Director, Exploitation, Phenomenology & Analysis Department

The Aerospace Corporation - Chantilly, VA4.0

30+ days ago
Requisition ID: 42443

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

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?


The qualified candidate for this role will lead a technically diverse department of scientists and engineers focused on the exploitation and analysis of remotely sensed data. The candidate will oversee efforts that apply analysis techniques to source data that includes electo-optical, infrared, SAR, LiDAR, multispectral and hyperspectral data. The candidate will Lead innovative approaches to multi-source data analysis across these modalities to improve analysis products and insights and Maintain responsiveness and relevancy to program office and government customer requirements.

Key Functions

Provide technical and organizational vision for the department. Develop strategic staffing, budget and facilitates plans to achieve that vision.
Recruit and develop talent as needed to fulfill departmental, divisional and corporate missions and match departmental talent to program office customer needs.
Maintain and enlarge the department’s customer base via outreach, strategic staffing, and efficient execution of existing tasking.
Represent the department and the corporation to high-level government customers.
Provide timely and accurate reports on departmental staff activities and achievements to Aerospace upper management.
Provide day-to-day guidance and counsel to staff. Work with staff to help them achieve their own long-term career goals as well as the corporation’s strategic goals.
Provide senior technical leadership in one or more areas under the department’s charter.
Provide direct technical support to the program office and government customers as needed.
Work across organizational boundaries, both within the company and external to it, to achieve mission success.
Travel as necessary to support job requirements.



Minimum 12 years relevant experience.
Hands on experience in remote sensing applications.
Degree from an accredited university in Science Math or Engineering.
High aptitude for leadership as demonstrated by extensive prior project leadership, staff supervision, or equivalent experience.
Excellent written communication skills with strong interpersonal, as well as formal, verbal communication skills.
Ability to understand and accurately represent technical issues across diverse areas, even where those areas are not in the applicant’s own field of specialization.
Highly motivated and able to work well collaboratively or independently, as each task requires.
Ability to adapt quickly to a customer's evolving needs while maintaining focus and effectiveness in the face of simultaneous, multiple and sometimes conflicting customer, staff and upper management demands.
Must have, or be able to quickly develop, an understanding of divisional, corporate and customer priorities, and act in concert with these priorities.
Must have a current and active Top Secret SCI clearance.


Advanced degree in Science Math or Engineering.
Wide organizational knowledge of ETG, of internal support organizations, and of internal and external (government) customer organizations.
Technically versatile with ability to match the department’s technical specialists to the appropriate customers and tasks.
Demonstrated leadership functions on successful projects in this field.

Transcript Requirement


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: DIRECTOR DEPT

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, 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 You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.