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Filter by Date: Dec 5, 2018

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44244 

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?


Summary of Responsibilities
We are looking for a Systems Director for the Program Engineering Department (LED) within Directorate L, Electronic Programs Division.  The Systems Director will work with the Aerospace management team and provide direct customer support to the program for the spacecraft bus, payload, and ground element. Additionally, the Program Engineering Department provides support for acquisition planning, system performance analysis, design review, anomaly resolution, and requirements analysis.  

Key Functions

  • Provides leadership, planning, and direction of LED technical staff.  
  • Assigns resources and coordinates activities with Dir L management, Aerospace Engineering Matrix management, and the program’s government customer.  
  • Establishes Directorate L objectives and goals and communicates them to members of the technical staff, and interfacing matrix organizations.  Sets performance standards and assess sufficiency and quality of organizational and individual performance.  
  • Participates with the Directorate’s management team in determining organizational structure and staff, staffing needs, and support resource needs.  Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources.  Reports organization activities, progress and achievements through written and oral feedback to management, subordinates, and the government customer.
  • Communicates frequently with LED customer leadership to coordinate and report work progress, issues, and results.  Participates actively in day-to-day technical task planning and issue resolution. 
  • Oversees technical aspects of the program including requirements, design, qualification, acceptance, integration and test, and verification.  Upholds technical standards to ensure mission success and facilitates direct communication with the customer regarding technical and programmatic risks.  Helps establish, document, and communicate the Aerospace program office risk position.
  • In all things, represents Aerospace by embodying the Corporate Values and managing with these in mind.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of experience in major system acquisition
  • Understanding of the SIGINT Mission and specific program requirements 
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills must be demonstrated by the ability to work effectively in a program office environment
  • Ability to form strong Subject Matter Expert support teams, and a trusted government counterpart relationship
  • Ability to work effectively with senior government and contractor management
  • Demonstrated ability to influence program decisions to preserve mission and/or lower risk
  • Experience leading or directing technical teams
  • Current TS/SSBI
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance


Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Specific technical experience in satellite bus, payload, or ground subsystems and a demonstrated ability to resolve technical issues with space hardware or software
  • Supervisory experience managing technical staff, broad experience across the program life cycle, and experience working with senior level customers is highly desired
  • Recognized depth in one or more core technical competencies used in delivering the space segment
  • Working knowledge of Aerospace Engineering Matrix and Laboratory capabilities and personnel

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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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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