Senior Counsel

The Aerospace Corporation
Posted Feb 01
Full Time
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary

The Aerospace Corporation seeks a dynamic Senior Counsel to join the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). This position will play an important role in The Aerospace Corporation’s wide range of government accounting, contracts, and transactional work, focusing especially with our Chief Financial Officer. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, hands-on, creative, continuous-learning attorney, who thinks space is cool, and is motivated to join a tight-knit, collegial legal team.

The Aerospace Corporation is an intellectually challenging environment, and the successful candidate will work with some of the brightest people in the aerospace industry supporting Company initiatives in the space and national security sectors.

Work Model

This position will be a hybrid work model and offer partially remote with some onsite work required at one of our main campus locations: El Segundo CA, Chantilly VA, Crystal City DC, or Colorado Springs CO.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Work on a broad portfolio of federal government contract, fiscal, and accounting-related matters, primarily focusing on supporting to our Chief Financial Officer Division.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel to the Contracts Directorate, Supply Chain, and other directorates relating to negotiation of terms and conditions, new business opportunities, and in matters pertaining to commercial, government, and international transactions; approve contract documents for managerial signature.
  • Prepares and reviews various corporate agreements, contracts, leases, and other legal documents; legal memoranda, and other related documents.
  • Researches and analyzes case and statutory law on relevant issues; identifies legal issues that may impact company activities; provides counsel on specific inquiries relating to new business, corporate activities, government regulations, policies, and the permissible activities of nonprofit organizations and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).
  • Participates in the definition and development of corporate policies, practices, and procedures, and provides continuing counsel and guidance on legal implications.
  • Collaborates with internal and external customers in both Virginia and California.

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • 10 plus years of federal government fiscal, acquisition, contracts, and transactional experience, with preference given to candidates with experience advising a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or Chief Information Officer (CIO) who understands cost plus accounting, data privacy, DoD, NASA, the national security sector, and other civilian agencies in the space industrial base.
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Membership in good standing of at least one U.S. Bar
  • Be intellectually curious, a continual learner, kind and collaborative teammate, service-oriented, both to our internal business partners, and to the nation.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret level clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out

_It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:


  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience advising a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Information Officer, DoD, NASA, the national security sector, and other civilian agencies in the space industrial base.
  • Experience with or knowledge of federal cost-plus accounting standards, acquisition planning, contracting, fiscal law, legislative process, PPBE cycle, emerging technologies, federal ethics, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporate and tax matters, FFRDCs, space law, and DoD/IC missions and structures is a plus.
  • Candidates with an active or prior clearance

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)

$145,232 - $192,616 - $240,000

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. _A few highlights include:


  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.