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Program Manager

University of Colorado Boulder
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Program Manager

Requisition Number: 37559
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date:
Date Posted: 29-Sep-2022

Job Summary

Are you eager to take your leadership and program management skills to a new level? Then The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)is the place for you! As part of an accomplished team of experts, you will lead a space flight aerospace program to help achieve all strategic, contractual, and technical achievements over the lifecycle of the program.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

LASP at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead the implementation and execution of space flight related aerospace hardware contracts.
  • Responsible for overall program leadership, direction, and guidance that ensures successful program execution in accordance with budget, schedule, contract, resourcing planning, and technical specifications.
  • Develop metrics and data reports to monitor program process and performance.
  • Review and evaluate the program status on a continuing basis and work unplanned program issues to the best solution, including the development of plans-forward, escalation and increased resources, as needed.
  • Collaborate with the program customer and main LASP representative on all program matters.
  • Identify and ensure required compliance of policies/procedures with all partners. Assess risk and develop mitigation plans as needed.
  • Manage budgets and implementation of capital equipment and facility projects.
  • Employ proactive risk & opportunity management processes and practices to mitigate or capture the potential program issues and improvements.
  • Employ Earned Value (EV) and Earned Value Management (EVM) processes and practices including variance reporting as required by contractual specifications.
  • Identify and lead change proposal efforts for the program including pre-coordination with customers to establish expectations.
  • Lead and mentor program staff.

What You Should Know

  • Due to ITAR requirements, only US citizens and permanent residents may apply.
  • Travel to other locations and local commute between LASP facilities may be required.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for the Program Manager I-III is $100,000 - $140,000 and Program Manager IV-V: $150,000 - $210,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of engineering, business, or science.
  • 2 - 10 years of related experience in the aerospace industry.
  • Master’s degree or Ph.D., may substitute for part of relevant experience level.
  • Leadership and management experience in the development of space flight hardware.
  • Experience with subcontract management and supplier oversight and direction.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Space flight aerospace program or project management experience.
  • Direct experience with NASA, NOAA, USGS Program Management.
  • Experience with NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) process.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version optional attachment.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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