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Assistant Chief Flight Instructor


Salaried Staff

Job Location

2600 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City, MI

Tracking Code


Position Type


Northwestern Michigan College


General Information

Job Title: Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Department: Aviation

Posted: 10/5/2021

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Chief Flight Instructor

Salary: $51,116 + $5,000 Sign-On Bonus & Full Benefits Package.
(Grade 13 on the Staff Salary Schedule)


  • $5,000 Sign-On Bonus
  • $2,555.80 Relocation Bonus
  • Excellent benefits package, including 4 weeks paid vacation, medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefits. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources. This position is eligible for relocation pay.

Position Summary

The position assists in overseeing program safety, supervises Certified Flight Instructors, flight syllabi, development, training standardization, performs stage checks, student and instructor scheduling, and all related aspects of flight training.



  • 1000 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
  • 3 years flight instruction experience and/or service
  • 50 hours of actual or simulated Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
  • 750 hours dual flight instruction
  • 200 hours of dual Instrument flight Instruction
  • Associate's degree
  • Flight qualifications commensurate with FAA criteria for private, instrument, and commercial licensure
  • No history of FAA violations or certificate/license suspension
  • FAA 3rd Class Medical
  • Flight instructor (must have held certificate for two years)
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Multiengine Flight Instructor (MEI)
  • Valid, unrestricted Michigan Driver's License or ability to obtain by start date
  • Between 3 and 5 years of aviation industry experience outside of education



  • Experience in advanced avionics

  • Four-year Bachelor's Degree
  • Between 5 and 10 years of aviation industry experience outside of education



Essential Responsibilities

Collaborates with ground school instructional staff on matters of curriculum, student advising and development, as well as with associated activities of the flight program.


(Critical) Completes and/or supervises completion of Federal Aviation Administration and Northwestern Michigan College maintenance of required student records.


(Critical) Assists in recruiting and training certified flight instructors.


(Critical) Implements and evaluates standardized instructional practices.


(Critical) Performs stage checks per Syllabi, identifies student strengths and weaknesses, and submits required documents indicating lessons are complete.


(Critical) Assists in completing all required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 141 stage checks and currency checks.


(Critical) Notifies Chief Flight Instructor or Director of any situations or conditions that compromise the safety of students or staff and occasionally tests the safety systems.


(Critical) Supports the creation of standards manuals, periodic instructor standardization rides, and exploration of new instructional techniques.


(Critical) Coordinate and support Transportation Security Administration (TSA) compliance.


(Critical) Makes decisions concerning special situations if Director or Chief Flight Instructor are unable to do so.


(Very Important) Conducts flight instruction.


(Very Important) Supports the marketing and recruitment plan – including fleet, simulators, related instructional equipment, student recruitment.


(Very Important) Assists Maintenance staff and Flight staff in discrepancy notification and problem solving with aircraft issues.



Foundational Competencies

Ethical Behavior and Integrity
Displays honesty, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior. Earns respect. Behaves in a straightforward manner with others with no hidden agendas. Builds trust and credibility through reliability and authenticity. Leads by example; words and actions are consistently aligned.

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Actively pursues learning and development. Stays current in content area, acquiring and refining technical and professional skills.

Commitment to Quality Service, Responsible Stewardship, Continuous Improvement
Displays a commitment to excellence and to providing quality service to learners, coworkers, or others they serve. Consistently seeks feedback and looks for ways to improve service, promote quality, and make effective use of college resources.

Creating/Contributing to a Culture of Innovation and Thoughtful Risk-taking

Creates/contributes to an environment of safety and trust. Seeks to solve problems rather than affix blame. Willing to experiment and learn.

Agility/ Adaptability/Tolerance for Ambiguity

Easily adjusts to organizational and environmental changes; adapts responses and tactics to shifting or evolving situations; deals effectively with ambiguity and uncertainty.


Valuing All People

Genuinely interested in others. Shows concern and empathy for others. Shows patience, understanding, and acceptance of people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Treats learners, coworkers,

and direct reports respectfully and fairly.

Actively and enthusiastically works with others to achieve a shared common goal. Gives credit and recognition to those who have contributed. Shares information and own expertise with others to enable them to accomplish group goals. Creates a sense of belonging in the team and a culture of inclusion. Collaborates across boundaries. Looks at problem solving at the institutional level (not just in own area or department). Open to sharing resources, working with other departments and organizations.

