Program Manager, Small Satellite Center

  • Temporary
  • USA
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Must be authorized to work in U.S. - visa sponsorship not available

Company Details

The MIT Small Satellite Center (SSC) is a collaborative effort between several AeroAstro space laboratories, the Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department, and the Kavli Space Center.

The aim of the Center is to undertake research and education as follows:

  1. Research: Design, build, launch and operate small satellites with specific mission objectives, including science (e.g., remote sensing) and investigation of new swarming and constellation concepts.
  2. Research: Develop novel and improved technologies for small satellites and demonstrate them in space (e.g., small satellite optical ISL, electrospray propulsion).
  3. Education: Offer annual space systems capstone classes to both undergraduate and graduate students at MIT, centered on the MIT | Aero Astro Curriculum (e.g., 16.83/831, 16.89).

The Program Manager will support the Co-Directors of the SSC in the overall initiative enabling the SSC to achieve its strategic program objects. They will be responsible for running the Center on a daily basis, organizing campaigns to create and respond to funding opportunities from the U.S. Government and private industry, and will be the primary liaison for visitors to the Center. This is a one-year term appointment.

Job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Implement directives issued by the Co-Directors.
  • Work closely with technical associate staff.
  • Conduct yearly budgeting and work planning processes.
  • Manages the SSC event calendar and web content.
  • Collaborate on developing a plan for physical space for a center in collaboration with the AeroAstro
  • Facilities Manager and external consultants.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with partners across MIT, in multilateral agencies, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.
  • Work with student groups active in space research.
  • Engage faculty across MIT for the purpose of coordinating research on a broad range of technologies in a variety of sectors.
  • Lead the coordination of proposal writing efforts.
  • Work with Lincoln Lab to develop a process that can be repeated when more advanced facilities are needed for flight projects.
  • Resolve conflicts in terms of space utilization requests in an efficient and amicable way, working closely with the two Co-Directors.

Qualifications & Skills:

Education: B.S. in Engineering or Applied Physics is required. SM in Aerospace, Mechanical or Electronics preferred.


  • A minimum of 4 years of administration or operations experience and/or project/program management.
  • Experience in the commercial space industry.
  • Experience and comfort interacting with culturally diverse academic leaders, students and research sponsors.
  • Preferred: Prior experience with small satellite systems either designing, building and launching them and/or in mission planning and concurrent engineering.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and serving diverse constituents.
  • Positive attitude and excellent interpersonal and communications skills for interacting with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, including ability to multitask, set priorities, and manage competing priorities while also ensuring the accuracy of work through attention to detail.
  • Ability to productively seek out root causes of issues, conceive innovative solutions, and move from concept to implementation.
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

Tagged as: aerospace, satellite, program manager

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