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Filter by Date: May 15, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45100 

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 Director of the International Space Systems (ISS) Department in the Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate (Project West Wing) leads a small technical team, managing wide-ranging technical activities dealing with technical intelligence and analysis of international space programs. The DIR ISS develops strong day-to-day relationships with Intelligence Community (IC) and DoD agencies, customers and peers, to share insights into technical and operational national security challenges.


Key Functions

  • Lead an elite technical team in diverse technical activities dealing with technical intelligence and analysis of international space programs, satellites, missions and applications
  • Manage staff task assignments, customer engagements including definition of deliverables and communication of technical products and budget status, manpower planning and budgeting, staff administrative requirements, engagement with Directorate data management functions, and adherence to required and assigned corporate-level duties and assignments.
  • Pro-actively assess potential impacts of developments in worldwide space and counterspace on operations involving U.S. national security space
  • Develop strong working relationships with IC and DoD customers and peers, to identify, resolve, and share insights regarding short- and long term technical and operational national security challenges.
  • Identify challenges in Space Domain Awareness as well as developing recommendations for evolving global data collection and research
  • Prepare technical reports, briefings, and other deliverable materials as required
  • Critically review reports, briefings and other materials produced by a high-achieving staff
  • Actively engage with corporate functions for Security, Business Administration, and Human Resources for the efficient and fair management of the ISS department



  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • Twelve or more years of related analysis or management experience
  • Requires a strong interest in, and enthusiasm for, understanding developments in global space activities and related space operation
  • Requires a strong interest in working with a small team, including recruiting and developing analysts in key national security specialties
  • Should be a self-starter, motivated to impact high-interest national space situations, with the potential to develop personal areas of expertise in the analysis of international space capabilities
  • Requires demonstrated skills and experience with fusing and analyzing information from multiple data sources and extrapolating this information to answer space system questions
  • Requires superior written and oral communication skills, the ability to communicate effectively with senior military and civilian customers, and an ability to work well with other analysts, internal and external to Aerospace
  • Occasional non-standard working hours will be required to support to real-world events
  • Periodic travel required for coordination with regional Aerospace/PWW personnel and U.S. Government agencies throughout the country. International travel to cover technical conferences or meetings is possible
  • Ability to take and pass USG counterintelligence polygraph exam
  • Must have a current TOP SECRET clearance and current eligibility for an SCI access.



  • Personnel management experience and prior experience with DoD and IC customers
  • Advanced technical degrees
  • Prior background in space systems engineering, sensor systems, space domain awareness, space surveillance networks, and spacecraft anomaly resolution
  • An understanding of astrodynamics fundamentals, and experience with analysis tools such as STK (Systems [previously Satellite] Took Kit) or SOAP (Aerospace’s Satellite Orbit Analysis Program), as well as familiarity with Unix, MATLAB, and Python
  • An affinity for challenging puzzles and problem solving
  • Reading comprehension and translation skills in selected foreign languages is of interest

Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: DIRECTOR  

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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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