

  • Provide supervision to OSW Team Leads, and other members of the OSW Group through coaching and mentoring.
  • Develop and manage OSW Group workload distribution and staffing plans.
  • Oversee and conduct annual performance reviews for OSW personnel.
  • Encourage and facilitate professional and student employee development and continued education.
  • Supervise hiring process for professional staff.
  • Support preparation of LASP or MODS mission proposals.

Other duties as assigned

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 align 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 $168,300 - $218,000 . 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 in computer science or related technical field.
  • 10+ years of related work experience.
  • 5+ years of management experience.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically plan and direct activities and functions involving multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with software development processes and standards.
  • Software development experience with C, C++, Java, Python and Linux.
  • Experience with Software Management/Lifecyle, Agile Processes and Object Orient Design.
  • Experience with Cloud Computing, Containers (Docker) and Sql (Database).
  • Experience with Git or other software repositories.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

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.

The position will remain posted until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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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