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Tucson Field Office Manager - ELSYS - 1612

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Tucson, AZ
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Title: Tucson Field Office Manager - ELSYS - 1612
JobID: 1612
Location: Tucson, AZ


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA is looking for an experienced program manager with extensive military flight experience and related engineering experience.  Are you someone who can think outside of the box and does not want to do the same old thing every day? We value bright, intellectually curious, growth-oriented professionals.  GTRI provides a work environment that allows work / life balance and excellent professional growth opportunity. If you crave a job environment like this, then Georgia Tech Research Institute could be a great fit for you! 


This job posting is for a full time position within GTRI’s Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) Air National Guard Program Office (ANGPO) as manager of its Tucson, AZ, Field Office to include local sponsor site presence. This position is for a field office manager to lead and contribute to a team of ten (10) individuals conducting research, providing test and engineering support as well as managing ongoing sponsored projects and activities at the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) based out of our Tucson Field Office in Tucson AZ.  Expected programs and flight test opportunities will involve A-10, F-15C, F-16C+, F-16CM, C-130H and HH-60 aircraft as well as programs supporting Logistics and Battlefield Airman related programs.  Areas of test will include developmental test (DT) and operational test (OT) on a wide variety of modernization and sustainment modifications.  The majority of projects will involve work in the electronic warfare or sensors areas (e.g. data links, avionics, radar, EA pods, threat sensors, and targeting/imaging sensors).  ELSYS works closely with AATC to provide modernization and sustainment solutions to operational warfighters.  

The roles and responsibilities of the Tucson Field Office manager include:

  • Program Execution
    • Serve as AATC Site Lead, which includes maintaining and fostering the relationship with AATC (and other local sponsor) leadership, action officers, and support contractors
    • Provide technical oversight of projects executed by the local team
    • Coordinate with the appropriate GTRI, ELSYS and ANGPO leadership to execute the portfolio of programs associated with relevant Tucson stakeholders
    • Coordinate and approve visits to the AATC sponsor site
    • Coordinate sponsor engagement activities local to Tucson
  • Field Office Management and Supervisory Responsibilities
    • Serve as supervisor for Tucson Field Office and local on-site personnel, to include maintaining an active role in career development and progression activities
    • Maintain facility and define requirements for the Tucson Field Office and government sites in which GTRI personnel are located (e.g. AATC, AATC Detachments at Davis-Monthan AFB)
    • Manage Tucson Field Office operating budgets
    • Coordinate visits to the Tucson Field Office
  • Lab and GTRI Coordination
    • Participate in internal GTRI Directorate and Lab management reviews and meetings
    • Maintain strong relationships with Atlanta-based researchers and stay abreast of GTRI capabilities and policies
    • Formulate strategic direction and plans for the Field Office
  • Business development
    • Identify and communicate business development opportunities in the Tucson area, especially those outside existing relationships
    • Coordinate proposal strategy, support bid/no-bid decisions, and both lead and support proposal efforts for relevant sponsored projects


To be hired as a Principal Research Engineer, Scientist or Associate requires:

  • A Master’s degree and eleven (11) years of relevant full-time experience,
  • A Doctoral degree and seven (7) years relevant full-time experience.   
  • At least the most recent three (3) years of relevant experience shall have been at a responsible technical or managerial level. Preference will be shown for qualified personnel holding a Doctoral degree in their specific discipline.


  • US Citizenship and ability to immediately obtain a DoD security clearance
  • 15+ years’ experience in relevant electronic warfare, avionics, engineering and/or military work
  • Experience supervising and managing a diverse team


  • Master’s Degree in a related engineering, technical or scientific field
  • Extensive military flight test experience
  • Demonstrated success in management and leadership positions
  • Graduate of Test Pilot School or Weapons School
  • Test pilot or weapons officer experience
  • Technical understanding of surface-to-air and air-to-air threat systems and countermeasures
  • Experience related to tactical aircraft operations, employment, requirements, engineering development and test.

Examples of relevant program management work include: Operational test and/or experience with 5th Gen fighters, sustainment of A-10 and F-16 EW systems, modernization of F-16 MWS system, A-10 and F-16 weapons testing, engineering lead on F-16, F-15, A-10, C-130 or similar aircraft avionics or EW systems or upgrades, and sustainment of LINK16 and SADL networks.  Companies performing similar work are Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Lockheed. 


GTRI is a group of world-class engineers and scientists, solving challenging problems for our customers through innovation, cutting edge applied research, and a collaborative work environment. 

We have been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle 4 of the last 5 years, and offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and great work locations. Professional growth opportunities include support for advanced degrees, patent rights, and freedom for approved outside consulting, periodic special courses on technical and leadership topics, and support for paper preparation and presentation.  To learn more about ELSYS and GTRI, please visit 

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

Ranked as the #7 best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Degrees are offered through the colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

The strong academic work ethic at Tech is balanced by a collegiate atmosphere incorporating both intercollegiate and intramural sports, campus traditions, and some 400 student organizations.

Alongside their academic achievements, Tech students are also active in the community, earning a well-rounded education through community service activities.

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

There is no doubt that Georgia Tech stands out as a distinctively different kind of university, one that is eagerly encouraging and developing the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century.

Equipped with the extremely rich resources of an outstanding student body and faculty; strong partnerships with business, industry, and government; and support from alumni and friends, Georgia Tech is designing a future of global preeminence, leadership, and service.