The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) seeks a full-time Program Manager (PM) to work closely with the NOAO Director and Deputy Director on all aspects of managing the NOAO program. The PM shall report to the NOAO Director and be a member of the Directorate Program Management team.
NOAO is the U.S. national center for ground-based optical and infrared (OIR) astronomy. In that role, NOAO operates and maintains OIR observational research facilities and related data systems in Arizona and Chile. It also coordinates and integrates observational, technical, and data-oriented capabilities provided by other U.S. federal and non-federal assets. NOAO is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF. NOAO consists of approximately 250 people located in Arizona and Chile and has an annual budget of approximately $35M.
AURA and NSF are collaboratively developing a plan to consolidate the existing Gemini and NOAO organizations with the future Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) operations organization into a new organization called the National Center for Optical-Infrared Astronomy (NCOA). If approved by NSF, NCOA will start operation on 1 October 2018. The successful candidate will transition along with the AURA management team into NCOA and become the NCOA PM in charge of the Program Management Office responsible for integrated program management of the entire NCOA organization.
This position is based at the NOAO headquarters in Tucson, AZ, located on the campus of the University of Arizona. The NCOA headquarters and Project Management Office will be based in the same facility. Travel will be required within the continental U.S. (usually to the Washington/Baltimore area) several times per year. At least once per year, travel to La Serena, Chile will also be required. If NCOA is approve, travel to Hawaii may also be required at least once per year.
The ideal candidate would have: Undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in a science, engineering, project management, operations management, or program management area, or equivalent relevant experience; At least five (5) and preferable ten (10) years of experience with program management with organizations with more than 250 employees, or equivalent relevant experience.
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