The Aerospace Industries Association Vice President Space Systems is responsible for the development of AIA industry policy and budget advocacy positions on Civil, Commercial and National Security Space Programs. This position entails advocating on space issues, developing and articulating industry positions to national stakeholders through media, briefings, Congressional Hearings, conferences, Congressional events and panel discussions.
Specifically, the Vice President for Space Systems is charged with influencing and driving issues, regulations and developments that impact the U.S. space industrial base and workforce. To accomplish these responsibilities, the Vice President for Space Systems leads a team at AIA that works with and supports the space and space-related council, committees and working groups of Member companies within AIA focused on space issues.
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Core Duties and Responsibilities:
This position reports directly to the CEO and interacts with AIA’s Executive Committee, its Board of Governors, and other member CEOs and senior company representatives.
The Vice President, Space Systems oversees the space policy division that presently includes the Director, Space Programs.
The Vice President for Space Systems is responsible for developing industry positions; drafting and refining AIA's arguments on the various issues and topics under consideration; and in making these viewpoints known to appropriate Federal agencies, including NASA, NOAA, DoD, FAA, the White House National Space Council, and the Department of Commerce. as well as their various bureaus and commissions. Some of these groups may have government, civilian, both domestic and international and/or military officials participating in or observing deliberations.
As the principal liaison to AIA company committees, subcommittees, and task forces, the Vice President for Space Systems works to identify and clarify space policy issues. The Vice President for Space Systems will both exercise thought leadership on long term space policies and also seek to develop industry consensus positions on relevant issues.
The Vice President regularly confers with various civilian and military officials within the Federal government and agencies to gain attention and favorable consideration of AIA's viewpoint on subjects of current interest. Arranges and coordinates joint government-industry working groups and project teams within assigned area of responsibility to gain consensus on major issues affecting the aerospace industry.
Occasionally the Vice President will attend or participates in testifying at congressional hearings to advocate for issues relevant to AIA’s space policy strategy regarding legislative considerations and its potential impact on the aerospace and defense industry. Prepares and presents testimony or assists the legislative affairs staff in drafting testimony for the President and CEO to present at such hearings.
Serves as a central resource person, and as such responds to inquiries from member companies, government officials and the public seeking information and background data and expertise on space policy issues. These inquiries can range from general questions to highly specific requests that may take days to assemble the required data and background information.
Qualifications and Experience:
Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment.
An experienced professional in space and space-related policies, regulation and legislation.
An understanding of the issues impacting the space industry domestically and internationally and a vision for how to advance and resolve these issues.
Experience as part of a management team or in a management role in government, an association, or aerospace-related corporation.
Ability to effectively develop and advocate for the vision, programs, and value of AIA membership to current and potential members in space and space policy.
A vision and the ability to translate that vision into programs addressing the current and future issues relevant to companies operating in the space industry, including new and emerging markets.
Ability to work independently as well as a team player while producing the highest caliber work product in a timely manner.
Experience in developing and managing departmental budgets.
Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.
Demonstrated experience and success in the use of technology as a management tool.
Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred
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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.
Today, more than 340 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufactu...ring segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry including commercial aviation and avionics, manned and unmanned defense systems, and space technologies and satellite communications.
Working together through our councils and committees, AIA is at the forefront of critical issues, such as advocating for robust federal budgets for aerospace and defense, a strong U.S. industrial base, defense modernization, and an efficient acquisition system. In addition, accelerating deployment of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NexGen) technologies and equipment, promoting the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), modernizing export controls, and obtaining additional resources for research and development and space exploration are important priorities. We are a leader in developing and publishing national aerospace standards that are used in aerospace design and manufacturing across the globe. And we coordinate and lead a full spectrum of efforts across the local, state and federal levels to address workforce recruitment and retention. Read more about AIA’s strategic plan and priorities here.
The aerospace and defense industry supports our national security and drives our nation’s economy. It fuels innovation, creates competition, and employs millions of Americans. We are proud to represent our members and our nation.