Principal Director Sensor Systems Subdivision

Requisition ID: 36725

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 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?


Manages and directs resources and overall operations of a technical staff or organization, comprised of one or more directorates to ensure program continuity from concept design through development, deployment, and operation and to ensure adequacy of support to the customer organization. Manages organization planning, staffing, coordination, and performance. Acts as key interface between contractor management, customer management, and corporate executive management. Advises senior government program management in all areas of responsibility.

Key Functions

Subdivision lead for organizational strategy, budget control, staffing, succession planning, workforce needs, personnel development, customer interaction, and technical positions.

  • Anticipate the customer's future needs and create an agile work force that can respond.
  • Provide leadership for setting goals and direction, mentoring, providing critical feedback, and coaching aimed at developing an agile technical staff and staff development.
  • Set organization structure, guide staffing, develop and grow the management team.

Maintain subdivision focus on imaging payload development, performance evaluation, prototyping, and exploitation.
  • Work with customers to understand their hard problems and develop novel new solutions.
  • Enhance subdivision so they can serve as a corporate thought leader on remote sensing mission design, performance, concept development and risk reduction approaches.
  • Ability to work across organizations to build broad-based technical teams.

Develop strategic direction to maintain and increase subdivision impact to all customers.
  • Position subdivision to be a critical resource for development of future, space situational awareness, imaging and weather systems.
  • Develop division objectives and strategy consistent with the corporate goals, customer expectations, and provide direction and planning for achieving strategic goals.
  • Work with subdivision managers and customers to establish future research and technology priorities.
  • Ensure timely support to all customer programs developing, deploying or exploiting remote sensing imaging payloads.


  • Current and active Top Secret/SCI government clearance.
  • Advanced degree in remote sensing, optical engineering, image science, image processing, astronomy or a field closely related to sensor design, prototyping or remote sensing exploitation.
  • Subject-matter expertise in at least one of the technical areas encompassed by the subdivision (optical engineering, focal-plane technology, image science and image processing).
  • Substantial managerial experience and demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience with remote sensing payload development.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills for interactions at all levels.
  • 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.

  • Strongly prefer hands-on experience developing or using hardware in a technical area similar the ones addressed by the subdivision.
  • Strongly prefer demonstrated ability to lead remote sensing hardware development teams.
  • Strongly prefer experience with intelligence community customers.
  • Two years minimum program office experience.
  • 15 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience.
  • Ability to support moderate travel, as needed.
  • 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.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : PRINC DIRECTOR

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.

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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