Project Manager I (4289)

Project Management Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking a Project Manager to provide NRAO Program Management Department support to projects performed in New Mexico. These projects include those associated with New Mexico operations, Next Generation VLA (ngVLA) project, Long Baseline Observatory upgrade and work-for-others projects, Data Management projects and other work as assigned. The Project Manager I will support the New Mexico PMD Program Manager, and other Project Managers and Systems Engineers within New Mexico. The Project Manager I may also assist in other PMD projects as deemed necessary and appropriate. 


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 PMD provides training and exam costs reimbursements for the PMI and INCOSE certifications. NRAO also 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 Project Manager I will report directly to the Deputy Director of the PMD and will matrix to the New Mexico PMD Program Manager. The successful candidate will implement appropriately tailored project management and systems engineering for assigned projects under the direction of the New Mexico PMD Program Manager. Responsibilities and duties:

  • Developing, tracking, and performing analysis on assigned projects.
  • Utilize the highest level of project management tools and techniques (including earned value, risk, etc.) to manage projects as directed.
  • Communicates heavily with the PMD staff.
  • Implements the appropriate level of project management and systems engineering on the project to assure project success.
  • Ensures implementation of project management and systems engineering standards, processes, and support services.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office environment.  Some limited (<10%) travel required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

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


Minimum Experience

Minimum of one year experience actively leading projects


Preferred Experience

One year experience in systems engineering preferred but not required.


Licensure/Certification Requirements

PMI Project Management CAPM or higher certification preferred. INCOSE Systems Engineering ASEP or higher certification required. Both can be obtained within one year of hire upon PMD Director Approval.


Competency Summary

Strong project management skill set with an understanding of the associated Systems Engineering (SE) processes is highly desired. Must be flexible, disciplined with acute attention to detail is critical. Must also be highly organized. The candidate will have a proven ability to work technical issues and develop action plans for closure. Ability to complete tasks with limited direct supervision. Organizational, planning, oral, and written presentation and communication skills are a must. High level of competency with Microsoft software products and web-based systems such as Visio and Sharepoint.


The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)





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