Project Manager – LSSTC in Tucson, AZ for AURA


Job : 11-Jul-22

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Preferred education: 4 year diploma


Astronomy and Space Science


Government and National Laboratory


Work function:


Internal number: PROJECT004231

The LSST Corporation (LSSTC) is looking for a full-time position Project Manager (PM) to coordinate, manage, and evaluate programs and projects designed to help a large and diverse astrophysical community use and benefit from the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). By supporting LSSTC’s oversight of its interconnected programs and projects, the PM will support the most ambitious scientific investigation of astrophysics ever and join a community that investigates the greatest mysteries of the universe, such as matter darkness, dark energy, black holes and exoplanets.

The PM must have strong communication, organizational, and time and priority management skills. The PM must also have the ability to develop detailed project plans and coordinate people and processes so that projects deliver desired results on time and within budget. The PM will be the resource person for the organization, implementation and operation of programs and projects related to the fundraising of the LSSTC. Training or a strong interest in astronomy or astrophysics is desirable.

LSSTC, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established in 2003 to initiate the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project (now the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) and advancing the sciences of astronomy and physics.A consortium of more than 30 U.S. and international academic institutions, the LSSTC’s mission is to advance understanding of the dynamic universe by enabling LSST science through research and education. The LSSTC not only strives to implement diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) best practices, but also to help identify practices that will make astrophysics more inclusive. The PM will collaborate with the LSSTC’s large consortium and will coordinate across it, and will report to the LSSTC CEO as a central member of the small LSSTC team.

LSSTC recently launched two major and exciting new programs under an umbrella initiative called the LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing (LINCC; – the LSSTC Catalyst Fellowship (www. and LINCC Frameworks ( The PM’s highest initial priority will be to support LINCC-related programs, which aim to change the way astrophysics is done in the age of big data.

Although Tucson, AZ is a prime location for this position, it can be done remotely from Chile or the US states in which AURA operates: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington and Washington DC

Primary Responsibilities:

The PM’s responsibilities include working with LSSTC management and stakeholders to: 1) design and develop detailed project plans; 2) assist LSSTC management to effectively implement these plans; 3) manage resources; 4) evaluate results; and 5) define the scope and detailed objectives of new projects.

In particular, the PM:

  • Create and monitor detailed project plans and timelines.
  • Coordinate with third parties for the proper execution of projects. Ensure efficient and consistent project operations across the LSSTC.
  • Support proposal preparation and reporting for new and existing programs.
  • Ensure compliance with funding requirements in the implementation of projects and programs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with constituents, patrons and stakeholders.
  • Define and track performance metrics for the success of LSSTC flagship programs, including LINCC and the LSSTC Catalyst Fellowship. Document and provide regular reports to the LSSTC Executive Director and Board of Directors on the status and progress of LSSTC programmatic initiatives, including an assessment of program risks and opportunities.
  • Support the LSSTC Commercial Director in monitoring payments and fundraising activities.
  • Collaborate with the LSSTC team in the development, planning and research of new program ideas.

Other functions : Other assigned duties

Experience and qualifications required:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least two years of professional project management experience, including managing $1 million projects.
  • Demonstrated experience of independent and team work.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, leadership, written and verbal communication and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability and desire to cooperate, coordinate and interface with all levels of stakeholders, both internal and external to the LSSTC, with a positive attitude.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and openness to learning new software tools as needed.
  • Understanding, sensitivity and respect for the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and identities of staff. High level of empathy and emotional intelligence.

Desired experience and qualifications:

  • Training or strong interest in astronomy.
  • Education or experience in management, program/project management, business with a strong interest in scientific management or leadership.
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Long periods of sitting and computer use may be required.
  • Some travel may be required both domestic and international

*LSSTCorp has had all staff working virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our staff and the community is our top priority. We interview and screen candidates virtually.

COVID-19 Policy Update: AURA has a mandatory vaccination policy in place that requires all employees to be vaccinated, including current on recalls, unless they qualify for an exemption based on medical or religious reasons. All new employees will be required to comply with this policy and will be required to show proof of full vaccination or submit a completed application (including supporting documentation, if applicable) for a waiver at least five (5) business days prior to their start of employment. Individuals who do not meet this deadline may have their start date postponed.

This is an obligation for all employees working on site or from home (teleworking or hybrid teleworking schedule). Currently, the vaccination obligation does not apply to future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.

Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will not be contacted until later in the recruitment process) and attach a CV or curriculum vitae (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name all attachments in the following format: LastnameDocname. Application materials that are not uploaded as part of the application can be sent to [email protected]

Preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham Reservation.

Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, or Injured Warriors requiring assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

About AURA:

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of more than 40 U.S. institutions and three international affiliates that operate world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, maintain and promote observatories and public facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and Space Operations. Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

AURA provides administrative support to LSST.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomy community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity within the astronomical science workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of US government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression of gender identity, legal political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local laws in the equal opportunities.

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