Part-time, Temporary
The Virginia Tech Drone Park is managed by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) and is focused on providing the resources to promote faculty, commercial and government research, student coursework in design, build, fly competitions, and student recreation. Drone Park staff support these initiatives as well as providing assistance to Virginia Tech UAS Oversight Committee (UASOC) in vetting applications from individuals seeking permission to fly on campus. The Virginia Tech Drone Park staff also work closely with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which is both a designated FAA Test Site and an FAA Integration Pilot Program participant, helping lead the way in the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. All staff are considered Virginia Tech employees, bringing with it a robust benefits package and the advantage of living in Blacksburg, VA, awarded 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability Journal Communications.
ICTAS is seeking an Operations and Training Manager whose primary responsibility is to manage the day-to-day operations of Virginia Tech’s Drone Park, a netted flight facility for unmanned aircraft, and associated labs. The Operations and Training Manager will also develop, instruct, and update short course training curriculum for groups both internal and external to the university. This curriculum will include topics ranging from introductory to highly specialized operations of UAS. The Operations and Training Manager will be responsible for safe, effective, and efficient piloting of UAS; acting as crewmember and/or instructor for UAS operations; and may be called upon to provide technical support for aeronautical research with other university initiatives. The position will report to the UAS Safety Manager.
The incumbent is expected to exercise sound decision-making and problem-solving skills while interacting with internal and external UAS operators and training customers. The incumbent should be able to independently and effectively manage UAS training operations in diverse situations and field environments.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Drone Park facility management and scheduling
  • Serve as a Flight Instructor for various small UAS
  • Acting in various other UAS crewmember roles including Pilot-in-Command (PIC), Visual Observer (VO), and Aviation Safety Officer (ASO)
  • Development and sustainment of UAS training courses and curriculum
  • Maintenance of University training records
  • Participate in university Safety Risk Management (SRM) processes
  • Support crew certification and training programs
  • Assist in flight operations and training scheduling
  • Serve as a supporting university representative for official visits, presentations, and outreach for UAS topics
  • Act as an aviation subject matter expert and resource for faculty, staff, students, and university affiliates
  • Maintain the university flight training fleet through preventative maintenance and basic modifications/repairs
  • Perform and supervise ground and flight instruction in accordance with all applicable regulations and University policy
  • Assist faculty, staff, students, and university affiliates in developing flight training packages to support their disciplines and operations
  • Conduct flight reviews, flight evaluations, and debriefings of University and affiliated UAS pilots
  • Conduct pre-mission planning, evaluation and briefings
  • Complete post mission requirements, reports and logging
  • Contribute to safety, training, technical, and operations documentation
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in an aviation or technical related field. An exception can be made for a Bachelors Degree in a related field with significant training and experience
  • FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107) or ability to attain the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate upon hire
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in written form
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in an instructional environment
  • Extensive aviation background and knowledge
  • Proficient RC flying skills
  • Experience with curriculum development
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Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin on the established review date and continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty Appointment Type: Restricted If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 6/30/2020 FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year Percent Employment: Full-time If part time, enter Percent Time: Pay Range: Commensurate with experience Location: Blacksburg Department: Inst for Critical Technology & Applied Science Location, if not Blacksburg: Location Zip Code: 24061 Work Schedule: M-F Job Posting Date: 03/18/2019 Review Begin Date: 04/01/2019 Job Close Date: Restricted to university employees only? No Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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