Simons Observatory General Project Manager at University of California San Diego in San Diego County, CA

University of California San Diego

๐Ÿ“Œ San Diego County, CA
๐Ÿ•‘ January 22, 2021
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Simons Observatory General Project Manager

Simons Observatory General Project Manager Filing Deadline: Wed 1/13/2021 This is a 100% contract position for one (1) year, that may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department. This recruitment is being handled by EFL Associates. Please apply online using the UCSD Online Application and your application/resume will be forwarded to EFL Associates for consideration.
DESCRIPTION The Simons Observatory (SO) is an $80 million dollar project supported by the Simons Foundation, the Heising
- Simons Foundation, and member organizations, dedicated to understanding how the universe originated and evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. The SO project began in 2016 and is comprised of the design and deployment of four special-purpose telescopes, a high-altitude site, and cryogenic detectors. The SO will collect a comprehensive range of data spanning angular scales from one arcminute to nearly 70% of the sky visible from its site in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 5200 meters (17,200 feet) above sea level. The Simons Observatory is comprised of over 40 institutions world-wide with over 300 participating members, representing scientific/academic/educational personnel, engineers, managers, and other parties. Upon completion, SO will be the largest, most ambitious observatory of its kind designed to probe the composition and evolution of the entire universe. The Simons Observatory Project Office at UC San Diego is responsible for the construction and operation of the Simons Observatory. The successful candidate will serve as General Project Manager for the $80M multi-national and multi-institution Simons Observatory (SO). Manages and provides technical direction in conjunction with faculty director for a large scale, highly complex, visible academic and research program with multiple centers and locations. Responsible for articulating long-term vision and goals as well as managing ongoing operations of program and overseeing a large operational budget to achieve objectives. Responsible for recruiting and retaining industrial leaders to partner with research program in achievement of goals. Develops and manages a membership program for industry partners. Oversees subcontracts with program partners. Accountable to the Simons Executive Board. Uses highly specialized expertise in research-specific concepts and objectives. Facilitates several national/international conferences or seminars annually. Reporting to the SO Principal Investigator, the SO General Project Manager (GPM) will provide overall administrative leadership in all aspects of the SO Project. The GPM is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management, budgeting, scheduling and reporting responsibilities of the construction project, and the transition to Observatory operations. The GPM independently manages and provides technical direction, for a complex research program of high visibility. The GPM assists with the development of the long-term vision, goals, policies and procedures for the project, as well as managing both ongoing operations of programs and authorization of budget actions to achieve the project's objectives. The GPM oversees, through subordinate Academic Program Management Officers, all SO program administration. The GPM is also responsible for indirectly managing senior technical and administrative employees to oversee large, high-level staff both at UC San Diego and distributed over 11 primary participating partner institutions from the U.S. and abroad, these include: Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Michigan, The University of Stockholm, The Heising
- Simons Foundation, The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The National Science Foundation, Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cient.
Ifica y Tecnologica, and others found here Collaborates with other senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives. Reviews and approves recommendations for operational planning and control across all sites. Overall management of the SO Project is headquartered at UC San Diego. Must be willing/able to travel domestically and internationally (US, Asia, Chile and Europe). Must be able to rent a car, hold auto insurance, travel overnight and for multiple days.
Cover letter required for a complete application.


Eight (8) or more years advanced level experience as a Project Manager or planner for a large scale scientific or engineering project.
Demonstrated management experience in academic and/or government agencies.
Proven expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
Significant experience in academic administration and fundraising.
Academic background and recognized expertise in multiple disciplines of research.
Proven ability to provide effective leadership in a diverse, ever-changing, and unpredictable environment. Demonstrated high level skill in assessing needs and developing strategies to support diversity and inclusion.
Executive business management experience and contract negotiation skills. Uses expert level negotiation skills to work collaboratively with internal and external, diverse constituencies.
Demonstrated experience and proven track record in managing a heterogeneous staff, with differing cultural worlds, such as engineering, academia, and scientific research.
Demonstrated advanced level experience working closely with senior management including spokespersons, Foundation personnel, and External Advisory Committees.
Advanced Degree in a scientific, engineering, project management or related area; and/or equivalent experience/training. Terminal degree in a related field (PhD, JD, MD, etc.). An understanding of astronomical telescopes, instrumentation, detectors, and construction or similar complex large scientific construction projects.
Demonstrated experience with standard project management software (for schedule, budget, risk). Proven track record of success with project management and reporting requirements.
Expert oral and written communication skills with a broad community of other researchers and scientists, industrial partners, program managers, funding agencies, media, and center managers.
Strong interpersonal skills. Professional and positive demeanor. Ability to manage collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.
High level of motivation to support the advancement of scientific knowledge. Ability to develop and implement innovative programs or research agenda. Demonstrated cutting-edge research capabilities.
Highly proficient in a broad range of scientific, engineering, and technical issues; coupled with a proven ability to synthesize and communicate these issues to different audiences.
Sensitivity to interests of stakeholders (e.g. Foundations, policy makers, scientific community) and ability to lead project execution using both line authority and programmatic influence.
Demonstrated proficiency in the preparation of strategic plans and related reports.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Job offer is contingent on a clear background check. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
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Worksite: Appointment Type: Contract Appointment Percent: 100% Union: Uncovered Total Openings: 1 Work


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