Position Overview: The Regional Airline Association (RAA) seeks an experienced airline management professional in Washington, DC to complement its core team in advancing the association’s advocacy and business agenda for its airline and associate members.
Essential Functions of the Position:
Establishes the strategy and vision of RAA’s Operations focus; contributes to the development and implementation of RAA strategic objectives.
Provides aviation operations expertise to RAA team and membership; identifies regulatory developments related to flight operations, flight training, air traffic and other technical matters; analyzes proposals for anticipated impact on members and designs and implements response.
Effectively communicates information to RAA team and members, the FAA and other stakeholders. Contributes to development of RAA position papers, Congressional testimony, regulatory comments and other policy communications.
Serves on industry operations and technical task forces and working groups, including agency rulemaking and regulatory negotiating committees. Serves as Liaison between RAA and FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO), NextGen and related organizations.
Works cooperatively with RAA members and other industry stakeholders to form coalitions and consensus positions on flight operational and technical matters.
Provides strategic leadership for the Regional Operations Council and the Flight Technology, Flight Training, Maintenance and Inflight Committees. Develops content and coordinating activities for the full range of RAA-sponsored meetings, including the Annual Convention. Coordinates with the Regulatory Counsel on regulatory exemptions.
Qualifications for the Position:
Transport pilot with line and flight operations managerial experience – ideally former Pilot in Command (PIC) for an air carrier operating under part 121 or part 135 of FAR 119
Thorough understanding of aviation safety standards, safe operating practices and 14 CFR Chapter I (Federal Aviation Regulations). Extensive familiarity with 14 CFR Part 135 and 121 airline operations
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in aviation field.
In-depth knowledge of National Airspace System and FAA NextGen priorities; extensive familiarity with air traffic control technology and procedures
Ability to define complex problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and decide and implement appropriate actions
Ability to effectively present information to top management, regulatory agencies, public groups, and the RAA Board of Directors
Ability to expand upon the association’s significant professional relationships with both government and industry representatives and develop and manage new relationships
High proficiency with Microsoft Office products; particularly Excel and PowerPoint
Previous association experience valued
Moderate (25%) travel required
Critical Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:
Able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
Diplomatic; able to challenge established or entrenched ideas and promote industry positives
Strong oral and written communication and project management skills
Professional, organized, responsive, enthusiastic
Able to work quickly, make fast and well-reasoned recommendations, anticipate and adapt to evolving member needs
Dedicated to service, the RAA team and our member airlines
About Regional Airline Association
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable, and robust regional airline industry. The RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines, industry business partners, and government regulators in bolstering the industry; as well as promoting regional airline interests in a changing business and policy environment. With more than 10,600 regional airline flights every day, regional airlines operate 44 percent of the nation's commercial schedule.