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Filter by Date: Jul 23, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45549 

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?


Provides leadership, planning, and direction of technical staff and operations for the Communications & Signal Analysis Department (CSAD). CSAD is a component of the Communication and Network Architectures Subdivision within the Communication Technologies and Engineering Division. This department primarily supports National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Civil/Commercial, and other US government customers.  CSAD aids in developing and acquiring innovative communication systems both in space and terrestrially. The department provides expertise at the payload level for both radio and laser wavelengths, and this expertise extends up to the communication link level in complexity.


Key Functions

  • Engage staff, management, and customers
  • Work with managment to establish the organization's objectives, structure, staff, and resources
  • Hire workforce to meet customer demands and organizational objectives
  • Participate in recruiting activities such as visiting universities and attending conferences
  • Participate in budget planning and allocation of resources
  • Report organization's activities, progress, and achievements through written and oral reports to management, staff, and customers
  • Assign and coordinate work activities within the organization
  • Monitor work of staff to ensure task completion with appropriate quality and within cost and schedule
  • Promote and advertise the organization's capabilities to customers while gathering insight regarding customer technology and staffing plans
  • Seek and identify opportunities for new business and opportunities
  • Aid customers and staff develop statements of work and statements of expectations for tasks
  • Conduct staff performance reviews
  • Recommend performance improvement, career development, and salary/promotion actions
  • Monitor and direct organization's security processes, compliance, and safety awareness
  • Participate in technical reviews and assessments
  • Plan and manage department research activities
  • Steward the knowledge management of the organization


  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering or another related field
  • Minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible engineering experience in satellite communication systems
  • Experience working with various Aerospace and US government space program offices
  • Experience in successful team building and leadership
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corporate, customer, and contractor management and staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both with customers and peers, via conversation, email, and presentation
  • Effective mentorship, career development, and interpersonal skills
  • Active Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance (US Citizenship required)
  • Ability to travel as needed, typically once per quarter



  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering or another related field from an accredited university
  • Aerospace management experience
  • Knowledge of NRO programs especially with regard to communications and signal interception systems
  • Knowledge of geolocation of microwave signals
  • Knowledge of atmospheric effects on microwave propagation
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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

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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