Assistant Manager For Operations
University of Alaska - Fairbanks, AK

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University of Alaska Fairbanks - Geophysical Institute


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University of Alaska Fairbanks - (907) 474-7700

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Job Posting Summary

This position is located at Poker Flat Research Range. Poker Flat is the only University owned rocket/launch facility in the United States.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

The Assistant Manager for Operations must be able to successfully organize and manage the infrastructure of the Range while simultaneously interacting with external agencies to secure permits for Rocket operations. At times there is extensive communications with the public. At these times the Assistant Manager for Operations works closely, often leading, with either NASA Public Affairs or University Public Relations staff to formulate and disseminate any information that must be presented. A combination of interpersonal and communication skills are extremely important for success of this activity.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

Typically the Assistant Manager for Operations would hold a Bachelor's Degree in a natural science field or business management or equivalent experience. Ideally the individual would have specialized training in environmental law and fiscal management. Advanced mathematical and statistical analysis training is also essential for the required safety analysis.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

A typical Assistant Manager for Operations would have five or more years experience in an operational environment before undertaking this position. This time would have been spent involved in scheduling of work, logistics management and financial analysis. Additional experience in working with advanced computer modeling systems and geographical information systems (GIS) is required.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Experience in interacting with Federal Agencies would be highly preferred. This will help in relations with customers, such as NASA and NOAA as well as relations for permitting from agencies like the FAA, National Fish and Wildlife, and BLM. Cross cultural communications skills are also highly desired particularly involving Alaskan Natives. Quickbooks or other accounting software is desired.

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Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).

The Assistant Manager for Operations must have experience in logistics management. Ideally this would include Hazardous Material handling and shipping. Training in NASA Flight Safety management is another required skill. A working knowledge of FAA regulations and procedures, the DoD security and classification system, and land use laws is necessary. Computer skills include experience with PC's and Excel/Word software and computer networking. This position frequently requires long hours. It is during these long work periods that skillful diplomacy and tact are needed the most.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action : The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office. Public Disclosure : Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. Background Investigation : Finalists may be subject to a background investigation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a review of the results of the background investigation by the Human Resources office. Immigration Reform and Control Act : Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. All employees must provide proof of eligibility to work. For foreign nationals requesting employer sponsored visas, a job must qualify as a "specialty occupation" to be eligible for sponsorship of a U.S. H 1B visa petition. You must present your Social Security Card as verification of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a social security number, you must present a receipt from the Social Security Administrations stating you have applied for a social security number within 10 days of your employment with the University of Alaska. Social Security : On January 1, 1982, the University opted out of the Social Security system; however, participation in Social Security is still required for adjunct faculty hired after January 1, 1996, temporary staff, extended temporary staff, and certain student employees. Also, benefit-eligible employees hired after April 1, 1986, are required to pay into Medicare even though they do not participate in Social Security. Benefits : Refer to the Benefits web page at for more information on benefits available to University of Alaska employees. E-Verify : The University of Alaska participates in the E-Verify program for federal contracts only. For our FAQ and F1 student information please see the following: E-Verify FAQ: E-Verify Participation Poster (English): E-Verify Participation Poster (Spanish): Right to Work Poster (English): Right to Work Poster (Spanish):

Job Duties


Rocket Launch Oversight
1. Coordinates all launch activities on the range. This includes ascertaining individual launch project operational and logistical requirements. Responsible for dissemination of launch criteria and objectives to involved parties. Assure time dependent coordination and communication of pre-launch, countdown and launch activities on range and between range and field sites. Writes reviews and evaluates count downs and other related documents concerning launch operations.
2. Reviews and recommends approval of all flight safety material. Prior to launch, reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations for flight safety plans provided by the users of PFRR to determine if planned mission meets all flight safety criteria of the University of Alaska and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Coordinates proper safety procedures to be followed during abnormal operations and emergencies.
3. Conducts launch countdowns. Critical launch team member GO/NO GO decision making authority for safety and clearance reasons. Obtains airspace clearances for launches from the FAA, and US Space Command. Maintains constant contact through launch with US Space Command, the FAA, and at times the appropriate Canadian agencies. Insures all safety criteria are met before launch. Coordinates all recovery operations, including scheduling and routing aircraft and personnel.
4. Reviews Science Support Requirements. Ensures that all information necessary for follow up analysis is collected and available for future use. Develops mission specific quick look and status reports for review at funding agencies and other higher commands. Reviews the content of the information collected to ensure that any missing details are accounted prior to moving forward with the associated research project.

Range Activity Management
1. Coordinates and schedules range activities with federal, military, state and borough regulatory and support agencies as well as with funding agencies and visiting scientists and technicians.
2. Negotiates and endorses range operating and interagency support agreements. This includes all land use permits from federal agencies (BLM, Fish and Wildlife, etc.), state agencies (Department of Natural Resources), military organizations (US Air Force), and native corporations (Doyon Ltd, Villages, etc.).
3. Writes reports and procedures. This includes user's manuals, progress reports, historical analysis, press releases, legal notices and web page documentation regarding the facility.
4. Supports satellite tracking operations. This includes coordinating all development of the tracking station and meeting their daily operational needs. Additionally this involves managing their logistical requirements.
5. Acts with the authority of the Range Manager in the manager's absence. This includes authorization and coordination of new activity as well as resolution of problems with any on-going efforts.

Financial Management
1. Research and prepare requirements analyses for accomplishing objectives including development of work plans and work breakdown structures and costs. Work with GI Business Office on preparation of proposals for submission to funding agencies or other potential Range customers for a diverse group of support activities including supporting scientific missions and facility construction. Work with GI Business Office to monitor expenditures and review financial reports.

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