Project Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, Missouri has a long history of supporting and transitioning research into operations for the National Weather Service (NWS) to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation partners. Contained within AWC, the Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT) provides the infrastructure and facilities to develop, test, and evaluate new and emerging scientific techniques, products, and services. The AWT actively engages in the research-to-operations process by supporting applied research, verifying the quality and scientific validity of new techniques and products, and providing a common venue for both forecasters and researchers to engage in developing and testing state-of-the-art aviation weather services. This position is located in a federal facility in Kansas City, MO and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.

The AWC and AWT collaborate with universities, governmental forecast centers and research laboratories, FAA and other aviation partners, International Meteorological Watch Offices, and other NOAA and NWS organizations. The AWC maintains 24×7 global forecasting and warning operations, and the AWT supports aviation meteorology hazards training, applied research, and transitioning research-to-operations. CIRA is a collaborating partner with the AWC on a number of research projects and activities. CIRA professionals assist the AWC/AWT in supporting, developing, testing, and transitioning aviation weather research into NWS operations.

Position Summary

The mission of AWC is to enhance safe and efficient flight. The individual in this position will work closely with aviation partners and a federal advisor to improve NWS aviation weather services by leading a variety of projects (e.g., research to operations, technology to operations, and IT infrastructure). The individual will report to the CIRA Associate Director, and work closely with on-site NWS federal collaborators. This position has the potential for growth.

Required Job Qualifications

  • This position is located in a federal facility in Kansas City, MO and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.
  • Bachelor of Science degree with 5 years relevant experience or Master of Science degree with 2 years relevant experience in computer science, atmospheric science, mathematics, or a related discipline. -Relevant experience must include at least 2 years of project planning and control with emphasis on scientific data processing and IT communications
  • Demonstrated experience leading project teams
  • Demonstrated experience using project scheduling/tracking tools
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience managing multiple projects, often with competing priorities
  • Knowledge of configuration management, and industry standards for software development practices
  • Knowledge of high-level programming languages, operating system concepts, communications protocols, and network architecture
  • Ability to work both independently and on teams to analyze problems, and identify and implement solutions
  • Familiarity with NOAA and NWS systems

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Leading Projects and Project Teams Duty/Responsibility

  • Execute all phases of project management, from requirements gathering to closeout
  • Lead project team members, including task coordination
  • Facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • Exercise risk management principles, including risk assessment, designing mitigation strategies, and execution of appropriate risk responses
  • Work collaboratively with AWC and NWS federal staff to specify and prioritize requirements
  • Oversee the work of AWC technical and development staff through planning and scheduling
  • Help develop and promote standard software conventions and test/integration procedures

Percentage Of Time 80 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Administrative Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide both written and oral reports on project status
  • Participate in meetings, as needed
  • Compile and submit CIRA reports, as required

Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please utilize the cover letter to address required and preferred qualifications as applied to your professional experience.

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EEO Statement

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.