Meetings/Expositions/Events, Project Management/Program Development, Public Relations
4 Year Degree
The TARC Manager is responsible for successfully managing and executing all aspects of AIA’s Team America Rocketry Challenge and developing and supporting Space Systems Division policy initiatives. Acts as liaison for TARC with organizations and individuals including registered teams, AIA member companies, academic institutions, associations, Congressional staff, the National Association of Rocketry, NASA, the Department of Defense, consultants and AIA staff. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Space Systems.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages and executes all aspects of TARC on time and within project budget.
Develops and implements plans to enhance and grow TARC program as a best practice for STEM and aerospace workforce development through activities such as adding sponsors, increasing student participation, building relationships with other STEM stakeholders and providing a robust, positive experience for students and teachers participating in the program.
Maintains current and complete rocket contest materials including the application, rules,
handbook and frequently asked questions.
Processes applications in a timely manner and resolves issues with registrations. Maintains contact with registered teams nationwide to ensure teams are well informed of program requirements, deadlines and activities; Tracks all aspects of the TARC schedule. Keeps participants and stakeholders up to date on critical contest deadlines as well as program status/progress.
Manages logistics for the national finals including venues, catering, set up, staffing and exhibits. Drafts letters to distinguished guests, sponsors and speakers. Executes a successful national final competition for students, guests and staff.
Plans and manages all aspects for winning national team to participate in the international rocketry challenge, including coordination with sponsors, AIA International Division and foreign trade associations.
Contributes to the larger AIA initiative of increasing student awareness of and interest in aerospace careers. Collaborates with AIA members and Technical Operations and Workforce Division staff to develop methods to connect TARC participants to aerospace opportunities in sponsoring companies, schools and government. Coordinates AIA participation in trade shows and conferences related to increasing TARC participation.
The Aerospace Industries Association, founded in 1919 only a few years after the birth of flight, is the premier trade association representing the nation's major aerospace and defense manufacturers.
Based in Arlington, Va., AIA is led by a Board of Governors that meets twice a year and consists of senior representatives (generally chief executive officers) of member companies, and an Executive... Committee that meets more frequently. A hallmark of AIA is that it receives its policy guidance from the direct involvement of CEO-level officers of the country's major aerospace companies. The government frequently seeks advice from AIA on issues, and AIA provides a forum for government and industry representatives to exchange views and resolve problems on non-competitive matters related to the aerospace industry.
Today, more than 100 major aerospace and defense companies are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry from commercial aviation and avionics, to manned and unmanned defense systems, to space technologies and satellite communications.
In addition, the association has more than 175 associate member companies, all of which are leading aerospace and defense suppliers.
Marion C. Blakey is the association's chief executive officer and president. The association concentrates on issues covering civil aviation, space and national security. The National Security Division includes a number of functional areas including defense budget and policy; workforce, industrial base, international affairs, technical operations, and the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a contest for middle and high school students. Acquisition Policy is the focal point for many initiatives associated with federal government acquisition reform activities. Acquisition Policy functional areas also include coordination of industry environmental and safety matters and activities for the supply chain through the Supplier Management Council.
AIA member company representatives sit on various councils and committees in these areas and, supported by AIA staff, formulate industry positions on specific issues for approval by the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors.
In addition the association has offices for Administration, Communications, Legislative Affairs, and Membership Services. Legislative Affairs coordinates legislative advocacy activities on AIA's issues and Membership Services coordinates AIA's relationship with current and prospective members. Communications is the focal point for news media contacts and publishes a monthly newsletter and quarterly Executive Report on the full range of issues handled by the association. Communications also houses the Aerospace Research Center, which publishes a statistical yearbook, Facts & Figures.