Chief Pilot/Head of Operations

Melbourne, Australia
09 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Key Leadership role
  • 5-year full time, fixed-term position
  • Based in Point Cook

About RMIT Flight Training

RMIT Flight Training is a specialist training unit within RMIT University dedicated to the training of professional pilots at all levels, locally and internationally. RMIT is the holder of an Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Air Operators Certificate of Approval and has previously been approved by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) and the Oman Directorate General of Civil Aviation Regulation to conduct flight training.

The Flight Training School has trained more than 3,000 commercial pilots including over 1,000 pilots for various International Airlines. RMIT continues to attract a substantial cohort of international students every year from all over the world. RMIT has a fleet of the variety and type necessary to conduct training at all levels.

The Role

The Chief Pilot is a key leadership role with RMIT University. The role will be responsible for ensuring the flight school is providing a high level of training, on time performance of student progress, maintaining regulatory compliance, managing aircraft maintenance and safety management systems.

Your Responsibilities

  • Coordinate flying training activities and general student flying progression.
  • Assist the Senior manager (Flight & Aviation) to ensure:
    • Flight crew training standards are maintained throughout the organisation and in accordance with Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations;
    • Training is conducted in accordance with the Training Management System.
  • Ensure that a record and evidence of vocational competence is maintained and reviewed through the annual Workplan
  • Ensure that appropriate training is conducted and provide on-going staff supervision and mentoring in the Training Management Systems use.
  • Continued improvement and maintenance of record keeping.

Skills & Experience

  • Pilots Licence with appropriate endorsements enabling appointment as Chief Pilot of all authorised operations under RMIT University AOC.
  • Experience leading flight operations either as the head of flying operations / chief pilot in a similar sized organisation, or in a senior leadership role within the flight operations of a larger organisation.
  • High level knowledge and understanding of the relevant CASA legislation and regulations.
  • Significant leadership skills, including effective interpersonal and communication skills relevant to teaching and consultancy environments.
  • Demonstrated capacity to diagnose learning problems in students, propose and implement effective solutions.


Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices

Mandatory Qualifications / Vocational Competencies

The successful person is required to meet all the following minimum standards.

  • CPL licence and Air Transport licence
  • Minimum of 5,000 PIC
  • Capable of holding CASA HOO
  • Grade 1 Flight Instructor Endorsement M/E and FIR / IR Training endorsements;
  • Flight Examiner approvals RPL, PPL, CPL, FIR and CIR
  • Significant experience in Instructor and Instrument training; and

The appointee must be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level of those delivered.

Teaching Qualification

The appointee must hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as a minimum qualification. This consists of 10 units (7 core and 3 electives).

To Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your experience. Please note that a separate response to KSC is required. For further information about this position, please find the position description by going to and search using job reference 578091.

Applications close on Tuesday 20th August 2019

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

We kindly request that we are not accepting agency enquiries for this role

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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