Accountability/Personal Responsibility

Meets commitments and keeps promises; gets things done. Acknowledges and learns from mistakes. Holds self and others accountable. Takes responsibility for achieving goals.



General Competencies


Building Effective Relationships — Proficient+

Importance: Very Important

Relates well with all kinds of people in a variety of situations. Develops and maintains effective communication and relationships. Demonstrates understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, and empathy to others. Is approachable; makes time for others. Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. Excellent interpersonal skills; understands how he/she is perceived by others; reads a social situation and responds appropriately; adjusts own behavior in response to others' nonverbal cues; understands why people and groups behave the way they do; gives constructive feedback in a way that produces positive change rather than resentment or anger; provides direct, specific feedback respectfully and in a timely manner.


Communications / Active Listening — Proficient+

Importance: Critical

Has good sense of who needs to know what and keeps others informed. Communicates in a clear, concise, organized, and compelling manner. Gives others their full attention; listens without interrupting. Seeks to understand others' points of view. Interprets both the words spoken, and the non­verbal cues used by others. Accurately hears implied as well as expressed messages; accurately interprets non­verbal cues; communicates more complex information effectively; adjusts vocabulary and approach to improve understanding; speaks and/or writes in a well-organized, clear, and concise manner.

Global Awareness / Internationally Skilled — Proficient

Importance: Very Important

Understands the complexities and interdependency of world events and issues. Understands one's own culture and history in relationship to others. Is open to new opportunities, ideas and ways of thinking; is comfortable with ambiguity and unfamiliar situations. Is self-aware about identity and culture; demonstrates sensitivity and respect for differences.

Strategic Understanding / Leadership — Basic+

Importance: Very Important

Explains how their role supports NMC's mission and vision. Recognizes opportunities to help the organization accomplish its goals. Considers a broad range of internal and external factors in establishing goals and priorities. Consistently ensures a fit between individual or group actions and the organizational mission/strategy. Understands the mission and vision of the organization and works to implement this within the context of individual role and immediate work group; understands personal contribution to the department and the department's role in the organization.


Functional Competencies       


Analytical Skills (Generic) — Proficient

Importance: Very Important

Frames issues and problems; collects information, identifies options; weighs the pros and cons, and recommends a course of action. Applies basic problem-solving techniques to gain greater understanding of a problem and potential solutions.


Attention to Detail (Generic) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail and small facets of work. Recognizes and attends to details that others (even those who are somewhat skilled at detail work) overlook; systematically identifies what details need to be attended to in a project and makes sure that these are not omitted.


Courage (Generic) — Proficient

Importance: Critical     

Deals in a straightforward manner with difficult issues; addresses them before they become major problems. A strong voice, candid but tactful, diplomatic. Will speak up, stand alone, if necessary. Will challenge the status quo when change is needed (e.g. policy changes to better serve learner or coworkers.) Takes tough, principled stands even if they are unpopular. Has the courage to make decisions that may not be immediately understood; makes hard decisions even when unpopular. Expresses informed positions with confidence; asserts ideas and viewpoints confidently; avoids unnecessary delays in making decision; shows a bias toward action; does not waver unless new, compelling information emerges; knows when to ask for help or additional input; not afraid to seek feedback; addresses difficult issues in a timely manner; doesn't allow problems to fester.


Developing Others (Generic) — Proficient+

Importance: Very Important      

Enables, empowers people to perform at their highest levels. Builds on people's strengths. Recognizes different kinds of contributions. Makes people feel valued. Has a genuine affection for people they lead; has empathy, compassion. Trusts people who work for them. Motivates, inspires others. Believes people are capable of learning and change. Coaches, trains, mentors, and guides rather than dictates. Develops leaders, not followers. Shares their knowledge. Creates opportunities for others to lead, take on new responsibilities. Ensures each employee has a compelling professional development plan aligned with organizational goals.


Presentation Skills (Generic) — Proficient+

Importance: Critical     

Makes clear and effective formal presentations. Uses audiovisual aids, technology tools, and other supporting material effectively. Adapts communication for different audiences. Handles questions and answer sessions well. Presents facts and ideas clearly and concisely in a well-organized sequence; speaks formally with confidence and ease when presenting new topics; uses visual aids effectively to emphasize points; fields spontaneous questions effectively.

Problem Solving (Generic) — Proficient

Importance: Very Important      

Diagnoses a situation and determines what relevant information and/or procedure to use; uses reason to generate and evaluate alternatives and to determine a course of action. Identifies and investigates moderately complex problems; collaborates with others to resolve problems using sound problem-solving methodology.


