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NASA Center Manager (Contract Position)
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   School of Engineering
Position Code:   SENG7111A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   Commensurate with education and experience
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The NASA Center manager works under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. They will work with the Education, Outreach and Diversity staff members at UCM and partner institutes to further the educational goals of the Center with an audience that ranges from K-12, high school teachers, college students, graduate students, to the general public. The news media should be informed of education and outreach activities in advance. Communicating to the general public the scientific accomplishments of the Center and the challenges addressed by the Center researchers is an important responsibility.

The Center manager will be responsible for providing daily administrative and clerical support, managing program expenses and budgets, managing student assistants, implementing program activities to include fund raising, preparing program progress reports, and representing the center at on and off campus events. The Center Manager must have excellent communications skills and an ability to work with diverse organizations and people.

Requirements imposed by the sponsor agency, NASA, may change over time, therefore the Strategic Plan and programmatic performance indicators must be continually assessed and reformulated to ensure compliance and sustain rapid progress. The manager will help to keep the Center squarely on track and will help to provide agility in defining immediate and long-term science targets, which may include realignment of scientific efforts or members.


Qualifications:   • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training required.

• Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.

• A minimum of three years of related experience required.

• Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred.

• Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices required.

• Requires independent judgment, strong organization and communication skills required.

• Must have excellent oral and written skills.

• Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills required.

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results required.

• Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers required.

• Solid fundraising experience preferred.

• Must have excellent organizational skills required.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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