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Systems Director, NASA GSFC/NASA HQ

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Filter by Date: May 16, 2019

Filter by Location: Greenbelt, MD, US, 20771

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44985 

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland) 

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 Systems Director will lead a geographically distributed team supporting Goddard Space Flight Center {GSFC), NASA HQ, and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Staff are currently based in Crystal City, VA, GSFC, and Greenbelt, MD.  Typical activities in support of NASA GSFC include concept studies, proposal evaluation, technology assessment, concept development, business change initiatives including cost/schedule and affordability assessments. The Systems Director interacts directly with these geographically dispersed government customers, develops task statements and work scope, assembles technical teams to perform the work, manages and participates in work execution and integrates technical analyses products into high quality, unified final products. Presents study findings to customers at all levels of the customer organization, from senior project managers and staff through Program Managers.


Key Functions

  • The Systems Director is responsible for NASA customer satisfaction, financial performance including sales, margin and related investment expenses and extensive directorate, division and corporate reporting.
  • The Systems Director will lead NASA GSFC and NASAHQ focused business development efforts, coordinating with business developers inside Development and throughout Aerospace, as needed.
  • The Systems Director will work closely and coordinate with other System Directors at Crystal City, Pasadena, Los Angeles, etc. to optimally deploy resources within the Strategic Analyses and Studies Division, and within Aerospace and manage conflict of interest.
  • Candidates should be able to effectively lead a team in a rapidly changing environment, react quickly to changing requirements and schedules, and provide products of consistently high quality.
  • Travel will be required to meet with staff and interact with customers.
  • Position is based in Greenbelt MD.



  • B.S. degree in science or engineering is required. A graduate degree is preferred in science or engineering. A degree in business or management is preferred.
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant multidisciplinary experience, including significant technical experience in at least two areas directly related to NASA space missions such as conceptual mission design, architecture, system development, risk analysis, cost/schedule assessment or systems engineering is required.
  • Experience interacting with GS-15/SES customer level counterparts is required.
  • Demonstrated experience recognizing and defining the customer's broad scope space problems is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading project and study teams and managing staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and capturing new business.
  • Experience building and leading multidisciplinary teams to solve customer problems or seek new business is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with customers and internal management are required.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Experience working with remote and virtual teams.
  • Availability for domestic travel is required



  • Program office project leadership experience or ETG management experience is preferred.
  • Experience working with a variety of Engineering Group capabilities and the Engineering Group matrix is preferred.
  • Past experience working directly with other customers, such as NASA especially, NASA HQ, and centers such as GSFC, and other government agencies like NRO, SMC, or civil space clients, is preferred.

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None 

Access: None 

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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