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Systems Director: Demonstrations and Technology

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Filter by Date: Aug 14, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45627 

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?


Prototyping and demonstrations are a fundamental component of rapidly responding to evolving warfighter needs.   The Demonstrations and Technology Department is at the center of these activities supporting the Air Force Space and Missiles Center (SMC) in numerous fast-paced, advanced technology programs, including free-flying demonstrations and prototypes, ground testbeds, and advanced technology maturation. These efforts pave the way for future improved Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR), military satellite communications (MILSATCOM), and space based environmental monitoring (SBEM)  systems to better address emerging threats.  Specific projects under the responsibility of the department include the Wide-Field-of-View (WFOV) OPIR Testbed program, the NextGen Missile Warning Block 1 Prototype Program (NGB1P), the Electro-Optical Infrared (EO-IR) development, and several technology maturation projects.  Each effort is in a different acquisition phase and will require a diverse set of capabilities.  For WFOV, the department is responsible for design and integration across spacecraft bus, payload, ground, and launch elements and has primary responsibility for mission assurance. On NGB1P and EO-IR, the department provides the technical leadership to assess architecture trades, requirements analysis, and preliminary design across multiple contractor efforts. The technology maturation efforts are driven by anticipated technology needs such as advanced focal plane arrays, high-speed processors, resiliency features, etc.  The Systems Director will be responsible for ensuring that the department is adequately staffed with the appropriate expertise to support these efforts, setting department priorities, and managing the budget across the portfolio. 


Key Functions:

  • Provide technical leadership of the department’s various projects
  • Provide leadership in the development of timely high-quality products that emphasize technical rigor and accountability
  • Maintain awareness of technology developments and customer needs, especially as related to resiliency of SMC space systems to emerging threats
  • Conduct strategic planning to ensure the department anticipates and is positioned to provide the technical leadership for future capability needs
  • Tailor mission assurance and exploit agile mission assurance consistent with the various projects’ objectives
  • Ensure a proactive culture and a cooperative environment across a diverse team involving Aerospace, customer, contractor, SE&I, and SETA personnel to enable the rapid delivery of next generation systems
  • Provide proactive communications regularly with management and customer regarding program status
  • Hire, develop, mentor and direct the staff
  • Manage the resources to ensure targets are being achieved and that priorities are aligned with customer needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science with at least 12 years of relevant experience
  • Experience building and maintaining effective working relationships with customer, contractor, FFRDC, SE&I and SETA personnel
  • Experience building multi-discipline teams and leading projects to successful conclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with experience presenting technical products to leadership/customers
  • Knowledge of military space systems, payloads and related technologies
  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • Moderate travel



  • Advanced degree in engineering or science
  • Direct experience with Air Force OPIR, MILSATCOM, and SBEM missions and/or payloads
  • Experience managing an organization
  • Program Office acquisition experience
  • Experience in concept development and integrating new technologies
  • Knowledge of Aerospace Engineering and Technology Group capabilities, and Aerospace policies & practices


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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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