Air Operations Deputy Project Lead – Airlift Support Services 

Balad - IRAQ

START : Immediately

LOCATION : Balad - Iraq

The Project Lead (PL) is the focal point for an airlift project supporting the FMS F-16 Program on Balad Air Base, Iraq. The PL is responsible for all aspects of the project including leading, motivating, managing, monitoring and communicating aviation operations. The PL provides sound leadership and effective management during the entire project lifecycle, is the professional interface with project stakeholders and is responsible for the development and implementation of streamlined processes to support project and program needs. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The DPL serves as the critical integrator and ops director for an airlift project supporting the FMS F-16 Program on Balad Air Base, Iraq. This leader is responsible for the smooth operational employment of multiple airlift aircraft in support of the transportation of personnel between various points of disembarkation and Balad Air Base. The DPL supports the project lead (PL) to provide sound leadership and effective management during the entire project lifecycle, is the professional interface with project stakeholders, and is responsible for the development and implementation of streamlined processes to support project and program needs. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Acts as the key operational interface with customer Air Operations staff

  • Manages flight dispatch and ground handling requirements; coordinates similar services at all outstations, to include required document filing with ICAA

  • Oversees the day to day Safety Management System for Flight Operations

  • Maintains Flight Operations Safety documentation;

  • Ensures all operator level policies and procedures are integrated with Strategic Policies and develops bridge policies where necessary;

  • Assists in flight operations management to ensure customer flight requirements are supported with the utmost regard to safety, efficiency and IAW all applicable local, national and international regulations;

  • Acts as a key interface between PL and lower tier operations managers, crew members and support staff;

  • Directly manages aircraft operator(s) to support all facets of flight and ground operations;

  • Establishes, documents, and continually improves Ground Operations Procedures (GOPS), Flight Operations Procedures (FOPS) and local Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), IAW published installation directives and carrier manuals using approved material;

  • Primary responsibility for coordination with flight operators regarding maintenance requirements and inventory control plan;

  • Coordinates off-site / new location operations assessments and surveys;

  • Oversees project logistics functions and works with client procurement personnel to ensure the implementation and development of supporting policies, procedures and workflows;

  • Works in coordination with the PL and lower tier management to ensure deviations from planned schedules fall within contract and regulatory parameters, are fully understood and are executed and / or rescheduled as necessary;

  • Ensures reporting metrics are collected, maintained and disseminated as required by upper management and/or in accordance with established CDRLs;

  • Manages quality control functions and gathers and maintains metrics contract performance 

 

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) experience or equivalent SOF aviation background;

  • Experience in project management and air operations;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills;

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic budget keeping (excel);

  • Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field of study or equivalent work experience;

  • In excellent health, with no conditions that preclude deployment to Iraq.

 

DESIRED SKILLS, PROFICIENCIES & EXPERIENCE:

  • Combat Aviation Advisor qualification;

  • Joint and/or AFSOC planning experience;

  • Past operations experience in Iraq.

 

DEPLOYMENT FREQUENCY & COMPENSATION: 

  • Personnel are expected to deploy for 90-day rotations, with 3-weeks breaks (19 days off – 2 days travel), between rotations;

  • Compensation commensurate with background and experience;

  • Note: Paid when forward only; travel days are paid at ½ deployed day rate;

  • This is a rotational, 1099 Independent Contractor position.

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