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Filter by Date: May 11, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45132 

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?


Direct the Operations & Sustainment Department within the Cross Programs Engineering & Operations Subdivision of the MILSATCOM Division. The successful applicant will lead a team of program office engineers and ETG support in their responsibilities and accountabilities associated with the operations and sustainment of the military enterprise satellite communications systems.



  • Provide technical direction and leadership to the MILSATCOM SATCOM Operations and Sustainment Directorate staff in the execution of engineering, integration, and oversight of all MILSATCOM operations and sustainment activities.
  • Provide operations and systems engineering support for Advanced EHF, Defense Satellite Communications System III, Enhanced Polar System, Milstar, and Wideband Global SATCOM communication systems.
  • Responsible for development and sustainment support of the Command Control System - Consolidated.
  • Technical responsibilities include direct support to planning and execution of complex operations, launch, on-orbit testing, investigation and resolution of satellite and ground system anomalies, resiliency studies, acquisition planning, and technical support to mission operations.
  • Provide technical support for the transition of operations support responsibility from MILSATCOM development program offices to the MILSATCOM sustainment organization.
  • Interact with various operations teams and user commands on a regular basis to ensure mission performance and adequate involvement in issues resolution.
  • Work off-hours and weekends on occasion and be on-call 24/7 to respond to recalls for anomaly support.
  • Provide operational expertise to emerging programs, manage the transition of programs to operations and sustainment, the support to the Operational SATCOM Management office of USTRATCOM and the integration of International Partner operations.
  • Ensure that the organization’s capabilities are sufficient and effectively applied to meet program needs, provide opportunities for technical growth and development of the team members, and recruit new staff members.
  • Be an effective interface between the directorate, customers, and Aerospace management.
  • Identify and prioritize tasks, assign appropriate staff, and ensure the quality and timeliness of results and customer satisfaction. 
  • Mentor staff, coordinate ETG support, maintain cognizance of the directorate’s activities, manage the budget, perform employee evaluations and participate in the directorate’s administrative activities.
  • Provide written and oral reports, briefings, and recommendations to senior Aerospace management and customers on operational issues and operations concepts.



  • At least 12 years of experience in relevant space system development and operations
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physical science from a recognized institution
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work effectively with and coordinate multi-discipline projects with Air Force customers, contractors, SE&I contractors, and Aerospace team members
  • Demonstrated high degree of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and creative thinking needed to ensure mission success throughout the lengthy life cycles of space systems
  • Demonstrated experience in system requirements definition, acquisition strategies development, and operations concept development
  • Current Top-Secret clearance
  • Current SSBI or ability to obtain one
  • Ability to travel



  • Experience with satellite command and control systems, mission planning systems, and end user terminal systems
  • MILSATCOM experience
  • Program office and management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, mentor, and develop productive staff members
  • Ability to meet corporate goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated understanding of corporate strategic planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven initiative
  • Strong oral and written communication skills




Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

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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