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Associate Director, Vehicle Design and Innovation Department

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Filter by Date: Mar 14, 2019

Filter by Location: Albuquerque, NM, US, 87198

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44563 

All Locations: Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Associate Director (Albuquerque) will work with the Director and the other members of the Vehicle Design and Innovation Department (VDID) and Architecture and Design Subdivision (ADS) management team to develop customer relationships; develop, grow, and manage work; and hire staff in the Albuquerque area to support VDID and ADS activities. In addition, the Associate Director will also serve as a liaison between the System Engineering Division organizations and Albuquerque area customers to include the Space Innovation Directorate and the Nuclear Operations Directorate. Members of VDID provide vehicle system engineering and programmatic support for its customers. Though the emphasis is placed on upfront system engineering, feasibility design and analysis, and concept development, VDID staff provide end-to-end system engineering support throughout a program life cycle. The selected candidate possesses experience applying and managing vehicle system engineering processes and tools throughout the lifecycle of space vehicle programs. In addition, the candidate will possess broad experience in leading and working with multi-disciplinary teams, organizations, and customers.


Key Functions

  • Lead the development and growth of the indigenous ETG/SED/ADS Albuquerque capability
  • Interact and communicate frequently with Albuquerque program offices and customers to develop and foster relationships
  • Work with Albuquerque program office, customer, and contractor personnel to elicit and identify needs, requirements, and constraints for studies; scope, plan, and execute studies; and effectively communicate task status, methods, results, and recommendations in briefings and formal technical reports
  • Direct Albuquerque technical activities, organize project teams, and execute directly or through project teams
  • Determine ETG/SED/ADS staffing needs for the Albuquerque office and perform hiring activities and participate in the training and career development of VDID department personnel
  • Act as a liaison between ETG/SED and Albuquerque program offices to organize and direct SED capabilities
  • Supporting organizational Digital Engineering implementations
  • Act as a liaison to xLab, RAPID Center, and other prototyping capabilities as needed
  • Report Albuquerque organization’s activities, progress, and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers
  • Assist the Director in managing VDID personnel, serving as the primary responsible day-to-day manager for the Department staff located in the Albuquerque area
  • Conduct Albuquerque VDID staff performance reviews and recommend performance improvement, career development, salary, and promotion actions
  • Closely collaborate with the Director and other Aerospace personnel to identify and organize technical expertise in multiple technical disciplines and domains to enable concurrent engineering approaches to address complex problems
  • Lead and participate in multi-disciplinary engineering teams in the development and analysis of space vehicles
  • Lead and participate in conceptual and preliminary design studies of space systems
  • Evaluate spacecraft design and architecture concepts
  • Participate in design reviews
  • Mentor junior members of the department




  • BS degree in relevant engineering discipline, science, or a related field
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years relevant experience with previous personnel management and/or team leadership experience
  • Ability to organize and lead cross-functional, cross-organizational teams, initiate studies, work with a broad range of technical disciplines, and interact with program office personnel must be demonstrated, as well as working independently and being proactive
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, adapt quickly to change, and demonstrate initiative under pressure
  • Familiarity with architecture and design; acquisition, analysis, and planning; mission assurance; and system analysis and simulation
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a wide variety of spacecraft systems engineering tasks from concept development to launch
  • Experience in developing, leading, and working on multi-disciplinary engineering teams
  • Demonstrated experience in concurrent engineering tools, processes, and methodologies
  • Demonstrated technical spacecraft analysis and design support for feasibility studies, architecture analysis, and business case assessments
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong, demonstrated personal initiative
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Aerospace customers in the Albuquerque area
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain TS/SSBI clearance



  • Advanced degree in related field
  • Extensive use of MS Office and other computer applications, especially in support of space vehicle design and analysis
  • Program management experience
  • System acquisition experience
  • Knowledge and/or familiarity with Digital Engineering
  • Current TS/SSBI clearance

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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