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Requisition Number 17-0274
Post Date 12/27/2017
Title Engineering Leadership Opportunities
City Baltimore
State MD

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is an operations center for NASA’s current and future flagship science observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. STScI supports multiple aspects of operations and development as well as data distribution to the astronomical community and the world via the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). STScI is looking for three engineering leaders (heads of engineering) to direct and transform newly restructured space observatory software systems engineering and operations divisions. We created the newly configured divisions to address the growth of our business and personnel. The new divisions are focused in the following areas:

  • Developing, maintaining and operating the systems used to plan and schedule the astronomical observations made by the science missions at STScI.
  • Managing the data management systems that support the science observations of its missions and the MAST archive, and developing and operating the requisite tools and systems.
  • Supplying the systems engineering that supports the development and operations of its missions, for integrating and testing those systems, and for conducting the flight operations of its missions.

STScI is strongly committed to developing and maintaining a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive workplace that enables innovation as well as scientific and technical excellence. We reflect that commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for these positions.

**The role:**

We are looking to you to bring your insight and experience to lead the evolution of our engineering systems, processes and staff to more closely reflect industry best practices thus enabling us to better develop, maintain, and operate the software tools and systems that are used to carry out STScI’s science and data missions. STScI utilizes a matrix management structure in the delivery of its services to its missions.

You will be deeply involved in optimizing the planning as well as project, resource and conflict management essential for effective operation of the matrix and on-time delivery of products and services. You will lead your staff in developing a productive, respectful and inclusive work culture empowering career development, innovation and teamwork. You will be a member of the senior management team that reports to the Institute Director (CEO equivalent) to provide strategic leadership, working closely with colleagues from diverse fields to optimize the Institute's multi-mission approach to archival science, mission support, and service to the astronomical community.


**About you:**

You're an experienced engineering leader with background building successful engineering teams, best practices, infrastructure and staff development.  You enjoy the challenge of embracing past achievements and using them as a foundation in understanding and developing the breakthroughs and best practices of the future.  You have and can successfully manage change.

You thrive in an environment that offers you significant freedom to develop novel solutions but you also have a demonstrated commitment to on-time deliverables. You embrace both the Agile and 'DevOps' mentalities and believe that engineers should share operations ownership of the systems they build.  You rely on tools such as project and resource management and can use both Agile and Waterfall development best practices to effectively lead and manage projects.   You have:

  • B.S./B.A. in engineering, computer science, information systems, or a related science or math field. An advanced degree would be advantageous.
  • Eight or more years leading the development, implementation, and/or responsive maintenance of complex inter-related systems, with an emphasis on the return of the systems. 
  • A proven track record of managing a large engineering portfolio spread across numerous teams.
  • Ability to manage the development and delivery of products on a schedule within resource constraints using current best practices.
  • Ability to provide tactical leadership of managers and staff from a broad range of disciplines, experience, and perspectives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both within your division and externally, including collaborating effectively with other senior managers, customers and stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, presentation and written skills.
  • Success in advocating for diverse and inclusive teams and work culture.
  • Familiarity with astronomical community, space missions, and/or the academic environment, though not required,is helpful.

STScI occupies multiple sites surrounding the campus of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI maintains excellent computer, technical, and library infrastructure, and has close connections with the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department and the JHU Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science.  STScI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package.

Application review will start on Friday, January 19, 2018 and continue through March 1, 2018 for full consideration. Questions about the positions should be directed to


Applications will be reviewed in a strictly confidential manner. Interested candidates are requested to submit: a letter providing a summary of interest in the position as well as an overview of relevant experience and accomplishments, a curriculum vitae/resume, and a list of at least three references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. If you have a preference as to an area of interest, you will be provided an opportunity to indicate this.

Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to


STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.


As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Individuals with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V





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