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Head of Programs

Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
About Loft
Loft Federal is dedicated to providing the US national security space community with a rapid, affordable, and simplified pathway to orbit. We are a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.
At Loft, we empower our team members with autonomy and ownership to tackle significant challenges, all while fostering a close-knit and supportive team environment. We believe that diversity, community, and inclusivity are the cornerstones of an open culture. We place significant value on kind, supportive, and team-oriented comrades with phenomenal problem-solving and communication skills.
Are you ready to embark on this exciting journey with us?
As the Director of Programs at Loft Federal, you'll be at the helm of program success. Your role will involve overseeing multiple programs simultaneously, ensuring they align with Loft Federal's business goals. This includes crafting and refining programs, establishing policies and guidelines, and ensuring adherence to contract requirements. You'll work closely with internal and cross company teams responsible for product design, production, delivery, and support, cultivating strong customer relationships.
As a member of the leadership team, you'll be instrumental in being the voice of programs, and bringing the program execution perspective to Loft Federal Business Strategy, Capture Efforts, and Company Leadership conversations.

Mission Objectives

  • Manage satellite missions, leading program managers and supporting other teams on strategy, budget, and schedule performance.
  • Assess program risks and implement process alterations and improvements.
  • Oversee purchase order management, policy and procedure compliance, contract negotiations, and program budgets.
  • Manage relationships with existing clients and vendors.
  • Monitor and status of active programs ensuring contract objectives are fulfilled and complex issues are resolved.
  • Help improve team performance by holding retrospectives and facilitating or recommending process changes.
  • Monitor project schedule commitments and direct appropriate personnel to manage impacts(s) or change(s).
  • Lead and support where needed additional business development, and other program support activities.
  • Serve as a member on the Leadership Team providing the "voice of the program and customer" to all facets of company management.

Mission Mandates

  • Active DoD Secret clearance is required.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a DoD or Intelligence Community Top Secret background investigation with at least 3 years of eligibility remaining or CE status; and SCI eligibility with current experience in SCI programs, other control systems, and/or Special Access Programs

Mission Credentials

  • 15+ years of managing large and/or complex software and hardware programs, supporting both the IC and DoD.
  • Demonstrated experience in Program Leadership of Non-traditional small satellite missions.
  • Demonstrated experience in small satellite assembly, integration, and test campaigns.
  • Prior experience delivering a spacecraft to orbit and/or space-qualified hardware to a customer.
  • Excellent relationship-building and team leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience as a technical specialist on specific spacecraft subsystems as well as system-level experience.
  • Knowledge of how to use MS Project (and the entire MS Office suite), Confluence, Smartsheet, Slack, Dropbox.
  • Experience working/managing projects with US Government/DOD Customers.
Per Colorado law, we are required to disclose the base compensation range for this role. This range is intentionally wide as we assess individuals based on their unique abilities and experience to find the best fit for our needs. Ultimately, your compensation will be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
In addition to a competitive salary and benefits package, you will find a truly remarkable culture guided by transparency and collaboration and work that is challenging and meaningful. We can't wait to meet you and see what you may add to our team!
Salary Range
$195,000$298,000 USD


Posting Statement

Loft Federal is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy.

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