Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 194000 - Raspet
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

UAS Program Manager (P2433 - 16)

Department Profile:

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. Leads the overall planning and implementation of UAS projects, tasks, research and
2. Evaluates project requirements and validates with the customer.
3. Facilitates the definition of project goals, scope and key deliverables.
4. Develops full-scale project plans to include task breakdowns, allocation,
interdependencies, prerequisites, and supporting resources.
5. Defines project tasks and determines the requisite resource requirements for successful
6. Develops, manages and tracks project budgets and prepares budget reports as required.
7. Assembles and coordinates project staff, determines appropriate work packages,
assigns tasks, sets task expectations and completion milestones.
8. Manages project schedule and tracks milestones/deliverables using appropriate tools.
9. Selects and tracks appropriate project metrics to ensure project progress is satisfactory,
deliverables are met, and performance meets or exceeds requirements.
10. Reviews and approves project purchases as authorized by the Director.
11. Conducts quality assurance functions, project evaluations and assessments as required.
12. Monitors and reports on progress of projects to internal and external stakeholders.
13. Determines, implements and manages project changes and interventions as required to
achieve project goals and deliverables.
14. Identifies and evaluates risk, and determines strategies and measures to mitigate risk to
acceptable levels.
15. Prepares and submits appropriate progress and summary reports as specified.
16. Plans and supports 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.
17. Conducts tours, demonstrations, and presentations in support of university public
relations, marketing and business development.
18. Performs related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management or Aviation-related field.

Experience (yrs.): At least 3 years direct project management experience in Engineering, Safety or government/public projects.

Substitution allowed:
Any equivalent combination of education and /or experience approved by Human Resources Management.

Preferred Qualifications:

FAA Private Pilot License
At least 2 years operating and/or maintaining complex unmanned aircraft systems. UAS greater than 100 lbs. maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTOW).
Have Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification and at least 3 years of direct project management experience as a PMP.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management.
• 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.
• 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.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online at and a resume and cover letter.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

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.

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