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Group Manager Supporting NASA-Goddard's Ocean Ecology Lab
Reference #:21-3189
Open Date:7/12/2021
Location:Greenbelt, MD
US Citizenship Required:No
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) has an opening for a Group Manager (GM) in Greenbelt, MD to support programs in the Earth Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Specifically, SSAI seeks a GM to oversee staff, scientific research, communications, scientific mission development, field campaign planning, data/sample analysis, software and system development, and other exciting activities within Goddard Space Flight Center's Ocean Ecology Lab. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the GM will:

  • Plan, direct, monitor, and control all aspects of Group performance to ensure that all projects and tasks are accomplished within the prescribed schedule and cost parameters of the overall contract.
  • Build relationships with customers and partners to capture project requirements, obtain feedback on performance, support initiatives, and present status reports of group activities.
  • Develop new support opportunities and develop initiatives to improve our support to the laboratory.
  • Oversee development of task plans for all assigned tasks, specifying goals, strategy, staffing, scheduling, and allocation of available resources.  
  • Report to the Program Manager on contract matters to ensure that all deliverables are met, and are responsible for all aspects of quality control in assigned tasks.
  • The GMs are members of SSAI's Senior Management Team and participate actively in corporate initiatives including Business Development (marketing and proposal efforts), strategic planning, employee mentoring, community support activities, and corporate social functions.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) and a minimum of 10 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Should have knowledge and understanding of a broad spectrum of disciplines involved in science, engineering, and technology support
  • Experience must include contract administration, project planning, personnel selection and management, and progress monitoring and reporting
  • Ability to forge strong customer and partner relationships to improve our customer support
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills are required
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in project management practices, including portfolio management, strategic planning, risk assessment and mitigation, and cost management
  • Experience in the NASA contracting environment
  • Experience supporting development of proposals for NASA contracts
  • PMP certification
  • A strong understanding of Goddard Earth Science Division's business processes, missions, organizations, and projects