Payload Operations Project Manager

Houston, Texas (US) or Kennedy Space Center, Florida (US)
Competitive salary and benefits
January 19 2021
Payload Operations Project Manager
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Project Manager


This position oversees, coordinates, and manages the operational and logistical aspects of CASIS-sponsored International Space Station (ISS) research payloads and other projects, as assigned. The position develops mechanisms for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem-solv­ing when required. Supports and coordinates planning, scheduling, budgeting, implementation, and payload integration from preflight to postflight. This position will maintain direct principal investigator (researcher) and customer interface on significant issues needing technical guidance, redirection, and/or resolution and establish processes and schedules that best support the on-time completion of both new and ongoing projects.


Provide customer service and serve as a liaison between principal investigators, commercial entities, Implementation Partners, NASA points of contact, and CASIS functional areas.

Support potential ISS National Lab principal investigators in the development of proposals by utilizing the Implementation Partner Portal.

Conduct operations feasibility reviews and value impact reviews on behalf of the Payload Operations department.

Provide project management and oversight to support the development and implementation of spaceflight projects to the ISS.

Assist in the development of experiment-related documents as well as other payload products that are required for technical integration of payload hardware and/or other materials to be flown to the ISS.

Participate in NASA meetings in support of payload integration activities.

Review the status of projects, manage schedules, and conduct technical meetings on behalf of the Director of Payload Operations.

Support and attend technical conferences and outreach events, as required.


Bachelor’s degree in management or equivalent degree in engineering or sciences, others considered based on professional experience

Demonstrated experience in payload integration, payload operations, and research planning is required

A minimum of five years direct work experience in a project development capacity in a related discipline or industry

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people

Accuracy and attention to detail, good organization and prioritization skills

Strong work ethic and drive to succeed balanced with the ability to work with cross-functional teams on projects

Experience with flight hardware and research projects

Able to travel occasionally