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Spaceport Manager

Posted: 09/11/2022

Position Vacancy Announcement
Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) Spaceport Manager

Aurora Launch Services (ALS): Aurora Launch Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Aerospace, established to provide low cost, highly reliable launch services on a contract basis to both government and commercial space launch customers worldwide. The company is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, co-located with Alaska Aerospace.

Position Description: The PSCA Spaceport Manager is responsible to provide senior management of all spaceport facility operations. The Spaceport Manager role is similar to an Airport Manager at a traditional airport. The PSCA Spaceport Manager oversees operations of all spaceport departments and the role is multi-faceted and vital to space launch safety. The successful candidate will apply management best practices to the emerging sector of commercial spaceports. We seek a leader with a passion for the space industry, hands-on engagement, and interest to define the future of multi-user spaceports.

Responsibilities: The Spaceport Manager is responsible to lead, manage, plan, and supervise staff and contractors to ensure 100% success of facility-related spaceport operations through ensuring rigorous application of technical decision making, managing customer operations and relationships at the site, making sure PSCA operations meet the expectations and needs of customers and clients; and managing the on-going planning and oversite for new construction, renovations, maintenance and life cycle replacement of assets and related systems to provide a physical environment conducive to effective operation for both government and private sector customers.

This position ensures the appropriate needs of spaceport customers, as supported by the ALS President and by the assigned Mission Integrator, as well as the Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) President & CEO are met in a manner that is safe, responsive, cost-efficient, and compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. This person will advocate for and determine accountability for quality service delivery of all stakeholders in the spaceport environment.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a role model for AAC’s and ALS core values and objectives.
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the spaceport within the authority vested through the spaceport owner and in compliance with FAA CFR Title 14, Chapter III, Parts 400 to 600.
  • Comply with FAA regulations, OSHA requirements, and all other agency requirements and guidelines.
  • Manage all Spaceport construction, maintenance, and launch operations.
  • Manage facility construction as the owners contract representative by developing conceptual design, preparing cost estimates, budgets, work and timetables. Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to AAC management, staff and other professionals.  Collaborate with architects, engineers, suppliers, and other construction specialists. Assist with the selection, coordination and scheduling of contractors, sub-contractors and AAC customers.
  • Manage and supervise all facility maintenance to include upgrades, repairs, staffing, and janitorial requirements to ensure the facility is ready to support AAC customers and visitors.
  • Manage all spaceport launch operations to include logistics, facility, and staff readiness, launch operation team coordination, customer requirements, safety, security, associated agency notification, and Kodiak public awareness and coordination.
  • Support AAC management for continued business development to include travel to other national spaceports and ranges, potential spaceport customer offices, and spaceport customer visitation in Kodiak and Anchorage.
  • Ensure staff are properly trained, qualified, and ready to conduct assigned duties.
  • Manage all budget, fiscal, audit and capital functions in coordination with company requirements.
  • Prepare recommendations and specifications for spaceport construction, upgrades, modifications, purchases and capital improvement projects; required by Alaska Aerospace management, customers and tenants to support the Master Plan or any updates. 
  • Prepare and submit proposed annual budget to Alaska Aerospace management.
  • Recommend changes in staffing, administrative procedures, facilities, methods, and practices.
  • Enforce facility security  as necessary to support customer requirements and best security practices for the facility.
  • Accompanies Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors during inspections of the spaceport.
  • Adapts to outside factors, such as weather and launch schedule delays.
  • Works with community leaders.
  • Maintains accurate records.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.
The position requires interpersonal skills needed to lead and work with a diverse team of employees, contractors, and customer personnel. This is a multi-disciplinary position requiring hands-on experience and tasking, as well as the ability to manage a variety of departments and competing needs.
This is a Full-Time position at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska on Narrow Cape, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Some travel to AAC corporate office in Anchorage and other operational locations can be expected.


  • Engineering degree or comparable management experience in airport, spaceport or other facility construction and maintenance.
  • Minimum ten years’ professional experience in the aerospace or construction sector.
  • Proven track-record of managing formal and ad-hoc teams with strong leadership qualities, outcome-based focus, open team environment, and culturally diverse employee base of full-time, part-time and contract employees.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Willing and able to work extended hours, overtime, and on weekends, as required.
  • Ability to multi-task in a very dynamic and complex aerospace environment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).
  • Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening required.
 Other Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience in conducting and leading space operations.
  • Previous experience developing and/or operating spaceport-related facilities
  • Previous experience in design or operation of electrical distribution systems
  • Previous experience in design or operation of HVAC systems
  • Previous experience in specifying, purchasing or operating heavy equipment
  • Familiarity with Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska.
  • Ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance.
  • CDL with truck and trailer or hazardous endorsement

ITAR Requirements

It is the policy of Aurora Launch Services to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of AAC and Aurora Launch Services to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


A competitive salary and benefits package, determined upon experience level of individual, will be negotiated after an offer to hire has been given.

To Apply

Please apply on Indeed.com or send a cover letter and resume to careers.ctr@akaerospace.com.This position will remain open until filled.