Satellite Ground Systems Site Program Director

Clearance Level
Program Management
Suitland, Maryland

REQ#: RQ46795

Travel Required: None

GDIT is seeking a Program Director to support a large Program within our Federal Civilian space.  As this Program Director you will function as the senior business leader determining our customers' needs and priorities, coordinating technical solutions responses to those needs, helping to shape customer acquisitions, and positioning GDIT to execute all facets of program delivery. U.S. Citizenship and background investigation is required.  Successful candidate must possess and be able to demonstrate management and technical skills and have a passion for success, dedication and commitment.

Task and responsibilities in this role include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directs all phases of programs from inception through completion. Responsible for the cost, schedule and technical performance of company programs or subsystems of major programs
  • Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract changes
  • Coordinates the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract
  • Acts as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customer to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • Establishes design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test
  • Develops new business with the customer
  • Establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules, identifies program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications
  • Directs the work of employees assigned to the program from technical and administrative areas

Desired Experience:

  • Has demonstrated expertise to lead teams to operate, maintain, sustain and dispose of existing National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) legacy satellite ground systems until these new ground systems and their associated observatory constellations are fully transitioned to operations
  • Must be able to migrate existing business functions to an enterprise ground architecture and use shared services as they become available for satellite operations
  • Must have direct relevant experience within NOAA, NASA, DoD or IC leading satellite ground systems operations, maintenance and sustainment initiatives 

Desired Expertise:

  • Expertise in operations, maintenance, and sustainment of NESDIS-deployed hardware, firmware, and software ground systems to include, Satellite-to-Ground communications, including radio frequency (RF) and terrestrial communications networks, telemetry over Internet Protocol (IP), and RF antenna systems
  • Systems that support mission scheduling, ground system software/subsystem functions, and satellite command and control
  • Secure data ingest from both NOAA-operated satellite missions and external sources
  • Data Collection System (DCS) satellite services
  • Product generation, storage, monitoring, and distribution systems supporting new and improved satellite products, services, and algorithms
  • Provision of information to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) for archive and stewardship of these products.


To qualify, you must meet these basic qualifications: 

  • Fifteen (15) years of Satellite and Ground Systems Program and Technical Management experience, leading a large team of 300+ individuals in operations, maintenance and sustainment
  • Five (5) years of experience interfacing and presenting to C-level executives
  • PMP Certification


Master's Preferred; Bachelor's Degree in a Computer Science or related technical discipline





We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.