Quality Control Activities (Quality) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Applies knowledge and experience of quality control activities as required by industry standards, customer specifications, and corporate quality policies and procedures. Develops quality plans, inspection, and test plans in accordance with established codes and customer specifications; coordinates quality efforts of others. Resolves nonconformance issues.


Regulatory Compliance (Engineering) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Understands all aspects of regulatory management and assures that appropriate regulations are adhered to. Has a solid understanding of regulatory management; leads compliance efforts; evaluates compliance efforts; interacts with regulatory body as needed; coaches others on the fine points of regulatory standards.


Safety Focus (Manufacturing) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Knows and adheres to safety regulations (e.g., OSHA), as well as organization's safety policies and procedures. Contributes to establishment or revision of safety procedures; stays current on latest safety information for the industry; participates in safety inspections.





Supervises a single work unit within a department, or is an Intermediate level professional individual contributor.


Instruct and train others

Interview candidates

Build consensus by drawing together the ideas of others

Provide guidance and stability

Share special or technical information with others

Discipline employees

Lead by example

Serve as a spokesperson or advocate

Assign work activities

Plan work

Recommend promotions

Serve as a role model

Empower others to take responsibility and to be accountable


Direct: 25

Indirect: 10


Tools and Equipment


AIMS Software


MS Word

MS Excel

MS PowerPoint

Desk Top Computer


Copy Machine

Cell Phone





Work Environment

Lifting Activities

Most frequently lifted object: Under 10 lbs. lifted to waist level; 1-9 feet (Occasionally)

Heaviest object lifted: under 20-29 lbs. lifted waist level; 1-9 feet (Occasionally)

Non-lifting Repetitive Activities

Arm Movement (Several times per day)

Bending (Several times per day)

Climbing (Several times per day)

Crouching (Several times per day)

Ducking (Several times per day)

Gripping (Several times per day)

Kneeling (Several times per day)

Leaning (Occasionally)

Sitting (Several times per day)

Squatting (Occasionally)

Standing (Several times per day)

Stooping (Occasionally)

Stretching (Occasionally)

Talking (Several times per day)

Twisting (Occasionally)

Typing (Several times per day)

Walking (Several times per day)

Writing (Several times per day)

Other Physical Demands

Close visual work

Exposure to cold

Exposure to environmental hazards

Exposure to explosion

Exposure to health and safety hazards

Exposure to heights

Exposure to noise

Exposure to wind

Muscular endurance

Prolonged visual work

Travel (10-24%)

Mental Demands

Complex Calculations

Complicated Planning

Exercising Independent Judgment

Intense Concentration

Minimal Guidance or Direction

Performing Multiple Functions/Activities

Persuading Others

Rapid Decision Making


Other Challenges

Precise accuracy requirements

Protecting the physical safety of others

Risk of life

Safeguarding organization assets and property


Contacts with Others


Internal Contacts

Employees in your own work unit or department — Purpose: Direct activities (Daily)

Employees in your Function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Managers in your function — Purpose: Share information (Daily)

Senior executives in your function (None/Very little contact)

Employees in departments outside your function — Purpose: Share information (Monthly)

Managers in departments outside your function (None/Very little contact)

Senior executives outside your function (None/Very little contact)



External Contacts

Vendors, Supplies, Subcontractors (None/Very little contact)

Federal/State Regulatory and Compliance Authorities — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Monthly)

Customers — Purpose: Direct activities (Daily)



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual will have computer skills, including knowledge of and the ability to use the Internet, email, calendaring software, and word processing software.



Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to effectively present lectures and information to students and academic area leadership in a clear and understandable manner.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions and percentages.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.



Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and smell.   Walking and standing are required and sitting for long periods of time.  Lifting up to 50  pounds and periodic heavy exertion may be required.  Specific hearing and vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions when traveling between campus buildings.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate.

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. Read more at

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.


This is a full time 40+ hours per week position. Some nights and weekends may be required. 



Applications must be submitted online at submitted by 8 am on October 26th 2021, will receive first consideration This position will remain open until filled. For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email .


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter with your application. Official transcripts will be required of all finalists. Please email to or mail to: Northwestern Michigan College Attention: Human Resources 1701 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach resume and cover letter; scan and attach transcripts, if possible. Original transcripts will be required of all finalists. Please mail to: Northwestern Michigan College Attention: Human Resources 1701 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

This position is located at 2600 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.