South Pole Area Manager

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Project/Program Management/Management
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Job Description:

Parsons is hiring an Area Manager to support the NSF Antarctic Science and Engineering Support Contract (ASESC). 

What You’ll Be Doing:

Parsons invites applications for the position of South Pole Area Manager for the NSF Antarctic Science and Engineering Support Contract (ASESC).

  • Responsible for South Pole Station operations functions, to include station services and station operations.
  • Represents Parsons as the station's Senior Project/Site Manager.
  •  Liaison with military, NSF OPP (OPP), scientists, and involved contractors and subcontractors and Parsons organizational elements.
  • Provides long-range planning, area management, and maintenance of operations and support services.
  • Major duties:
    • Ensures that South Pole Station operations provide support, as required, to aid grantees in conducting research projects.
    • Provides senior site representation to the NSF, DOD/Air National Guard (ANG) units, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
    • Ensures station facilities and operational equipment are maintained at support levels commensurate with the planned tempo of operations and populations.
    • Ensures all activities are performed in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, standards, and codes imposed by the Antarctic Treaty and the US Government.
    • Serves as Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator, Medivac Coordinator, and Mass Casualty Coordinator.
  • Leads the management activity that affects efficient and effective liaison between station manager and the NSF, USAP participants, U.S. Military, contractors, and subcontractors
  • Leads the management activity that effectively plans for on-ice and off-ice South Pole Station activities with support from divisional managers
  • Directs long-range planning of station, station management, operations, and support.
  • Provides administrative and operations management oversight and continuity throughout the summer and winter season for South Pole station and facilities
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of Parsons contract operations and administration for the USAP at South Pole station and surrounding area.
  • Manages all contractor day-to-day activities in South Pole station area.
  • Maintains open lines of communication with other Area Managers at other locations, the Customer, and all other Government and commercial activities.
  • Ensures all company and Government policies and procedures are followed and enforced consistently.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensures that South Pole Station operations provide efficient and effective station support.
  • Provides senior Parsons leadership representation to NSF and communicates daily with appropriate customer representatives.  This Director leads the management activity that affects all station activities, airfields, and operations sites.
  • This Director, in collaboration with Operations Managers, and other NSF partners, contributes to the Annual Program Plan (APP).
  • Ensures inter-station standardization and operations activity documentation by ensuring all operations are conducted in accordance with Parsons USAP contract policies and procedures.
  • This Director and Operations management lead the management activity over station facilities utilities and infrastructure for all USAP stations and facilities and provide seamless continuity of operations.
  • This Director is accountable for implementing and maintaining USAP station safety policy and reinforcing safety as our highest priority.
  • This Director recruits and selects candidates for Parsons USAP contract Winter Station Managers.

What Required Education/ Skills You’ll Bring:

  • BS or BA in Engineering or Science from a four-year, accredited institution is required. MBA is preferred and an MS or MA is desirable.
  • 8 years’ management experience required, with emphasis on advance planning and facilities and infrastructure operations. Experience managing remote sites in harsh environments is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing innovative facility operations approaches and adopted practices that foster continuous improvement in station support operation and management, challenge the status-quo and existing paradigm in formulating and implementing, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective programs.

Physical and Other Specific Requirements

  • Deployment to Antarctica is required in this position, and therefore the individual must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations as required by NSF for deployment to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Candidate must pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) background investigation.
  • This position is contingent upon successful contract award of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctica Science & Engineering Support Contract (ASESC) NOTE:  Interim employment offered immediately on a consulting basis.  Full time employment contingent upon contract award.

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: 

$96,400.00 - $168,700.00

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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