MTS Casual Retiree R4 - Strategic Assessments, Studies, and Projects (SASP)

The Aerospace Corporation
Added: April 13, 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.

The Strategic Assessments, Studies, and Projects (SASP) Division of the Civil Systems Group (CSG) is responsible for conducting independent assessments and studies to assist NASA; NOAA; NSF; the National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics; and other civil customers in agency-level strategic decision-making on future programs and projects.

This position is located in El Segundo, California, or Crystal City, Virginia and can be remote.


What You’ll Be Doing

  • Works independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator on programmatic assessments, architecture assessments, business case analyses, analyses of alternatives, independent program assessments and technical evaluations in the SASP Division and enables program continuity from concept design through development, deployment and operation.
  • Serves as the senior reviewer of all SASP products. Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff. May mentor less experienced MTS and serve as role model.
  • May act as corporate spokesperson in industry-wide technical symposia or in government hearings.
  • Normally responsible for (a) programmatic assessments, architecture assessments, business case analyses, analyses of alternatives (b) independent program assessments and technical evaluations (c) mission analysis engineering, technical risk assessment (d)independently services a number of project segments and/or smaller program/project efforts across the civil space group.

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • At least 15 years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering and/or program management environment
  • Exhibit high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative.
  • Demonstrated technical capability in programmatic assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers at NASA, NOAA and other civil agencies.
  • Deep knowledge of NASA Science Mission Directorate programs and projects
  • Broad internal recognition from peers and Aerospace program office
  • Broad technical/programmatic impact inside and outside of Aerospace
  • This position requires occasional travel, approx. 10%

How You Can Stand Out

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

  • An advanced degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • More than 15 years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering and/or program management environment

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)

$1.00 - $240.00 - $480.00

Pay Basis: Hourly

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.