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IT Operations and Security

K2 Space

K2 Space

IT, Operations
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, January 12, 2024

The Role

We are looking to build out the IT team with our first hire. This role can be adapted to a leadership or individual contributor role based on the candidate's goals and qualifications. You will be responsible for building and managing the IT stack on which our next-generation satellites will be built. You will have the ability to make critical decisions on our infrastructure and eventually help scale the IT team. Championing a security-first mindset, you will implement robust infrastructure and policies to support our growing business.


  • Compliance and Security

    • Oversee all compliance and security-related activities and policies to ensure compliance with industry regulations and standards such as NIST 800-171 / CMMC 2.0 / ITAR / ISO 27001 / AS9001

    • Manage the Facility clearance process and requirements

    • Act as the lead for general security infrastructure for software and hardware

  • General IT

    • Oversee device lifecycle management for our employees including office IT equipment and networks

    • Support On/Off-Boarding: prepare new hire hardware, maintain local inventory, and assist with new hire orientation

    • Manage local contracts and procurement of devices for both office and employee devices and any supporting software or SaaS applications

    • Triage IT/Helpdesk requests in service management systems and in-person assistance

    • Create, document, and implement standard operating procedures

  • Mission Operations

    • Define the architecture for mission networking and command/telemetry integration with commercial ground segment

    • Downselect commercial ground segment providers

    • Lead integration of encryption hardware into mission network and ground segment including system testing


  • +3 years experience in a similar role, preferably in a fast-paced startup environment

  • Strong experience in security and compliance including NIST 800-171 and ITAR

  • Highly proficient in Linux, Active Directory and Group Policy, O365, Azure, AWS, and TeamCenter

  • Previous experience working in IT infrastructure and support

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary range for this role is $125,000 - $175,000 + equity in the company

  • Salary will be based on several factors including, but not limited to: knowledge and skills, education, and experience level

  • Comprehensive benefits package including unlimited paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, paid parental leave, and many other perks

If you don’t meet 100% of the preferred skills and experience, we encourage you to still apply! Building a spacecraft unlike any other requires a team unlike any other and non-traditional career twists and turns are encouraged! If you need a reasonable accommodation as part of your application for employment or interviews with us, please let us know.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Opportunity

K2 Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with K2 Space 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.