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Filter by Date: Jun 11, 2019

Filter by Location: Colorado Springs, CO, US, 80916

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45494 

All Locations: Colorado Springs, CO (Colorado) 

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 Operations and Sustainment Principal Director is responsible for providing technical and programmatic leadership to the operations and sustainment of deployed AFSPC systems – including space and ground assets for MILSATCOM and GPS at Schriever AFB, Space Based Infrared Sensing (SBIRS)/Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems at Buckley AFB, the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) and Launch and Test Range System (LTRS) assets at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL and Vandenberg AFB, CA. 


As a manager, the Principal Director assigns resources, determines staffing needs, and coordinates activities and operations among staff; communicates and coordinates activities to counterpart organizations, management, and customers.  The position requires remote management of personnel.  The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with Aerospace, SETA, SE&I and sustainment contractor personnel, including contractor factory support.  The selected candidate will interface with multiple customer organizations including the SMC sustainment group at Peterson AFB, Wing and Operations Groups at Schriever AFB and Buckley AFB, and AFSPC and 14 AF personnel.  The selected candidate will be expected to provide proactive support to the customer and cultivate productive working relationships in a fast-paced multi-organizational environment.  The position requires travel, particularly in the CO area. The primary job location for the position is at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, CO, with significant responsibility at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs, CO and at Buckley AFB in Aurora, CO.


  • Manages a geographically diverse team.  Establishes and focuses organization direction and objectives consistent with corporate goals, customer needs and assigned functions.
  • Communicates goals to team and monitors progress towards stated goals. Monitors performance of staff, conducts performance reviews, recommends salary actions, and recommends performance improvement, career development, training, reassignment, transfer, and other staff deployments. Plan, organize and manage tasks and projects for the organization in an efficient and effective manner. 
  • Provides systems engineering and subject matter expert support to operations, anomaly resolution, and resiliency tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for supported mission areas
  • Provides proactive support to the sustainment customer to identify high value work for the organization, translate customer requests into technical priorities and plan and manage the team accordingly
  • Provides technical and programmatic leadership to Launch Range modernization efforts
  • Plans and manages Aerospace support (including the Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) and Project West Wing (PWW)) to conduct assessments of new capabilities and support their transition to operations
  • Coordinates with mission area engineering and architecting counterparts to ensure operations and sustainment considerations are included in early phases of new acquisitions
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Ground organization to ensure coordination of sustainment and development integration efforts
  • Provides guidance and leadership to operations and sustainment in the transition to an agile capability delivery model and the operational implementation of the Space Warfighting Construct.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, science or math from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience including program office experience
  • Demonstrated technical leadership, mature judgment, strong interpersonal skills for interacting with Aerospace peers and executive management, contractors, customers and corporate staff
  • Substantial experience in a managerial role with proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of contractors, customers and staff
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in planning and managing tasks, projects and personnel
  • Experience with AFSPC mission ground systems, architectures and operations
  • Experience in satellite launch, early on-orbit test, operations and sustainment
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading teams with diverse skills mix
  • Demonstrated outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Current SSBI clearance with SCI access



  • 15 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Advanced technical degree in engineering, science or math
  • Experience working at a customer/operational facility and regional office environment
  • Previous Aerospace management experience
  • Familiarity with agile and DevOps processes
  • Familiarity with AFSPC processes of fielding capabilities into operations
  • Knowledge of DoD cybersecurity policies, approval processes and defensive cyber operations
  • Current, or ability to obtain SAP accesses



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: Colorado Springs

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