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Senior ODNI Acquisition Leader (4527)

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Filter by Date: Aug 13, 2019

Filter by Location: McLean, VA, US, 22102

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45784 

All Locations: McLean, VA (Virginia) 

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?


We are looking for a Senior ODNI Acquisition Leader with expertise in the oversight of Intelligence Community (IC) Major System Acquisitions (MSA)s.  in this opportunity you will will directly support the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Enterprise Capacity, Acquisition, Procurement and Facilities (ODNI/EC/APF), Director of Acquisitions.  This office is responsible for assisting the DNI to shape intelligence capabilities by enabling proactive, balanced, and effective decisions on acquisitions of national importance.  Acquisition analyses of future MSAs, especially National Security Space (NSS) systems, are a significant priority with high visibility that enable effective decision making by senior government officials.

Key Functions

  • Provide the SAE with development program expertise for the planning, programming and budgeting of future SIGINT and IMINT acquisition programs from early requirements formulation, concept development, cost / performance tradeoffs, independent program assessments, and support to acquisition milestone decisions.
  • Advise the government customer on expectations and areas of concern for MSAs, especially in the area of cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Brief and interact with senior government customers on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Work independently across the NSS community, sharing information responsibly to facilitate program advancement.
  • Provide quarterly pre-meeting preparation and post-meeting findings for the SAE of technical, cost and schedule issues presented at formal program status reviews.
  • Provide program assessments for the annual DNI acquisition report to Congress.
  • Draft issue papers as required for distribution to senior IC management.  Participate in reviews of mission requirements, budget, and program assessment working groups and decision forums.
  • Provide technical background on activities of high current interest and provide familiarity with emerging collector and spacecraft technologies.
  • Coordinate Aerospace reachback support for analysis, evaluation, and in-depth technical assessments.
  • This position requires collaboration with other contractors as well as senior military and civilian officers (General Officer/Senior Intelligence Service) within the IC and DoD

Work location is at ODNI headquarters in Northern Virginia (Tyson’s Corner area) with weekly local travel and occasional domestic travel out of the local area required.



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, or related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Familiarity with collector / spacecraft hardware, and communication system development programs.
  • Knowledge of analyzing program cost, schedule and performance content.
  • A record of demonstrated initiative and leadership with excellent interpersonal skills along with written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interface with multiple government agencies in a senior level working group environment, consisting of senior government officers (General Officer/Senior Intelligence Service), FFRDC and SETA contractors, and produce clear and concise products.
  • Exhibits exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers
  • Current Top Secret and SSBI with active SCI
  • This position requires the ability to maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including multi-disciplinary systems engineering and/or program management environments
  • An advanced degree in Engineering, Science, or related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Experience with collector / spacecraft hardware, and communication system development programs.
  • Familiarity with NRO collection capabilities for both current and future overhead architectures.
  • Strong technical ability to analyze program cost, schedule and performance content.
  • Experience as a member or lead of a development program office.
  • Experience with ground system development programs.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the IC and DoD acquisition processes and policies is desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the ODNI organization, DoD space-related organizations, NRO, and Intelligence Community acquisition organizations
  • Familiarity with Aerospace matrixed resources including Aerospace Engineering Matrix Organization and laboratories.


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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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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