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Associate Director - Communication Electronics Department (CED)

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Filter by Date: May 16, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45134 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

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 Associate Director assists the Director providing leadership, planning, and direction for the Communication Electronics Department (CED) staff and operations.  CED's technical emphasis includes hardware-based innovation and program support in Microwave/Millimeter Wave Technology, Time and Frequency Standards, Receivers, Amplifiers (TWTAs, SSPAs, LNAs), Wideband Communication Systems, and Nonlinear Circuits/Systems.   The Assoc. Director helps to manage resources and laboratory facilities, determine staffing needs, and coordinate activities and operations with counterpart organizations, management, and customers. Responsibilities also include an emphasis on hiring, new customer development, and increasing departmental participation in internally funded research.


Key Functions

  • Establishes CED's objectives and goals. Conducts CED's activities consistent with corporate policies/practices, goals, and objectives.
  • Participates in determining CED's structure,  staff, and resource needs. Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources. Implements policies, practices, and operating processes. Reports CED's activities, progress and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers.
  • Identifies and assigns staff functional responsibilities. Assigns and coordinates work activities within CED; monitors workload, work progress and schedules, ensures completion of CED's work assignments within cost and schedule guidelines.
  • Identifies and seeks new business, including increased participation in internally funded research and innovation activities. 
  • Provides overall direction to CED's technical programs and ensures CED's capabilities are effectively applied to needs of customer programs.
  • Cooperates and communicates frequently with customers to coordinate and report work progress, issues, and results.  Participates selectively in day-to-day technical task planning and issue resolution.
  • Conducts staff performance reviews and recommends performance improvement, career development, salary and promotion actions; establishes staffing needs and recommends reassignments, training, transfers, and other staff deployments. Monitors and directs CED's security processes, compliance, and safety awareness.
  • Directs technical staff performing engineering design, analysis or other research and development activities. Directs achievement of engineering assignments within project schedule and cost guidelines.
  • Performs L3 engineering and technical support activities.
  • Manages extensive laboratory facilities.
  • Ensures high quality CED work products and strives for customer satisfaction.



  • Degree in Electrical Engineering or another appropriate technical discipline from an accredited university
  • Demonstrated expertise and accomplishments in the development of RF technologies
  • Demonstrated experience building prototypes or testbeds
  • Demonstrated experience managing laboratory facilities
  • Demonstrated experience in leading engineering and technician teams
  • Demonstrated experience in acquisition and execution of internally funded research projects
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Substantial experience in a managerial role with proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineering and technician staff, along with all levels of contractors, customers, and corporate staff
  • Current and active or ability to obtain Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). (US citizenship required)



  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or another related discipline from an accredited university
  • Experience with both government and commercial space programs
  • Current Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). (US citizenship required)
  • Experience with SMC programs 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

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