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Chief of Safety

Date Posted
October 15, 2020
Full Time

Job Details

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Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is comprised of over 59,000 adult and cadet volunteers in career fields as diverse as mechanics, doctors, plumbers, executives, teachers, and retirees, our members embody our core values of integrity, volunteerism, excellence, and respect.  Diversity and inclusion are important to CAP and they go hand-in-hand with our core values.

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Civil Air Patrol is in a unique position of being both a 501(c)(3) charity and the Air Force Auxiliary.  We are considered a Total Force Partner with the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve, and the Air National Guard.

We are the only non-profit in the United States that combines search and rescue, youth character and leadership development, and aerospace and cyber education while advancing the preservation and extension of America’s patriotism and values.  95% of our cadets feel it's essential for them to serve our Country.

Today, our 24,000 cadet members and 35,000 adult members serve with passion in 52 CAP Wings throughout the nation, including all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Job Title:  Chief of Safety   
Directorate:  Executive         
Salary:  $101,000
Location:  Maxwell AFB, AL area, preferred; will consider remote work location for an ideal candidate
Reports to:  John Salvador
Closing date:  November 15, 2020

Chief of Safety.  Senior Safety Risk Manager for the Corporation; reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Primary Safety Risk Management Advisor to the CEO, COO, and other CAP National Leadership.  Develops, implements, and sustains a corporate-wide Safety Management System (SMS) geared towards mishap prevention using risk management in all CAP's missions, activities, and corporate functional areas.  Responsible for guiding the active practice of risk management from the strategic acquisition and mission planning levels, down to the individual safety of more than 59,000 volunteer members, a fleet of approximately 600 aircraft, and the operation of approximately 1,000 corporate vehicles, as well as member-owned assets used in CAP activities.  Key member of the CAP Executive Staff, responsible for coordinating safety risk management efforts among all CAP Directorates, in support of CEO and COO corporate risk management decisions and planning.

Essential Duties:
Advises on policies pertaining to safety risk management and develops procedures and directives in support of CAP Safety Risk Management programs.

Develops, manages, and maintains an industry-standard Safety Management System to ensure CAP remains compliant with applicable laws and directives.

Primary Safety Program Manager.  Assists subordinate echelons in complying with the CEO’s vision for Safety Risk Management and CAP Safety Risk Management guidance.

Develops, implements and sustains a comprehensive safety training program to ensure volunteer members receive the education and training required to practice a culture of risk management in all CAP functions.

Ensures education and training are automated and online to allow ease of access, tracking and reporting for members and staff.  

Director of CAP National Safety Officer College (NSOC).  

Responsible for oversight and assessment of all required components of the Safety Management System to ensure effectiveness of risk management practices at all levels.

Develops and implements methodology to ensure thorough hazard analysis and risk assessments prior to CAP events, missions and activities.

Monitors safety mishap reports, contributing factors, hazards, and risks. Classifies each mishap in accordance with definitions established in CAP directives.  Analyzes mishap trends, recommending corrective/preventive actions and risk controls, and facilitating proper prioritization of assets geared toward mishap prevention.  

Responds to notifications of mishaps involving death and/or serious injury, and coordinates with government investigative agencies and equipment manufacturers during investigations of such mishaps.

Designated CAP point of contact for all safety-related correspondence, meetings and inquiries with federal agencies (e.g., Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), etc).

Prepares and delivers briefings and lectures on mishap trends, safety enhancements and other Safety related subjects for various audiences.

Complies with and meets all safety-related goals, objectives, metrics and reporting requirements in the CAP Strategic Plan and CAP’s Federal Grant Cooperative Agreement and Statement of Objectives.

Formulates, monitors and executes the annual Safety budgets, as well as budget planning for the out years.

Designs, updates, and maintains numerous safety-related pages on the Civil Air Patrol website.

Maintains and updates periodic reports, statistics, briefings, and other products in support of the Safety Program.

Supervises a small paid staff as well as recruiting, training and managing a staff of 8-10 volunteers to ensure member input and support for safety initiatives.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university.  

  • Master's degree desired.  

  • Aeronautical rating with extensive aviation experience required.  

  • Previous experience in civilian aviation and ground safety programs is desired.

  • FAA Private Pilot rating (or military equivalent) required; Commercial Pilot rating desired.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in large safety-focused organization or the military, highly desired.  

  • Must possess exceptional analytical skills and the ability to translate program requirements to all stakeholder groups.  

  • Strong working knowledge of mishap review/investigation and the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) is highly desired.  

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including strong command of English language to include excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation required.  

  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills are required.  

  • Must be able to work independently with a minimum of guidance and supervision.

  • Must possess proficiency with Microsoft 365, Teams, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint—able to quickly learn other key software programs.  

  • Working knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards 29 CFR Part 1910 desired.  

  • Experience as a CAP aircrew member or with CAP, in general, is a plus.

Position Location
Work location preferred to be CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, AL.  However, leadership will consider remote work to be an option for the right candidate.

Salary and Benefits
Salary:  $101,000.  CAP offers a 401(k) retirement plan, health/dental insurance, paid life insurance, sick/vacation leave, paid holidays, and a flexible spending account.  This position does not offer a relocation package.

Send cover letter and resume to:  Please include job title in the subject line.
Application closeout date:  November 15, 2020 No phone calls, please. EOE

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