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Director - Digital Communication Implementation Department

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Filter by Date: Aug 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45774 

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?


Are you looking for a fun, innovative, challenging, and meaningful experience where you can contribute directly to important projects in support of national security as well as participate in research opportunities?  If so, come visit the Digital Communication Implementation Department at The Aerospace Corporation and join us in our role as a trusted partner for US government, civil, and commercial customers.  Along with our traditional roles of providing unbiased support in embedded communications, reconfigurable hardware transceivers, wireless communication and navigation systems, and software-defined radios, we are recognized experts in applying our machine learning expertise to attack the most difficult problems in digital communication systems.


Key Functions

  • Establish the organization's objectives and goals, and communicate them to subordinates, management, and customers.
  • Coordinate with higher management to determine and support the organization’s structure, staff, and resource needs.
  • Propose and staff new and on-going projects and resolve resource contentions and task prioritization.
  • Seek and identify opportunities for expanded and new business and assist higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new opportunities.
  • Promote and market the organization's capabilities to customers.  Engage with customers in identifying areas to support and develop statements of work and statements of expectations.
  • Participate in budget planning and allocation of resources.
  • Implement corporate policies, practices, and operating processes; and recommend improvements to higher management.
  • Hire workforce to meet customer demands and organizational goals.
  • Report organization’s activities, progress, and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers.
  • Cooperate and communicate frequently with customers and higher management to coordinate and report work expectations, progress, issues, and results.
  • Conduct staff performance reviews and recommend performance improvement, career development, salary and promotion actions.
  • Monitor and directs the organization’s security processes, compliance, and safety awareness.
  • Maintain and improve organization’s laboratories to enhance testing and design capabilities.


  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or another field relevant to DCID's line of work including Digital Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, and/or Embedded Systems
  • Strong technical leadership skills and prior management experience
  • Minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible engineering experience in digital communication systems
  • Successful track record of leading and building teams
  • Experience in new business generation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corporate, customer, and contractor management and staff
  • Demonstrated effective mentorship, career development, and interpersonal skills toward subordinates
  • Active Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance. (US Citizenship required)
  • Ability to travel as needed



  • Aerospace line management experience
  • Successful project management experience
  • Prior hands-on laboratory experience pertaining to digital receiver design, testing, or characterization
  • Working knowledge with one or more of the following: C/C++, Python, Java, MATLAB, VHDL, Verilog
  • Experience in writing and leading research activities such as Independent Research and Development (IRAD) efforts
  • Experience with Air Force and NRO satellite programs


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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