Project Manager - LSSTC

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
LSST Corporation
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The LSST Corporation (LSSTC) seeks a full time Project Manager (PM) to coordinate, manage, and assess programs and projects designed to help a broad and diverse astrophysics community use and benefit from Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). By supporting LSSTC’s oversight of its interconnected programs and projects, the PM will be supporting scientific inquiry of the most ambitious astrophysical survey ever conducted and join a community investigating the biggest mysteries in the Universe, such as dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and exoplanets.

The PM should have strong skills in the areas of communication, organization, and management of time and priorities. The PM should also have the ability to develop detailed project plans and to coordinate people and processes so that projects generate the desired results on time and within budget. The PM will be the go-to person for the organization, implementation, and operation of LSSTC fundraising-related programs and projects. A background or strong interest in astronomy or astrophysics is desirable.

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

LSSTC has recently launched two major, exciting new programs within an umbrella initiative called the LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing (LINCC;—the LSSTC Catalyst Fellowship ( 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 preferred location for this position, it may be performed remotely from Chile or the US states that AURA operates in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities:

PM responsibilities include working with LSSTC’s leadership and stakeholders to: 1) design and develop detailed project plans; 2) help LSSTC’s leadership efficiently implement those plans; 3) manage resources;  4) assess outcomes, and 5) define the scope and detailed objectives of new projects.

In particular, the PM will:

  • Create and monitor detailed project plans and timelines.
  • Coordinate with third parties for the smooth execution of projects. Ensure efficient and consistent project operations across LSSTC.
  • Support proposal preparation and reporting for new and existing programs.
  • Ensure adherence to funding requirements in the implementation of projects and programs.
  • Establish 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 deliver 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 LSSTC’s business manager in tracking payments and fundraising activities.
  • Collaborate with the LSSTC team in the development, planning, and pursuit of new program ideas.

Other Functions: Other duties as assigned

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated track record of both independent and teamwork.
  • 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 LSSTC, with a positive attitude.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and openness to learning new software tools as needed.
  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and identities of staff. Deep level of empathy and emotional intelligence.

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

  • Background or strong interest in astronomy.
  • Education or experience in management, program/project management (including $1M-scale projects), and/or business with a strong interest in science management or leadership.
  • Fluency 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is mostly carried out in an office environment. Long periods of sitting and computer usage may be required.

Some travel may be necessary both domestic and international

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

COVID-19 Policy Update: AURA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that requires all employees to be vaccinated including being up to date on boosters, unless qualified 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 present proof of full vaccination or submit a completed request (including supporting documents, if applicable) for an exemption at least five (5) business days prior to their start of employment.  Individuals who fail to meet this deadline may have their employment start date delayed. 

This is a requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule).  Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.

Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format:  LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected]

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

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the 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 operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

AURA provides administrative support to the LSST Corporation.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical 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 throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

 As a recipient of U.S. 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 based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. 

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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