Systems Director, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)

    • Greenbelt, MD

Requisition ID: 52802

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland)

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?


The Operational Programs Directorate (OPD) of Civil Space Program Operations (CSPO) supports the acquisition and operations success of USGS satellites and ground systems managed by the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. EROS Center missions include the Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 operational satellites, Landsat 9 currently in development, data ingest and processing of global land imaging data, and long term archival of that data.

The selected candidate will serve as the EROS Systems Director for OPD, supporting program and operations management at the EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD and flight and ground system acquisition and mission operations at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, MD. Aerospace support to EROS is in the form of customer facing leadership roles in mission integration, system development, operations management, and systems engineering.

To provide the maximum flexibility for candidates considering this position, this role can be performed at either the EROS Center or NASA GSFC.

Key Functions

  • Provide outstanding systems engineering, tailored mission assurance, and technical and programmatic analyses to support EROS missions
  • Proactively engage with key EROS customer leadership to agilely adapt, refine, and grow Aerospace roles and contributions to maximize mission impact and customer satisfaction
  • Develop and maintain a top-notch, diverse Aerospace EROS workforce through effective hiring, training, education, retention and mentoring


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in engineering, science, or equivalent
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Spacecraft Systems
    • Instrument Systems
    • Ground Systems for Flight Operations
    • Ground Systems for Data Processing and Distribution
    • Integrated Mission Systems Engineering
    • Project and/or Program Management
    • Real-time operations of Earth Observing flight and/or data systems
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, prioritize, and resolve high-impact technical and/or program management issues
  • Demonstrated ability to regularly interact with Government officials and identify and resolve technical and/or program management issues to their satisfaction
  • Demonstrated effective leadership of collaborative technical teams composed of contributors from diverse sources, backgrounds, and locations
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance partnership between two or more Government agencies
  • Ability to travel in support of mission work and work extended hours when necessary
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance issued by the US government
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

  • Advanced degree(s) in area(s) relevant to this position
  • Working knowledge of Aerospace Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) skills and capabilities
  • Technical experience with Landsat Flight and/or Ground System(s)
  • Existing positive relationship(s) with Aerospace customers and key leaders at the EROS Center
  • Ability to proactively envision, communicate, and implement innovative technical, process, and/or programmatic solutions to meet customer needs

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Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

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.

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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