University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Project Manager III in Boulder, Colorado

Project Manager III

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Job Description

Job Title: Project Manager III

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type:Full-time, Exempt


No relocation package is offered for this position.

Work Authorization:

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

What You Will Do:

This is a full-time management position that provides high-level project management for large, complex programs involving scientific and technical development of atmospheric/geoscience knowledge using theory, models, instruments, software, acquisition of major items, and possibly deployment of observational systems in the field. One such complex program to support is the five-year, $10M National Water Model program currently being conducted by NCAR/RAL for NOAA’s National Weather Service and another is a multi-year, $6M Indonesia Marine Meteorology Program currently being negotiated by NCAR/RAL with Boeing. These complex research, development, and technology transfer efforts involve institutions/laboratories inside and outside of NCAR/UCAR with a high degree of external visibility and risk. He/she will represent the organization nationally and internationally in interactions with sponsors, professional organizations and government agencies.

He/she engages in a variety of program development activities focused on creating and driving new research opportunities by developing strategic partnerships with U.S. government mission agencies, private sector firms, and international organizations, as well as identifying new programmatic funding opportunities, creating proposals, statements of work, and associated budgets.


Provides high-level project management for multiple highly complex projects simultaneously that involve institutions/laboratories inside and outside UCAR/NCAR with a high degree of external visibility and risk.

In partnership with project PIs and external program managers:

  • Work with research teams and sponsors to define research and development priorities

  • Leads the development of project requirements, staffing needs and funding sources and allocations

  • Creates and monitors schedules and milestones

  • Leads and participates in technical and scientific meetings, reviewing and guiding design and implementation decisions and ensuring that efforts are moving ahead appropriately

  • Develops the overall project execution plan with input from other project team members as required

  • Works with technical staff to ensure that design and implementation decisions are understood and progressing according to the agreed upon schedule

  • Contributes to reviews, and edits planning documentation, correspondence, reports and strategic plans

  • Participates and leads as appropriate project meetings and monitors the day-to-day progress of the project

  • Develops and implements mechanisms for monitoring and forecasting project progress and for intervention and problem solving with project members, line managers, and sponsors

  • Assesses project risks and identifies mitigation strategies

  • Prepares for and assists in conducting program reviews and resolving programmatic and contractual issues that may arise

  • Manages multiple complex projects simultaneously

  • Supervises and mentors project personnel as appropriate

  • Provides high-level program development and outreach support

  • Identifies new national and international funding opportunities with an emphasis on the development and transfer of new weather prediction capabilities to meet user needs

  • Coordinates strategies for initial and follow-up contacts with potential new sponsors, and supports the development of the project scope and resource requirements

  • Writes proposals for outside funding and serves as P.I. when appropriate

Represents the Lab in interactions with the public and private sectors and with the research community with regard to evaluating methods and techniques to diagnose and predict weather, climate, and water related hazards. At the direction of the RAL Director, represents the Lab at the UCAR and/or NCAR level by participating in meetings and serving on working groups and committees. When appropriate, represents UCAR/NCAR in responding to requests for scientific and technical information or assistance from Federal and State policy makers.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics or engineering and a minimum of 5 – 7 years of experience at the Project Manager II (or equivalent) level

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage scientific or technical complex projects

  • Expert skill in developing and evaluating numerical weather prediction modeling systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. agency water and weather prediction strategies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of system engineering and scientific practices and methods

  • Expert skill in project management principles

  • Demonstrated skill in applying project management principles in a research and technology transfer environment

  • In-depth knowledge of, and demonstrated ability to apply government contracts management processes and procedures, and ability to work with UCAR Contracts personnel to meet contractual needs of the projects

  • Expert skill in managing large, complex multi-year scientific/technical programs

  • Expert skill in developing and managing complex schedules and budgets

  • Demonstrated expert skill in managing large, multidiscipline and diverse scientific and technical teams

  • Demonstrated expert skill in understanding problems affecting end-users of weather, water, and climate information and products and in designing effective, creative solutions to those problems

  • Expert skill in scientific and technical advocacy to effectively and persuasively promote goals and strategies for the advancement of NCAR, UCAR, funding agencies, and the general community

  • Expert skill in developing and leading programs in which both science and engineering play significant roles.

  • Strong ability to motivate teams of individuals

  • Expert skill in diplomatic advocacy in politically sensitive environments

  • Advanced demonstrated skill in effectively communicating technical plans and results to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently

  • Demonstrated skill in supervising project team members

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desired Education and Experience:

  • An advanced degree in science, mathematics or engineering including expertise in atmospheric science, numerical weather prediction, and hydrologic prediction and at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the conduct and/or management of scientific or technical programs.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation

  • PTO

  • Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)

  • Retirement Plan

  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Regular, Full-Time (R1)