NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Business Administrator I in Pasadena, California


New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


As a Business Administrator I you will be working for JPL's Earth Science Section supporting Earth scientists who conduct basic research employing end-to-end expertise in observations from multiple vantage points along with theoretical modeling to characterize and understand the atmosphere, land, cryosphere and oceans on our home planet, with an overarching goal of improving predictions of future changes.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Business Administrative Manager to coordinate the day-to-daybusiness operations which include, but not limited to processing personnel and servicerequisitions, processing postdoctoral appointments and other affiliate types, monitoring staffing transaction data, reviewing the utilization of facilities such as office space, laboratories and technical space, conducting annual safety and asset inventory reviews, processing section established business metrics and maintaining required compliance training records.

  • Conducting financial analysis which include detailed reviews of planned Costand Obligations, Plan vs. Actual and explanation of all variances on direct costaccounts within the section.

  • Developing and maintaining monthly performance cost reports for projects supportedby the section.

  • Collaborating with Technical Staff to resolve and document staffing plans, workforceforecast analysis and workforce reports.

  • Performing financial oversight of project account costs and actuals, review andapprove financial journals, and prepare budgets for research proposals.



  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree in Business Administration or related disciplinewith a minimum of 1 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplineswith a minimum of 0 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with aminimum of 0 years related experience.

  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.

  • Analytical skills (including statistical charting).

  • Knowledge in the areas of financial analysis and reporting, human resourcesand acquisitions.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications such as Excel (advance excel, macros,pivot table, vlookup, etc.), Word and Powerpoint.

  • A customer service philosophy and professionalism when interfacing with alllevels of personnel.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to implement best business practices in achieving the goals of thesection.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of JPL policies, procedures, processes and financialsystems.

  • Administrative experience in the areas of financial analysis, budgeting, costanalysis, asset management, workforce planning, and human resources.

  • Experience with ORACLE financial and requisition modules.

Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena

Requisition ID 2019-10260

Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena

Category Business Operations and Finance

Discipline Description Business Administration

Career Level Level 1

Scheduled Hours 40

Relocation Eligibility No

Hiring Organization 3219 - SECT 329 BUSINESS ADMIN

Minimum Years of Experience 1

Education Bachelor's

Travel No

Clearance Status None

Clearance Options None

JPL is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups, females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. JPL will hire, transfer, and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure equal consideration and fair treatment of all. JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about "EEO is the Law" click here: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at If you are interested in applying for employment with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department at (818) 354-5150 or via email at Written requests may be mailed to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Attention: Staffing and Employment Programs, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1720C, Pasadena, CA 91109