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Capture and Development Proposal Manager

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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) pursues fundamental discovery in Earth and Space Science, develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space‐based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets, operates satellites, and analyzes mission data sets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system.

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

  • Responsible for “winning” contracted space research opportunities through the management and oversight of capture teams and proposal efforts, from conception through award.
  • Supports LASP’s strategic planning development and execution, and customer relationship development and management activities.
  • Identifies resources required to pursue proposals, establishes infrastructure requirements, processes, plans, and manages the same.
  • Manages all capture and proposal activities and processes throughout development, submission, and selection, including scheduling and reviews.
  • Develops and implements proposal strategies, including research, planning, pricing, teaming, competitive positioning, and risk assessment.
  • Ensures quality and compliance of proposals and customer interactions.
  • Participates in dynamic workload balancing with LASP personnel, including projections of needs and prioritization decisions.
  • Engages with customers, teammates and the community to solidify and enhance relationships and competitive positioning of LASP.
  • Attends conferences and symposia to stay abreast of marketplace changes and determine likely areas for growth and expansion.
  • Coordinates across LASP to encourage and foster compelling ideas and concepts that further the Lab’s goals and strategies.

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 $115,000 - $161,000. 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

  • Minimum B.A./B.S. Degree in relevant technical field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of aerospace industry experience with three to five years of proposal management and business development experience.

What You Will Need

  • A dynamic, hands-on leader capable of instilling passion to win, excellence, and adherence to deadlines; mentoring proposal teams, and driving accountability and success.
  • Experience in developing responses to solicitations in a similar organization servicing multi-step, page-limited Federal Government announcements of opportunity.
  • Experience in developing compliance matrices, outlines, storyboards, page allocation, themes, discriminators, etc.
  • Ability to work independently to identify, structure and articulate a winning approach for solicitation responses.
  • Program Management experience in assessing technical, financial, schedule, or other associated risks with solicitations, studies, and projects.
  • Working knowledge of NASA standards and specifications.
  • Experience interviewing customers to ensure understanding of requirements and development of effective solutions.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with stress on articulating and writing effectively.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools including Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experienced in developing presentations for senior executives.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, delivering high quality work consistently against tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of the various types of contracts (e.g., Single versus Multi-Award, IDIQ Task Orders, Cost Plus, FFP, Incentive Fee, etc.).
  • Must have federal government contracting acquisition and proposal processes knowledge, and experience with large proposal efforts.

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 (maximum 2 pages).

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 the finalists have been identified.

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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