Certified Flight Instructor I

Job description

Posting Number::


Position Title::

Certified Flight Instructor I

Posting Date::


Closing Date::


Open Until Filled (notes)::

Open for Academic Year

Length of Position::

Temporary, as Needed Basis

Anticipated Start Date::

June 2020

Position Type/Employee Class::

Temporary PT Hourly


< .50 FTE

Salary Level::

Irregular Wage Salary Schedule

Starting Pay Range:

$23.00 to $28.00/hr, non-benefited position, no guarantee of hours

Hours per Week::

Hours of the Week may Vary

Work Schedule::

Hours of the week may Vary

Days of the Week::

Days of the Week may Vary

Job Summary/Purpose::

Provide practical flight and ground instruction for college degree-seeking students. Professional airplane pilot, and professional helicopter pilot career paths apply. CFI’s must maintain all student paperwork in compliance with FAA regulations.

Reporting Structure: This position reports to the COCC Aviation Program Director for all matters concerning COCC students, policies, and practices, including unsatisfactory training progress, disciplinary problems, scheduling issues, etc. COCC does not own or maintain aircraft, therefore the position also reports to the aircraft leasing company(ies) for matters concerning aircraft operations, maintenance, and safety.

Essential Functions::

1. Maintain flight and ground operations records.
2. Responsible to set goals for students and communicate/document student progress in accordance with College program requirements.
3. Invoice and verify student flight lab account status.
4. Plan and dispatch all flights accurately.
5. Prepare all Federal Aviation Administration paperwork prior to the check ride
6. Responsible to be present during student solo flights and know the destination, route and contact number’s for students on the solo flight.
7. Follow all safety procedures and flight requirements outlined by Aircraft Rental companies/ college.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities::

All CFIs must possess the listed knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. The individual is expected to follow College work rules and policies.

1. Extensive knowledge and understanding of aviation (airplane/ helicopter as appropriate, rules and regulations).
2. Knowledge of teaching and instruction of various audiences and group dynamics.
3. Ability to speak effectively to others information and ideas so that others will understand and skills to follow through.
4. Able to work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, company reps, and the general public.
5. Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using the English language without the use of an interpreter.
6. Ability to work cooperatively with and contribute to a diverse workplace through ideas or experience.
7. Skills to use general office equipment.
8. Skills and familiarity with use of following software Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, E-mail) and be able to navigate the internet. Must be able to learn Total Fixed Base Operation (FBO) software on the job.
9. Ability to travel throughout College district, and willingness to work various hours in a non-traditional workweek as required.
10. Must be able to demonstrate essential job functions as outlined above.


All CFIs, including the chief pilot, must go through COCC’s recruitment and onboarding steps.
• Line instructors:
o carry a good portion of the instructional load for newer students, and some mid-level students.
• Senior instructors:
o handle mid-level to advanced students, and some specialized instruction.
• Chief Pilots:
o are available to instruct, but usually only step in if there is a need (example: student to instructor ratio becomes unmanageable, student assessment for continuation).
o have the authority to remove a student or instructor from flight status if the student or instructor proves to be a threat to flight safety.
o work collaboratively with COCC full time faculty on all issues concerning student progress, and instructor performance.
o can/will make dismissal recommendations to COCC full time faculty, but cannot carry out a formal dismissal of a COCC employed Certified Flight Instructor.
o can/will prevent an instructor and/ or COCC student from utilizing aircraft that are under lease by the COCC Aviation Program when acting in the interest of student safety, and protecting equipment on behalf of the leasing company.

In relationship to the CFI role:

COCC full-time faculty:
• Visit the airport on a recurring basis, but since they cannot maintain a full time presence, rely on the Chief pilot (or their assistants) to inform COCC of irregularities concerning students or instructors.
• Are responsible to communicate immediately with COCC HR and the CFI regarding any changes to CFI employment status.

Leading Edge Aviation (LEA):
• Cannot pay COCC instructors for purposes of instructing COCC students. That is the sole responsibility of COCC.

Physical Demands and Other Ergonomic Requirements::

Working hours are regular per the established work schedule. Work is performed in an outside environment, with extended standing 50% of the time. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to also function effectively indoors in an office environment with the ability to sit or stand at workstation for extended periods. The employee is regularly required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms and requires near visual acuity to write, read written materials and computer screens, and sufficient hearing and speech ability for ordinary telephonic conversations. Occasional minimal exposure to fumes and vapors, grease, oil and dirt. Occasionally handle heavy equipment. Computer screen is used more than 30 percent of the time. All individuals are required to be able to perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement:

It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status or any other protected classes under Federal and State statutes in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Equal Employment Officer, c/o COCC’s Human Resources office, 541.383.7216.

In support of COCC’s EEO statement, employees with bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is a plus, along with experience working in a diverse multicultural setting.

Minimum Qualifications::

Minimum Requirements:
1.Associate’s Degree required, or show ability to complete Associate’s Degree within one year from date of hire.
2.Current Airplane or Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor Certification (CFI), as appropriate.
3.Current Airplane or Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor (instrument) ‘CFII’/ Multi Engine Instructor (MEI) certification as appropriate, or show ability to complete the CFII/MEI certifications within one year from date of hire.
4.Second Class Medical Certificate (FAA requirement).

Special Necessary Qualifications:
•Valid Oregon Driver’s License or the ability to obtain within 30-days of employment (TSA requirement).

Preferred Qualifications::

Desirable Qualifications:
•100 hours of flight and/or simulator time within the past 12 months

Special Instructions to Applicants::


NOTE: You may be required to upload required documents indicated in this posting at the time you apply. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload all required documents, including transcript(s). If you have questions please contact Human Resources at 541-383-7216.

Is a Criminal History Check required?:


Is a Credit History Check Required?:


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Posted: 6/25/2020
Application Due: 12/22/2020
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