Deputy Program Development Manager - Space Programs

Summary: Assist in the management of domestic and international Civil Space programs in early (new business opportunities) through Phase A formulation and business area strategic planning for government and select non-government opportunities.

The job:

  • Advanced Concepts and Technology Development (Opportunities) – Work with the Advanced Concepts and Advanced Technology/IR&D Program Manager, and department technical line organization to help facilitate and market department advanced concepts and technology capabilities with sponsors. Notify the staff of upcoming advanced concept and technology development opportunities and be the POC for our various opportunity responses. Perform sponsor engagement activities with each of the various civil space technology and advanced concept centers. Maintain excellent working relationships with the advanced technologist/concept points-of-contact at the Centers. Stay current with advanced concept and technology developments within industry to support competitive assessments. Help to develop and foster new collaborations that enable us to leverage our own investments. Work with the National Security Space (NSS) Concepts/Technology Manager to ensure coordination and integration of CS and NSS collaborations and technology opportunities. Chair the CS Technology Team to advise MA management on key technology decisions and issues including annual IR&D project selections.
  • Proposal process- Support the management of the end-to-end proposal process required to win new competitive opportunities or win/keep sold directed opportunities. Create win plans and support Blackhat competitive assessments or bid/no-bid decisions. Manage/oversee proposal teams from inception to delivery of the final product to the customer within cost and schedule constraints. Direct the on-going effort of process improvement and incorporation of lessons-learned.
  • Sponsor & Partner Engagement – Support the overall Program Development team to perform sponsor engagement, and identify, qualify, prepare for and respond to new opportunities at NASA and NOAA. Maintain contact plans and keep in regular communication with customers/collaborators as assigned. Draft new agreements as required. Develop opportunities both domestically and internationally in government and commercial sectors.
  • Strategic Planning – Support the Program Development Manager and Mission Area Executive in developing and maintaining the Civil Space Strategic Plan that incorporates the latest goals, strategies, competitive assessments, market positioning, new business strategies, and benchmarking to help the Mission Area to be successful in meeting its business goals and achieving the needed critical contributions. Preparation and oversight of policy and white papers. Stay keenly aware of what’s going-on in the international community, the political environment, and the competitive landscape. Be agile and prepared to respond routinely to the changes in this landscape, and manage the activities above accordingly. Execute the above responsibilities in accordance with our vision, mission, goals, objectives, and strategy. Includes short and long-term strategic planning. Maintain consultant subcontracts.
  • Deputy responsibilities – assist the Civil Space (CS) Program Development Manager as required. Ability to execute responsibilities in their absence. Development and coordination among: Advanced Concept and Technology Development; IR&D Program; Sponsor Engagement Representatives; NASA Headquarters and Center POCs; and management of the proposal process. Includes oversight of sponsor & partner engagement, bid & proposal and IR&D budget planning and control. Includes achievement of established program development performance metric goals. Lead funded studies and RFIs as required.

You should have:

  • Advanced (MS or PhD) degree in aerospace or related field with a minimum of 10 years aerospace experience in successful national and international programmatic, strategic planning, and/or technical leadership tasks.
  • Demonstrated understanding of flight hardware programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior government officials to identify and solve problems of critical national importance.
  • Demonstrated ability in building partnerships with industry and academia, and other agencies to include international entities.
  • Experience with the advanced concept and technology development process.
  • Familiarity with NASA proposal process.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of technical and management competency.
  • Exceptional leadership and negotiation skills sought.
  • Significant experience in building and leading small multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Well established relationships with NASA sponsored scientific community.

Would be nice to have:

  • Working knowledge of APL policies, procedures, programs and technical competencies. Experience in programs with NASA and NOAA.
  • Excellent organizational and people skills. International business/export control experience.
  • TS Clearance

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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