Senior Director, National Security Space

Department: Space Systems

Date: 25 April 2022

About AIA


Position Summary:

Space systems and technologies are a critical part of our nation’s economic, scientific, and national security capabilities.  AIA’s Space Systems Division coordinates, formulates, and advocates for space policies and programs important to the U.S. space industry and supports efforts to foster U.S. space leadership and capabilities. We are looking for a Senior Director for the Space Systems division to lead national security space issues.  Primary duties include representing industry views and interests through regular convenings, writing, and speaking opportunities, developing consensus industry positions on national security space matters, and managing the membership and activities of AIA’s national security space committee.


Core Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • This position reports to the Vice President of Space Systems and works directly with staff at all levels across the Association, as well as Member Companies, and with U.S. and international government national security space policymakers
  • Closely follows development of and maintains subject matter level expertise on U.S. and global national security space policies, events, and activities
  • Provides thought leadership on national security space issues, including regular writing and speaking at public and AIA member specific activities
  • Regular interactions with Executive Branch, Congress, and other stakeholders in the national security space arena
  • Coordinates, participates, and attends AIA national security space meetings, conferences, and Congressional events
  • Develops and provides national security space content for regular communications to member companies
  • Maintains ties with AIA membership companies to ensure AIA national security members are active and updated
  • Responsible for regular meetings convening AIA members and government officials to discuss national security space matters
  • Responsible for maintaining awareness of member programs and milestones in national security space
  • Coordination lead with AIA’s National Security Policy division on all national security space activities and across AIA divisions to support cyber issues
  • Attends local national security space policy events and may be required to travel nationally and internationally to support events
  • Fills in for the Vice President for Space Systems at internal and external meetings or events as needed
  • Provides support, as needed, for other functions across AIA such as Division and AIA-wide special events and meetings


Qualifications and Experience: 

Experience Required

  • Minimum of 7 years experience in national security space matters, preference for some direct operational experience in DOD or Intelligence Community
  • Military service valued
  • An understanding of the national security space landscape and important policy issues
  • Experience working with government and industry national security space leadership
  • Current clearance preferred, ability to gain clearance required
  • Proven ability to consistently make sound judgments
  • Exceptional communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to execute work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to interact with senior industry representative and government officials
  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly collaborative environment while developing and maintaining positive work relationships


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Masters’ degree preferred

To Apply, please send the following documents to

  • 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. Consistent with our AIA’s commitment to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly believe that diversity contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better organization and better results. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.