The Director of the High School Aviation Outreach is responsible for providing programmatic, management and fiscal oversight of AOPA's high school aviation STEM initiative. S/he is responsible for supervising program staff, leading long-range vision and planning in accordance with the mission and strategic plans, and coordinating resources and assistance through volunteer committees.
This includes executing the annual aviation STEM symposium, creating teacher professional development events, working and communicating with teachers, recruiting new schools, and representing AOPA at events, workshops, and industry meetings. AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative consists of aviation pathways for grades 9-12 with fully developed year-long courses (similar to a Career and Technology Education pathway) and provides associated teaching materials delivered though an online/digital platform to classroom teachers in AOPA's high school network. Reports to the Executive Director of You Can Fly. Supervises Coordinator, High School Aviation Initiative.
Represent AOPA's You Can Fly High School Aviation Outreach at public events, workshops, and industry meetings.
Plan and execute the annual Aviation STEM Symposium. Develop agenda, secure speakers, manage registration, and grow attendance.
Manage in-person and online teacher professional development programs and events to ensure participating teachers continue to meet the program's participation requirements.
Develop and grow relationships with teachers and other stakeholders. Recruit new teachers and high schools to participate in the program.
Work closely with the Director, Curriculum Development to ensure the program's curriculum meets teacher and student needs.
Provide and coordinate all AOPA internal relationships necessary to support the program, including but not limited to internal production request coordination (to include program marketing and promotion), event planning, online content management, and budget tracking.
Travel as necessary to attend meetings/seminars, host events, and make presentations.
Lead the talent and performance management processes that measure and evaluate progress and performance against organizational goals. Desired Education, Skills & Experience:
Advanced degree in education with seven+ years of experience in education or youth program management.
Experience with STEM related educational and programming practices. Experience with aviation STEM programs highly desired.
Prior success in developing successful relationships with state boards of education, schools boards and/or school administrations.
Solid leadership and management experience and track record in motivating and building strong teams comprised of competent and highly capable individuals
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with diverse stake-holders, including administrators, teachers, staff members, community partners, and donors.
Proven track record of executing creative approaches and innovative strategies in order to promote ideas and advance programs/concepts.
Experience managing multiple priorities and projects in a fast paced and dynamic working environment
Pilot Certificate and current FAA flight medical highly desirable
Strong project and time management skills
Public speaking experience required along with excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to travel 2-3 days per month