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Associate Principal Director, System Analysis and Simulation Subdivision

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Filter by Date: Aug 7, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45666 

All Locations: Chantilly, 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 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 Systems Analysis and Simulation Subdivision, an organization located in El Segundo, Chantilly, and Colorado Springs, is responsible for the performance analysis of space systems and the associated architectures.  We perform analysis at all phases of a broad range of programs and well as ongoing enterprise analysis.  We support the Air force, NRO, and numerous other civil, commercial, and international customers. Our analysis focus lies in the following technical disciplines:  systems engineering, system architecture, modeling and simulation, military utility, communications system, astrodynamics, orbit determination, geolocation, mission operations and analysis, and software development. 



Key Functions 


Deputy to the Principal Director of SASS; support the entire organization located in El Segundo, Chantilly, and Colorado Springs;  Participate in strategic planning, resource management, and general administrative duties
Provide front-line leadership to the East Coast elements of SASS (about 50 people);  Ensure availability of resources such as office space, computers, access to corporate software and networks, and support services
Provide a direct interface to East Coast program offices at all levels of management; Support technical quality control, lead teams, and work resource issues with our customer-facing counterparts
Take an active interest in the technical activities of the staff and support their technical efforts through collaboration and identification of sponsors for promising ideas
Support corporate initiatives and committees as needed, (e.g., technical computing, Chantilly campus development) to ensure proper resources are available for subdivision staff







  • Ability to work collaboratively with the principal director to establish an organizational vision and regular strategic planning materials and lead the organization in a seamless manner.
  • Twelve (12) years of experience (MTS years).
  • Technical skills needed to understand and contribute leadership in a variety of technical disciplines such as astrodynamics, navigation, geopositioning, modeling and simulation, optimization, and engineering software development.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of the NRO, AF, and other programs and an understanding of how Aerospace is structured to support them.
  • Ability to collaborate with a large, cross-country management team regarding technical tasking, people management, and resource allocation.
  • Experience guiding and mentoring managers and senior staff.
  • Proactive interest in addressing corporate resource problems to further the interests of SASS and the larger ETG organization.
  • Three (3) years of director-level management experience or equivalent.
  • TS/SCI Clearance with the ability to qualify for additional clearances as needed.





  • Significant management experience (5+ years at the director level)
  • Experience in customer-facing organization or equivalent.





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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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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