OSIRIS-REx Planning Specialist
University of Arizona 200 reviews - Tucson, AZ

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NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Arizona, under the Principal Investigator leadership of Dr. Dante Lauretta, to lead a sample-return mission, OSIRIS-REx, to an asteroid. OSIRIS-REx is part of the NASA New Frontiers Program of solar system exploration. The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the successful delivery and implementation of the mission.

The OSIRIS-REx Team seeks a Planning Specialist to join our team. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast paced and challenging environment. Position requires an individual with the proven ability to develop and maintain complex integrated project schedules. To be successful in this position, you must be a highly organized individual with knowledge of schedule development as well as analysis skills. Successful candidate will exhibit a professional demeanor and demonstrate positive interpersonal skills for dealing with OSIRIS-REx personnel.

Reporting to multiple managers, the Planning Specialist will provide schedule development and monitoring for the following OSIRIS-REx Project elements; Principal Investigator's Office, Education and Public Outreach and Science Processing Operations Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

Prepares, develops, coordinates, and integrates all levels of schedules. This includes properly linking tasks and defining the proper dependencies.

Works closely with all technical leads across disciplines to ensure resultant plans and schedules accurately and comprehensively define the actual work content, relationships and durations.

Status individual element schedules with OSIRIS-REx Project Senior Planning Specialist to ensure Integrated Master Schedule is properly updated.

Analyzes program performance via critical path analyses and other tools to develop work around strategies that are communicated to program management.

Develops and tracks resource loaded schedules, cost and funding elements for project controls reporting.

Must be able to develop, track, and report change control and scope changes. This includes providing inputs and supporting material for variance reports.

Updates, tracks and monitors schedules for the project to ensure that the schedules are properly used and that the resulting schedules and updates meet project and baseline contractual requirements

Assists program Control Account Managers with the preparation of Earned Value schedule variance and index reports.

Delivers timely schedule status presentations using Milestone or similar software.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field AND two years of directly related budget and accounting experience; OR,

Six years of progressively responsible schedule and planning budgeting and accounting experience; OR,

Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Experience with large project teams in implementing project control programs is preferred.

Have extensive knowledge of program life cycles, and work with technical community, operational community and program management to translate project requirements into an Integrated Master Schedule

Has basic knowledge of theories, practices and procedures in Project Controls.

Understands relationships between work processes and the business processes.

Able to organize, track and report accurately work processes to meet deadlines.

Communicates information with team effectively; is able not only to communicate, but ask questions, check and understand processes and report for accuracy.

Knowledge of Earned Value Management Principals and Schedule Variance preparation

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills

Discretion and ability to manage confidential and time sensitive information

Applicants must be United States Citizens due to ITAR Restrictions

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated working knowledge of NASA budgeting policies and procedures - NPR 7120.5 NASA Program & Project Management Requirements.

Experience generating PERT charts.

Experience with Earned Value Management reporting systems (Deltek-MPM).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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