Assistant Business Manager (4456)

Business Development Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces a new opportunity within our Business Services group.  We are seeking an Assistant Business Manager to provide direct support in the administration and management of business functions. The assistant Business Manager will provide oversight for the following activities: Budgeting, general business, property control, warehouse stores, shipping and receiving, leased services (building space, transportation), visitor support and facilities management.


The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ( Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. 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

The Assistant Business Manager will work both independently and within a dynamic team environment in support of the Observatory’s business services functions.  In general, the Assistant Business Manager:

  • Will supervise, monitor, or coordinate work activities of direct or indirect reports.
  • Prepares or coordinates preparation of financial and administrative reports; analyzes and interprets statistics, financial data, and management planning data for predicting resource needs and developing long-range plans.
  • Analyzes and plans for the needs of staff, capital equipment/ improvements, supplies, and services and takes appropriate action, considering budget limitations.
  • Manages and controls expenditures in accordance with budgeted amounts; authorizes requests for supplies and services or other purchases, rarely requiring higher-level authorization.
  • Controls and manages proper accounting and records of operational and special budgets, typically utilizing a computerized system; designs and implements new procedures or computer systems; manages cost control practices.
  • With guidance from the Observatory Human Resource Department coordinates and advises on personnel matters, ensuring compliance with applicable policies such as affirmative action.
  • Advises staff on financial, technical and operational matters, instructs and orients new members of staff as necessary.
  • Represents the Associate Director of Administration or Site Director as required.
  • Interprets, implements, develops and/or recommends changes to rules, regulations, policies and procedures set forth by the Observatory or outside governing agencies.
  • Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Others duties as assigned.


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office setting within a research or development environment. 


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related field.


Preferred Education

MBA with a relevant business related concentration.


Minimum Experience

Three to five years of related Budgeting and accounting experience; or, eight years of progressively more responsible budgeting and accounting experience.


Preferred Experience

Experience in a non-profit research or university environment is preferred.


Special Requirement

A valid driver’s license is required by start date of employment and must be maintained.


Competency Summary

The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills. Experience with and ERP system is desirable.  Must be familiar with a variety of packages within the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


Physical Demands

Throughout the work day, will be required to stand and sit, and operate a personal computer. Occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, and crouch. May occasionally work at high altitudes, and in high, precarious places, and may be exposed to chemicals, or the risk of electrical shock. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. Must possess a valid driver’s license.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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



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