Alaska Satellite Facility - Product Owner

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 4A
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) is seeking a Product Owner who thrives in a fast-paced environment. ASF is part of the NASA ESDIS network of Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). It is responsible for hosting, managing, and distributing Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing data to the science community. As one of the leaders of NASA ESDIS's implementation of Cloud technologies, ASF is also well positioned to explore new technologies and opportunities in this field. The Product Owner is responsible for translating ASF's vision and roadmaps into invaluable scientific research software applications through collaboration with product managers, development teams, customers, and key stakeholders. The Product Owner works to maximize their projects' value, define priorities, and clarify tactical goals. We are looking for a Product Owner with a strong engineering, scientific, or GIS background to guide new projects that set the standard for the processing, archiving, discovery, and scientific application of remote sensing data. Some experience with SAR remote sensing is desirable. *** U.S. Citizenship is required for this position, please include citizenship statement in your cover letter or resume *** *** Remote work arrangements will be considered ***


5Data Production: Design, implement and maintain database management systems and report data production success. Develop and maintain statistics to quantify satellite acquisition or data production success/failure rates. Report statistics to management and external funding agencies at regular intervals. Analyze data production failures to determine cause. Recommend alternate processing options or changes to the production system to improve success rate of data products. Document causes of failure and the resolution of those failures.Essential
5Project Evaluation: Evaluate scientific projects in diverse disciplines. Determine appropriate applications of satellite data to meet research goal. Consult with both internal and external researchers and staff regarding ASF capabilities and procedures and other DAAC holdings on behalf of the users. Respond to user inquiries regarding available earth science data. Produce maps and reports detailing geographic area of interest compared to satellite coverage availability.Essential
5Project Support: Provide coordination of customer and technical administrative support including monitoring progress of the Project Office, recommending changes to the project process, responding to agency requests for documentation. Involves using multiple computer platforms, i.e. Unix, PC, etc.Essential
5User Support: Consult with both internal and external researchers and staff regarding ASF capabilities and procedures and other DAAC holdings on behalf of the users. Respond to user inquiries regarding available earth science data. Instruct new and existing ASF SAR data users on operation of multiple remote sensing database systems. Introduce system to new users; provide continued support for existing users.Essential
80Product Ownership: Act as the key stakeholder for multiple projects. Have an overall vision for the goals and outcomes of a project and its products, and convey that vision to the development team when appropriate. Prioritize the backlog of product features in order of highest return on investment and internal dependencies. Act as the representative for the product or project to the organization and to external entities. Report status of the product at all points in the product life cycle.Essential

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  


  • Expert-level knowledge of planning, analysis, remote sensing, and earth science research; acts as a scientific subject matter expert.
  • Knowledge of multiple systems and the ability to understand how systems relate to one another.
  • Knowledge of and ability to combine inter-relationships between disparate problems and formulate situations.
  • Ability to formulate problem resolution.
  • Ability to analyze unusual, non-routine, or complex situations and problems and devise alternate strategies for solutions.
  • Advanced knowledge of a specialized area.
  • Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise-level technology.
  • Ability to understand the needs of end-users.
  • Ability to deliver results for the organization.
  • Ability to extrapolate abstract business problems into a successfully targeted architecture benefiting UA.
  • Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of expertise.
  • Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University.
  • Advanced knowledge of policies, standards, and the computing environment. Project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers, and analysts.
  • Excellent technical writing and multimedia creation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with scientists and engineers.
  • Prioritization and organization skills.
  • Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation.
  • Ability and experience to Lead multiple projects as a Product Owner.
  • Advanced ability to translate scientific requirements and goals into user stories.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods and principles used in research.
  • Cross-platform computer and applications skills, to include MS Word, MS Excel, and databases.
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing technical projects.
  • Ability to prioritize user stories between multiple products to optimize return on investment.
  • Experience in an Agile environment 
  • Experience GIS software packages and experience creating/manipulating GIS products

Required Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelors degree in information technology, software development, or science research field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4 years of experience in a science or IT field.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, term-funded, exempt Grade 81, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

*** Remote work arrangements will be considered ***

Application  Process:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.

To be considered for this position, please apply by 12/23/2020, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 12/24/2020. This posting will be closed once the position is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.



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