Associate Director - Digital & Integrated Circuit Electronics Department

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 50961

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

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?


Manages and directs resources and overall operations of a technical organization to ensure program continuity from concept design through development, deployment, and operation and to provide adequacy of support to the customer organization. Manages organizational planning, staffing, and performance. Acts as key interface between the department and sister engineering organizations, program office management, customer management, and senior corporate management. Communicates and coordinates activities to counterpart organizations, management, and customers.

The Digital and Integrated Circuit Electronics Department supports the design, modeling, simulation, verification, analysis/test for microelectronics and digital electronic boards, boxes, subsystems and systems for civil, commercial, and national space systems. Our activities include: digital architecture definition and assessment; digital circuit card design; assembly and interface simulation, analysis and test; and design and verification of digital/mixed signal ASICs and FPGAs.

Key Functions

  • Maintain department focus on digital architecture concepts, CCA/ box/ subsystem design, design and verification of ASICs and FPGAs; and provide coordinated positions on key issues as needed
  • Develop strategic direction to maintain and increase department's impact to all customers including identifying opportunities for business expansion
  • Develop inter and intra-organizational technical teams
  • Identify, coordinate, and assign work activities within the department, monitor workloads, work progress, schedules, and ensure responsiveness to customer needs
  • Foster a harmonious environment of teamwork and develop/grow the department staff by providing mentoring and coaching opportunities
  • Provide leadership for the department for strategic and budget planning, workforce planning, recruiting and staffing, succession planning, personnel development, and customer relationships
  • Anticipate customer's future needs, understand their problems, and develop novel solutions
  • Develop and maintain an agile work force to ensure timely support to all customer programs
  • Recommend improvements to existing corporate policies, practices and procedures, and execute recommended improvements


  • Current and active Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information access Secret/SCI government clearance
  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering or another related discipline
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in acquisition, design, analyses and verification with one or more of the following:
    • Digital Architecture
    • Digital Hardware
    • ASICs and FPGAs
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technical teams
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills for interactions at all levels
  • Ability to support moderate travel, as needed

  • Current and active Top Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information access TS/SCI government clearance
  • Hands-on experience acquiring digital/ microelectronic hardware from both technical and programmatic perspectives
  • In-depth understanding of signal integrity, high-speed digital design, ASIC/FPGA design
  • Demonstrated ability to manage remote staff
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and contractor community
  • Demonstrated management skills across budget, staff development, planning, and customer interfacing
  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering or another related discipline

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: SCI

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 You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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