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Director, IT



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

Vast is looking for a Director, IT, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company’s IT and cybersecurity operations. The ideal candidate will have a highly technical background in IT and cybersecurity ideally with experience specific to the aerospace industry. The role requires the skills to design and implement systems to handle proprietary, sensitive, and controlled data in accordance with DoD, NASA, and export control requirements at a 500+ person scale. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.


  • Develop and implement a scalable, secure, and efficient IT strategy aligning with business objectives
  • Oversee global network infrastructure, including dark fiber, for high availability and optimal performance
  • Manage data center compute resources for critical systems and ensure adherence to security standards
  • Deploy, maintain, and upgrade aerospace industry-relevant enterprise software and systems
  • Lead and ensure timely and budget-compliant completion of IT projects
  • Negotiate and manage contracts with IT vendors, service providers, and consultants
  • Develop and manage a cost-effective IT budget
  • Stay abreast of aerospace industry compliance regulations and ensure IT practices comply
  • Monitor technological advancements for timely upgrades and modifications
  • Act as a liaison to government and private industry partners for IT and cybersecurity matters
  • Lead Change Approval Board for company-wide priorities and stakeholder engagement
  • Develop and maintain risk mitigation strategies for executive leadership
  • Provision compute resources for engineering simulations to enhance engineering velocity

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in IT and/or cybersecurity management
  • 2+ years of experience building, deploying, and maintaining IT and cybersecurity solutions
  • Strong knowledge of cybersecurity best practices
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Experience in leading third party compliance assessments

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Relevant IT certifications (e.g., CISSP, CISM, ITIL)
  • Previous experience administering and/or managing a SaaS-centric IT program
  • Experience selecting and implementing solutions from cloud providers (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)
  • Proven ability to drive IT strategic planning and execution aligned with business objectives
  • Willingness to do hands-on IT and cybersecurity engineering
  • Prior experience working in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Familiarity with aerospace industry regulations and standards regarding IT and data
  • Strong understanding of compliance requirements as it relates to NASA and the Department of Defense (i.e. NIST SP 800-171, CMMC 2.0, DFARS 252.204-7012, FIPS 140-2, etc.)

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel at least 10% of the time
  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones
  • Specific certifications, as appropriate

Pay Range:

  • Director of IT: $195,000 - $235,000

Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.