Information Technology (IT) Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-333618
    • Job Location: Wallops Island, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/14/2022
    • Years of Experience: 3+
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Job Description

The Information Technology (IT) Specialist is responsible for the Mission Success and the Information Technology (IT) Engineering Technical Integrity of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) assigned Sounding Rocket systems. Responsible to the Information Technology (IT) Manager for all sounding rocket operations.

The IT Specialists is responsible supporting the IT Manager in overseeing the IT operations, including Information Security for the KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems. 


  • Supports the IT Manager in the assignment of resources; as assigned defines, tracks, and monitors schedules.
  • Supports the IT Manager acts as the single point of contact between the KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems IT support team and KDRSS.
  • Supports the IT Manager in leading the design, development, integration/test and support of KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems IT systems and security. This includes supporting the IT Manager in managing the priorities and day-to-day activities for System Administrator and Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) resources.
  • Supports the IT Manager in the responsibilities to include overall technical quality and performance, budget and schedule for IT/Information Security content on the KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems, ensuring the program is adhering to sound technical processes in IT/Information Security in accordance with KDRSS policies, procedures and quality standards.
  • Supports the IT Manager leading non-recurring and recurring support activities across the KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems.
  • Supports the IT Manager in leading the analysis, definition and prioritization of bugs, change requests, service requests, development, and training for the KDRSS assigned Sounding Rocket systems IT System.
  • Supports the IT Manager in the performance of technical planning; system integration; verification and validation; and cost, risk, supportability, and effectiveness analyzes for total systems.
  • Supports the IT Manager in ensuring the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical constraints.
  • Supports periodic program and mission IPTs, as required.
  • Supports Anomaly Investigation Boards, as required.
  • Supports the IT Manager in the performance of functional and timeline analysis, conducts detailed trade studies, allocates requirements, and conducts interface definition studies to evaluate compliance of IT hardware & software specifications with customer requirements.
  • Supports the IT Manager in the performance of planning, modeling, validation, engineering, and verification activities.
  • Supports the IT Manager in the analysis of effectiveness/efficiency of NASA program procedures and processes; develops/ recommends improvements.
  • Prepares presentations, reports, research, and other contract deliverables.
  • Participates in selected programs, events, and meetings involving staff, Government customers, and visitors.
  • Supports the IT Manager in working with the Safety and Mission Assurance Manager & Quality Engineer to incorporate the application of the appropriate level of ISO 9000 process improvement.

 Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned


  • None


This position is contingent upon contract award which is expected early 2022.

Questions and correspondence related to this opportunity should be directed to:



Experience and Skills


  • Knowledge of NASA & military operations.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills with Senior Leadership, Program Management, Customers and engineering team members.
  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including MS Project for Integrated Master Schedule development and review.
  • Knowledge of compliance elements for ISO, EVMS and Export regulations.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting and earned value management practices and procedures.
  • Understanding and experience with engineering fundamentals.
  • Presentation preparation and delivery skills with audiences such as Subcontractors, Prime and Government.
  • Technical writing skills to communicate internally or externally.
  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards.
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary.
  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules.
  • Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel.
  • Flexibility to handle changing requirements and prioritize in a dynamic environment.

 Additional Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • IT Specialist experience in the Sounding Rocket or Ballistic Missile industry.
  • Technical knowledge of assigned Sounding Rocket systems and related support systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to meet department and company goals and requirements for the assigned Sounding Rocket system.
  • Knowledge of KDRSS operations and procedures preferred.
  • May require up to 25% travel to support technical meetings, design reviews, other reviews & meetings and launch operations.
  • Current and emerging data center and infrastructure technologies.
  • Cloud, virtualization
  • Fundamental storage concepts
  • Windows Operating Systems
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Windows & other security applications
  • XMPP servers
  • Source and artifact control and configuration management
  • Shell scripting
  • Application and web servers
  • OSGi management and containers
  • Web Service frameworks
  • Message queues
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • Web-based maps
  • Web-based Applications
  • Java, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc.
  • Google Web Toolkit
  • Ozone Widget Framework



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).


  • Master’s degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science and five (5) years of professional experience including three (3) years in a position with responsibility for IT Specialist within the Sounding Rocket or Ballistic Missile industries.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science and eight (8) years of professional experience including six (6) years in an IT Specialist position with responsibility for Sounding Rocket or Ballistic Missile experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of rocket operations throughout the mission lifecycle (mission lifecycle ranges from four (4) month to two (2) years).
  • Knowledge of specific Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) operations a plus.
  • Experience with NASA or military rocket programs involving space domain topics.
  • Experience in operations performance and optimization capabilities
  •  May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).


  • Office and/or manufacturing  environment
  • May work extended hours or weekends to to complete tasks and meet schedule
  • May work in manufacturing and/or field environments with potential exposure to uncontrolled climate conditions and potential exposure to noise, dust and hazardous chemicals
  • Ability to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (computer work, phones)
  • Ability to stand and sit for long period of time

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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