Information Systems Specialist - Project Manager

  • Ocean Associates Inc.
  • Jul 26, 2018
Full time Information Technology Research Science

Job Description

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking an Information Systems Project Manager to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Honolulu, Hawaii. NMFS observers in the Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (Program) collect a variety of data including catch, bycatch, fishing effort, and interactions with protected species. This information is used by NMFS to perform stock assessments, construct fishery management plans, regulations, and identify methods for reducing bycatch and protected species interactions. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will manage the development of a deployable eReporting system that will facilitate the Program’s ability to collect and receive fisheries data in a timely, cost-effective, and sustainable approach. The project manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the eReporting project for both Hawaii and the American Samoa field office. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong information systems project management background to contribute to NOAA’s effort to recover threatened and endangered species.



  • Schedule and conduct meetings with Program manager and key staff.
  • Facilitate and develop an Observer Program Strategic Plan (5 year) that shall be used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that program staff are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the program's direction in response to a changing environment.
  • Develop a detailed Project Plan and SMART objectives for the full project lifecycle (through platform implementation and lifecycle support) by determining project scope and milestones for both Hawaii and the American Samoa field office:
    • Identify the project stakeholders and their needs.
    • Determine project roles and responsibilities by identifying project phases and elements; make recommendations for assigning personnel to phases and elements.
    • Create a detailed project schedule based on human and financial resources, and eReporting system specifications, calculating time requirements and sequencing project elements.
    • Create a communication plan.
    • Identify, manage, and mitigate potential high and moderate risks to minimize impact to the successful delivery of project.
  • Maintain project schedule by monitoring project progress; coordinating activities; resolving problems.
  • Monitor and control project cost estimates by reviewing expenditures and making recommendations. Prepare cost estimates for future project phases.
  • Prepare project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends; and providing recommendations.
  • Maintain project database/repository and documents. 

Expected position start date: January 1, 2019

Location: National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office, Honolulu, HI

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Salary commensurate with experience.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor's’ Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field; and seven (7) to nine (9) years experience as an Information Systems Project Manager.
  • Project Management Certifications, e.g., PMP, or proven experience delivering complex IT projects in scope, on-time, and within budget.
  • Experience with Microsoft Project or comparable project management software 

 Additional preferred requirements include:

  • Knowledge of pelagic longline fisheries.
  • Knowledge of fisheries observer programs.
  • Experience developing and implementing fisheries electronic reporting system(s).
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; and ability to drive collaboration in cross functional projects.
  • Creative problem solving skills including the ability to articulate technology solutions to address business problems.
  • Proven organizational skills to plan and coordinate IT projects.
  • Experience with UI design sprints, wireframes and mockups.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, you MUST APPLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE ONLY. Go to OCEANASSOC.COM, click on Now Hiring, find the position you wish to apply for, click the 'For More Information' link for that position, follow instructions on the page to apply. (no emails)

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

 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.
  • 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).  

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check.  Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.