Manager, Space Systems

Position Summary:

AIA’s Space Systems Division develops and advocates for policies, regulations, and investments to ensure American leadership and strong industry partnership across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors. The Manager, Space Systems is primarily responsible for managing the logistics of the Division and supporting the development and advocacy of space policy positions.  The position reports directly to the Vice President, Space Systems.

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Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates meeting and organizational logistics of councils, committees, subcommittees and working groups established to address national security, commercial, and civil space policies. These councils and committees formulate industry positions to be presented to U.S. officials, respond to government inquiries, and form public positions. This includes arranging and tracking regular council and committee meetings, planning AIA space policy events, and assisting with membership contact lists.
  • Participates in seeking industry consensus; assists in the drafting and refining AIA’s positions and making these viewpoints known to appropriate agency officials and other relevant organizations.
  • Develops knowledge base on various trends, issues, areas of concern and emerging patterns pertaining to space policy to provide insight into future developments and work with other Space Division staff to anticipate the need for association positions and actions. These areas include budget, economic, and technical trends, safety and regulation, legislative initiatives, and R&D policy.
  • Maintains liaison with counterparts in member companies, governments, and other associations covering policy matters to define issues and focal points. Coordinates with Space Division leadership on effective and coordinated communication to senior, policy level staff in member companies, associations and federal government.
  • Reviews and critiques available data including proprietary information, academic background and relevant studies, policies and recommendations from other domestic and foreign industry sources. Provides analysis Space Division leadership for determination of appropriate action and delegation.
  • Contributes to articles and news items, highlighting issues and developments within space policy.
  • Based on needs and interests and at the direction of Space Division leadership, research and develop background materials, policy positions, and white papers on specific space policy topics.
  • Support space policy internal and external events, including attending and following external policy events and reporting on developments.
  • Serve as a point of contact for coordinating activities across AIA on various matters as needed to support Division activities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Self-starter with ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
  • Deep interest in space policy and desire to grow as a space policy professional
  • Experience in space or aerospace-related government, association or corporate position
  • Experience with issues regarding the development and regulation of civil, commercial, or national security space policy
  • Experience working with or in US government space agencies (NASA/DOD) or Congressional committees that oversee space issues
  • Strong communication skills and judgement to communicate and coordinate with member company representatives and government officials, including on sensitive policy topics
  • Ability to effectively communicate the vision, programs, and value of membership in AIA to maintain and assist in the identification of potential membership in new or untapped markets
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.

Education:

  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent work experience

To Apply, please send the following documents to jobs@aia-aerospace.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) References [Name, Title, Contact information]

AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status.