Director, U.S. Space Force (USSF) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) Sales

| Herndon, VA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 180,000-200,000 Annually
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Director U.S. Space Force (USSF) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) Business Development and Sales

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.

The Director of USSF/USAF Business Development and Sales will report to the VP of USG BD and Sales.  We are seeking a hungry and experienced BD operative with a proven track record of successfully leading capture of long-term, reoccurring revenue generating opportunities; a deep understanding of the department of the Air Force operations, mission, priorities and plans; domain expertise in space operations, ISR, Space Domain Awareness and GEOINT and Tactical Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting.  Directly interfacing with both government and industry decisionmakers, operators and experts, this position will develop long term relationships aimed at maturing and sustaining a foundational line of business within the USSF.

We are open to candidates for this position located in Herndon, VA; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA; or Colorado Springs, CO. While this posting is for a Director-level position, we would be open to consider a more senior candidate at the Senior Director level, with similar qualifications and deeper experience in the BD/Sales realm.


  • Identify, generate, and qualify new business opportunities to build and sustain a robust USSF and USAF opportunity pipeline.
  • Develop and lead customer focused strategic capture and account plans to drive new business growth and achieve sales goals.
  • Develop, grow, and foster trusted customer and partner relationships.
  • Create strategies to influence and shape customer requirements and acquisition strategies.
  • In partnership with key internal stakeholder teams (e.g., program, product, engineering, marketing, etc.) develop responses for requests for information (RFIs), market surveys, white papers, presentations, customer briefings, and customer demonstrations.
  • Be a contributing force in the development and commitment to the work ethic, culture, and values of BlackSky and the performance driven culture of the business development and sales team.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. 
  • At least 10 years of experience working with the U.S. Air Force and/or the U.S. Space Force to include its legacy organizations/agencies.
  • At least 15 years of domain experience in space/satellite operations, ISR, and GEOINT.
  • At least 5 years of full-cycle business development experience with a concentration in technical and/or government sales
  • Active Top Secret clearance, with SCI eligibility.
  • Exceptional negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior complex problem solving and decision-making abilities.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in engineering/technology field or MBA.
  • Military and/or federal civilian experience with Space qualifications.
  • Experience in commercial remote sensing and earth observation industries to include sensors, communications, processing and production.
  • Experience with Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) and/or Multi-Agency Contracts (MACs)

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 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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