Serve as one of AOPA’s key advocates in promoting the general aviation interests of AOPA at the state and local level.  The NW Mountain region includes the following states: WA, ID, MT, UT, CO, OR, and WY.  Participate in the development, initiation, and execution of strategies that result in: succe

Regional Manager - Northwest Mountain Region

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) • 
Frederick, Maryland, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Job Description:
Serve as one of AOPA’s key advocates in promoting the general aviation interests of AOPA at the state and local level.  The NW Mountain region includes the following states: WA, ID, MT, UT, CO, OR, and WY.  Participate in the development, initiation, and execution of strategies that result in: successful advocacy on state legislative or regulatory issues that affect general aviation; development of AOPA’s membership base, development of grass-roots support for AOPA goals and issues; and the successful protection of general aviation airports.  Provide support and guidance to and be the primary point of contact for the AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) Volunteers within the region.
 
Duties
  • Lead AOPAs regional efforts to engage with, promote, and protect community airports.
  • Manage communications with the ASN Volunteers within the region.  Expand the ASN program within the region.  Support local airport support groups, and individual AOPA members engaged in local advocacy efforts.
  • Develop and represent AOPA policy positions as necessary before state and local legislatures and government officials.
  • Represent AOPA as necessary before regional and local aviation groups.  Develop and expand relationships with community leaders.
  • Act as a liaison between the legislative entities and the organization, responsible for any related queries.
  • Analyze and interpret government policies, evaluate the potential impact to organizational and industry operations.
  • Develop relationships and interact with government officials and agencies at the state and local levels to persuade them to support legislation and policies favorable to the organization’s interests.
  • Engage AOPA’s members and other pilot or airport support groups in developing and maintaining grass-roots organizations who fight for a variety of general aviation interests at every level of government.
  • Assist in building AOPA membership on a regional level.
  • Provides top management with regular reports on opportunities and document legislation affecting company policies.
  • Execute strategies and programs designed to represent the organization favorably and make positive contributions to the community.
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in aviation, political science, public relations, or related field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Five plus years experience working in state and local government or government affairs pertaining to aviation matters; or Five years experience in state aviation or local airport management.  
  • Experience serving as a mentor to staff.
  • Computer, research, leadership, and public speaking skills.
  • Aviation-savvy individual with knowledge and understanding of general aviation issues required.
  • Private pilot certificate required; instrument rating preferred.
  • Ability to travel and on occasion be called upon to work hours that exceed a normal workweek.
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Travel: Occasional travel as required
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