Deputy Project Manager

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

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Job Summary

We are seeking a Deputy Project Manager to work on the DSA-2000 project (https://www.deepsynoptic.org/ ), a world-leading telescope that is currently in the design phase. The array will use 2000, 5-meter dishes to observe at radio wavelengths (0.7 - 2 GHz frequency range) to survey the skies 10x faster than any radio telescope current or planned. The telescope will conduct a broad range of research, including the study of the formation of galaxies, the search for cosmic explosions, and investigations into the nature of gravity. The applicant would fulfill the role of Deputy Project Manager for the DSA-2000 project. This role will support the Lead Project Manager to help make this project a reality as we progress from the final design stage to construction.

The role can be based at either the Caltech campus or the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO, https://www.ovro.caltech.edu/ ), a world class facility operated by Caltech for research in radio astronomy, located near Bishop in central California on the ancestral homelands of the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley. There is a preference for the role to be located at OVRO. Remote work is acceptable, contingent on ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues at Caltech and OVRO. This role includes opportunities for growth through education and training as relevant or needed. The DSA-2000 project values diversity and inclusion and is committed to supporting our team members in any way possible. We encourage applicants who can bring a new perspective to the team.

Please contact the hiring manager, Dr. Katie Jameson ([email protected] ), with any questions regarding this position.

Essential Job Duties

  • Report to and assist the Lead Project Manager with the development and maintenance of the work breakdown structure (WBS), resource-loaded schedule, budget, and cost book.
  • Coordinate input from the subsystem leads, compile periodic progress, and assemble the monthly project management report for the project.
  • Assist with risk and change management within the project.
  • Internal tracking of expenditures for the project and general accounting.
  • Oversee the procurement and contracts for the project including coordinating with Caltech central administration.
  • Manage the business and grants management activities to support the project.
  • Will work in collaboration with the DSA-2000 management team and staff in a collaborative environment, including assisting the Lead Project Manager with management of the full project team.
  • Will travel to OVRO or Caltech, as needed, to collaborate with faculty and engineering staff.
  • Act as the Lead Project Manager in their absence.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree and 5-years of experience with organizing and managing projects with a team, including development and maintenance of budgets and schedules.
  • Knowledge of project management controls and performance management principles.
  • Good problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years Project management experience (WBS, schedule, budget, risk management, change management, project management software), including any project management accreditation (e.g., PMI PMP).
  • Experience managing construction projects.
  • Experience with project management software systems, desired experience with WorkOtter.
  • Experience with grants management.
  • Experience working in a scientific collaboration and/or managing a scientific project.
  • Scientific knowledge or background relevant to the DSA-2000 project (astronomy, radio astronomy, engineering, scientific software development, high performance computational infrastructure).
  • Experience with communications and/or education and public outreach.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter. The applicant should describe how they meet the qualifications and what they would bring to the role.
  • List of 3 references


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