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CIRES/NSIDC DAAC Project Manager

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences welcomes applications for a CIRES/ NSIDC DAAC Project Manager. The Project Manager supports the NASA Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and is a member of the NSIDC DAAC management team. As one of 12 DAACs within the NASA Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS), NSIDC DAAC tools and applications are closely integrated with NASA EOSDIS enterprise services and technologies. The Project Manager leads projects through the entire project lifecycle applying interdisciplinary teams to establish and evolve DAAC and EOSDIS tools and applications that support the NSIDC DAAC mission to preserve NASA Earth science data and make it discoverable, accessible, and usable.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES , more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), affiliated with CIRES, at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a key national hub for snow and ice research. Renowned for its credibility in providing cryospheric data and services, NSIDC holds a leading role in research and development in this specialized field. Operating as part of CIRES, NSIDC supports research on Earth's cryosphere, including snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions. The center manages and distributes scientific data, develops tools for data access, supports users, conducts scientific research, and educates the public. As a NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), NSIDC plays a crucial role in managing significant data and science resources. For more information, visit .

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Manage multiple projects from inception through delivery – projects are primarily software development projects or projects related to Earth science or geospatial data
  • Develop and lead project teams that demonstrate the skills and expertise of team members which may include software developers, web developers, system operators, user support staff, technical writers and scientists
  • Work with collaborators and subject matter experts to gather and organize project goals and requirements, using these to develop project plans in coordination with the project team
  • Work within the project budget when scoping and managing the project
  • Communicate project status, issues, risks and proposed adjustments through various communication channels to team members at multiple levels
  • Coordinate with other project managers and resource managers to align project schedules, manage dependencies and balance resources
  • Maintain awareness of technologies and applications used and developed in other parts of the organization in order to find opportunities for collaboration and reuse
  • Develop vision and roadmaps for assigned tools and applications, identifying projects to achieve these goals and provide ongoing sustainment for these tools and applications
What You Should Know
  • Due to NASA funding restrictions, candidates who have paid or unpaid appointments or positions with Chinese Government organizations, Chinese Government controlled organizations, Chinese-owned companies, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China are ineligible for hire.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • For questions about the job, please contact Amanda Leon, hiring supervisor, at For questions about the application process, please contact Chris Pappas at
What We Can Offer
  • CIRES offers a generous compensation and benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary for this position ranges from $81,000 - $125,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a Mentorship Program.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by U.S. News .
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you will have free access to the regional public transit system, an outstanding network of buses, and light rail systems that service Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an Earth science or engineering field
  • At least three years of project management experience leading cross-functional teams completing software development projects or projects related to Earth science or geospatial data
  • Project management training
What You Will Need
  • Experience managing projects that develop or evolve applications that will be integrated into an operational system
  • Experience leading multi-member teams to successfully develop and implement project plans, demonstrating the unique expertise and viewpoints of the team members
  • Experience managing, leading and coordinating multiple projects at once
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate and collaborate across an organization and at multiple levels to achieve project goals
  • Experience using project planning and management tools such as JIRA, Trello, or similar
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
What We Would Like You to Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • Training or working knowledge of Agile Scrum and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Product Owner and/or Scrum Master certification
  • Basic understanding of or experience with data management principles and practices
  • Experience working on federally funded projects or contracts
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • Resume/CV.
  • Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • List of contact information for 3 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request a letter of recommendation at a later time.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Please apply by May 2, 2024 to be considered for this position.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Amanda Leon

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