Application Deadline: This position will be posted until December 27th, or until filled.
Position Term: 1-year term position, with the possibility of extension
Relocation: No relocation package is offered for this position.
U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.
UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
Where You Will Work:
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
What You Will Do:
Leads and directs the activities of one or more cross-functional program/project teams in the conduct of projects and programs within and across National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) laboratories as assigned, with an initial focus on the provision of project management support within the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL).
Responsible for overseeing the scope, schedule, and budget performance and risk and change control management of assigned programs and projects and accountable for the timely completion of project deliverables, requirements, and outcomes. Projects involve a high degree of complexity and are typically of extended duration and high visibility. Additionally, projects include a significant number of multi-disciplinary, cross-organizational, and external team members and stakeholders.
Partners with project sponsor (CISL Lab Director and other NCAR senior personnel as assigned), senior NCAR laboratory leaders, and NCAR Directorate senior leadership as required to define project outcomes, project success metrics and criteria, and resource and schedule commitments.
Supports project sponsors and NCAR leadership team members in all aspects of assigned projects including requirements development, planning (scope, schedule, and budget), risk management, design, development, vendor management, testing, implementation, change management, and project closure.
Defines, creates, coordinates and monitors integrated project plans utilizing appropriate project management methodologies.
Builds, leads, and coaches project teams to complete project phases and deliverables. Leverages project metrics to monitor and evaluate progress and performance against the project plan. Facilitates all operational checkpoint activities throughout project lifecycles.
Develops the overall project execution plan, with input from other project team members and the Directorate Senior Project Manager as required.
Manages change control processes for approval of changes to project scope, schedule, cost, and requirements. H as overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with these policies and procedures.
Accountable for risk management processes to identify and facilitate the development of mitigation plans for end-to-end program/project risks.
Coordinates and balances multiple projects effectively to meet deadlines in a time-sensitive environment.
Oversees and manages scope of work for selected vendors to achieve program/project deliverables.
Develops domain knowledge where necessary to ensure the ability to manage tasks and dependencies.
Facilitates interactions between project functional leaders, senior NCAR Directorate and laboratory leadership, NCAR Directorate Senior Project Manager, and other stakeholders and/or sponsors to drive successful outcomes.
Establishes strong relationship with project sponsor(s) and maintains regular communications on program/project progress.
Ensures effective stakeholder engagement and communications. Promotes a high level of collaboration and teamwork with project sponsors, stakeholders, team members, and senior leadership. Manages project communications plan and delivers regular project status reports and presentations for project sponsors, senior leadership and other staff, as appropriate.
Collaborates with the Directorate Senior Project Manager on the identification of cross-institutional project management needs and the design and implementation of project management planning and support activities needed across NCAR. Supports the Senior Project Manager and other Directorate personnel in project intake and quarterly project planning, and along with the Senior Project Manager researches and recommends new or improved project management tools or leading practices to improve project outcomes. Provides inputs to laboratory project resource plans and priority-setting activities as well as performance feedback for project team members as required.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, computer science, business, or a related field.
Minimum of 5+ years experience with demonstrated ability to successfully manage large-scale, technical projects with increasing levels of complexity with a focus on both deployment of cutting-edge technology as well as facility upgrades.
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Understanding of, and demonstrated experience implementing, NSF Large Facilities Office project management policies and processes for the design and execution of projects. (Information about the LFO is available at https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/lfo/lfo_documents.jsp )
Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated skill in routinely applying project management principles to technical projects.
Understanding of government contracts management processes and procedures, and ability to work with UCAR Contracts personnel to meet contractual needs of the project.
Excellent program and project management, organization, and team collaboration skills with the ability to manage complex, mission-critical projects.
Strong technical aptitude, including solid understanding of scientific and technological concepts.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining strict attention to detail.
Experience in complex project scope, schedule, and budget preparation, analysis, monitoring, and stewardship.
Experience with project performance management metrics definition, tracking, and reporting.
Proven ability to foster and sustain high-trust, high-performance teams; demonstrated skills in the areas of leadership, matrix management, relationship building, communications, and conflict resolution, and developing collaborative approaches with both internal and external stakeholders.
Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic work setting, leveraging skills in team building, time management, resource management, communication management, and cost management.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a calm, focused, and professional demeanor when working in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
Experience using project tracking tools (MS Project, Smartsheet, Base Camp, workspace.com, JIRA, etc.)
Desired, but not Required:
Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner or Certified Scrum Master (CSM) optional.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.