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The Flight Safety Foundation is an international non-profit organization exclusively chartered to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the aviation and aerospace industry. The Foundation identifies global safety issues, sets priorities and serves as a catalyst to address these concerns through data collection and information sharing, education, advocacy and communications. The Foundation bridges proprietary, cultural and political differences in the common cause of safety.

Founded in the 1947, the Foundation has over 1,000 member organizations and individuals from 150 countries. The Foundation is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with regional offices in Brussels, Belgium and Melbourne, Australia.

Job Opportunities

Director of Global Aviation Safety

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We are seeking an individual to lead the Foundation’s global aviation safety strategy, with a focus on data-driven safety management and quality. The ideal candidate will have extensive airline or air traffic management experience, combined with a track record of experience in international aviation safety standards and operating practices. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, and comfortable with engaging with a broad international aviation stakeholder community.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Foundation programs and initiatives to advance global safety
  • Apply data-driven and audit and assessment methods towards illuminating aviation risks and develop a global safety desired improvements and potential mitigation strategies
  • Gather information related to both past accident performance and real–time data analytics that present a risk picture based on a risk model
  • Prepare proposals on program initiatives to advance international aviation safety performance
  • Facilitating and support Foundation advisory committees for event planning and outcomes that will impact the Foundation influence on top safety issues
  • Interact and engage with stakeholders in regions around the world; develop collaborative relationships and partnerships
  • Represent the Foundation at major international forums and events
  • Help construct the Foundation working agenda based on global performance results and the status of the world’s state safety plans
  • Conduct webinars, training, round-table discussions and presentations at Foundation events
  • Lead Foundation’s efforts to respond effectively to international aviation operational and regulatory issues, as well as respond to technical and operational questions and Foundation’s program inquiries
  • Engage with international organizations (e.g. ICAO, IATA, CANSO, ACI, EASA) and regulatory authorities around the world to assist in the development of programs and initiatives to advance aviation safety
  • Moderate travel required

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in aviation/aerospace; advanced education in aviation desirable
  • A minimum of 10 years of aviation industry experience and well-established industry network and reputation
  • Extensive aviation safety, evaluation, accident investigation or audit experience
  • Advanced knowledge of aviation operations and regulations; operational experience desirable (e.g. commercial air transport pilot; air traffic operations)
  • Ability to articulate subject matter related to FAR Parts 91, 125, 121, or 135 and related international standards (e.g. ICAO, EASA)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of ICAO SARPs, civil aviation regulations, and industry standards and recommended practices (EASA, FAA, ICAO, IATA)
  • Experience with international safety and quality assurance standards (e.g. IOSA, ISSA, IS-BAO,
  • BARS)
  • Experience and familiarities with safety management programs (e.g. ASAP, FDM, ASIAS, FDX, SMS ICG)
  • Experience with government and industry collaborative aviation safety improvement initiatives (e.g. Various ICAO RASGs, U.S. CAST, EASA Data4Safety)
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Individuals should demonstrate strong leadership skills and a proven history of successfully engaging with the broader aviation community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as independently

Please email resume and cover letter to president@flightsafety.org.

Director of Global Media Relations and Corporate Communications

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We are seeking an individual to lead the Foundation’s media relations and communications strategy. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and established relationships with national and international media outlets and a track record navigating complex policy issues and/or regulatory affairs. This role will utilize digital and media tools to help distribute communications materials.

The individual should be comfortable engaging with journalists and have an understanding of how news organizations work, what stories will resonate with particular outlets, and an ability to determine the best reporter/s to pitch for specific announcements. In addition, the successful candidate will be a savvy, innovative and disciplined communicator who can delve into the Foundation’s mission, identify key story themes to optimize messaging, assist with crafting the story and media plan, cultivate relationships with reporters, and ultimately amplify the story to traditional media and social media.

Responsibilities

  • Develop strategic communications and media relations strategies to advance the Foundation goals
  • Pitch reporters on covering various initiatives in international news outlets
  • Draft and edit press releases, briefing press releases, blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, statements, and scripts for presentations to maximize media exposure
  • Brainstorm, pitch and proactively secure media opportunities, op-ed placements, influencer meetings and events through traditional and digital channels
  • Develop and maintain a crisis communications plan to enable timely response to major events
  • Proactively pursue crisis communications as a result of major events
  • Build and enhance relationships with mainstream print and broadcast media and trade press
  • Collaborate with senior leadership team and Foundation Board to develop and deliver communication materials
  • Pitch reporters on covering various initiatives in national and international outlets
  • Craft speeches, thought leadership pieces and talking points
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Events team members to maximize promotion opportunities associated with Foundation events
  • Develop Foundation on-line strategy, to enhance visibility and mobile accessibility

Requirements

  • 8 to 10 years of relevant experience in media relations and public affairs communications
  • Bachelor’s Degree, in journalism or communication; or related major
  • Significant experience writing and editing materials for multiple voices – including CEOs, and other C-Suite executives
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage several projects simultaneously working across a variety of issues
  • Successful track record of pitching media across international, national and local outlets
  • Understanding of the communications landscape and how various communications channels work (i.e. digital, print, social, broadcast)
  • Develop strategic communications plans for announcements and storytelling
  • Draft press releases, media pitches, talking points and other communications materials to support senior executives and amplify organization’s messages
  • Coordinate reviews, edits, and approval of communications materials
  • Support key international conferences, through materials prep and or on-site press events
  • Independently engage with major international and aviation outlets focusing on news to ensure regular communications and in support of Foundation initiatives

Successful candidates should possess the following

  • Ability to work with a small, high performing team
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative thinker with experience identifying and executing communications for new ideas
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, global environment
  • Highly focused self-starter with strong organizational and project management experience
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to take complex issues and distill them into understandable content for press announcements
  • Experience in the aerospace and aviation is desirable
  • Ability to travel moderately

Please email resume and cover letter to president@flightsafety.org.