Principal Director: Cross Program Engineering & Operations

Requisition ID: 44648

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?


MILSATCOM Cross Program Engineering and Operations Directorate which includes the following Departments: Systems Engineering and Future Programs, Operations and Sustainment (Colorado Springs), and Cyber and Systems Effectiveness. The directorate is responsible for providing direct support to the MILSATCOM (SMC/MC) Enterprise Chief Engineer, Future Programs Chief, Sustainment Chief, 4SOPS commander, as well as providing support to all development program chiefs in cyber/crypto and system effectiveness ('ilities' and parts material and processes). The System Engineering group also provides support in the following areas: satellite-based communication architectures, operational capabilities-based integration, requirements and interface development and management, terminal program engineering and planning, cross-program engineering, test planning, spectrum management, risk management, acquisition, and contract technical oversight. The Future Programs Group is focused on resiliency, Combat Cloud definition and implementation, and Science and Technology (S&T) planning and experimentation.

The Principal Director's responsibilities include leading and planning department interaction with numerous internal and external stakeholder organizations, including COCOMs, AFSPC, DISA, NSA, SMC/EN, the Joint Terminal Engineering Office, other FFRDCs, MILSATCOM management boards and working groups as well as contractors. Current MILSATCOM programs supported include DSCS, MILSTAR, Advanced EHF, Enhanced Polar System, Wideband Global SATCOM, Protected Tactical programs, Evolved Strategic Satcom. Additional responsibilities include support of MILSATCOM Systems Engineering and Architecting, Operational Capability Integration and Test, Joint Terminal Engineering Office and Presidential and National Voice Conferencing. Management responsibilities include ensuring that the organization's capabilities are sufficient and effectively applied to meet MILSATCOM enterprise and program needs, and to provide opportunities for technical growth and development of team members. This includes mentoring staff, career development planning, coordinating ETG support, budget management, maintaining cognizance of the department's activities.

Key Functions

  • Provide strategic direction and priorities for CPEO management and staff
  • Manage CPEO personnel
  • Guide recruitment and professional development of CPEO staff
  • Manage STE budgets


  • BS or higher degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physical science or equivalent with at least 15 years' experience
  • Experience managing an organization
  • Ability to attract and maintain high quality staff
  • Experience working with the Air Force/Government customer, development contractors, SE&I & SETA contractors, and other FFRDC team members
  • Ability to interact effectively with senior level Aerospace, government and contractor personnel
  • Experience in space systems acquisition, system engineering, architecting, and development
  • Experience giving technical presentations and writing technical documentation
  • Moderate travel
  • Current TS/SCI clearance

  • Aerospace Program Office experience
  • MILSATCOM communications and user experience
  • Spacecraft and ground system hardware and test experience

Transcript Requirement


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

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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