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Program Coordinator in Huntsville, AL at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 7/27/2018

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Job Description

Project Specialist is to provide support to a Program Manager by managing assigned tasks or phase(s) of a project. Under direct supervision of the Program Manager, this person assists in all phase(s) of a project and is responsible for the following specific areas of project management including but not limited to scheduling, business requirements, and other operational duties needed. 


Position Summary:

USRA is an independent, non-profit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology.  USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.  USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers-on schedule and within budget.

USRA is seeking an experienced Program Coordinator for a full-time exempt position in the Huntsville, Alabama area at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).  The successful candidate will have demonstrated abilities in administering project planning, tracking, logistics, and compliance for government-funded programs focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and internship opportunities. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist program managers and NASA Center leads at MSFC in all aspects of project management including strategic planning, data gathering, analysis, development, communication, status tracking, implementation, documentation, monitoring, and follow-up, associated with NASA Internships activities.
  • Collaborate with NASA Internships Lead to provide on-site implementation and assist with operational elements for USRA’s interns located at local center.
  • Follow-up on project issues with project manager(s) to assist in the development of solutions.
  • Follow through on action items generated from project team meetings.
  • Participate in required meetings, activities, and related projects and relevant interdepartmental activities.
  • Perform special projects as requested by the EPO Program Manager.
  • Coordinate selection, placement and management of interns, including provision of pre-arrival, enrichment, and exit activities; support mentors and interns for student deliverables.
  • Integrate best practices and innovative approaches to streamline internship program and implementation plan.
  • Coordinate all logistics for student orientation, enrichment activities, and poster sessions.
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Project Specialists to address related tasks effectively.

Required Qualifications:


  • A bachelor’s degree in education, business management, administration, or related degree required.


  • 1-3 years relevant experience of successful experience administering related projects or educational programs.
  • Excellent professional and technical written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to develop relationships and create effective solutions to communication problems.
  • Ability to work independently requiring time management, self-reliance, and strong work ethic.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and able to secure a government security background investigation approval to secure appropriate access to government facilities.
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends, as necessary.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and its applications.

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. Extensive online usage. This is largely a sedentary role.


Up to 25% travel.

Applicants should apply to the posting at and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity


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