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Filter by Date: Apr 4, 2019

Filter by Location: Silver Spring, MD, US, 20910

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44691 

All Locations: Silver Spring, 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 successful candidate will serve as Senior Program Advisor embedded within Aerospace’s team supporting the Office of Projects, Planning and Analysis (OPPA) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). In this role, the successful candidate will provide systems engineering and program management advice and assistance is support of a portfolio of environmental satellite projects. The position will be based in Silver Spring, MD. Occasional travel is required.



Provide expert advice and assistance to support the design, development, and acquisition of NOAA NESDIS space-based capabilities

Identify issues, prioritize tasks, facilitate communications, and act as spokesperson for the working group to management and clients.

Scope requirements for and initiates acquisition of technical support from appropriate corporate resources including cost and economic or market analysis specialists, as appropriate.

Monitor and assist in development of budgets and other resource allocations to accomplish tasks

Provide subject matter expertise to internally funded Aerospace projects ranging from cutting-edge research to program development

Provide just-in-time training to Aerospace staff in project planning and management

May participate in new business and/or technical planning efforts.

This position can be filled as a L2 or L3. 



  • At least 8 years for the L2 and 12 years for the L3 role of program/portfolio and project management experience in major space systems engineering and program management activities in private industry and/or government acquisition programs
  • Demonstrated strong general systems engineering knowledge
  • As a principal Aerospace representative to NESDIS, possess a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels of an organization.
  • Experience and successful track record of providing direct support to senior executives at the SES, SIS and/or flag officer level or industry equivalent
  • Extraordinary poise
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated, exceptional initiative and problem-solving prowess
  • Demonstrated expertise in small team project management
  • Knowledge of core space technologies, including constellation design, satellite buses, remote sensing instruments, communication payloads, and launch vehicles
  • General familiarity with approaches to and experience with satellite ground processing and exploitation of environmental remote sensing data
  • Keen interest in the NOAA mission



  • 15-20 years of progressively responsible professional engineering and program management expeirnce with at least 7 years in the space industry
  • Advanced degree in engineering or related field
  • Familiarity with cost models for space flight and associated ground systems
  • PMP certification
  • DOD certification (level 3) in systems engineering and/or acquisition program management (or equivalent from NASA)



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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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Engineer, Embedded, Aerospace, Laboratory, Secret Clearance, Engineering, Technology, Aviation, Science, Government

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