Florida, United States

FAR 135 Director of Operations – Clearwater, FL

PLEASE NOTE: Please do not apply if you require visa sponsorship.  This position requires the candidate be able to work in the U.S. WITHOUT the need for visa sponsorship!  

This is a full time/direct hire position offering a competitive salary with full benefits package.

Title of position:  FAR 135 Director of Operations

Job Location:  Clearwater, FL (candidate is required to fully relocate (company assisted) to the Clearwater, FL for this employment opportunity!!)

Job Summary

Senior operations management position for candidate capable of performing the duties of Director of Operations (DO) for a Part 135 certificated commercial air carrier (air ambulance), including supervising the performance of other management personnel acting under authorities issued by the DO.  Manage an FAA approved air carrier general operations program, including DoD (CARB) approved operations, and ensure compliance with internal operations requirements and applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).  Develop aviation operations policies, tools and processes.  Monitor compliance with FARs for the operation of the air carrier and application of air carrier General Operations Manuals.  Define aviation operations requirements and control delegated operations authorities for air carrier and all vendor facilities.

Essential Tasks/Functions:

  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Develop and cultivate a close working relationship with FAA POI and applicable regulatory bodies.
  • Oversee and Manage company manuals to include FAA OpSpecs, GOM, and SOP.
  • Work closely with the Chief Pilot to assure continuity, efficiency, and excellence in all flight operations.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, environmental policies, and government regulations.
  • Implement schedule or policy changes for air transportation services.
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Direct or coordinate the activities of Flight Operations Department and Aircrew to appropriately use of equipment, facilities, and human resources.
  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
  • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
  • Set aviation operations policies and standards, including determining flight safety procedures.
  • Inspect work of aircrew and flight operations personnel to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
  • The DO will oversee a flight operations team made up of 7 aircraft (Lear 35s and 55s) and 10-12 pilots, to include a Chief Pilot.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have FAR 135 Director of Operations experience – leading a FAR 135 Flight Operations department with ten or less Aircraft and 12+ pilots.
  • Experience: MUST MEET FAR Part 119 requirements for FAR 135 Director of Operations – which also includes Position held for three of the past six years must have involved managing operations for a certificated Part 121 or Part 135 commercial air carrier. Prior Pilot Experience. Experience operating turbojet aircraft. Experience with modern avionics. Prior aviation flight training and QA/QC system experience. Customer Service experience working with internal customers.
  • Education: AA
  • Professional Licensure: Must hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) This is a non-flying DO position!
  • Background: Must pass a background investigation and drug screening test
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Good time management skills
  • A competitive sense of urgency
  • Professional demeanor and appearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education:  BS/BA
  • Background: Must pass a background investigation and drug screening test
  • Experience: MUST MEET FAR Part 119 requirements. 6+ years in Operations management for a Part 121 or 135 air carrier. Extensive experience in the aviation Industry configured aircraft.

  • Location: Florida, United States
  • Categories: Operations / Management, Pilot

Sharon Ballgae

Contact Information
  • Call: (904) 264-0097
  • Fax: (904) 264-0230

Aviation Recruiting, Inc.
1845 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 350
Fleming Island, FL 32003

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