Full Job Description
Do you have a passion for space exploration?
Are you a program or project manager with extensive experience leading space missions?
If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!
We are seeking a Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for NASA's new Dragonfly Mission. Dragonfly is a revolutionary mission concept that will deliver a rotorcraft/lander to Saturn's moon Titan. Dragonfly will explore diverse locations on this Ocean World, characterizing the habitability of its environment and investigating how far prebiotic chemistry has progressed. It will also search for chemical signatures that could indicate water- and/or hydrocarbon-based life. The Dragonfly mission, scheduled to launch in 2026, is part of NASA's prestigious New Frontiers program, which seeks to advance high-priority Planetary Science objectives set forth by the Nation's space science community. More details about this exciting mission can be found athttps://dragonfly.jhuapl.edu.
Key responsibilities for this position involve,
Reporting to and assisting the Dragonfly Program Manager (PM) and acting as the Dragonfly PM in his absence.
Helping lead the diverse Dragonfly project team through its development, in adherence to APL Space Exploration Sector (SES) and NASA guidelines and requirements.
Working with the Dragonfly PM to oversee the flight system and ground system development, and to ensure all cost, schedule, and technical performance requirements are met.
Helping the Dragonfly PM to maintain customer focus (both external sponsor and internal management) and to provide timely status on technical, fiscal, and programmatic matters. External sponsor includes NASA's Planetary Missions Program Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA headquarters.
Additional program management roles as needed throughout the mission's design and development, fabrication, integration and test, deployment, and operations progression.
The DPM for Dragonfly will serve in the Civil Space Mission Area (CSMA) of the Space Exploration Sector at APL. The CSMA manages end-to-end development of NASA space science missions and instruments, including programs in Planetary Science, Heliophysics, Earth Science, and Astrophysics.
About APL's Civil Space Mission Area: Over the past 25 years, APL has designed, built, and operated major missions including NEAR (1996), TIMED (2001), MESSENGER (2004), STEREO (2006), New Horizons (2006), Van Allen Probes (2012), Parker Solar Probe (2018), and others. APL has also developed a large suite of scientific instruments for these missions, and for other NASA programs through partnerships. APL is currently developing the DART mission that will deflect an asteroid, the Europa Clipper mission that will investigate habitability on Jupiter's moon (joint w/ JPL), the IMAP mission that will map the heliosphere, and the Dragonfly mission. For these future programs, APL is also leading the development of multiple science instruments.
You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have...
A BS in science or technical field such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or equivalent OR Graduate degree in technical management or similar discipline.
A minimum of 15 years of experience in development of aerospace systems.
An outstanding record of engineering and/or scientific team management.
Demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and skills managing multi-disciplinary technical organizations and teams, and cultivating critical technical workforce capabilities.
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage performance, cost, and schedule to implement spacecraft or instrument projects.
Demonstrated command of the elements to consider when managing a spaceflight project, including technical performance, schedule, cost, funding, scope of task, activity networking, critical system interfaces, requirements management, resource allocation, risk allocation and management, earned value management and staffing considerations.
Experience managing projects within quality management and earned value system guidelines
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
The ability to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have…
A graduate degree in technical management or MBA
Experience as a project manager or line manager, managing flight projects within NASA guidelines NPR 7120.5 and NPR 7123.1
In-depth knowledge of APL Space Exploration Sector resources, programs, and strategic goal
Demonstrated knowledge of APL Space Exploration Sector program management practices and procedures
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
Why Work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.
At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.
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