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NSRC Program Director

Bay Area Environmental Research Institute Palmdale, CA
  • Expired: August 31, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

Job Description Summary The National Suborbital Research Center (NSRC) is seeking to hire the position of Program Director to provide leadership in science mission operations support to meet the research, education, and technology needs of the NASA Airborne Science Program (ASP) and the greater scientific community. ). NSRC is the product of a cooperative agreement between NASA and the Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute.

Responsibilities The Program Director will be responsible for coordinating science operations support for various ASP-supported aircraft platforms, including the DC-8, P-3B, G-III, and ER-2s. The Program Director will work closely with the NSRC Lead Integration and Lead Systems Engineers to coordinate and provide the engineering support needed across the NASA centers that host ASP-supported aircraft. Prepare yearly reports to BAERI management and present these to overall BAERI management.

Prepare monthly accomplishment reports, including technical... budget and schedule; and present these to Center/Agency management. Interface with other NASA Airborne Science Program Groups including participation in weekly teleconferences with the ASP Cross-cutting team to coordinate on-going projects; and participate in weekly teleconferences with Airborne Science Program management to report on the status of projects/priorities.

Serve as an expert and leading authority in overall program definition, organization, management and direction for NSRC. Maintain project budgets and report financial information to NASA, including the approval of purchase card expenditures; analyzing budget status of multiple accounts relative to NASA funding; providing monthly reports to NASA on the amount of funding committed; providing budget requests with justifications; and providing budget estimates for mission peculiar costs. Serve as the interface to the scientific community; engaging with the key stakeholders at all levels of the program from NASA management to principal investigators and airborne science data users.

Work closely with science teams prior to, during, and after missions in order to ensure that science needs are achieved while maintaining aircraft safety; assisting science teams with any questions, concerns, or further information; and participation in all phases of the field mission in order to provide the engineering support needed for a successful field campaign. Manage the overall NSRC operational efforts, including mission planning, personnel scheduling, budgeting, and logistical support. Provide the NSRC team with the support necessary for all levels of operation.

Supervise and direct NSRC staff, including meeting with staff on a regular basis; reviewing, assessing, and prioritizing NSRC plans based upon how they meet critical tasks for NASA; and reviewing staff performance in annual performance plans. Lead the implementation of improvements that will make the various airborne platforms more scientifically valuable. Practice risk management and analysis to find solutions to problems in areas such as resource, technical systems, and technical engineering operations.

Supervise the organization of the annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). This includes working with the SARP Program Manager to advertise the program; participating in the review and selection of candidates; providing support in logistics preparation; and participating in the program during the first two weeks of lectures, instrument integration, and research flights, and during the final week of student presentations. Travel Required Occasional Travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in natural or physical science, or engineering.

Master's degree preferred Extensive experience working on one or more NASA research aircraft is required. This includes instrument integration, operation, and de-integration activities. Particip

Bay Area Environmental Research Institute


Palmdale, CA