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    The incumbent will work under the broad administrative direction of the SMA Director and will work also with other Cambridge-based SMA staff to implement projects and related programs of the highest scientific merit. The incumbent will also be responsible for implementing developments currently underway at the observatory on Mauna Kea and will also participate in the planning of future instrument upgrades.

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    Directs the day-to-day operations of the SMA by providing administrative and technical management of a diverse technical staff comprising engineers, scientists, and technicians as well as other non-technical personnel and sub-contractors. Formulates operational and maintenance plans to ensure efficient operation of the array so that the scientific objectives are not compromised and the overall mission goals are met.

    Provides personnel administration for SMA Hilo-based operations and engineering staff by ensuring competitive recruitment, training, employee development, and timely and effective performance reviews. Reviews job applications, conducts interviews of prospective employees, and submits recommendations to the SMA Director for final selection. Advises, counsels, and instructs individual employees on both work and administrative matters. Hears complaints and grievances and, when possible, resolves conflicts locally.

    Coordinates the installation at Mauna Kea of critical telescope equipment including receivers, electronic systems, and spectrometers that are developed and fabricated for the SMA at SAO and ASIAA laboratories. Works with Cambridge-based SMA staff to develop and execute acceptance plans and procedures required to qualify upgrades to the array. Participates in major decisions associated with the development of the SMA Program Plan, including long-range planning in the development of the array and other projects.

    Assists the SMA Director in the development of overall SMA program budgets, including formulation of the required justification for inclusion in the Smithsonian's annual submission to Congress. Develops and manages appropriate procedures for the execution of approved budgets, including the implementation of fiscal controls and monitoring and reporting procedures.

    Develops and presents technical and management briefings of the SMA site activities and operations status at meetings with University of Hawaii, the Office of Mauna Kea Management, and at other Mauna Kea based observatories to enable efficient operation of the SMA within an ever-changing environment.

    Maintains a leadership role in the field of millimeter and submillimeter instrumentation, prepares papers documenting research results for publication in scientific or technical journals. Presents results at scientific or technical meetings and conferences, and within the CfA.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - This position will be based in Hilo, Hawaii, and the incumbent will be expected to travel to the SMA observatory site on Mauna Kea, and to SMA headquarters in Cambridge as required. Additionally, national and international travel may be required for meetings, conferences, etc.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0801 General Engineering

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