Senior Contractor Program Security Officer (CPSO)

The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, CA
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.

Job Summary

The CPSO (Contractor Program Security Officer) will assist with addressing compliance of the Aerospace Corporation Special Access Programs (SAP) Enterprise. Responsible for the security administration, management and operations of the facilities associated to these programs. The Sr CPSO is the primary interface with Aerospace Program Management and government agencies/customers regarding program security matters and requirements. Responsible for providing security support ensuring classified information is properly safeguarded and will provide on-site support for all security actions in accordance with corporate and governmental policies and directives.

Work Model

This position will be 100% onsite and can be at one of the following locations:

Chantilly, VA

Crystal City, VA

Colorado Springs, CO

El Segundo, CA

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Prepares for inspections across the SAP enterprise (conducts self-inspections)
  • Provides initial program indoctrination security briefing and refreshers
  • Conducts formal security education and training materials/events
  • Maintains access rosters
  • Maintains access management systems
  • Maintains classified material accountability records (inventory, receipts, transmittal, or disposition records)
  • Ensures adherence to any applicable laws as well as any SCI or SAP security policies and requirements
  • Creates, updates, and maintains SOPs and coordinates approval with government customers
  • Assist in the development of Program Protection Plans
  • Conducts pre and post-travel briefings and oversees foreign travel and contact reporting. For SAP reporting, obtain completed forms from foreign travel/contact POC and send to the customer
  • Coordinates the visitor control process for SAP meetings
  • Coordinates initial access eligibility determinations and creates PARs or SCI nominations
  • Maintain personnel security records for SAP and SCI related programs to include the use of JPAS, and Scattered Castles
  • Preparation and updates DD254s
  • Interprets and implements security classification guidance
  • Conducts investigations of known or suspected security infractions/violations and recommends corrective actions
  • Coordinates with IA team to provide customer requirements and help implement ConMon tasks as required
  • Coordinates with Physical Security on any program construction needs/modifications to the facility

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • 10 or more years of relevant experience with High School Diploma
  • Current TS/SCI with the ability to obtain and maintain SAP accesses. U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance
  • Previous CPSO experience
  • Knowledgeable of the DoD SAP Manuals, Vol 1-4, and ICD series manuals

How You Can Stand Out

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

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college
  • TS/SCI with adjudicated polygraph
  • CDSE Certifications

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)

$58.23 - $69.98 - $81.73

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.