Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:
15/ Minimum: 47,900
Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL) is a historic, nationally recognized leader in the field of experimental aviation research. Founded in 1948, Raspet stands out as one of the University’s most long standing and prominently established research entities with a 70 year history of excellence. True to its heritage, today Raspet continually advances modern concepts in experimental aviation through the research, development, testing, and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and their associated technologies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Conducts project-level planning and serves as on-site manager of MSU/RFRL-supported operational evaluations, demonstrations, training events, exercises and simulations.
2. Leads multi-agency teams consisting of researchers, government agencies, contractors and commercial entities to accomplish project goals and document results.
3. Coordinates with customers to determine, document and validate project requirements, goals and objectives.
4. Defines project tasks and helps determine the requisite resource requirements for successful execution.
5. Executes and monitors project budgets and prepares expenditure reports as required.
6. Assembles and coordinates project staff, determines appropriate work packages, assigns tasks, sets task expectations and completion milestones.
7. Manages project schedule and tracks milestones/deliverables using appropriate tools.
8. Tracks appropriate project metrics to ensure project progress is satisfactory, deliverables are met, and performance meets or exceeds requirements.
9. Reviews and approves project purchases as authorized by the appropriate UAS Program Manager.
10. Monitors and reports on progress of projects to the appropriate UAS Program Manager.
11. Determines, implements and manages project changes and interventions as required to achieve project goals and deliverables.
12. Prepares and submits appropriate progress and summary reports as specified.
13. Plans, prepares and conducts UAS flights for Group 2 (20 lbs. – 55 lbs.) and Group 3 (56 pounds – 1,320 lbs.) in support of MSU/RFRL research goals and activities.
14. Prepares and files appropriate FAA applications and supporting documents, including Certificates of Waiver or Authorization and Statements of Airworthiness.
15. Helps develop, and ensures compliance with, MSU UAS flight operations guidance, operating procedures, checklists, and reporting requirements for Group 2 and 3 UAS.
16. Helps develop and execute flight test plans to support MSU/RFRL research objectives.
17. Creates ROM cost estimates and project budgets for MSU/RFRL flight research projects.
18. Supports the MSU/RFRL Chief of UAS Safety in ensuring compliance with the UAS Safety program and the conduct of incident/accident investigations.
19. Conducts tours, demonstrations, and presentations in support of university public relations, marketing and business development.
20. Performs related duties as assigned.
This position does not have supervisory responsibility.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management or Aviation-related field.
At least 3 years of operational, training or exercise support experience with focus in Military, Federal or State government agency support.
At least 2 years operating, maintaining or supporting complex unmanned aircraft systems with UAS greater than 45 lbs. maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTOW).
Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience approved by Human Resources Management.
FAA Private Pilot License
Project Management Professional Certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of project management techniques and tools.
• Direct work experience in project management capacity; particularly aviation and government-sponsored projects.
• Experience in planning and executing government exercises (e.g. DoD, DHS, emergency management or law enforcement)
• Experience in managing and leading project teams.
• Experience in strategic and tactical project planning.
• Experience in risk assessment, mitigation and management.
• Proficient in project management software.
• Demonstrated experience in the operation of Group 2 (20-55 lbs. GTOW) and/or Group 3 (56-1,320 lbs. GTOW) UAS.
• Knowledge of UAS flight control software.
• Knowledge of applicable FAA regulations and guidance pertaining to the operation of UAS in the national airspace system.
• Knowledge of the FAA’s CoA reporting process and of operations requirements under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
• Knowledge of the UAS industry, including key manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and integrators.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, computer networking and programs, and computer based systems.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
• Employee is required to have and maintain an FAA Class 2 or higher medical certificate.
• This position requires extensive travel, primarily in the southeastern US.
• The position may require employee to work with hazardous materials. Employee is required to wear personal protective equipment.
• Physical requirements include frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing. Occasionally requires reaching, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 55 pounds.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically. Externally exposed to deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; will involve conflict- resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
Position contingent upon funding availability.
Instructions for Applying:
Apply online and attach a cover letter and resume.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.