Pitch Aeronautics Inc. Aviation Ops Project Manager (DoD Skillbridge) Boise, ID · Full time

We're looking for a project manager who can develop our aviation operations program.


Skillbridge Overview

This job posting is specific to the DoD’s Skillbridge program and is only open to personnel eligible to apply for a DoD Skillbridge program. Any rank, enlisted or officer, may apply for SkillBridge. SkillBridge permits you to use up to the last 180 days of service to train and learn with an industry partner. During SkillBridge participation, you continue to receive military compensation and you are covered by your military benefits. Release for SkillBridge is always mission-dependent, however, and your unit commander must authorize participation prior to entering into any agreement with interested industry employment partners. Individuals who are not eligible to participate in the Skillbridge program need not apply. Please visit the Skillbridge website here for additional information. Click here to view this position on the DoD Skillbridge website and search for "Pitch Aeronautics".

Company Description

Pitch Aeronautics (www.pitchaero.com) is a rapidly growing startup creating game-changing solutions for the utility industry. Pitch has developed a drone to install our line sensor, bird diverters, and other equipment on power lines. Our drone-deployable line sensors wirelessly transmit environmental and line characteristics to an online secure API to help utilities push more power through existing lines, prevent wildfires, and improve grid reliability. We're looking for a project manager who can develop our aviation operations program. 

At Pitch we’ve fostered a collaborative, fun,  “get-stuff-done” working environment. We believe in moving fast and creating products and prototypes rapidly. If you’re looking for a place where you can make a difference on day one, be empowered to achieve, and love working in small teams, we want to meet you! 

Learn more about our company at:

-Our website: https://www.pitchaero.com/

-Our Linked-In posts: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11764600/

-Our Facebook posts: https://www.facebook.com/pitchaero

-Here's a video of our drone performing a sensor installation on an energized power line: https://youtu.be/S9F0jz4eqNY?feature=shared

Role Description

We are on the lookout for a pioneering Aviation Ops Project Manager to spearhead the development of our nascent drone operations program. This role is not just about managing a project—it's about building it from the ground up. The ideal candidate will chart the course for this exciting venture, laying the foundation for all aspects including drone operator training, maintenance training, dorne maintenance, regulatory compliance, drone operational execution, and the creation of processes and procedures. As a crucial on-site position in our Boise, Idaho office, this role will require not just leadership and project management skills, but also a visionary mindset and the ability to think critically about every facet of drone operations. The Project Manager will be responsible for meticulously documenting the drone operations process, ensuring that every detail of the program is recorded for future reference and regulatory compliance. If you're ready to take on the challenge of developing a comprehensive drone operations program from scratch and have a knack for detailed planning and execution, we want you on our team. This role may require travel during summer 2024.

Key Responsibilities

  • Program Development: Lead the charge in creating a drone operations program from the ground up. This includes developing training plans, operational procedures, maintenance plans, and meeting regulatory compliance. 
  • Strategic Planning: Develop strategic plans for the program's launch and ongoing operation, ensuring a scalable and sustainable model that meets the organization's objectives.
  • Documentation and Compliance: Create comprehensive documentation for all aspects of the program, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Collaborate with various departments and teams to align program development with broader company goals, ensuring effective communication and coordination.
  • Stakeholder Management: Engage with internal and external stakeholders, gathering input and building relationships crucial for the program's success.
  • Project Management Excellence: Utilize project management best practices to oversee the program's development from conception to launch, ensuring milestones are met efficiently and effectively.
  • Adaptability and Innovation: Show flexibility in approach and the ability to innovate, overcoming challenges and adapting strategies as the program evolves.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proven experience in aviation operations, with a strong preference for the following  background:
  • Pilots
  • WSOs
  • Aviation MX leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex programs from scratch, including planning, implementation, and documentation.
  • Strong leadership skills, with experience leading cross-functional teams and working independently with minimal direction.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and the ability to drive teams toward critical project and business outcomes.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in training/maintenance shops.
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) 
  • Commercial UAS Pilot
  • Experience developing training or maintenance plans.