Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Development Manager

In support of our client, a state government entity that needs to develop a more robust UAS Program for their organization, we are seeking an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Development Manager who will be responsible for the organization’s continued development of their Drone Flight Operations Program. In this role, you will be the point of contact for all UAS operations within the division and coordinate with federal, state, and private entities.  The client started a small UAS program a couple of years ago but they need the existing program to grow and stay up to date and relevant to the latest state and federal guidelines as well as technology associated with Unmanned Aircraft Systems. This is a long-term, multi-year contract position with benefits located in the Atlanta Georgia area.  The minimum qualifications for this position are:

Five years’ professional experience in the following areas:

  • Aviation safety and legal compliance inspector for a governmental agency; or Aviation program administrator for a large business or governmental organization.

  • Experience with Model or other unmanned aircraft operations.

  • Extensive knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations sufficient to research, ensure compliance, educate and train pilots and unmanned aircraft operators and other airport operations.

  • Computer knowledge and experience sufficient to create training materials, manage database of airport information, analyze reports and issue data to upper management.

    Required Certifications:

  • FAA Remote Pilot

    Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Approves all UAS Purchase Applications, or requests for the purchase of unmanned aircraft and accompanying equipment and software programs. A list of criteria that must be met for the approval of purchases will be developed by the UAS Development Manager.

  • Approves all requests by employees to study for, train or test for their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.

  • Maintains a database of all employees with a FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.

  • Oversees all internal and external pilot training and maintains a database of those who have completed such.

  • Registers and Maintains all the division’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems

  • Maintains all UAS Preflight Check Forms and Post-flight Check Log Forms.

  • Ensures compliance with this UAS policies and all applicable federal and state laws.

  • Coordinates with Legal Services to update this UAS policy as federal and state laws change.

  • Maintains contact with the FAA and reports to the FAA on any serious injury to any person or property.

  • Coordinates with Office of Employment Relations and Safety when necessary.

  • Coordinates with the Office of Communications when necessary.

  • Maintains a file for each UAS Pilot which shall include copies of the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, training records, UAS incidents, etc.

  • Maintains a file for each Visual Observer which shall include copies of training records, UAS incidents, etc.

  • Investigates any alleged unsafe or dangerous acts committed during the operation of an UAS.

  • Provides the FAA with any required data, information or documentation or access to UAS and equipment.

  • Oversee annual Inventory and Preventive Maintenance Inspections.