NNSA Principal Director

Requisition ID: 37743

All Locations: Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico)

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 clandestine 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?


Manage overall operations of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Programs Directorate to ensure delivery of timely quality products and services to NNSA Defense, Defense Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Security and Nuclear Counter-Proliferation Programs. The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction, provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Customers include enterprise, project, and in-line engineering support to Life Extension Programs, Enterprise Mission Assurance, Space-Based Nuclear Detonation Detection, Proliferation Detection, Material Minimization, and weapons complex program management.


Establish and maintain key strategic relationships on weapons, technology, infrastructure, and non-proliferation/counter proliferation programs, supported by national security laboratories (LANL, LLNL, SNL) and key production sites (KCP, Y-12, SRNL and others).

Work collaboratively with Government, National Labs, Aerospace Civil Programs and Engineering and Technology Groups to deliver systems engineering, program assessment, mission assurance and engineering support to NNSA projects and programs.

Establish and focus NNSA Programs direction and objectives consistent with corporate goals and customer needs. Lead organizational, business development and execution strategy and planning to achieve organizational and corporate goals.

Establish organization's structure and recommend budgets, allocate resources and other financial priorities.

Act as key interface between senior customer management (SES and General Officer level) and corporate executive management. Work effectively with Program Development Directorate to develop business and scope new work.

Work effectively with ETG and other CSG directorates, as needed, to plan and execute tasks.

Assemble and direct teams to analyze, define, and satisfy customer needs.

Report organization technical activities, issues, and accomplishments to upper management, subordinates, and customers through briefings and written/oral reports.

Communicate goals to subordinates and supervision. Direct, assess, recognize, and reward efforts of subordinate managers and staff in achieving organizational goals and objectives.

Conduct hiring actions, succession planning, performance reviews, recommend salary actions, and recommend performance improvement, career development, training, reassignment, and other staff deployments.



BS in Engineering or Physical Science required with Advanced degree preferred.

Minimum of 15 years relevant experience that includes program office management and technical leadership.

Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of customers, contractors and corporate staff. Credibility to advise senior government management in all areas of responsibility.

Experience with strategic planning and development of new business opportunities is desirable.

Extensive knowledge of the NNSA, national labs and production sites, mission, organization, policies and processes required.

Demonstrated initiative, independent action, mature judgment, outstanding verbal and written communications skills, excellent liaison and coordination capabilities, effective teaming skills, and ability to interact effectively with all levels of Aerospace, government, and contractor personnel.

Demonstrated abilities in organizational leadership, business growth, customer satisfaction, products and services development and delivery.

Demonstrable examples of technical leadership of nuclear weapons complex activities and clear ability to assemble and direct teams.

The ability to effectively present results and recommendations to senior-level Aerospace and customer management is vital.

Ability to travel.

Ability to be cleared TS/SCI/CNWDI and/or Q.


A broad background in weapons programs and non-proliferation programs is preferred, including product and process experience in all phases of the acquisition lifecycle.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : PRINC DIRECTOR

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

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.

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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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