Job Description

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Category: Salaried Staff

Job Location: 2600 Aero Park Drive,
Traverse City, MI

Tracking Code: 1360-443

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular


Northwestern Michigan College

General Information

Job Title: Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Department: Aviation

Effective Date: 6/14/2021

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Chief Flight Instructor

Salary: $51,116 (Grade 13 on the


Anticipated Start Date: August 30, 2021

Position Summary

The position assists in overseeing program safety, supervises Certified Flight Instructors, flight syllabi, development, training standardization, performs stage checks, student and instructor scheduling, and all related aspects of flight training.



• 1000 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
• 4 years flight instruction experience
• 50 hours of actual or simulated Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
• 750 hours dual flight instruction
• 200 hours of dual Instrument flight Instruction
• Associate's degree
• Flight qualifications commensurate with FAA criteria for private, instrument, and commercial licensure
• No history of FAA violations or certificate/license suspension
• FAA 3rd Class Medical
• Flight instructor (must have held certificate for two years)
• Instrument Flight Instructor
• Multiengine Flight Instructor (MEI)
• Valid, unrestricted Michigan Driver's License or ability to obtain by start date
• Between 3 and 5 years of aviation industry experience outside of education

Essential Responsibilities

(Critical) Collaborates with ground school instructional staff on matters of curriculum, student advising and development, as well as with associated activities of the flight program.

(Critical) Completes and/or supervises completion of Federal Aviation Administration and Northwestern Michigan College maintenance of required student records.

(Critical) Assists in recruiting and training certified flight instructors.

(Critical) Implements and evaluates standardized instructional practices.

(Critical) Performs stage checks per Syllabi, identifies student strengths and weaknesses, and submits required documents indicating lessons are complete.

(Critical) Assists in completing all required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 141 stage checks and currency checks.

(Critical) Notifies Chief Flight Instructor or Director of any situations or conditions that compromise the safety of students or staff and occasionally tests the safety systems.

(Critical) Supports the creation of standards manuals, periodic instructor standardization rides, and exploration of new instructional techniques.

(Critical) Coordinate and support Transportation Security Administration (TSA) compliance.

(Critical) Makes decisions concerning special situations if Director or Chief Flight Instructor are unable to do so.

(Very Important) Conducts flight instruction.

(Very Important) Supports the marketing and recruitment plan - including fleet, simulators, related instructional equipment, student recruitment.

(Very Important) Assists Maintenance staff and Flight staff in discrepancy notification and problem solving with aircraft issues.

Foundational Competencies

Ethical Behavior and Integrity
Displays honesty, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior. Earns respect. Behaves in a straightforward manner with others with no hidden agendas. Builds trust and credibility through reliability and authenticity. Leads by example; words and actions are consistently aligned.

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Actively pursues learning and development. Stays current in content area, acquiring and refining technical and professional skills.

Commitment to Quality Service, Responsible Stewardship, Continuous Improvement
Displays a commitment to excellence and to providing quality service to learners, coworkers, or others they serve. Consistently seeks feedback and looks for ways to improve service, promote quality, and make effective use of college resources.

Creating/Contributing to a Culture of Innovation and Thoughtful Risk-taking

Creates/contributes to an environment of safety and trust. Seeks to solve problems rather than affix blame. Willing to experiment and learn.

Agility/ Adaptability/Tolerance for Ambiguity

Easily adjusts to organizational and environmental changes; adapts responses and tactics to shifting or evolving situations; deals effectively with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Valuing All People

Genuinely interested in others. Shows concern and empathy for others. Shows patience, understanding, and acceptance of people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Treats learners, coworkers,

and direct reports respectfully and fairly.

Actively and enthusiastically works with others to achieve a shared common goal. Gives credit and recognition to those who have contributed. Shares information and own expertise with others to enable them to accomplish group goals. Creates a sense of belonging in the team and a culture of inclusion. Collaborates across boundaries. Looks at problem solving at the institutional level (not just in own area or department). Open to sharing resources, working with other departments and organizations.

Accountability/Personal Responsibility

Meets commitments and keeps promises; gets things done. Acknowledges and learns from mistakes. Holds self and others accountable. Takes responsibility for achieving goals.

General Competencies

Building Effective Relationships — Proficient+

Importance: Very Important

Relates well with all kinds of people in a variety of situations. Develops and maintains effective communication and relationships. Demonstrates understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, and empathy to others. Is approachable; makes time for others. Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. Excellent interpersonal skills; understands how he/she is perceived by others; reads a social situation and responds appropriately; adjusts own behavior in response to others' nonverbal cues; understands why people and groups behave the way they do; gives constructive feedback in a way that produces positive change rather than resentment or anger; provides direct, specific feedback respectfully and in a timely manner.

Communications / Active Listening — Proficient+

Importance: Critical

Has good sense of who needs to know what and keeps others informed. Communicates in a clear, concise, organized, and compelling manner. Gives others their full attention; listens without interrupting. Seeks to understand others' points of view. Interprets both the words spoken, and the non­verbal cues used by others. Accurately hears implied as well as expressed messages; accurately interprets non­verbal cues; communicates more complex information effectively; adjusts vocabulary and approach to improve understanding; speaks and/or writes in a well-organized, clear, and concise manner.

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