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Chief of Flight Instruction – Part 141 Program – South Dakota State University
College of Education and Human Sciences

Department of Consumer Sciences




The Chief of Flight Instruction is responsible for providing and ensuring quality flight instruction as well as overseeing, mentoring, and evaluating the flight instructor staff. This individual will need to possess and maintain a strong working knowledge of all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, to include Parts 61, 91, and 141, and will provide leadership and mentorship to both instructors and students.


SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Duties include:

  • Conduct training with students, stage checks, end of course checks, and staff training.
  • Ensure all students understand and practice all aspects of the South Dakota State University Aviation Safety Program.
  • Verify each assigned students’ satisfactory progress through their flight courses and that all course standards, training requirements, and objectives are met.
  • Mentor students and assist with job placement and recruitment of new students.
  • Accurately maintain all appropriate records including student training records, student logbooks, and computer records.
  • Recommend curriculum and courseware improvements when appropriate.
  • Develop new curriculum or courseware as assigned for quality review.


As an integral position in the program, the Chief of Flight Instruction will participate in service as required by the university, department, and program. This position requires an open dialog between the campus and flight facility.  The Chief of Flight Instruction will also assist the program leader with managing different aspects of flight operations; including maintenance, finances, support staff, desk operations, and any other areas the program leader deems necessary. In this role, the Chief of Flight Instruction is responsible for ensuring compliance with the approved TCO, all 141 regulations (including currency), as… View Full Description well as all university safety policies and procedures.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:                                                                                  


  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), airplane multi-engine land;
  • All requirements of 14 CFR 141.35;
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree;
  • Possesses and has maintained a 1st or 2nd class medical certificate;
  • Possesses or has the ability to obtain valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to work flexible hours; including holidays, nights, and weekends;
  • Ability to represent SDSU in a professional, positive manner;
  • Effective organizational skills, commitment to detail and follow-up, and exceptional motivational skills;
  • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:                                                                       


  • Previous 14 CFR 141 experience;
  • Master’s Degree;
  • Industry experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide quality flight instruction;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to and participate actively in the program;
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations.




South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2015 enrollment of 12,589 students from all 50 states and 81 countries. Approximately 67% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 29% are from other states and 4% from other countries. The University provides a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation, and engagement.


The American Association of University Professors categorizes SDSU as a Category 1 or doctoral-level institution. The University is designated as research high in the Carnegie Classifications.


The University has been designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity is a major resource for the economic development needs of the state.


LOCATION – BROOKINGS SOUTH DAKOTA:                                                                                 


Brookings, a community of 22,591, is located in eastern South Dakota, just minutes from the Minnesota border and less than an hour’s drive to the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Iowa find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.


What really makes Brookings special is its unique neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, and interesting people. It is a thriving community with an extraordinary quality of life, a booming job market, and an outstanding school system. recently ranked Brookings as 5th on the Top 10 Small Towns List.




The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences with undergraduate major programs in Consumer Affairs, Hospitality Management, Aviation, Apparel Merchandising, and minors in Leadership, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit organizations (LMNO), and Master’s programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.


The aviation program resides in the College of Education and Human Sciences with offices in Wagner Hall on campus and at the Brookings Regional Airport. The program has approximately 70 major and minor students with a dedicated flight school utilizing Cessna C-172, Piper PA 28R-201, and Piper PA-44-180 aircraft issuing private pilot through MEI flight training in both the Part 61 and Part 141 environment. The program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International and has an approved R-ATP curriculum.


APPLICATION PROCESS:                                                                                  


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 20, 2016.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply: visit, search by position title, review the job announcement, click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. To complete the application process, the employment site will ask candidates for four attachments in .doc or .PDF format:


  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae, including flight and medical certification;
  • Brief statement of teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other document’);
  • Reference page with current telephone, email, and mailing addresses of three professional references.


The search committee will not review incomplete on-line applications. Additional documentation may be requested of candidates at a later date.  Email applications will not be accepted. Contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or email if you require assistance with the on-line process.


SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.


Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.


For questions about this position, contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Cody Christensen at (605) 688-4893 or

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