Program Manager, Civil Space Programs

Do you have a passion for space exploration?

Are you a program or project leader supporting Space missions?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

We are seeking aProgram Manager (PM) to serve within the CivilSpace Mission Area (CSMA) of the Space Exploration Sector at APL. The CSMAmanages end-to-end development of NASA space science missions and instruments,including programs in Planetary Science, Heliophysics, Earth Science, andAstrophysics.

As a Program Manager, you will…

  • Lead a diverse project team throughout the various phases of anaerospace system development. You will manage project teams, in adherence toSES and NASA guidelines and requirements, while maintaining outstanding cost,schedule, and technical performance.
  • Manage programmatic cost, schedule, and risk elements for assignedproject(s). You will also directlygenerate and manage cost reports, monthly status reports, earned valuemanagement reports, purchase requests, subcontract procurements and otherprogram proposals.
  • Assist in proposal development of new missions and instruments viadirect oversight/management of proposals which describe the design anddevelopment, fabrication, integration and test, deployment, and operations andmanagement of these missions and instruments.
  • Maintain customer focus, both external sponsor and internalmanagement, and provide timely status of technical, fiscal, and programmaticinformation. Your sponsors will include NASA program offices, NASA centermanagement and NASA Headquarters.

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 that will fly on Saturn's moon Titan to investigate its prebiotic chemistry. For these future programs, APL is also leading the development of multiple science instruments.

You meet ourminimum qualifications for the job if you have...
  • A BS in science or technical field such aselectrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or equivalent OR Graduatedegree in technical management or similar discipline.
  • A minimum of 15 years experience indevelopment of aerospace systems.
  • An outstanding record of engineering and/orscientific team management.
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership qualitiesand skills managing multi-disciplinary technical organizations and teams, andcultivating critical technical workforce capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manageperformance, cost, and schedule to implement spacecraft or instrumentprojects.
  • Demonstrated command of the elements toconsider when managing a spaceflight project, including technical performance,schedule, cost, funding, scope of task, activity networking, critical systeminterfaces, requirements management, resource allocation, risk allocation andmanagement, earned value management and staffing considerations.
  • Experience managing projects within qualitymanagement and earned value system guidelines
  • Excellent communication skills, both writtenand verbal.
  • The ability to obtain a Secret level securityclearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearanceinvestigation and must meet the requirements for access to classifiedinformation. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You will go aboveand beyond our minimum qualifications if you have…
  • A graduate degree in technical management orMBA
  • Experience as a project manager or linemanager
  • In-depth knowledge of APL Space ExplorationSector resources, programs, and strategic goals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of APL SpaceExploration Sector program management practices and procedures
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)certification

Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) bringsworld-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, spaceand science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful workand a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-longlearning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance.APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn moreabout our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualifiedapplicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected byapplicable law.

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