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 an Assistant Vice President for the Space Systems division to support the Vice President of Space Systems and provide policy leadership on national security space issues. Primary duties include representing industry views and interests through regular 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.
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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.
Closely follows development and maintains subject matter level expertise on U.S. and global national security space policy 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 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 quarterly meeting convening AIA members and government officials to discuss national security space architectures
Responsible for maintaining awareness of member programs and milestones in national security space
Coordination lead with AIA National Security division on all national security space activities and all AIA divisions active on 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
On occasion, as needed, provides support for other functions in the office including but not limited to division and AIA-wide special events and meetings.
Qualifications and Experience:
Minimum of 7 years experience in national security space matters, preference for some direct operational experience in DOD or Intelligence Community
Military service valued
Current clearance preferred, ability to gain clearance required
Experience working with government and industry national security space leadership
Proven ability to consistently make sound judgments.
Exceptional communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
An understanding of the civil and commercial space landscape and important policy issues
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
Proficient in applicable technology programs and applications.
Demonstrated experience working in a highly collaborative environment while developing and maintaining positive work relationships
Three (3) References [Name, Title, Contact information]
Writing sample on national security space issues
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