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Filter by Date: Apr 25, 2019

Filter by Location: Crystal City, VA, US, 22202

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45012 

All Locations: Crystal City, 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?


Provide leadership and management oversight for strategy development and program support as part of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy within Defense System Operations (part of Defense Systems Group).  


Key Functions

  • Responsibilities will include forming and leading high-quality technical, policy and programmatic teams to support key CSPS customers, both internal and external to Aerospace.  These cross-corporation and cross-organizational teams will develop strategies, evaluate programs, and execute studies and analysis activities aligned with customer needs. 
  • Help customers anticipate how policy options might play when they encounter other interests (Congress, the Pentagon, other government agencies, industry, international partners, etc.), or when external adversaries make moves to counter them. 
  • The selected candidate will also manage CSPS administrative support functions and lead CSPS efforts to support and grow CSPS non-overhead, direct charge efforts. 
  • Deliver superb products (papers, reports, presentations) and decision support capabilities to any Aerospace customer or organization as needed, and foster appropriate information sharing across the space enterprise to help assure mission success.



  • A Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in a policy-relevant or technical discipline is required. 
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience supporting U.S. government functions and/or policy development is required.
  • The qualified candidate must have demonstrated, strong leadership skills, including team building/leadership, conflict resolution, staffing and customer relationship building. 
  • Broad U.S. government experience and some specific experience relevant to Aerospace’s Pentagon customers and to Congress is required. 
  • Experience supporting and/or leading policy and program evaluation teams and studying topics of national significance is required. 
  • Familiarity with national security system acquisition and budgeting processes, including the Defense Acquisition System (DAS); Programming, Planning, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE); and the annual budget review process is desired. 
  • Experience supporting development and/or implementation of national space policy is required. 
  • The qualified candidate must possess superb verbal and written communication skills and should have the ability to work effectively with senior government customers (including flag or SES level) from diverse organizations. 
  • Active SCI access is required. 


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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: Arlington Virginia
Nearest Secondary Market: Washington DC

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