Riverside Research Institute

Senior Space Operations Subject Matter Expert

Location US-CO-Peterson Space Force Base
ID 2023-1796
Intelligence Analysis / Geospatial Analysis
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is seeking a full-time Senior Space Operations Subject Matter Expert to support Space Operations Command (SpOC) at Peterson Space Force Base (SFB), Colorado.  Candidate will join a team developing and presenting Initial Qualification Training (IQT)/Mission Qualification Training (MQT) to United States Space Force (USSF) Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Guardians.  Candidates will utilize best practices of the Instructional System Development (ISD) model employed by the Department of the Air Force (DAF) to create courseware that encompasses but is not limited to space operations, orbital mechanics, orbital warfare, electronic warfare, and operational planning.  Candidates will present material primarily through in-person classroom instruction at Peterson SFB, CO, though there will be limited travel to other locations.  Candidates must be proficient in standard office software applications and capable of devising practical and sustainable solutions.”


  • Support identification, validation, and prioritization of initial qualification training (IQT) and mission qualification training (MQT) requirements related to space operations, orbital mechanics, orbital warfare, electronic warfare, and operational planning for USSF ISR Enterprise Guardians
  • Survey available courses or instructional materials available throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) that may partially or wholly meet IQT/MQT needs
  • Where existing courses or instructional materials do not exist or do not meet USSF requirements, create tailored, domain-specific courseware that incorporates DAF community best practices for ISD
  • Evaluate IQT/MQT material on an annual basis for currency and relevancy to evolving USSF mission assets; revise material as needed to meet validated, prioritized requirements
  • As part of a team, deliver IQT/MQT through in-person classroom instruction; on a limited basis, participate in mobile training teams presenting training at other locations
  • Explore the use of computer-based training (CBT) or distance learning thru video teleconferencing; provide recommendations on how this may be implemented


Required Qualifications

  • Active TS clearance with SCI adjudication
  • Bachelor's in business administration, accounting, finance, engineering, computer science, physics, math, history, or related fields
  • United States Air Force (USAF)/ USSF Space professional with a minimum of 15 years’ experience supporting space operations to include orbital warfare, electronic warfare, and operational planning
  • Qualification in any of the following USAF/USSF Specialty Codes: 13S – Space Operations Officer, 1C6 – Space Systems Operations, 5S – Space Systems Operator
  • Experience developing training material and presenting in a classified environment
  • Effective/efficient written/verbal communication skills; proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, responsible team player able to work independently with minimal daily direction
  • Ability to work and interact with technically and organizationally diverse personnel
  • Open to occasional travel

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with United States Space Force (USSF) organization, mission, roles, and responsibilities
  • Experience with or assignments to National Space Defense Center (NSDC), Combined Space Operations Center (CSOC), or Joint Task Force Space Defense,
  • Experience or assignments to Space Delta 2, 3, 5, 8, or 9
  • Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) or Advanced Instructor Course (AIC) graduate from the United States Air Force Weapons School
  • Assignment to or deployments in support of a Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC)
  • Master's in business administration, accounting, finance, engineering, computer science, physics, math, history, or related field

    Our salary ranges are market-driven and set to allow for flexibility. Individual pay will be competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of knowledge, skills, and geographic diversity, with earnings potential commensurate with experience. The range for this position is $150,000.00 - $175,000.00 annually

Global Comp

This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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