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Systems Director- FAA

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Date: Nov 13, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA, US, 22202

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 23721 

All Locations: Crystal City, VA (Virginia) 

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 clandestine 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?


Civil System Group (CSG), a division of The Aerospace Corporation, brings engineering expertise and valued capabilities to U.S. Civil and Homeland Security agencies.  In this Systems Director role, you will provide overall technical and managerial leadership for CSG support to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in providing engineering services to commercial space transportation, commercial space traffic management (STM), and other related projects as appropriate.  In this role you will serve as the management focal point with the FAA for the Aerospace Corporation.  You will work collaboratively senior managers and staff from the FAA along with Aerospace Corporation engineering and program development staff in establishing, executing and developing the FAA line of business.  

If selected for this position, you will:

•Provide overall day-to-day technical and managerial guidance and direction to direct reports within the Federal Civil and Homeland Security (FC&HS) Programs Directorate for the FAA customer in execution of customer support and business development activities.

•Provide technical leadership, oversight and direct support for all work and deliveries, and coordinate with subject matter experts and engineering support across interdisciplinary and geographically distributed teams.

•Support the development and documentation of corporate capabilities into service-line offerings.

•Plan and lead technical and programmatic and policy support to inform current commercial STM technical, operational and organizational decision-making. 

•Work with the government customer and Aerospace Corporation technical experts in formulating overall strategy, defining requirements, and evaluating government and commercial capabilities in STM.

•Assist in strategic planning and establishing external strategic relationships with potential partners, customers, and collaborators.

•Be the FAA program office lead for key customers, working with the customer and Aerospace Corporation technical organizations to establish a service-oriented customer support culture and technical support team structures.

•Apply Aerospace expertise to supporting objectives and plans (scope, cost, schedule, resource) for on-going technical and strategic studies.

•Establish and maintain key strategic relationships with FAA customers.

•Represent the organization in internal meetings and at customer venues.

•Liaison with joint agency task forces, government organizations, and academic institutions.



  • BS in Engineering, information technology, physics, or other technical discipline required.
  • A minimum of 12 years relevant experience that includes program office and technical leadership.
  • Demonstrated business acumen in planning, executing and managing tactical and strategic business plans in support of business goals and objectives, including planning managing scope, cost, schedule, resources.
  • Demonstrated experience in hiring, developing and managing qualified staff.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across different levels of customers, contractors and corporate staff. 
  • Strong broad-based technical skills in experience in relevant Space Traffic Management, Space Control, Space Situational Awareness and/or Space Asset Protection, Commercial Space Transportation, and/or UAS /CUAS technical disciplines is required.
  • Demonstrated initiative, independent action, mature judgment, outstanding verbal and written communications skills, excellent liaison and coordination capabilities, effective teaming skills, and ability to interact effectively with all levels of Aerospace, government, and contractor personnel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Secret Clearance and/or ability acquire a secret clearance and a TS/SSBI/SCI is required.



  • Advance degree. 
  • Experience in law enforcement and homeland security environments is desired.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: SYSTEMS DIRECTOR  

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

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.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Nearest Major Market: Arlington Virginia
Nearest Secondary Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Engineer, Security Clearance, Strategic Planning, Aerospace, Engineering, Government, Strategy, Aviation

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