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Director of Safety

Oxford, New Haven County, Connecticut
146 days ago

Tradewind Aviation is a leading Part 135 commuter and on-demand private charter operator with operational bases at the Waterbury/Oxford, CT (OXC), Westchester, NY (HPN), Stuart, FL (SUA) and San Juan, PR (SJU) airports. Founded by aviation enthusiasts in 2001 on the premise that all flights deserve the highest quality aircraft, crew, and service, Tradewind provides personal air travel—both private and scheduled service—throughout North America and the Caribbean.


For more details visit www.flytradewind.com

About the Role:

Tradewind Aviation is seeking a Director of Safety to join our growing team. The Director of Safety reports to the Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Executive and is primarily responsible for Tradewind Aviation’s Safety Management System as well as developing, documenting, and distributing new policies and procedures. Along with all Tradewind Aviation Management team members, the Director of Safety will oversee the development and implementation of any new programs in response to the needs of the company or new regulatory requirements. The Director of Safety will have the primary responsibility to administer the company safety program and for researching the relevant regulations, guidance provided by any governmental agency, industry best practices and current Tradewind Aviation practices during the development of any new programs.     





  • Oversee and Manage Tradewind Aviation’s Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Manage and update Safety Management Manual and Safety Policy
  • Manage company Safety Assurance program
  • Manage company Safety Risk Management program
  • Safety Promotion
  • Develop and document company safety policies and procedures  
  • Communicate regular Safety Program updates to senior management   
  • Liaison with FAA and other external agencies on safety-related issues
  • Liaise with other functional departments and team leaders to ensure safety programs are integrated into day-to-day operations as required by the Tradewind SMS 
  • Direct and oversee the implementation and subsequent changes to the SMS as it pertains to all operations while ensuring compliance with the applicable regulations
  • Chair/Facilitate various Safety meetings/forums 
  • Oversee safety related programs including, but not limited to Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP) and Safety Management System (SMS)  
  • Develops strategic initiatives to support the ongoing management of safety for Tradewind Aviation   

SMS Content

  • Oversee and direct the activities of SMS investigations and corrective action plans as they pertain to all operations
  • Interact frequently with other departments leadership to ensure follow-through and completion of milestones related to ad-hoc or long-term safety related projects 
  • Partner with Operational Leadership to ensure operations are conducted without unnecessary safety risk and/or security threat to people and/or property (including identifying trends and making recommendations to Leadership) 
  • Ensure the management of safety risks to aircraft operations 


  • Oversee and Manage ERP manual, training, and drills 
  • Primary liaison with selected business partners  


  • Oversee and Manage Internal Evaluation Program and maintain internal audit schedule 
  • Ensure checklists are relevant to Tradewind Aviation operations 
  • Ensure corrective action plans are developed and closed in a timely manner
  • Ensure Accountable Executive is aware of ongoing concerns as identified by the Internal Evaluation Program 

3rd Party Audits of Tradewind Aviation

  • Support third-party audits, as requested   


  • Develop and manage departmental budget 
  • Other duties as assigned

Safety Promotion/Advocacy

  • Oversee and manage SMS, ERP, and IEP related training and ensure proficiency of process owners and applicable team members 
  • Act as a Safety Ambassador for the organization, both internally and externally to include attending applicable industry forums and presentations 

Manage Team Members

  • Oversee and mentor team members
  • Take a significant role in the development of team members to support their engagement, growth, goal achievement and development of their succession plan and for the department 




  • Bachelor’s Degree in aviation or a related field; OR equivalent experience and certification in aviation safety management
  • 3-5 years’ relevant aviation industry experience in safety, safety programs, or a related field 

 Strong interpersonal skills

  •  Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  •  Strong organizational and management skills
  •  Ability to work under stress in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  •  Proficiency with MS Office 365 applications
  •  Working knowledge of regulations and standards governing commercial aviation (ICAO, FAA, NTSB, IOSA) and those governing aviation safety, security, environmental, and employee health and safety
  •  Working knowledge of 14 CFR Part 5 and Safety Management System (SMS) principles and applications
  •  Experience working directly with the FAA
  •  Ability to conduct or support data and/or statistical analyses to provide meaningful and actionable insight that improve     Tradewind’s safety performance
  •  Experience and/or training in Human Factors, aviation safety investigations, and Root Cause Analysis
  • Ability to learn and understand new software in detail
  •  Available for occasional overnight travel (10%)
  •  Valid Passport or equivalent travel documents with the ability to travel in and out of the United States


  •  Graduate-level coursework in aviation, aviation safety, or a related field 
  •  Formal safety management training, accident investigation training, or prior analyst experience working within a 14 CFR Part 121 or Part 135 Safety
    Investigations or ASAP program 
  •  Experience in aviation operations (FAA certificated Pilot, A&P, Dispatcher and/or work experience in an operational role at a Part 121 or 135 air carrier
    or aircraft OEM)
  •  Broad knowledge of airline maintenance, flight operations, dispatch, ground operations, and commercial aviation regulations desired
  •  Broad knowledge of aviation reporting systems and safety principles
  • Experience running an Operations Department


  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA/DCA and 401(k) plan.
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Fun, dynamic team with opportunities for rapid advancement
  • Travel benefits on various US and International airlines

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