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Job #: R-00098868
Location: Remote, US
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the time
Shift: Day
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a McMurdo Winter Site Manager. The position will deploy to McMurdo Station, Antarctica for 7-8 months and serve as the senior site lead during the austral winter.

Deployment to Antarctica is required for this position.

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision:  Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.

  • Mission:  To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC provides science and logistics support for approximately 150 science and technical events across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research across multiple science disciplines.  The planning and implementation of science support requirements in Antarctica is a critical part of our mission.
Responsibilities include:

  • Reports to the McMurdo Area Manager; may serve as Acting Area Manager as needed.

  • Deploys to McMurdo Station, Antarctica for the Austral Winter season, approximately Feb. 15 to Oct. 10.

  • Ensures the Annual Program Plan and other station activities are completed as planned, and that concerns and obstacles are communicated as needed.

  • Is available 24/7 while deployed to respond to station emergencies, personnel issues or other incidents.

  • Ensures reporting responsibilities are met, including support of National Science Foundation (NSF) representatives, Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) management and subcontractor program managers.

  • Works directly with Environmental Health and Safety department and Safety Manager to continuously improve safety culture, decrease frequency of injuries and property damage, and ensure a safe working environment for everyone.

  • Ensures compliance with the Antarctic Treaty, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, the Antarctic Conservation Act, and other governing legislation

  • Identifies and manages risk and opportunities for McMurdo.

  • Monitors project progress and resolves resource conflicts.

  • Serves as lead ASC representative while deployed to McMurdo, in regards to ASC personnel, NSF representatives and other agencies. 

  • Supports supervisors, managers and SMEs in communicating with station and stakeholders from all agencies.

  • Works with Leidos HR on personnel issues; oversees implementation of Leidos disciplinary action.

  • Effectively communicates with the McMurdo Community to integrate and implement program changes and priorities.

  • Facilitates ASC leadership meeting and other meetings to proactively discuss concerns, challenges, obstacles and resource conflicts.

  • Be informed and engaged with behavioral and other personnel issues, in order to resolve or address these issues consistently within ASC.

  • Participate in Performance Management Teams and creation of Area Excellence Plans, Deep Dives, and other reports for ASC and NSF leadership.

  • Manages alcohol policy on station, in conjunction with Station Services leadership.

  • Serves as Emergency Manager when Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated.

  • Ensures adherence to standard operating procedures.

  • Handles confidential matters in accordance with management policy.

  • Supports an inclusive and harassment-free workplace for all personnel on station while upholding Leidos values.

  • Works with Recreation Coordinator to support a range of after-hours activities and events.

Typical Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education, with 10 years of professional experience; or 8 years of professional experience with a related Masters degree. 

  • Leadership experience must include the demonstrated ability to work with and independently manage a diverse, skilled work force.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage conflict resolution and problem solve operational & logistics issues is required. Leadership experience at remote locations is highly desirable.

  • Polar experience is desirable.

This position requires the ability to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $84,500.00 - $130,000.00 - $175,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023.  For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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