Associate Systems Director - Payload Division

The Aerospace Corporation   •  

Chantilly, VA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


11 - 15 years

Posted 34 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Requisition ID: 45364 

All Locations: Chantilly, 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?


Reconnaissance Systems within the Imagery Programs Division is looking for an Associate Systems Director in the Payload Division to work with the System Director in developing customer relationships, provide programmatic leadership and direction for technical staff, maintain broad programmatic awareness, ensure Aerospace support engagement where appropriate, and engage personally in Aerospace mission assurance activities for a critical national systems payload.  As a member of the Reconnaissance Systems management team, the Associate Systems Director will help define and implement the vision and direction for the program based on corporate guidance, program goals and division objectives.  The Associate Systems Director will communicate and coordinate Aerospace activities with customer and contractor counterparts, and collaborate with counterparts in organizations across the Space Enterprise to identify and address common problems.  This is an exciting time for the program, and the Associate System Director will have the opportunity to help deliver a major national systems payload.

Key Functions

  • Understand customer organization's objectives and goals, and communicate and coordinate with customer counterparts on Aerospace tasking scope and status in support of these objectives and goals.
  • Identify and assign staff functional responsibilities commensurate with Aerospace tasking scope.
  • Monitor workload, progress, and schedules to ensure timely completion of tasking in support of program needs.
  • Ensure quality and timeliness of technical products meets senior management and customer needs.
  • Participate with Aerospace management team in budget and resource planning and allocation, and communicate planning and allocation with management, subordinates, and customers through written and oral reports.
  • Identify opportunities for value-added Aerospace contributions to meet program needs, and collaborate with team and customer to pursue.
  • Cultivate excellent relationships with a diverse engineering matrix team and grow "bench strength" to facilitate future program support.
  • Coordinate activities with Aerospace counterparts across the Enterprise on common program needs.
  • Mentor government customers to help them gain familiarity Aerospace function and capabilities, and technical responsibilities.
  • Work closely with SETA counterparts in meeting customer and mission needs.



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of space system acquisition or systems engineering experience that includes technical leadership
  • Understanding of and experience working with a matrixed engineering organization
  • Experience in design, analysis, build, integration, and test of space flight hardware
  • Occasional travel within the US
  • Current TS/SSBI, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance



  • Advanced degree in Aerospace engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, plan and direct team to complete tasks on short deadlines, proactively identify and mitigate risks, and solve ill-defined problems
  • Knowledge of radio frequency systems and hardware
  • Program office experience in the acquisition, design, analysis, build, integration, test, and fielding of space hardware
  • Experience with National Space Systems, and their associated missions
  • Ability to identify and implement efficiencies, and develop innovative solutions to engineering issues
  • Ability to team-build, develop and evaluate personnel, plan budgets and resource allocation, and mentor
  • Able to balance technical detail and broader programmatic perspectives

Transcript Requirement



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