Director, Technical Program Manager

| Herndon, VA, USA
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Director, Technical Program Manager

About Us:

BlackSky is a real-time intelligence company. We own and operate the world's most advanced space-based intelligence platform and provide customers satellite imagery, automated analytics and high-frequency monitoring of strategic locations, economic assets and events from around the globe. BlackSky is trusted by the most demanding allied military and intelligence organizations and commercial companies to deliver foresight into critical matters that affect national security and the economy. BlackSky's data enables governments and businesses to see, understand and anticipate change as it happens, giving them the ultimate strategic advantage so they can act quickly. Our global team works with cutting-edge technology to make a difference around the world and prides itself on being people-first, customer-focused and fun.

This role will provide management and oversight of a highly integrated solution extending our product capabilities and delivering advanced geospatial data into customer workflows. The program requires both technical acumen in both imagery and analytics tasking, processing, and delivery systems management as well as familiarity delivering and supporting software in customer environments.  This position is responsible for the team leadership, customer interaction and interaction with BlackSky product development teams to ensure overall success.

Ideally, this position will be located near our corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA and will report to VP of Geospatial Solutions. In-person duties may be needed as appropriate for managing this program, supporting customers, and overseeing the team.


  • Serve as the program manager for highly integrated customer solution set.
  • Serve as the primary contractual and technical interface to the customer team.
  • Responsible for the cost, schedule, and technical execution of programs. The PM is the primary Customer PM interface and has authority to make decisions related to changes in the program baseline within the bounds of the contract.
  • Manage and direct program personnel to successfully meet the objectives of the Customer and Program.
  • Lead and oversee management, and effectiveness of the Program Management Office (PMO) to include reporting, engineering, production, subcontract management, planning, risk management, and overall execution of the program, per the processes and guidelines established.
  • Interact with the broader business and product development staff to ensure product and solution alignment
  • Prepare, monitor, and operate within program budgets, to include meeting or exceeding projected revenue and profitability goals.
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in overall program management.
  • Coordinate regular updates across the business leadership communicating program execution and highlighting any risk or critical milestone objectives.
  • Preparation of Technical and Cost proposals (i.e., task orders) to ensure contract award on favorable terms to the customer and the company.
  • Assign tasks in order to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Participate in scheduled and ad hoc meetings, and provide updates regarding the development and execution of program objectives.
  • Organize and work collaboratively using Microsoft Office applications and other management tools.
  • Other related tasks as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 12 years of experience in program and product development or support settings with at least 8 years of relevant industry experience in the GEOINT/GIS industry.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of direct management / leadership experience developing, fielding and supporting systems, preferably as a program manager.
  • Prior experience delivering major embedded system(s) into a customer environment.
  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, or related field.
  • Subject matter expertise (SME) in a wide variety of Geospatial and commercial data sources, formats and exploitation techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of the architecture and design of multi-INT systems.
  • Concepts of Operations and documenting functional and performance requirements.
  • Good customer teaming skills; ability to collaborate in cross-functional teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PMP or equivalent certification.
  • Experience integrating tradition/non-traditional/emerging Multi-INT sources into mission capabilities.
  • Demonstrated success providing long-term, system engineering and program support to a DoD or IC customer.
  • Previous experience supporting a large international customer.

Life at BlackSky for full-time benefits eligible employees includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, group term life and AD&D, voluntary life and AD&D insurance
    • BlackSky pays 100% of employee-only premiums for medical, dental and vision and contributes $100/month for out-of-pocket expenses!
  • 15 days of PTO, 11 Company holidays, four Floating Holidays (pro-rated based on hire date), one day of paid volunteerism leave per year, parental leave and more
  • 401(k) pre-tax and Roth deferral options with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Employee Assistance and Travel Assistance Programs
  • Employer matching donations
  • Professional development
  • Mac or PC? Your choice!
  • Awesome swag

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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More Information on BlackSky
BlackSky operates in the Analytics industry. The company is located in Herndon, VA and Seattle , WA. BlackSky was founded in 2013. It has 128 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 14 open jobs at BlackSky, click here.
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