Gateway Contract Officer (COR) Support

The Aerospace Corporation
Houston, TX
Added: April 16, 2024
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.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, and the NNSA, while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values, and behaviors.

Within the CSG, the Human Exploration and Space Flight (HESF) Division supports our NASA customer in all aspects of human space flight, including HESF support to the Artemis Gateway (lunar space station) Program. This role will provide support to NASA’s Gateway Program engaging in contract officer support, integration and advisory functions in the area of acquisition.

This is a full-time position located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. This role is hybrid requiring 3-4 days on site, 1-2 days telework.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Serve as the lead CLD PP&C LCR team member to facilitate requirements levied by NPR 7120.5 in preparation for all CLD Life Cycle Reviews (LCRs) or Key Decision Points (KDPs) or Source Selection activities.
  • Facilitate guidance to the CLD on the level of the maturity matrix products for each stage of the LCR or phase of the KDP.
  • Draft, develop, and manage the CLD Project Plan and manage all CLD PP&C Maturity Matrix Products for baseline and revision for all LCR/KDPs.
  • Review all Program and Project maturity matrix products within the milestone tool for all CLD LCRs or KDPs or acquisitions.
  • Interface with CLD management to assist with the development of the CLD Executive documentation with the NASA Headquarters secretariat for all Mission Directorate Program Management Council (DPMC) and Agency Program Management Council (APMC).
  • Assist the CLD Program Executive to facilitate information, develop presentations, and edit presentations with the NASA Headquarters assigned secretariat.
  • Provide a consistent interface with CLD PP&C management to progress the processes developed and used by the CLD PP&C office; guide the internal teams and gather information on new or upcoming processes in work to prepare for implementation within the office or on an CLD LCR.
  • Primary interface with CLD SE&I manager and LCR Review Managers. Meet regularly to create and develop a successful technical plan for executing all CLD Project LCRs.
  • Attend and lead/drive the CLD LCR Working Group with CLD bi-weekly to review all CLD LCR schedules, refine or collaborate on CLD LCR practices/processes, execute lessons learned, etc.
  • SharePoint and Teams development and maintenance (20%)
  • Create of new SharePoint Online (SPOL) pages as requested by the customer.
  • Maintenance of existing SPOL pages, including retirement of old pages, by working with team leadership to ensure content and links on internal NASA pages is current and correct.
  • Creation and maintenance of Team channels as requested by the customer.
  • Interface with NASA leadership and team members as well as serving as SharePoint POC in related teams.
  • Review coordination of internal documents: Working with the product owners on timelines and distribution/tracking of documents across the agency.
  • Improve and update SPOL and Teams as vendor updates become available.

This position is available as a Project Engineer or Senior Project Engineer

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

Project Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or other applicable STEM areas
  • At least 6 years of increasingly responsible professional experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NASA program life cycle processes and program/project management stages
  • Ability to effectively utilize oral and written communication to express concepts and recommendations to personnel at all technical and managerial levels
  • Ability to work effectively and quickly in real-time environments of rapid change, conflicting requirements, and occasional pressure
  • Willing to travel domestically approx. 10%
  • At least 3 years’ experience with SharePoint Online and Teams environments
  • 1+ years’ experience working across diverse teams and different engineering disciplines
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Tool Suite (Excel, PowerPoint)

Senior Project Engineer

Same requirements as Project Engineer noted above, in addition to:

  • Experience leading or organizing technical efforts or project teams

How You Can Stand Out

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

Project Engineer or Senior Project Engineer

  • Advanced Science degree in engineering, science, or other applicable STEM areas
  • More than 6 years of increasingly responsible professional experience
  • Experience in project management
  • Innovation, creativity, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

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 You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.