Deputy Project Director

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Project/Program Management/Management
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Job Description:

Parsons is hiring a Deputy Program Director to support the NSF Antarctic Science and Engineering Support Contract (ASESC).  The role will be based in Colorado Springs, CO, however, remote work is permissible with occasional visits to Colorado Springs and ASECS support locations.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Provides senior management leadership, balancing corporate objectives with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) mission to advance science research and education.
  • Responsible for overall contract performance and strategic planning in coordination with the OPP.
  • Provides program leadership, direction, and long-range vision to achieve United States Antarctic Program (USAP) goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for overall project and program planning, cost control, and budgetary matters, interfacing with the OPP, as necessary, to ensure transparency in contract performance.
  •  Promotes the support mission to enable the advancement of world-class polar science through a flexible and fully integrated program management approach.
  • Cultivates program integrity and innovation, combining high ethical standards and professionalism with forward-thinking and creativity.
  • Establishes long-range goals, plans, and policies consistent with OPP objectives.
  • Develops, implements, and enforces policies and procedures to improve the overall effectiveness of the organization.
  • Guides an Antarctic Science and Engineering Support Contract (ASESC) Program effectively using People, Processes, and Technology (PPT) to achieve short- and long-range USAP objectives.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • This role would require the selected candidate to act as overall manager and administrator for contract effort
  • Act as a primary interface and point of contact with government program authorities and representatives on program/project and contract administrative issues
  • Supervises operations by developing management procedures and controls, planning and directing project execution, monitoring and reporting progress
  • Develops positive customer relationships between the NSF, stakeholders and Parsons to achieve contract objectives.
  • Maintains close contact with the Contracting Officer at each site(s)
  • Maintains a partnership with the Government PM and all other NSF and stakeholder communities
  • Coordinates operational matters with and maintains liaison with the NSF and stakeholders
  • Interfaces with Parsons to resolve problems beyond the Program’s capability
  • Devotes personal attention to the morale and welfare of all employees; and provides a safe and healthy work environment
  • Establishes a close working relationship with the NSF and stakeholders at each site(s) to ensure an understanding of the requirements and capabilities of logistical support actions
  • Communicates and cooperates to enhance the logistical efficiency and effectiveness capability
  • Reviews of the previous day, current day, and next day’s activities with each Site Manager, focused on identifying and resolving detractors to mission success
  • Ensure Site Managers publish company Operating Instructions containing specific responsibilities for all Parsons personnel in accordance with Parsons’ Quality Control Program Plan
  • Provides guidance and direction to the Parsons management staff
  • Ensures adherence to established standards of individual performance and discipline
  • Interviews prospective managers and assists in the selection of new employees
  • Approves personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and appropriate disciplinary action recommended by Site Managers
  • Responsible for Parsons operating budget
  • Reviews and approves project costs and expenditures
  • Identifies, studies, and implements cost saving initiatives where applicable
  • Allocates resources to meet all mission requirements
  • Ensures the logistics organization is not overly tasked with augmentation duties outside respective functional areas
  • Plans and directs project execution; monitoring and reporting progress
  • Must be customer oriented

What Required Education/ Skills You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Engineering, or Earth and / or Geo Sciences
  • Management and supervisory experience within the last fifteen years, in the performance and execution of polar operations or similar expeditionary/frontier/contingency environments (i.e., remote or austere operating environments)
  • Must have extensive, thorough knowledge US Governments logistics concepts and procedures.
  • Possess strong communications, interpersonal, leadership and managerial skills with an extensive background in building and leading a diverse team possessing myriad complementary/non-complementary skills to deliver operational, contractual, and financial results.
  • Demonstrably strong financial management skills
  • Familiarity with multiple Government contracting types (i.e., cost-plus, CPFF, CPAF, T&M, FPFF, FPAF, and FPIF contracts)
  • Must be able to forecast future budget requirements and concurrently manage execution of the project’s budget to achieve established performance objectives.
  • Must deal with the customer and company employees in a courteous, professional, and effective manner
  • Must be a US citizen

What Desired Skills You’ll Bring:

  • Management and/or supervisory experience of lar personnel in expeditionary and/or contingency environments preferred
  • Experience working with an international community
  • Experience in General/Progam Manager level management of U.S Governments programs with annual revenues >$100M
  • NSF, NASA, DOE, NOAA or USG experience preferred
  • PhD in Sciences or Engineering preferred
  • For Engineering candidates, PE is highly preferred
  • PMP certification highly preferred

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Federal Solutions team.

Our Federal Solutions segment delivers resources to our US government customers that ensure the success of missions around the globe. Our diverse, intelligent employees drive the state of the art as they provide services and solutions in the areas of defense, security, intelligence, infrastructure, and environmental. We promote a culture of excellence and close-knit teams that take pride in delivering, protecting, and sustaining our nation's most critical assets, from Earth to cyberspace. Throughout the company, our people are anticipating what’s next to deliver the solutions our customers need now.

Salary Range: 

$126,600.00 - $227,900.00

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

This position will be posted for a minimum of 3 days and will continue to be posted for an average of 30 days until a qualified applicant is selected or the position has been cancelled.

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employee’s wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons quest—APPLY TODAY!

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Founded in 1944, Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider, is focused on creating the future of the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets. From Earth to outer space, we deliver tomorrow’s solutions today. Equipped with the capabilities required to take on any defense, intelligence, or critical infrastructure challenge, our agile, innovative, and disruptive approach enables us to deliver solutions at the speed of relevance.

Our people are our greatest asset. We strive to be an employer of choice that engages employees in the community and creates rewarding career paths to cultivate a resilient workforce that is ready for the future.


Parsons has contributed to major infrastructure projects in Canada since the 1940’s, helping to design and build many well-known landscapes across the country, including the Regina Bypass, Turcot Exchange, Kicking Horse Canyon, Olivier-Charbonneau Bridge, and the Edmonton Light Rail Transit. Our markets are diverse, including Bridge, Tunnel, Road and Highway, Aviation, Rail and Transit, Smart Vehicle Solutions, Smart Mobility, Integrated Delivery, Environmental Remediation, Mining and Reclamation, and Water/Wastewater, as well as serving numerous industrial clients. The Parsons’ signature stands out and our achievements have been recognized via numerous awards for innovation and quality, particularly in long-span bridges, complex brigles, and major road networks expansions. Our teams work across Canada in many provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northern Territories and the Yukon.

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