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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is among the top places in Federal Government to work. Goddard offers a rich environment that contributes to the development and sustainment of a satisfying career.

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With a wide range of programs and projects, multi-disciplinary problem solving, extensive laboratories and facilities, and a college campus-like environment, Goddard provides our employees with a rich work life. Become part of the Goddard family and develop job skills that could take you farther than you ever imagined. Start your career by building a bright future for yourself…the opportunities are “out of this world!”

Key Project Positions

  • PM*

    Program Manager
    Responsible for authoritative technical decisions, advice, and consultation on variables and unknowns affecting the organization

    * PM can mean program or project manager8
  • PBM

    Program Business Manager
    Responsible for resource management and assists with strategic management of the organization
  • PM*

    Project Manager
    Responsible for the performance of all necessary functions to ensure mission success

    * PM can mean program or project manager
  • DPM

    Deputy Project Manager
    Supports the PM in directing all phases of the project, and has project-wide responsibility for planning and evaluating all project activities on a day-to-day basis
  • DPMR

    Deputy Project Manager/ Resources
    Contributes business management expertise to the establishment of technical objectives and is responsible for the application of business and financial management
  • PS

    Project Scientist
    Responsible for assuring the satisfactory accomplishment of the scientific objectives of the mission
  • CSO

    Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer
    Responsible for all flight assurance disciplines (reliability, design review, quality assurance, mission success, systems safety, testing, etc.) of the project
  • MBM

    Mission Business Manager
    Responsible for providing budget and financial management expertise and developing long-term plans for new or complex programs/projects
  • SSM

    Software Systems Manager
    Responsible for the integrity of the total software systems used on the project
  • MSE

    Mission Systems Engineer
    Responsible for developing the systems design of the flight segment and for ensuring that it is compatible with the scientific instruments, launch vehicle, communications systems, ground segment, reliability objectives, and end products
  • MOM

    Mission Operations Manager
    Responsible for the total operational ground systems support integrity, including project requirements and overviewing the development of the complete operational ground system
  • OM

    Observatory Manager
    Directs the team in identifying and specifying the spacecraft/ observatory requirements, in developing subsystems and systems, and in demonstrating that it meets its functional performance goals in launch and space environments
  • FM

    Financial Manager
    Responsible to supply financial management expertise to the establishment of technical program/project objectives and applying financial management techniques
  • ISM

    Instrument Systems Manager
    Responsible for ensuring through close coordination and technical review of the payload designs that the instruments or payload hardware meet technical performance, cost and schedule for the mission
  • PSM

    Project Support Manager
    Responsible for the management of custom requirements for services of the program/project; performs work inn one or more administrative program areas