Ham Radio Project Lead

Education and Outreach Charlottesville (or TBD), Virginia


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (NRAO) Office of Diversity & Inclusion is seeking a part-time Project Lead to coordinate an exciting, innovative project designed to teach upper-level high school and college students about the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), including an interactive experience with amateur radio, with particular focus on broadening the excitement of amateur radio among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the EMS and/or amateur radio and background in developing educational programs, including the development of college-level courses. Other skills include demonstrated experience managing multiple project deliverables, working collaboratively as part of a team, and shifting priorities as needed. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer, an independent worker, and comfortable with occasional ambiguity.


Given our focus on diversifying the amateur radio community, it is particularly important that this new team member brings lived experience and/or demonstrated understanding of the challenges faced by under-represented minoritized (URM) students in STEM spaces.


This will be a domestic remote work arrangement.


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

Specific activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop a 9-month curriculum (likely, the equivalent of two 3-credit college courses) on the electromagnetic spectrum, with a focus on amateur radio
  • Collaborate with team members to deliver the course to pilot groups
  • Collaborate with web/platform developer to offer the courses on the Superknova platform.
  • Write, edit, and produce a set of documents that describe the project and make it possible for other groups (e.g., ham radio clubs) to offer the course.
  • Write reports that describe the project, its deliverables, and its outcomes.
  • Carry out all of the responsibilities listed above following the mission statement of NRAO.
  • Does not supervise any staff, but may plan and coordinate the work of volunteers and colleagues.
  • Will need to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and make day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments.

Work Environment

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


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree and at least two years related work experience


Minimum Experience

  • Experience organizing time and experience managing diverse activities to meet deadlines.
  • Adept with organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting URM students in an academic and/or STEM environment.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people, including students, scientists, engineers, technicians, and other volunteers in person or by phone with the highest level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the online learning environment, including experience working an online platform (e.g., Moodle) and principles associated with teaching online.
  • Excellent copywriting, copyediting, and proofreading skills, with demonstrable experience.
  • Familiarity with standard business communications.
  • Good “customer service” skills and focus.

Preferred Experience

  • Share our commitment to integrating justice and equity into the work we do and supporting an inclusive organizational culture;
  • Cultural competence and cross-cultural communications knowledge and experience;
  • Knowledge about the electromagnetic spectrum and/or amateur radio
  • Experience creating college-level curriculum
  • Fluency in moderate/advanced computer literacy with Microsoft office suites;
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively work in a teleworking environment


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


Additional Requirement

The Observatory has determined that all employees who intend to be physically present in the facilities and employees who work in safety sensitive positions are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with our AUI vaccine policy and provide proof of full vaccination prior to your start date. A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or a sincerely held religious belief.

Application Instructions:

Select the Apply button. Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a cover letter 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 http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs. 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 [email protected].



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

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