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Ground Systems Architecture Program Lead

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Date: Sep 22, 2017

Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 22150

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 25922 

All Locations: Springfield, 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?



The National Geospatial Programs subdivision is seeking to fill a full time position for a Ground Systems Architecture Program Lead to provide expert Ground Systems, Acquisition and Program Management technical leadership in support of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Chief Information Officer - Technology Directorate. The support to NGA will be performed on site at the NGA Campus East in Springfield, VA



  • Leading and assisting development and acquisition of geospatial intelligence ground systems
  • Delivering independent and objective advice on NGA support and integration into various Intelligence Community agencies.
  • Assisting and advising the development of systems engineering expertise, analytic capability development, and geospatial intelligence budget planning and programming
  • Delivering independent and objective reviews on ground systems architecture geospatial intelligence actions, documents, strategies, plans, and issues
  • This position requires co-location at a Government site in Springfield, VA, local travel in the Washington DC area and occasional domestic travel to meetings and workshops



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution



  • Minimum of 12 years of progressively more responsible experience
  • Experience in systems engineering, network architecture and/or sensor integration technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead mixed government, SETA, and FFRDC teams in technical, architecture, strategy, and systems engineering projects and tasks
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance which is issued by the US Government. US citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance
  • Current TS/SCI or SSBI



  • Expertise in the application of space-based intelligence systems in support of strategic intelligence and combat operations
  • Experience and expertise in geospatial intelligence collection systems, operations, and intelligence analysis
  • Experience working with NGA, NRO and their lines of demarcation
  • Experience working with NGA CIO-T and the NGA Analysis Directorate
  • Familiarity with program management, DOD budget programming, requirements, and acquisition processes
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field 
  • Certification as a Systems Engineering Professional


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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT LEADER SR  

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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.


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: Washington DC

Job Segment: Architecture, Engineer, GIS, Laboratory, Security Clearance, Engineering, Technology, Science, Government

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