ngVLA Project Scheduler I-III (4645) - UPDATED

Project Management Albuquerque, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

In anticipation of an award for additional project work, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking a well-qualified project scheduler to join the Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) project team. The successful candidate must demonstrate self-motivation, strong communication skills, and the ability to engage and communicate effectively with stakeholders in order to build and maintain the project schedule.  The scheduler will work within a large team responsible for design, development, construction, and commissioning of the ngVLA.  Experience in working with similar systems and within the optical or radio astronomy community is highly desirable.


The position will be based in Albuquerque, NM.  For well qualified candidates, a remote work arrangement may be considered, with the expectation of travel to Albuquerque, NM; Socorro, NM; and Charlottesville, VA as required. The NRAO Albuquerque Office, located in the Science and Technology Park at the University of New Mexico ( Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, both cities offer ample access to outdoor recreation.


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 successful candidate will; understand an apply processes outlined in the Project Management Department Standard Operating Procedures; apply the ten best practices as described in the GAO Schedule Assessment Guide; engage stakeholders with bidirectional information flow; and develop knowledge bases and understanding of project management and systems engineering processes. 


In general, the duties of the Project Scheduler consist of but are not limited to:

  • Build and maintain project schedules in an ngVLA Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) using Primavera P6.
  • Collaborate with the Project Managers and Integrated Product Team (IPT) leads to schedule and track ngVLA activities, including baseline and contingency flows.
  • Perform resource loading throughout the ngVLA project lifecycle.
  • Understand the project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Product Breakdown Schedule (PBS) and their relationship to the IMS.
  • Report on schedule trends and forecasts, including preparation of presentation charts for project reviews.
  • Monitor project timelines, milestones and deadlines, keeping the Project Managers informed at all times.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office environment in a research and development context. Some field work is required during the construction, integration and verification phases of the project.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

A Bachelor's Degree in engineering, physical science, management, related field.


Minimum Experience

One year of experience actively maintaining complex project schedules.


Preferred Experience

Five years of experience actively scheduling projects and hold one of the following certifications:

  • PMI-SP (Project Management Institute, Scheduling Professional)
  • PMI-CAPM or higher (Project Management Institute, Certified Associate in Project Management)
  • AACE PSP (Assoc. for Advancement of Cost Eng., Planning and Scheduling Professional)



Strong project scheduling skill set with an understanding of the associated processes is highly desired. Flexible, disciplined, organized, and attention to detail. Ability to complete tasks with limited direct supervision and work well within a team environment. Ability to effectively communicate though both writing and oral presentations.  High level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems.


Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.



Application Instructions:


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 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 [email protected].


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