Astra

Astra

Chief of Staff to Chief Engineer

Full-time
Alameda, CA
Apr 30, 2021
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The Company

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth. We are a small, highly ambitious team with deep technical expertise who love to build things and relish the idea of a grand challenge. We strive to deliver routine access to earth orbit for enterprises launching services powered by small satellites. Building on over a decade of technology development in rocket propulsion, structures, and avionics, we are applying an agile approach to space launch. Our headquarters in Alameda, between San Francisco and Oakland, is a sprawling campus supporting full cycle rocket production (e.g. design, manufacturing, test) and mission control. Come thrive at Astra!

The Team

Astra’s Executive Team leads from the front. They provide strategic and operational leadership to the company by setting OKRs, developing strategy, and ensuring the strategy is executed effectively. Additionally, they also provide the organizational and cultural DNA for the company. When the Executive Team functions as a collective leadership body, they serve as the model that teams throughout the organization will follow. People are the heart of Astra’s success and leading people is critical to achieving the mission.

The Opportunity

As the Chief of Staff, you will provide critical strategic, logistical, and organizational support to the Chief Engineer and his team. You will drive forward flawless execution and key organizational initiatives from our Chief Engineer in partnership with our teams: Development Engineering, Software Engineering, Launch, Manufacturing, Business Operations, Finance, and People. The Chief of Staff will lead initiatives on behalf of the Chief Engineer and simultaneously extend the effectiveness of the Chief Engineer and the organization by creating streamlined processes, communicating consistently and frequently, building trust across the organization, prioritizing areas for investment, and assisting key leaders in achieving focus within their teams. The Chief of Staff will serve as a trusted advisor to the Chief Engineer ensuring they are as efficient and effective as possible.  You will truly enjoy what you do, be flexible and communicative. This role will report to the Chief Engineer with extensive cross-functional interaction to drive strategies down to execution while keeping up the pace of Astra. This is you!

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission   - Manage: organize and manage Chief Engineer’s calendar and inbox ensuring appropriate and timely follow up on internal and external requests for information or action items  - Drive: lead executive-level operations including but not limited to daily standups, weekly staff meetings, weekly company All Hands, and quarterly Board meetings; operate as the right-hand partner in strategic and OKR planning and deliver cross-functional business priorities   - Support: partner with Chief Engineer’s and his team with confidential and strategic initiatives ranging from investor relations and business development to operational and culture objectives   - Strategize: create structured and concise documentation, including partner-ready presentations, process flows, status reports, and other materials; acquire deep understanding of Astra’s business needs  - Optimize: manage Chief Engineer's schedule, priorities, and time to maximize his effectiveness; build rapport and trust to sit in on meetings plus make appropriate decisions on behalf of the Chief Engineer.

Why We Value You

  • You partner seamlessly with Executives and company leaders to manage business expectations through a deep understanding of company priorities
  • You articulate a concise strategy with deliverables, timelines and a formal tracking process plus consistently overcommunicate status updates
  • You trustworthy with the ability to deal with highly sensitive and confidential information
  • You possess strong analytical skills with the ability to create, measure, and scale the right workflow between the Chief Engineer and his team which includes Engineering, Manufacturing and Launch Operations.
  • You have strong advising skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, as a team leader and member; high EQ to navigate interpersonal challenges
  • You have the professional self-esteem and confidence to “push back” on executives when necessary
  • You undertake projects and tasks with an attention to detail coupled with a sense of urgency
  • You have strong critical-thinking skills combined with a propensity toward innovation and risk taking
  • You are a super energetic individual with excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • You are self-motivated, resilient and assertive with a high willingness to learn
  • You are a good sounding board for others, with low ego

Desired Multipliers

  • 10+ years of operations, executive support, or coordination experience with exposure to C-level leaders
  • Consistently in office and on location with Chief Engineer throughout the week
  • Ability to accommodate occasional travel as needed (10%)

Salary and Benefits

We're competitive in compensation and offer equity as part of the package. We have great benefits that include health, vision, dental, and 401K in comparison to other startups. We offer hot lunch every day and there's plenty of snacks and drinks to get you through the day. We celebrate our accomplishments with quarterly off-sites and frequent happy hours. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

ITAR Requirements: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

© Astra Space Inc. All rights reserved, Astra is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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