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Systems Director - Resiliency Futures at The Aerospace Corporation (Washington DC)

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The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.
At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.
The National Systems Group (NSG) serves as the technical advisor to the Intelligence Community and its mission partners involved in the collection and distribution of national and tactical intelligence, including electronics programs, advanced technologies, ground and communications, imagery programs, and systems engineering and launch.
The Survivability and Resilience Office (SRO), within the Advanced Technology Division of NSG, provides programmatic and technical expertise in support of several Major System Acquisitions and risk-tolerant technology demonstration missions which shape the resiliency of the customer's Space Enterprise. We are looking for a Systems Director for the Resiliency Futures Office in SRO to lead an impactful Aerospace team providing influential guidance on a Space Program that is high priority for our customers and national stakeholders. The criticality of the portfolio is recognized throughout the National Security Space community which allows for opportunities to network and build strong external partnerships.
This position requires 100% on site work in Chantilly, VA
What You'll Be Doing
  • Shaping the future of Resilient Space applications though leadership of an impactful team
  • Applying Aerospace engineering and laboratory expertise to the reduction of Program risks in the areas of technology development, technology maturation and space and ground capabilities
  • Providing thought leadership to Program Management in the area of strategic planning for future resilient systems
  • Building networks across the Enterprise to assist in implementing strategies for a resilient space system and reducing risks for the Program
  • Applying management skills to assure fiscal year staffing levels and budget allocations are met
  • Championing for employee development opportunities
  • Assuring individual and team recognition is received

What You Need To Be Successful
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, Math or related technical field.
  • At least 12 years of experience in space systems and/or space technology development
  • Experience in delivering space hardware through assembly, I&T and environmental testing
  • Ability to identify design, producibility and system performance challenges in space and ground systems
  • Experience ensuring end-to-end performance of a system across program segments
  • Initiative and a strong desire to lead in a dynamic environment with an appetite for teambuilding on multiple efforts concurrently
  • Influential verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel domestically approximately one to two times per month
  • Hybrid work arrangements for remote work schedules are not possible in this position
  • This position requires a current and active TS/SCI security clearance with SSBI and counter-intelligence polygraph, which is issued by the US government. Additional customer security requirements may apply. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Masters and/or PhD in Engineering, Science, Math or related technical field
  • Management / Team leadership experience over projects or products in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to identify space program risks and propose associated mitigation strategies
  • Experience in developing technology for demonstration and/or operational space systems

Ways We Reward Our Employees
During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.
Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.
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 [email protected] You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.
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