Project Manager I-III (4461)

Project Management Albuquerque, New Mexico Charlottesville, Virginia Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory has exciting opportunities for Project Managers in New Mexico (Socorro or Albuquerque) and/or in Virginia (Charlottesville)At least one position will be in NM; the other may be in either NM or VA.  The Project Manager will take a leadership role and serve as a change agent to implement all Project Management Division (PMD) standards, processes, tools, techniques, and support servicesTypical duties include managing relationships with project stakeholders, including internal and external clients and vendors.  Analyzes risks, establishes contingency plans and identifies trigger events and has the responsibility for initiating mitigating action.  Determines project goals and priorities with Observatory Program Manager, project sponsors, and project leaders.  Responsible for defining, planning, tracking and managing assigned projects to successful completion.  Provides training in Project Management and Systems Engineering to New Mexico based staff.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

  • Using PM best practices, fully implement all PMD standards, processes, tools, techniques, and support services at the New Mexico and/or Virginia sites;
  • Consult and train Observatory staff in Project Management;
  • Ensure the success of all Work for Other projects assigned to manage. This may require management of cross division/department/site projects;
  • Assist Observatory Program Management Director in other tasks as assigned.


Work Environment

Office environment; some travel may be required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in engineering, physical science, management or related field required.


Minimum Experience

Requires one to two years of experience with at least one year experience actively leading technical projects. Candidates with more years of experience will be considered for a higher-level classification.  PMI PMP certification and INCOSE ASEP (or higher) certification required. Must have at least one certification at time of hire; the second must be obtained within six months of hire.


Preferred Experience

One to two years’ experience in systems engineering


Competency Summary

  • High level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems, Visio and SharePoint.
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication skills


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.