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Project Leader – Future Aviation System Integration

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Project Leader – Future Aviation System Integration


Flight Safety Foundation is an international non-profit organization exclusively chartered to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the aviation and aerospace industry. The Foundation, which was started in 1947, is in a unique position to identify global safety issues, set priorities and serve as a catalyst to address these concerns through data collection and information sharing, education, advocacy and communications. The Foundation’s effectiveness in bridging proprietary, cultural and political differences in the common cause of safety has earned worldwide respect. Its mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety. With a membership that spreads throughout the world, FSF brings an international perspective to aviation issues for its members, the media, and the traveling public. With offices, in Alexandria, VA, Brussels, Belgium and Melbourne, Australia, the Foundation conducts research, analysis and modeling to improve global aviation safety and to leverage extensive global aviation dataset to develop data-driven safety recommendations that are adopted globally.

Position Information

The Project Leader for Future Aviation System Integration will work with a multidisciplanry team of technical and operational experts in developing future concepts and architecture involving the safe integration of new entrants (drones and advanced air mobility) into the the airspace.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Leader will participate and manage several efforts related to advanced aviation systems and exploration of innovations in safety capabilities. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Broad understanding of the international aviation environment and key stakeholder perspectives
  • Experience in managing teams, budgets, and multi-person projects

And be able to:

  • Lead teams and coordinate with multiple external stakeholders
  • Develop plans and strategy for project execution
  • Manage sponsor relationships and cross-organizational coordination
  • Work with international stakeholders (including multiple time zones)
  • Travel, as required, for face-to-face meetings

Education requirements:

  • B.S. in engineering, aerospace or related field; degree in aviation is acceptable
  • Preferred: Masters in engineering, aerospace or related field; degree in aviation is acceptable.

Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelors degree in a field relating to data analytics, modeling and operations research is preferably in is required. Advanced degree is desirable.

Professional Experience

  • Ten years + experience in aviation modernization and design, including advanced system development, operational concept formulation, systems thinking, integration across systems, and technical architecture analysis and tradeoffs

· A minimum of 5 years of experience with the challenges on conducting analytic work assembling data from disparate sources.

· Experience in the design and establishment of frameworks and systems to integrate, harmonize and implement air traffic safety initiatives and requirements at national and internationsl levels.

· Familiarity in dealing with governmental and non?governmental entities at different levels.

Professional Experience — preferred

· Extensive knowledge of and experience in air traffic control, management and implementation of air traffic applications at international or national levels with leadership ability to plan and manage to obtain tangible results.

Language Skills

Required: Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.


· Judgement/Decision?making: Exercise mature judgement and sound decision?making skills. Recognize key issues and analyze relevant information before making recommendations and decisions. Take ownership of all responsibilities and honor commitments.

· Communication:Write clearly, concisely. Prepare detailed technical documentation and reports. Present articulate verbal reports.

· Teamwork:Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.

· Planning and organization: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identify priorities and adjust as required.

· Client orientation: Establish and maintain partnerships with external collaborators. Work successfully in a consensus?based system. Resolve and manage conflict effectively.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $130,000.00 - $150,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 10 years


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
We follow local, state, and Federal guidelines.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Alexandria, VA 22314: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Aviation: 10 years (Required)


  • English fluently (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

  • Health insurance

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