Manager of Aviation Facilities

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Manager of Aviation Facilities
Posting Number NFE00054P
Department SDSU-Consumer Sciences
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The College of Education and Human Sciences at SDSU invites applications for a Manager of Aviation Facilities in the Aviation Education Program to begin as soon as possible.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Aviation, Public Administration, Business, Education, or related field completed by or start date;
• At least 3 years of related experience in one of the following areas: Aviation, Public Administration, Business, or Education;
• Effective written and verbal communication skills;
• Effective interpersonal skills;
• The ability to manage multiple complex daily tasks, from working with students to working with the FAA, the VA, to aircraft acquisitions.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree with Aviation, Public Administration, Business, Education, or related field;
• Five years in aviation training, aviation education and/or an aviation-related facility management position;
• Five years of full time work experience in higher education or aviation-related facility;
• Ability to work well with students, staff, and others who walk through the door;
• Budget/forecasting/auditing experience;
• Experience with accreditation/assessment;
• Demonstration of effective customer service.

Primary functions and responsibilities of this position include:
Directly supervise Chief Flight Instructor, Director of Maintenance, support staff, and provide day-to-day guidance and direction to department’s temporary workforce; and indirectly supervise Aviation Trainers; conduct evaluations, hires and terminates, and has ability to work directly with HR on payroll/rate of pay/raise issues; assist with accurate and complete training records as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations to ensure full compliance to protect the SDSU’s FAA FAR Part 141 Flight School designation; development, execution, and management of the budget and address financial issues; serve as primary recruiter for the aviation program; assist in assigning students with flight staff; manage the admission process and student flight plans; intensely track and forecast student progress; aircraft acquisitions, trades, and sales, including collaboration with the Chief of Maintenance to evaluate and purchase aircraft; coordinate with the Academic Advisor to provide guidance to students regarding academic courses; assist with VA coordination and problem solving; coordinate and manage student tours, airline career events, (including recruiting events), student outreach and portable simulator project needs at schools, air shows, and conferences; coordinate aviation related summer camps; supervise and manage web development, social media, and marketing and public relations processes; facilities management, including coordination and supervision of facilities- weather dispatch, ramp, FAA Testing center, and simulation center, etc.; a focus on program quality, including providing significant input on assessment, program accreditation, and other required reports; build relationships and work with staff to address CFI shortages; provide outreach to students and the portable simulator project; develop and implement a Safety Management System (SMS); and other duties as appropriate and required.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; Curriculum Vitae; a list of three professional references each with telephone, email, and mailing addresses. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

The search committee will not review incomplete on-line applications. Additional documentation may be requested of candidates at a later date.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Posting Date 12/01/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 12/29/2017
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

Typical work hours would be 8am-5pm with additional hours as necessary, particularly as the person works to develop the position.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a community of approximately 23,000 people. The community has excellent K-12 schools, major medical facilities, active social and cultural environment, innovative manufacturing base, and a strong warm, nurturing college town sensibility. SDSU was founded in 1881 as South Dakota’s land grant college. Today it has grown to be the state’s largest institution of higher education with nearly 13,000 students and a reputation for collaborative, innovative and personal education.

The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences, with undergraduate major programs in Aviation, Hospitality Management, Apparel Merchandising, Consumer Affairs, Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Originations (LMNO), and Master’s programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.

The Aviation program at SDSU is an integral part of the Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The full-time Manager of Aviation Facilities will join a strong team of faculty and staff and will be part of an intimate faculty-to-student ratio that attracts strong, bright and engaged students. Over the past few years, the program has built a positive reputation across the region for professionally focused aviation students.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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Contact Information

For questions about this position contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Cody Christensen, at 605.688.4983 or

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents