AIA’s Space Systems Division develops and advocates for policies, regulations, and investments to ensure American leadership and strong industry partnership across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors. The Manager, Space Systems is primarily responsible for managing the logistics of the Division and supporting the development and advocacy of space policy positions. The position reports directly to the Vice President, Space Systems.
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Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates meeting and organizational logistics of councils, committees, subcommittees and working groups established to address national security, commercial, and civil space policies. These councils and committees formulate industry positions to be presented to U.S. officials, respond to government inquiries, and form public positions. This includes arranging and tracking regular council and committee meetings, planning AIA space policy events, and assisting with membership contact lists.
Participates in seeking industry consensus; assists in the drafting and refining AIA's positions and making these viewpoints known to appropriate agency officials and other relevant organizations.
Develops knowledge base on various trends, issues, areas of concern and emerging patterns pertaining to space policy to provide insight into future developments and work with other Space Division staff to anticipate the need for association positions and actions. These areas include budget, economic, and technical trends, safety and regulation, legislative initiatives, and R&D policy.
Maintains liaison with counterparts in member companies, governments, and other associations covering policy matters to define issues and focal points. Coordinates with Space Division leadership on effective and coordinated communication to senior, policy level staff in member companies, associations and federal government.
Reviews and critiques available data including proprietary information, academic background and relevant studies, policies and recommendations from other domestic and foreign industry sources. Provides analysis Space Division leadership for determination of appropriate action and delegation.
Contributes to articles and news items, highlighting issues and developments within space policy.
Based on needs and interests and at the direction of Space Division leadership, research and develop background materials, policy positions, and white papers on specific space policy topics.
Support space policy internal and external events, including attending and following external policy events and reporting on developments.
Serve as a point of contact for coordinating activities across AIA on various matters as needed to support Division activities.
Self-starter with ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
Deep interest in space policy and desire to grow as a space policy professional
Experience in space or aerospace-related government, association or corporate position
Experience with issues regarding the development and regulation of civil, commercial, or national security space policy
Experience working with or in US government space agencies (NASA/DOD) or Congressional committees that oversee space issues
Strong communication skills and judgement to communicate and coordinate with member company representatives and government officials, including on sensitive policy topics
Ability to effectively communicate the vision, programs, and value of membership in AIA to maintain and assist in the identification of potential membership in new or untapped markets
Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.
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About Aerospace Industries Association
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), founded in 1919, only a few years after the birth of flight, is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the U.S. aerospace and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA’s strong advocacy is essential to protecting the interests of our nation and our industry.
Based in Arlington, Va., AIA is led by a Board of Governors that meets twice a year and consists of senior representatives of member companies at the c-suite level, and an Executive Committee that meets more frequently. A hallmark of AIA is that it receives its policy guidance from the direct involvement of CEO-level officers of companies of all sizes across all levels of our industry. The government frequently seeks advice from AIA on issues, and AIA provides a forum for government and industry representatives to exchange views and resolve problems on non-competitive matters related to aerospace and defense.
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