Sierra Space Flight Operations is seeking candidates with a strong background in spaceflight mission operations to serve as Flight Directors responsible for planning, directing and controlling the activities of a multi-discipline, integrated team in the execution of real-time Dream Chaser mission operations. The Flight Director role is critical to the success of the Dream Chaser program, responsible for ensuring crew safety and mission success throughout the entire mission. These roles require proven leadership, extensive expertise in mission operations and mission systems, and the ability to manage risk in a high stress, real-time environment.
Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations.
- Leading a team of flight controllers and making decisions which can have ultimate consequences for astronaut and public safety and protection of company assets, including the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Managing risk in designing and planning missions and resolving issues pre-flight and in real-time.
- Working closely with the Mission Manager to develop and evaluate mission objectives according to programmatic and contractual guidelines and constraints. Developing and executing mission plans according to programmatic mission requirements. Developing and enforcing flight rules to ensure crew and vehicle safety.
- Leading preparedness for joint International Space Station (ISS) missions through integrated development of mission products (procedures, flight rules, timelines, etc.) with the NASA ISS flight directors and flight control team.
- Making decisions during real-time spaceflight operations and manage spacecraft and ground resources to ensure crew and vehicle safety.
- Determining and implementing a course of action for off-nominal situations related to spacecraft operations, systems, dynamics, and ground systems to resolve malfunctions to ensure mission success.
- Working closely with Training Directors to ensure the successful training, certification and readiness of the flight control teams to support real-time spaceflight operations.
All real-time mission operations will be conducted from the Dream Chaser Mission Control Center (DC-MCC) in Louisville, CO.
All selected individuals will be considered Flight Director candidates until they have successfully completed certification, including coursework and training simulations.
Employment is contingent on successfully completing a medical screening performed by a Sierra Space-contracted flight surgeon (FAA-certified Senior Aviation Medical Examiner).
This role may also support other Sierra Space spaceflight programs as needed.
Occasional travel will be required.
Sierra Space job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, physical science or other related field from an accredited college or university.
- Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education
- Relevant spaceflight experience of typically 14 or more years. Higher education may be considered in lieu of experience.
- Prior experience with spaceflight operations, including mission planning and execution and/or mission training activities
- Experience working in multi-disciplinary development teams
- Clear and concise communication skills
- Go-getter; able to self-motivate with little direction
- Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large teams
- Strong background in engineering fundamentals, and willing to learn new disciplines
- Ability to explore multiple options, anticipate problems, and implement mitigations
- Ability to decompose a large complicated problem into manageable pieces, understand such problems from different points of view, and explain issues and solutions to other engineers
- Prior human spaceflight experience, preferably in leadership positions (flight/mission director, flight/increment lead for a given discipline, etc.)
- Strong technical writing skills, including technical review and operations product development experience
- Experience in testing across multiple spacecraft systems
- The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances
To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.
With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services