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Career Opportunities


Chief Flight Instructor

Ozarka College seeks applicants for a Chief Flight Instructor.  The Chief Flight Instructor, acting under the direction of the Director of Aviation provides leadership and oversight for flight training within the Associate of Science in Aviation - Commercial Pilot and Associate of Science in Aviation - Professional Pilot program.  This position is a 12-month position. The Chief Flight Instructor will assist the Director of Aviation with all compliance requirements of the FAR Part 141 standards and managing agreements with local facilities with the overarching goal to increase student enrollment and completion in the professional pilot program at Ozarka College. 

Position Specific:

The Ozarka College Chief Flight Instructor responsibilities are as follows:

  • Monitor compliance with local, state and federal regulations, accreditation standards, and audits.
  • Manage the Aviation - Professional Pilot Program ensuring that all Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141 standards are met.
  • Certify student training records, graduation certificates, stage check and end-of-course test reports, and recommendation for course completion, unless the duties are delegated by the chief flight instructor to an assistant chief instructor or recommending instructor.
  • Ensure that each certificated flight instructor or certificated ground instructor passes an initial proficiency check prior to that instructor being assigned instructing duties in the College approved training course, and thereafter that the instructor passes a recurrent proficiency check every 12 calendar months after the month in which the initial test was accomplished.
  • Ensure that each student accomplishes the required stage checks and end-of-course tests in accordance with the College approved training course.
  • Maintain training techniques, procedures, and standards for the College that are acceptable to the Administrator.
  • Supervises full-time and part-time staff to include approving schedules and assignment of duties.
  • Recruit, screen, interview, hire, 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.
  • Monitor the progress of student flight training to ensure safety and to increase enrollment and completion rates.
  • Conduct flight instruction.
  • Assist with student registration and advisement and participates in recruitment events.
  • Work with Director of Aviation, Provost, and faculty to develop appropriate course schedules.
  • Prepare reports regarding student retention, status of flight accounts, and student progress to ensure program responsiveness.
  • Establish and maintain a positive, effective working relationship with students, staff, faculty and institutional representatives.
  • Prepare, monitor, and execute the Aviation program budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aviation or aviation related field with at least three (3) years of relevant aviation experience (corporate, air carrier, flight training, military aviation, etc.). All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Hold all licenses required to be designated as Chief Instructor in accordance with 14 CFR 141.35(a) through 14 CFR 141.35(c) (MEI and ATP – Preferred).
  • Knowledge and understanding of FAR Part 141 and 61 requirements and flight school operations.
  • Minimum of 250 hours instructing in multi-engine aircraft strongly preferred.
  • 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 duties.
  • Ability to read and clearly 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.  Interviews will begin immediately  

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  To apply, submit detailed letter of application, an Ozarka Employment Application, résumé, flight experience attachment, unofficial copies of transcripts, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to:


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

Adobe PDF Document Ozarka College Application (PDF)

Ozarka College and the State of Arkansas does not discriminate in access to employment opportunities or in employment or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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DeEdra Steed
Director of HR
Contact Information:

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