Dean of Aviation - WMAA

Monday, July 30, 2018
West Michigan Aviation Academy
Position Details: 

                                  WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY
                              A National Leader in Preparing Tomorrow’s Aviators

                           SEEKING A PASSIONATE AVIATOR TO LEAD AS
                                                DEAN OF AVIATION

                                                                      PLEASE APPLY AT WWW.MEPSERVICES.COM

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: West Michigan Aviation Academy is a regional, tuition-free public charter high school, founded in 2010 to provide a rigorous educational program through an aviation focus. We aim to provide an innovative, professional, and welcoming environment that inspires growth and ignites a passion for lifelong learning. We hold to the values of empathy, professionalism, respect, responsibility, and self-motivation. Students are drawn to WMAA for its aviation, engineering, and STEM programs as well as its smaller size and
dedicated staff.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Dean of Aviation is a key leadership position at West Michigan Aviation Academy. S/he shall provide management oversight for all aspects of aviation at WMAA; responsibilities shall extend to all aviation activities, including aviation curriculum oversight and execution; management of department personnel; flight operations, safety, culture and execution; support of all student aviation-related clubs and activities; State of Michigan Career & Technical Education (CTE) compliance; and any other duties that may be assigned by  the CEO. While the Dean of Aviation holds authority to delegate these duties to qualified team members, ultimate responsibility and accountability fall to the Dean.


Instructional Leadership

1. Recommend, for Board adoption, aviation curricula, courses and textbooks that
    articulate across grade levels
2. Collaborate with school leadership to develop curriculum and character 
    education components to ensure compliance with state, federal, and Board 
3. Ensure the effectiveness of the aviation curriculum and instructional program
    by measuring student achievement against state and local standards.
4. Keep professionally current and informed on research-based educationaL
5. Assist the CEO in the completion of annual state and school-level reporting

Personnel Administration

1. Implement sound personnel practices to direct, supervise, and mentor staff
2. Develop recruitment and retention procedures to assure well-qualified  
    applicants for professional and nonprofessional positions
3. Ensure aviation staff are observed and evaluated annually in accordance with 
    law and established procedures
4. Recommend certified and noncertified employees for contract renewal or 
5. Ensure all aviation teaching staff fulfill continuing professional development 
    and receive in-service training required by state/federal laws
6. Assume responsibility for the maintenance of appropriate documentation in a 
    central file and timely submission of all required reports

Student, School, & Community Relations

1. Implement Board policies and best practices regarding school safety, student 
    conduct, and discipline
2. Confer with students, parents, faculty, and support staff regarding educational 
    and behavioral issues at school
3. Identify and pursue available community resources and aviation agencies
4. Ensure WMAA interests are represented in meetings and activities of municipal 
    and other governmental agencies
5. Represent WMAA and its interests in community organizations, activities, and 
6. In conjunction with the Development Office, seek out available sources for 
    grant funding
to support programs and projects
7. Respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, regulatory agencies,
    or members of the business community
8. Present information effectively to WMAA Board and CTE Advisory Committee

Qualified Applicants have:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Demonstrated passion for aviation
• Work experience within the aviation industry
• Leadership ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with 
  students, faculty, staff, volunteers, peers, parents and community partnerships
• Desire to inspire young people
• Required criminal history background check

Desired Applicants have:
• Teacher certification and/or education experience
• Minimum of 4-6 years of professional aviation related experience
• Master’s degree
• State of Michigan Career & Technical Education (CTE) Certification or willingness
   to obtain within two years of employment
• FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating and/or FAA Certified Ground 

Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision BCBS plans with a low employee contribution. Up to 5% Employer 401K Match. Life, ADD, STD, and LTD 100% paid by employer!

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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