Program Manager, Small Satellite Center

Massachusetts, United States
26 Jan 2021
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26 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

PROGRAM MANAGERAeronautics and Astronautics-Small Satellite Center (SSC), to join a new lab whose vision is to enable MIT to become a globally recognized leader in small satellite development and operations, both for research and academic projects to design, build, and operate complete small satellites and/or payloads for small satellites. Responsibilities include implementing directives issued by the codirectors and running the center on a daily basis; working closely with technical associate staff; establishing and maintaining good relationships with partners across MIT, in multilateral agencies, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, and private industry; working with student groups active in space research; engaging faculty across MIT for the purpose of coordinating research on a broad range of technologies in a variety of sectors; collaborating on developing a plan for physical space for a center; leading the coordination of proposal writing efforts; working with Lincoln Lab to develop a process that can be repeated when more advanced facilities are needed for flight projects; managing web content. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.S. in engineering or applied physics; four years’ experience with administration/operations and/or project/program management; experience in the commercial space industry; commitment to diversity and experience and comfort interacting with culturally diverse academic leaders/students/research sponsors; excellent interpersonal, communication, administrative, and organizational skills; and discretion with confidential information/issues.  Must be able to multitask and set and manage competing priorities while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail; and seek out root causes of issues, conceive innovative solutions, and move from concept to implementation. 

PREFERRED: SM in aerospace, mechanical or electronics; experience with small satellite systems either designing, building, and launching them and/or in mission planning and concurrent engineering. Job #19113-9

This is a one-year term appointment