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Aviation Program Manager II

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

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Department Profile:

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL), the premier manned and unmanned aviation research facility in the nation, was established in 1948. RFRL possesses a rich heritage in full-scale aircraft research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E), particularly in advanced flight test. RFRL’s rich history includes dozens of aviation “firsts,” particularly in the application of cutting-edge composite structures in aviation. Today, RFRL’s focus is to perform advanced research, development, and testing of: 1) Manned and Unmanned Aircraft; 2) Automated Flight Control Systems; 3) Aircraft Sub-Structures and Components; 4) Ground and Airborne Sensor Systems, including Detect and Avoid; and 5) Ground and Maritime Robotics. MSU’s unique position as the only university that is both the FAA-designated lead for the national UAS Center of Excellence, and an FAA-designed UAS Test Site, provides unparalleled capability to conduct world-class research and comprehensive flight testing for unmanned aircraft, ground control systems, component systems, and key supporting technologies such as detect and avoid. In addition to our flight RDT&E capabilities, RFRL also offers cutting-edge composite materials design, fabrication, prototyping, and low-rate initial production through the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center. RFRL also regularly helps grown aviation-related companies and innovative technologies through our role as a technology incubator. Throughout our illustrious aviation history, RFRL has been dedicated to outstanding research programs, strategic alliances with industry and government, and close collaboration with academic units of the university. Raspet offers faculty, staff, students, industry, and government agencies a facility with experience and capability for composite fabrication, structural testing, UAS and component RDT&E, in-flight sensor evaluation, and flight test instrumentation and test assistance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Performs work that involves conventional types of project planning, cost estimating/
budgeting, work package development and management, task management and reporting using processes for which there are precedents.
2. Performs tasks and manages projects of a larger scope.
3. May lead specific tasks within the project scope.
4. Scopes tasks and develops approaches for moderately difficult tasks.
5. Takes responsibility for assuring quality, cost effectiveness, and timeliness for small projects.
6. Assists in preparation of reports, papers, presentations, new proposals, etc., and may collaborate on some proposals.
7. Continues to enhance capabilities for project planning, including assessment of cost, scope, and schedule against plan.
8. Implements new systems/approaches for moderately difficult tasks/projects.
9. Establishes networks in internal peer group; starts becoming part of identifiable external peer network.
10. Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals.
11. Provides ideas to improve efficiency at group level. Participates in procurement of additional/new funding through contributions to technical proposal preparation and/or presentations.
12. Contributes to positive co-workers/customers/investigators relationships through efficient interaction on current grants/projects.
13. Perform related duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. in Business Administration, Management, Engineering or another technical field.

Two years professional experience in a related area; requires two years at previous level or equivalent.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

This position is limited to US citizens and US permanent residents.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. FAA Pilot License (Private, Commercial or ATP).
2. Experience working in or with DoD departments or DHS agencies in a field environment.
3. Experience planning, executing large-scale field exercises and evaluations.
4. Eligibility for a US Government Security Clearance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knows and effectively uses the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of project management.
2. Continues development of technical expertise and knowledge through experience and application.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc.
Routine deadlines, usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressure from persons other than immediate supervisor.
Job frequently requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling and lifting up to 50 pounds.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, ability to distinguish colors.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online and attach 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, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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