• Associate Director, Space & Technology

    Job Location US-VA-Reston
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/27/2018 10:34 AM)
    Requisition ID
  • Overview

    Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.


    Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.



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    Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.   We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.   


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    The Associate Director (AD) for Space & Technology will lead Program Management and Engineering staff to create, capture and manage space systems programs for National Security Space and advanced technology-related business, to include Department of Defense and Intelligence Community missions.  The AD will develop staff, and ensure the development of supporting technologies, partnerships and Engineering resources to support, manage and grow the National Security Space business area in the Special Programs Directorate.  The AD will further initiate and maintain advanced technology development and maturation programs to support the growth and advancement for all of the Special Programs business areas.


    This position requires the candidate be a U.S. citizen and hold a current TS/SCI Security clearance.


    The Associate Director (AD) will conceive, form and implement a strategic vision for National Security Space for Draper. In pursuit of this vision, the AD will develop strategic plans for growth of Draper’s National Security Space business, including customer identification, IR&D investment plans and tactics necessary to develop new and follow-on opportunities.  The AD will also oversee, manage, and coordinate the advanced technology pipeline for Special Programs.

    The AD will use his/her technical background to identify and qualify potential technical breakthroughs that can lead to operational performance revolutionary improvements.  The AD will advocate for  required corporate investments to enable Draper’s competitive position, and will develop capture plans, proposal strategies and teaming relationships in pursuit of new business. The AD will qualify and lead key proposals, and develop and manage proposal budgets for pursuits, including development of work statements, schedules, budgets, and the coordination/ evaluation of proposal inputs from engineering staff, resulting in a steady output of white papers and proposals.


    The AD will provide oversight to the executing programs in the Space & Technology group to ensure the cost, schedule, and technical performance meet requirements and customer expectations.  The AD will develop staffing plans for the Space & Technology group, and hire, train, develop and review performance of subordinate staff.

    The AD will regularly interface with senior and lower level government staff to understand emerging challenges, relate Draper capabilities to address these challenges, and develop and capture relevant programs.  The AD will develop personal credibility with sponsor organizations.



    This position requires demonstrated skills in realizing innovative solutions from research, and a proven track record of transitioning emerging capabilities to make operational impact.  The capacity to lead, influence, and inspire others is essential.

    The candidate should possess a minimum of 15 years of management experience on DoD/IC space-related programs as a contractor or government manager, which includes at least 10 years of experience in leadership positions with frequent customer or senior government interaction.  Experience in the domains of Space Situational Awareness, space protection, and resilient space systems is favorably regarded.  An advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.) in engineering or physics or demonstrated equivalent technical background is required.  The candidate should have strong engineering experience or education in a plurality of the following disciplines:  Guidance, navigation and control; position, navigation and timing; orbital dynamics; electro-optical sensing; RF systems; communication systems; radiation effects; cybersecurity; data processing; autonomy; machine learning.  The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to innovate and have excellent presentation and communication skills.


    Additionally, the candidate should possess the ability and interest to understand and embrace Draper’s mission as a not-for-profit R&D institution dedicated to making an impact on the most challenging unsolved national security problems.  Further, he/she should possess a track record of adherence to Draper core values: Act with Integrity; Treat each and all with respect; Exceed customer expectations; Commit to excellence; Be bold in your reach.


    Frequent travel is required for this position. 




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