Major US Airline is Looking for a Director Flight Operations Simulation Training

02nd Sep 2022

US based Alaska Airlines is looking for a Director Flight Operations Simulation Training – please see an extract from the job post below.

“The Director, Flight Ops Simulator Training sets the long-term strategy and oversees the financial performance of the Flight Simulator Training program at Alaska Airlines (AS). As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of flight simulator instructors to produce qualified pilots at the desired quantity to allow the Alaska’s flight schedule to be safely executed throughout the airline’s wide range of operational environments.

Key Duties

  • Supervises training activities relating to the aircraft simulator training programs, assuring standardization and compliance with all FARs related to pilot training and ensuring advisory circular guidance is considered in the development of such program.
  • Directs the development and implementation of all training courseware material systems and processes for 737 & Airbus flight training programs.
  • Oversees the hiring and supervision of, Flight Instructor Simulator) (FIS), and Instructor Pilots (IP) assigned to the Training Department.
  • Makes policies and decisions concerning simulator instruction training program personnel.
  • Ensures compliance with company policies and the pilot CBA.
  • Works with the Director, Regulatory Compliance to ensure all Flight Training systems, processes and programs are in compliance with FARs and other regulatory documentation.
  • Works with the FAA to receive approval for new and revised SIM training curriculum segments.
  • Represents Alaska Airlines as a member of the Airlines for America (A4A) Training Committee to discuss industry wide training issues.
  • Responsible for all activities and duties as outlined in the FOTM and FOTM-A.
  • Works directly with the director of standards to ensure training standards and performance metrics are enforced.
  • Works with MD, Ops Staffing & Resource Mgmt to ensure there is collaboration with the training scheduling and records protocols and they are maintained and are regulatory compliant.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 8 years of experience in any of the following or combination of Check Airman, Simulator Instructor, Ground Instructor, Flight Operations management, and Part 121 PIC experience or related area.
  • 5 years of leadership experience, with at least 2 of those years directly leading people.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.
  • Experience in 14 CFR 121 aviation training and/or training management.
  • Knowledge of 14 CFR 60, 61, 91, 121, including Subpart Y (Advanced Qualification Program).
  • Knowledge of appropriate FAA Advisory Circulars, Orders, and FAA Inspector Guidance, specifically those related to AQP, pilot certification, Line Oriented Scenarios, CRM and specialized flight procedures (e.g., LWMP, RNP SAAAR, etc.).
  • Must excel at understanding and making decisions on complex regulatory, contractual, and personnel issues.
  • Strong communication (e.g., verbal, written, presentation) and interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and with key external business partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly understand complex systems and processes.
  • Ability to apply advanced critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to facilitate a cooperative relationship both within the division, with other divisions of the company, and with pilot union representatives.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), with demonstrated effectiveness in the design and analytical use of Excel spreadsheets.
  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • 3 years of union contract management and administration experience.
  • Experience with automated AQP Program Audit DA4Abase management systems preferred.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.
  • Ability to develop new ideas to improve safety, compliance, efficiency, and cost.
  • Exceptional integrity, with impeccable ethics in safety and compliance.
  • Innovative, apolitical, resilient, fact-based, and creative solutions-focused mindset, with ability to thrive in a rapidly-changing, collaborative environment and to manage conflict.”

*Please note the AFM Team is currently deploying resources to share pilot training industry vacancies to help individuals find work and organization fill roles in order to ramp up operations. You can find all vacancies here and can subscribe to our weekly pilot training industry update to stay up to date with the latest developments, trends and opportunities here.*

To learn more about the job and to apply, click here.

Photo Credit: Alaska Airlines

You may also check our Terms and Conditions for our Content Policy.

Check out the more than 4142 relevant pilot training industry updates here.


Pilot Training Industry Market Intelligence straight to your Inbox!

Other Updates

Flight School Management Software Provider, Aviatize, Onboards New Partner Flight…

Europe | 29th Jan 23

Airbus Celebrates 50 Years Providing World-Class Training to Pilots and…

Global | 28th Jan 23

Middle East Aviation and Pilot Training Group, T3 Aviation Academy,…

Middle East | 28th Jan 23

Cabin Crew Simulator Manufacturer Set to Deliver New Device to…

Middle East | 28th Jan 23

Pilot Training Industry Market Intelligence straight to your Inbox!

Subscribe to AFM’s Newsletter and stay up to date with what is happening in the Pilot Training Industry.