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 program managers.
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 marketplace.
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 education programs.
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 flight training.
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 seat.
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 community.
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 organizational capabilities.
5. Establish annual operational goals, budgets,and work plans.
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 collaborative relationships.
5. Experience managing multiple priorities and projects in a fast paced and dynamic working environment.