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Stratolaunch, LLC Director, Programs in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security

To achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch seeks a Director, Programs with at least 18-years of experience to lead a Stratolaunch hypersonics testbed development team through vehicle design, manufacturing, and test. You will manage the program cost, schedule, safety, and security performance of the hypersonic test vehicles. You must also develop and implement program management metrics for efficiently managing the program while providing rapid information on current program status. Position will provide program leadership for Stratolaunch. Candidates must have experience in project management; government contracts; and prototype vehicle design, manufacturing, and test.


  • Lead the hypersonic testbed team through the development lifecycle

  • Responsible for cost, schedule, safety, and security of the hypersonic testbed program

  • Develop budget and schedules for managing the program

  • Make final decisions for any hypersonic program area that affects cost and/or schedule constraints

  • Work closely with our customer interface to ensure routine and appropriate communications and timely delivery of contract deliverables

  • Implement program management tools to facilitate program execution

  • Contribute to developing statements of work, establishing program review gates, setting milestones with applicable entry and exit criteria, and evaluating subcontractor capabilities

  • Work with the procurement team to ensure subcontractors are delivering products on deadline and within budget

  • Evaluate program risks and define and implement mitigation plans

  • Assist with the coordination and integration of payloads with hypersonic vehicle customers

  • Lead the creation of proposals for later phases on hypersonic testbed vehicle production

  • Assist in the process to construct or acquire additional facilities to support vehicle production

  • Contribute material for proposals to a variety of external customers

  • Contribute to the company business plan with forecasts of schedule, budget, and personnel

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the VP, Programs & Operations

  • Travel, as needed, to support the company and program

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: aerospace program management, subcontracts and procurement, government contracts, personnel management, aircraft systems, aircraft operations, launch vehicle integration, ground systems

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with subcontractors and government customers

  • Experience with prototype manufacturing or low-rate production

  • Experience with risk management tools and tracking techniques

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills and ability to implement sound critical thinking skills

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at the TS level

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Ability to operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment


  • Experience with government agencies (customers and regulatory)

  • Experience with air-launch platforms

  • Experience with hypersonic vehicle design, development, test, and operations

  • Experience with classified programs and working in a classified environment

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BS) or higher in a Business Management/Business Administration and/or Engineering discipline from an accredited institution and 18-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <20%

Benefits and our location:

  • $188,000 - $285,000

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Program Management