The Vice President of this newly created center to Advance
the Pilot Community is responsible for providing strategic
leadership and day to day management of all Center
initiatives such as: community building; flight training;
reenergizing non-flying pilots; youth outreach; and
research and education activities that support the Center’s
mission. Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Vice President
of this newly established entity will oversee a staff of three
Consumer: The underlying theme of the Center is "we take
a pilots point of view". This includes probing the user
community to gather intelligence (specifically about the
experience of being a pilot), creating expectation for the
flight training experience, awarding excellence, providing
guidance on evaluating products, and influencing the
Community: AOPA's research has shown that pilots want
a greater sense of community and real opportunities to
engage with their colleagues. This desire for both real and
virtual communities makes this a priority thus theCenter
will serve as a catalyst in bringing the community together
in ways that are collaborative and reaffirming. Through the
deployment of elearning technologies and adult distance
learning concepts, the center will support a variety of pilot
Flight Training Initiative: The Center will assume
responsibility for AOPA's flight training retention initiative.
Begun in 2010 and now entering the third phase of
programs and activities the Center is intensifying efforts to
increase the number of students who begin and complete
Return to the Sky Initiative: Too many able, medically
certified pilots are not flying. A major focus of the Center
will be to assist the community in reigniting non-flying
pilots' passion for flying and getting them back in the left
Research and Technical Assistance: The Center will
house and utilize a research component which will enable
our efforts and activities to be grounded in sound protocol
and based in both qualitative and quantitative research. It
will also enable us to evaluate new and drive new
technologies and be a catalyst for innovation.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
1. Oversee all aspects of operating the Center including
strategy development and execution.
2. Directs the process related to creating, evaluating and
prioritizing new proposals/initiatives for advancing the pilot
3. Works collaboratively with other AOPA entities(e.g.,
Communications, Publications and Electronic Media,
Membership, Government Affairs, the AOPA Foundation,
etc.)and external partners and community members to
ensure initiatives are effectively launched, executed, and
supported--and are consistent with the AOPA mission,
brand, strategic plans, and the organization's values.
4. Lead the talent and performance management
processes that measure and evaluate progress and
performance against organizational goals. Ensure key
employee goals are integrated with AOPA goals and
implement strategies to continuously grow individual and
5. Establish annual operational goals, budgets,and work
6. Serve as the spokesperson and link to other related
organizations and the industry.
7. Proactively pursue solutions that advance/advocate for
the pilot population.
1. Bachelor's degree in a related area or ten + years
management experience in an aviation related position.
2. Proven ability and track record developing and executing
creative approaches and executing innovative strategies.
3. Solid management experience and track record in
motivating and building strong teams comprised of
competent and highly capable individuals.
4. Prior success in developing strong internal and external
5. Experience managing multiple priorities and projects in
a fast paced and dynamic working environment.
6. Pilot Certificate required - CFI desirable.
7. Generative and biased toward action.