Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Flight Reliability)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

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SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


This regulatory affairs specialist role supports the flight reliability group in regulatory affairs and focuses on demonstrating compliance with the requirements of various governmental agencies, as well as supporting policy-driven discussions. The role involves working with SpaceX engineers across various engineering disciplines on diverse issues, as well as frequent engagement with commercial space regulators. The role will also include the opportunity to support high-level efforts within the flight reliability department, which oversees each SpaceX mission and drives continuous improvement by incorporating lessons learned from previous flights.


  • Support interactions with offices within the FAA regarding existing licenses, new applications and compliance matters
  • Work creatively with engineers to create and support regulatory policy positions
  • Track preparation and transmission of mission-specific deliverables as well as licensing and permitting materials to the relevant regulatory entity
  • Assist with the regulatory compliance and certification function within Flight Reliability, with a particular focus on Starship program milestones
  • Synthesize information across technical groups within SpaceX, including design, reliability, mission management, and operations disciplines


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with US Government regulatory compliance


  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, math, or government affairs-related coursework
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school
  • Experience in the field of Space Law  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and organized individual with a high degree of accuracy
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, and the ability to succinctly present information and assessments
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with other engineers, managers, and U.S. government agencies
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment with ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
  • Ability to quickly grasp knowledge of a diverse range analyses that go into making SpaceX missions reliable and successful


  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends, as needed


  • 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.  

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