Career Opportunities

Director of Aviation

Ozarka College, in Melbourne, Arkansas is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Aviation.  This position is an 11- or 12 month position(negotiable), which provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Associate of Science in Professional Pilot-Aviation program, including development, improvement, delivery, and review of program. This position oversees all compliance requirements of the FAR Part 141 standards and managing agreements with local facilities with the overarching goal to increase student completion in the professional pilot program at Ozarka College. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Academics.

Position Specific:

The Ozarka College Director of Aviation responsibilities are as follows:

  • Monitor compliance with local, state and federal regulations, accreditation standards, and audits. 
  • Manages Professional Pilot-Aviation Program ensuring that all Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141 standards are met.
  • Manages partnerships with transfer institutions and ensures a smooth transition for students seeking higher certifications, licenses, and degrees.
  • Supervises full-time and part-time staff as well as oversee full-time and part-time faculty members to include approving schedules and assignment of duties.
  • Recruit, screen, interview, hires, and evaluate aviation part-time instructors. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of aviation instructors through observation, review of class records, and formal as well as informal class evaluations. 
  • Works with Division Chair and faculty to ensure relevant updates to curriculum and technical procedures as required.
  • Monitors the progress of student flight training to ensure safety and to increase enrollment and completion rates.
  • Conduct flight instruction. 
  • Assists with student registration and advisement and participates in recruitment events.
  • Works with Division Chair and faculty to develop appropriate course schedules.
  • Prepares reports regarding student retention, status of flight accounts, and student progress to ensure program responsiveness.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive, effective working relationship with students, staff, faculty and institutional representatives. 
  • Actively seeks opportunities to market aviation program to individuals, groups, and industry leaders. 
  • Instructs 12 credit hours per academic year, with preference to aviation courses.
  • Promotes community awareness of program opportunities. 
  • Prepares, monitors, and executes the Aviation program budget. 
  • Participates on college committees as requested. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in aviation or aviation related field with at least three (3) years of relevant aviation experience (e.g. corporate, air carrier, etc.).
  • All educational degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Hold all licenses required to be designated under FAR Part 141 as Chief Ground and Flight Instructor (CFII, MEI, and ATP – Preferred).
  • Knowledge and understanding of FAR Part 141 and 61requirements and flight school operations.
  • Possess excellent organizational and decision making skills.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in daily assignments.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures.
  • Ability to deal with regulators, respond to requests in a timely fashion, and maintain all records required.
  • Ability to work in a multi-faceted environment with airport personnel, students, faculty, staff, administrators, advisory board members, and community stakeholders.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of two-year college organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures (Preferred).
  • Experience in course and program development as well as in course and program assessment (Preferred).

Salary: Based upon the education, experience, and skills of the candidate with potential incentives available.


To apply, submit detailed letter of application, an Ozarka Employment Application, a résumé, unofficial copies of transcripts, copies of all FAA licenses and medical certificate, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to:


Remit to:
Ozarka College
Office of Human Resources
Attention: Director of Aviation Search Committee
P. O. Box 10
Melbourne, AR 72556
(870) 368-2002/FAX (870) 368-2094

Ozarka College Application (PDF)

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DeEdra Steed
Contact Information:

Director of Human Resources
Ozarka College
P.O. Box 10
Melbourne, Ar 72556
870.368.2094 fax