Associate Director - Software Tools and Assurance Dept.

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Aerospace Corporation
Full Time

Job Description

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.

Information Systems and Cyber Division (ISCD) staff couple the latest in information system technologies, such as elastic compute clouds, containerization, microservices, real-time operating systems, and visualization frameworks, with expertise in cyber security, software architecture, software engineering, process improvement, and software development to deliver responsive, resilient, high-performance software intensive systems to our IC, DoD, and civilian customers.

The Associate Director of the Software Tools and Assurance Department (STAD) is a technical management position that plays an essential role in influencing the adoption and integration of emerging technologies and methods for software intensive systems in the field of Aerospace.

This position is a hybrid work model and can can sit partially remotely, with some onsite work in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Work closely with the Director in establishing organization's objectives and goals and communicates them to subordinates, management, and interfacing matrix organizations. Conducts organization's activities consistent with corporate policies/practices, goals, and objectives.
  • Participates with Software Engineering Subdivision (SES) management team in determining organization's structure and staff and supports resource needs. Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources.
  • Identifies and assigns sub-organization and staff functional responsibilities. Assigns and coordinates work activities within organization, monitors workload, progress, and schedules.
  • Seeks and identifies opportunities for additional and new business; assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new opportunities.
  • Cooperates and communicates frequently with customer to coordinate and report work progress, issues, and results.
  • Conducts staff performance reviews and recommends performance improvement, career development, salary, and promotion actions; establishes staffing needs and recommends reassignments, training, transfers, and other staff deployments; assists other supervisors in evaluation, mentoring, and assignment of staff.
  • Technology functions/organizations: Plans, organizes, and manages work of research/development department conducting investigations, evaluations, experimentation, and related program support. Provides overall direction to department's technical programs and ensures department's capabilities are effectively applied to needs of customers programs.
  • Collaborates with SES and department staff to identify, develop, apply, and amplify software technologies and applicable commercial software engineering methods.


What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or other technical field of study from a recognized institution
  • Strong technical skills, with and experience interfacing with geographically distributed teams
  • 10 or more years of experience in software development and 4 or more years of experience in a technical lead or management capacity
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent technical reputation, breadth of knowledge and track record of technical achievement in software engineering
  • Experience in building and leading cross-organizational teams, and managing remote staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to develop staff through mentoring and training
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, issued by the US government. US citizenship is required to obtain a clearance.


How You Can Stand Out

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

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline from
  • a recognized institution
  • 15 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience in ETG and the Program Office
  • Understanding of the Aerospace role and the guidelines for appropriate use of FFRDCs
  • Experience working directly in a government program office
  • Excellent personal technical reputation and a record of personal technical achievement in software engineering
  • Prior leadership role in an organization addressing software engineering disciplines
  • Management experience working with subordinate managers
  • Demonstrated ability to grow an organization in response to customer requirements
  • Strong communication and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Experience developing staff career development plans, coaching and performance tracking, and aligning rewards/compensation with staff performance
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace


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 .


Company Information

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?

Dice Id : 90970895
Position Id : R005605
Originally Posted : 6 months ago

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