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Director - Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department

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Filter by Date: May 1, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45262 

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?


Manages and directs resources and overall operations of a technical staff or organization to ensure program continuity from concept design through development, deployment, and operation and to ensure adequacy of support to the customer organizations. Manages organization planning, staffing, coordination, and performance. Acts as key interface between contractor management, customer management, and senior corporate management. Advises government program management in all areas of technical responsibility.


The Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports visible and infrared payload development for civil, commercial, and national space systems. Our technical functions include: concept development of visible and infrared sensors, optical engineering and analysis, stray-light analysis, concurrent engineering of visible and infrared sensors, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation of the performance of sensors or constellations of sensors.


Key Functions

  • Maintain department focus on sensor concept development, optical engineering and analysis, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation of sensor- and constellation-level performance
  • Provide leadership for the department for strategic and budget planning, workforce planning, recruiting and staffing, succession planning, personnel development and customer relationships.
  • Implement existing policies, practices, and operating processes and recommend improvements
  • Develop and maintain an agile work force to ensure timely support to all customer programs developing or deploying remote sensing payloads
  • Develop strategic direction to maintain and increase department's impact to all customers
  • Develop and grow the department management team and staff by mentoring and coaching.
  • Work across organizations to build broad-based technical teams
  • Anticipate the customer's future needs, understand their hard problems and develop novel solutions.
  • Position the department to serve as a corporate leader in remote sensing



  • Current and active Top Secret/SCI government clearance, which is issued by the U.S. Government. U. S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Degree in remote sensing, optics, physics, or astronomy.
  • Subject-matter expertise in at least one of the technical areas encompassed by the department: sensor concept development, optical engineering and analysis of visible and infrared sensors, concurrent engineering of visible and infrared sensors, and/or high-fidelity modeling and simulation of the performance of sensors or constellations of sensors.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in the area of remote sensing
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop junior technical staff
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to support moderate travel.



  • Direct experience supporting Government programs in one or more technical mission areas covered by the department, such as: high-resolution imaging, spectral sensing, overhead persistent infrared, and space situational awareness.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and contractor community.
  • Demonstrated management skills across budget, staff development, organizational planning, and customer interfacing.
  • Experience supporting the Missile Defense Agency, Air Force, and National Reconnaissance Office customers.

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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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