Ocean Career: OAI Program Manager

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking candidates to support the NOAA National Ocean Service National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) as the Program Manager for its NCCOS employees.

We are seeking candidates for this work prospectively, which is dependent on award of contract. OAI is a Virginia corporation established in 2003 that provides consulting and technical services to the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the private sector. We specialize in scientific program and project management, strategic planning, professional and technical services, and stakeholder engagement, and supporting government contracts.

NCCOS conducts research assessments and monitoring studies through its intra-and-extramural programs in all US coastal states and territories. Activities include scientific field and survey work along coasts and on nearshore boats and deep sea research ships; laboratory research using complex methodologies and instrumentation; use of sophisticated statistical, data analysis, modeling and digital mapping tools and software; data management; preparation of reports and manuscripts; delivery and transition of research to applications for coastal management and other clients and users; facility and safety operations; contract and grants management, and the wide variety of business operations support

The Program Manager will be OAI’s primary administrative representative having full authority to act on matters pertaining to the performance of the services performed by OAI for NCCOS at its Charleston SC, Beaufort NC, Silver Spring and Oxford MD, and Kasitsna Bay, AK locations. While most placements of contracted personnel will be at these locations, some positions consistent with these tasks could be at other locations determined to best support the NCCOS mission. The Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of performance (i.e., technical, contractual, administrative, and financial). The Program Manager will provide overall supervision of on-site OAI personnel, act as primary interface between Government and contractor personnel, and review and monitor contractor technical work for overall quality, efficiency, and timeliness.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • Progressively responsible experience in managing employees at more than one geographic location in a scientific environment requiring strict adherence to safety procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.
  • Project Management Professional Certification (preferred).

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:


  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).


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