Director of Flight Operations

Location : Cedar Falls, IA
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Senior Level (10+ years)

GeoSearch is actively looking for a Director of Flight Operations to work on-site in Cedar Falls, IA. 

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Cooperate with Senior Management to design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures. Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth.
  • Exhibit servant leadership and encourage maximum performance and dedication of employees.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of flight crews and department by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics and establish corrective actions as needed. Prepare detailed reports for current and forecast operations.
  • Coordinate data with our flight crews and subcontracting flight crews. 
  • Ensure department staffing needs are met.
  • Attend weekly management meetings.
  • Maintain and extend your own professional development to stay current with required professional and vocational licensing.
  • Ensure regular and thorough operational training of flight crews. 
  • Demonstrate growth and adaptability with software and hardware used within the company.
  • Must be prepared to change schedule or work overtime as needed for the successful completion of a project and/or task.
  • Keep flight equipment in operational readiness by planning, directing, and coordinating the operations of aircraft maintenance in accordance with government and airport laws, rules, regulations, and safety policies. 
  • Make recommendations to keep company operations up to date through purchase of new equipment and/or technology.
  • Report any problems of equipment, software, and projects to the CEO as soon as possible.
  • Project a professional appearance and cooperative attitude, always maintain high ethical standards of confidentiality in representing the company to ensure a professional representation.
  • Review and approve flight personnel timesheets and expense reports.
  • Comply with company handbook and guidelines.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the CEO.

Project Management

  • Ensure successful collection and delivery of all projects under your direction to Production. Consistently meet contract specifications, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and conduct project kickoff meetings for all projects assigned as Project Manager.
  • Conducts pre-flight planning, acquisition, post-flight processing and quality control. 
  • Establish contracts and coordinate all activity with subcontractors, teaming agreements, and work orders with specifications as agreed to with the Geospatial Solutions Manager.
  • Prepare monthly work-in-progress (WIP) tracking and accounting reports.

Client Sales

  • Manage, maintain, and build trusted relationships with key customers, clients, partners, stakeholders, and vendors.
  • In coordination with the Geospatial Solutions Manager prepare project estimates, review mission planning, and set project schedules.
  • Keep the Geospatial Solutions Manager fully informed each day on flight activities and priorities so all collection is performed to meet project and client goals.

Required Qualifications

  • Local residency in the Cedar Falls, Iowa area.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit strong servant leadership skills
  • Plan, organize, and function effectively in a dynamic environment, addressing multiple demands of production with minimal direction from supervisor
  • Dedication and commitment to client satisfaction and company probability
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills
  • Maintain internet service at home

Recommended Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED required. 
  • Valid driver’s license (subject to regular driving record checks)
  • Commercial Pilot license and current medical
  • Private Pilot and sUAS Remote Pilot in Command certificate is preferred, minimum of Private Pilot certificate required.
  • Knowledge of sensors (imagery & lidar), and aviation is preferred and beneficial.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude to repair aircraft, sensors, and other gear.
  • Two years or more experience in a related field required. Background must include aviation and photogrammetry.

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