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Director - Advanced Crypto Capabilities Department

The Aerospace Corporation
paid holidays, sick time, 401(k), relocation assistance, remote work
United States, Virginia, Chantilly
15049 Conference Center Dr (Show on map)
November 09, 2023

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

Aerospace's Cybersecurity and Advanced Platforms Subdivision is seeking a Director with experience in COMSEC acquisition and cybersecurity to help lead a team responsible for crypto system acquisitions for various satellite programs.

Do you enjoy solving problems that affect global security? Do you have passion and experience for keeping ahead of our adversaries and taking mission capabilities to the next level? Do you like tackling multiple projects and exploring novel ideas? If so, join our talented cyber and platforms team at Aerospace.

This position will follow a hybrid work model and will allow partially remote work, with some onsite presence required in Chantilly, VA, El Segundo, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, or Albuquerque, NM.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Providing technical and managerial leadership to engineers in multiple locations across the United States
  • Developing a department technical strategy and staffing the department accordingly to implement that strategy
  • Working with various program offices to understand and shape their future COMSEC requirements and delivering expertise to help them meet those requirements
  • Recruiting and hiring high quality technical talent in the field of COMSEC acquisition, key management, and cyber systems engineering
  • Ensuring quality of technical products and deliverables
  • Inserting new technology into programs while ensuring security
  • Working directly with the Government to acquire COMSEC equipment meeting key requirements
  • Performing business development
  • Leading the development of COMSEC prototypes in both ground and spacecraft systems
  • Developing and mentoring leaders within the organization

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, information systems, systems engineering, or related field
  • Significant experience working with the Government acquiring COMSEC devices for major programs
  • Experience writing crypto requirements for space systems
  • Experience leading teams performing COMSEC acquisition
  • Experience with key management plans
  • Management and team leadership experience
  • Working knowledge of modern space COMSEC devices
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Current and active Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • Ability to travel approximately 15% of the time

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Advanced technical degree
  • Twelve or more years of experience working in the fields of COMSEC acquisition, cybersecurity, key management, and/or space systems engineering
  • Experience working directly with various teammates acquiring space systems including Government, SETAs, and other FFRDCs
  • Experience with spacecraft integration and test
  • Experience with space systems, including familiarity with space, ground, and user segments
  • Experience with systems engineering and how cybersecurity can be integrated into system engineering processes
  • Experience with spacecraft command and control

Grade-Based Pay Range

(Min - Mid - Max)

$117,027 - $192,281 - $267,534

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 at ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.