Mission Operations Sr. Manager, MSAT

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?


MethaneSAT, LLC, an affiliate of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is launching a new, high performance, purpose-built satellite—MethaneSAT—to map and measure oil and gas methane emissions worldwide, with the potential to assess emissions from the full range of man-made sources. The satellite will enable us to gather methane emissions data on a global scale and with data from other sources, locate and quantify these emissions.  Data from MethaneSAT will help EDF reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025 and holds the potential to help reduce the temperature of our planet by as much 0.5 degrees C by the end of the century.  This could be the most impactful environmental project yet conceived.


Overall Function


The Mission Operations Sr. Manager will work with our stakeholders, scientists, engineers, and partners to oversee the successful operation of the MethaneSAT spacecraft to enable delivery of scientifically accurate and impactful data products to a global audience.  The MethaneSAT Mission Operations are comprised of the satellite command and control, health and safety monitoring, mission planning, and communications to operate the spacecraft in orbit. It will use cloud-based services to provide the computing, data archiving and operational interfaces between these functions.  On-orbit commissioning operations are the responsibility of the flight systems integration contractor. Post commissioning operations will be transitioned to a New Zealand-based Mission Operations Center and team responsible for long-term MethaneSAT Mission Operations.


The Mission Operations Sr. Manager will own the day-to-day flight operations oversight, incorporating stakeholder needs, engineering assessments and analysis of system performance to manage the effective operation of the mission.  Working across several organizations, both internal and external, you will strive to understand problems, build solutions and guide the MethaneSAT team to ensure efficient and safe flight operations. 


This position will report directly to the Sr. Director, Mission Systems for MethaneSAT, LLC, and will work closely with other MethaneSAT, LLC staff, key contractors, and EDF staff.


Key Responsibilities 


The Mission Operations Sr. Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing MethaneSAT daily mission operations in alignment with EDF, MethaneSAT, LLC and external stakeholder mission goals and objectives.
  • Collaborating effectively with internal and external stakeholders to determine the needs for mission operations activities and efficient performance and distill these into direction for the operations teams.
  • Navigating differing needs and priorities while working closely with the Science Team, Operations Leads, EDF, MethaneSAT, LLC and other stakeholders to achieve timely delivery of MethaneSAT mission results.
  • Participating in stakeholder engagements, including demonstrating our mission operations capabilities and presenting the planned operations schedule and roadmap in collaboration with the MethaneSAT team.
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

To accomplish these, the Mission Operations Sr. Manager will provide the overall oversight for mission operations to include:

  • Ensuring all teams are aligned and are working to a common set of objectives.
  • Ensuring pre-launch development and validation of the nominal mission operations databases, procedures and contingency plans.
  • Ensuring the resolution of testing, technical, and operational anomalies and issues.
  • Ensuring the successful transition from flight systems integrator-led to New Zealand-led mission operations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline, with an MS in a science or engineering discipline preferred.
  • At least 8 years of scientific or earth remote sensing satellite systems engineering, system development and operations experience with demonstrated progressive responsibility.
  • Past or current experience in satellite mission operations.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams and collaborating with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills including presentation skills and experience is required.
  • Ability to apply communication skills to persuade, influence, and lead others.
  • Strong ability to work independently on a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Affinity for a fast-paced work environment.
  • A high degree of diplomacy to manage and influence key stakeholders, teams, and new, developing partnerships.
  • Must be a US person (citizen, green card holder); MethaneSAT, LLC is unable to offer employer-based sponsorship for this role at this time

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 110,000 - 130,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

MethaneSAT, LLC is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.