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Inspire, Enable, Propel

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The Organization

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Space Foundation's mission is To Advance Space-related Endeavors to Inspire, Enable and Propel Humanity

The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, formal and informal education and discovery programs, and major industry events, including the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium, all in support of our mission. 

The Space Foundation operates the Space Foundation Discovery Center, the Northrop Grumman Science Center, Lockheed Martin STEMWorks, the El Pomar Space Gallery, the Ackerman Conference Center and other specialized, mission-related facilities.  It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. Through our Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, we recognize space-based technologies and innovations that improve life on Earth.

We conduct research and analysis and government affairs activities from our Washington, D.C., office, and have field representatives in Texas and Florida. 

The Position

The Space Foundation has been in a period of dynamic growth over the past 15 years, and is now seeking to make a quantum leap in mission success by dramatically accelerating growth in our education and discovery enterprise and in service to industry and government. The board of directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic and process-minded Chief Operating Officer (COO) with experience leading an executive management team and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals.  The COO must be a leader who is able to help others at the Space Foundation deliver measurable, cost-effective results that drive mission success.  Importantly, the successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. 

While it is essential that the COO bring efficient and effective processes and systems to increase the productivity of the organization, it is also critical that the team retain the unique, customer-focused, team culture that has resulted in the Space Foundation being named one of the Best Non-Profits in the United States to Work For, and drives Space Foundation mission success.


The COO is responsible for directing all facilities, infrastructure and core work processes of the Space Foundation and for implementation and oversight of the organization’s operational procedures and objectives.  The primary focus of this position is to provide the internal leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the organization has the proper business processes, operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and team systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength, resilience and operating efficiency.  


This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated executive to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. The Space Foundation is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package, including a competitive salary and bonus plan, benefits (medical, dental, vision, life, accident, disability, and long-term care), a 401(k) plan with matching, and a generous PTO accrual and holiday schedule.   


The Web Developer/Designer is critical to building and maintaining the Space Foundation’s brand on the Internet as well as gathering business requirements and developing specifications for web-based applications.  The Web Developer/Designer has experience creating top-notch websites, landing pages, social media platforms and aspires to perfect the user experience and search engine optimization (SEO).  The individual in this position will support other non-web design projects as needed.

Space Foundation Employment - Twice Named Among 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work for

Employment with the Space Foundation combines a dynamic, professional environment with a meaningful mission: to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit with a strong work ethic, challenging objectives, a talented and dedicated team and frequent interaction with global space leaders, space agencies and aerospace companies. Because we are small, our team members have ample opportunities to stretch and grow and everyone is directly involved in our strategic endeavors.

The Space Foundation is a great place to work; consequently, job openings are somewhat infrequent. But, we are growing and, as we grow, new opportunities do arise.

Twice in four years, we have been designated by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group as among the 50 Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work for.

"I am very proud of our Space Foundation team. They are the heart of all that we do, and their professionalism and dedication make our organization exceptional. We strive for work-life balance, in spite of our rapid growth, and we give our team members opportunity to grow with the organization."

   - Elliot Pulham, Space Foundation Chief Executive Office

The Space Foundation is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law.

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