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Program Manager IV-V

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is encouraging applications for a Program Manager IV-V to join our team! This position will lead large aerospace contract implementation and execution as well as plan, organize, direct, and control all activities of a program to satisfy contractual requirements and meet financial commitments to LASP while ensuring good employee and customer relations. The Program Manager is the main contact with the Customer and main LASP representative on all program related matters. This role works independently and reports to the Director of Engineering at LASP.

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

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (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. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work independently leading the implementation and execution of aerospace hardware contracts.
  • Responsible for overall program leadership, direction, and guidance that ensures successful program execution in accordance with the budget, schedule, contract, Statement of Work (SOW), and technical specifications.
  • Responsible for the program’s major metrics – Schedule, financials, requirements, and progress reporting.
  • Review and evaluate the program status on a continuing basis and work on unplanned program issues to the best solution, including the development of plans-forward, escalation, and increased resources, as required.
  • Work independently within LASP Engineering Division management to communicate program progress and resolve issues and concerns.
  • Develop and execute program plans to ensure the program is staffed with appropriate skill levels and that work is being accomplished according to plan.
  • Ensure that all business is conducted using the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations as well as company policies and directives.
  • Identify and ensure required compliance with the government and company regulation, policies/procedures, and guidelines; negotiate acceptance/ approval of all program plans with internal interfaces and the customer.
  • Coordinate the shared use of capital assets and company facilities with other programs.
  • Ensure that program requirements, purposes, objectives, and expectations are communicated and flowed down to the internal team and subcontractors.
  • Employ proactive risk & opportunity management processes and practices to mitigate or capture potential program issues and improvements and develop project specific processes if required by contract.
  • Employ Earned Value (EV) and Earned Value Management (EVM) processes and practices including variance reporting as required by contractual specifications.
  • Identify and lead change proposal efforts for the program including pre-coordination with the customer to establish expectations.
  • Identify and lead in the development of program add-on/follow-on activities including capture planning, program execution strategies, definition of assumptions and ground rules, and developing executable program plans.
  • Lead technical, contracts, and subcontracts staff in monitoring performance of subcontractors performing on the contract and implement optimization and changes as necessary to meet performance goals and requirements.
  • Direct the work of program leads and other designated staff supporting contract execution, delegate critical functions, as required.
  • Provide leadership to the program team, balancing the needs of the program with individual expectations. Be an advocate for the career development of members of the program team.
  • Create a motivational environment where team members understand the mission, are fully engaged and empowered to execute and are recognized for their performance.
  • Resolve conflicts, demands, and priorities on assigned programs.
  • Serve as mentor to less experienced program managers and others who are aspiring program managers.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the LASP divisions, the LASP Business Committee, and the University of Colorado business units.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

  • Due to US Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • This job is contingent upon ESCAPE winning the NASA Astro-SMEX award, which NASA is anticipated to announce soon.

What We Can Offer

$150,000.00 - $210,000.00.


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What We Require

  • BS/BA in a related field of engineering, business, or science.
  • 12 years of related experience in the aerospace industry.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

What You Will Need

  • Leadership and management experience in the development of space flight hardware.
  • Experience with subcontract management and supplier oversight and direction.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Advanced degree.
  • Aerospace program or project management experience preferred.
  • Direct experience with NASA, NOAA, USGS Program Management is highly preferred.
  • Experience with NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) process is preferred.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/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.

The position will remain open 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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