Director of Operations: 14 CFR Part 135 Helicopter Air Ambulance Operations

NATURE OF WORKUnder administrative direction, this position performs Director of Operations duties for the flight operations within the Aviation Division of the Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Employees in this classification are public safety employees.  Position oversees flight operations and ensures compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.  Commands and operates multi engine helicopters in response to a variety of emergency and fire rescue missions. Position provides assistance with on-the-scene emergency medical care. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision, utilizing initiative, and discretion in response to emergency circumstances.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Conducts operations to the highest degree of safety possible in the public interest. Ensures that all flight operations are conducted safely and in compliance with all FARs, Operations Specifications, and Broward Sheriff's Office's policies/procedures.
  • Conducts operations to the highest degree of safety possible in the public interest. Ensures that all flight operations are conducted safely and in compliance with all FARs, Operations Specifications, and Broward Sheriff's Office's policies/procedures.
  • Communicates with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of approved Operations Department policies and procedures, to include the General Operations Manual, personnel policy (in conjunction with Human Resources), and all other policies which affect agency operations.
  • Devises revisions to the GOM as needed and upon approval distributes those revisions to the Chief Pilot.
  • Coordinates with aviation mechanics to schedule timely corrections of mechanical irregularities and discrepancies.
  • Has authority to act for the Certificate holder, including the signing of FAA correspondence and operations specifications.
  • Notifies the Certificate Holding District Office (CHDO) of any accidents, incidents, or other significant events.
  • Makes recommendation for the budget for the Aviation/Air Rescue Program.
  • Notifies the Certificate Holding District Office (CHDO) of any change of the principle base of operations as required in 14 CFR 119.47(b).
  • Collaborates with the Chief Pilot to disseminate information to all flight crew members pertaining to regulations and agency policies/procedures.
  • Responsible to establish a Safety Management System (SMS) and is familiar with the SMS policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Acts as Chief Pilot when Chief Pilot is absent.
  • Operates rotary-wing aircraft in response to fire rescue scene calls, inter-facility transports and search and rescue missions and/or assist people in distress.
  • Complies with Federal Aviation Regulations and Air Traffic Control procedures.
  • Transports victims, patients, equipment, and medical personnel; ensures that the aircraft and weather conditions are flightworthy to transport medical crew and patients to and from medical facilities.
  • Performs aerial firefighting operations.
  • Conducts Rescue Hoist operations.  
  • Maintains all pre-flight and post flight data, i.e., operations logs, aircraft logs, and weather briefings.
  • Performs all pre-flight, in-flight and post flight checks in accordance with federal, state and local laws. 
  • Conducts detailed flight plans with little notice; ensures proper fueling and operations readiness of aircraft at all times.
  • Performs routine cleaning and maintenance on aircraft and rotor blades.
  • Conduct training flights to enhance air operations, safety, and coordination with other units; performs flight instructor training and safety duties.
  • Maintains current knowledge of local geography and roadway networks.
  • Assists Paramedics in basic life support first aid emergencies.
  • Works predominately 12 hour shifts on a varied rotational basis.
  • Performs related duties as directed.

Tasks involve the intermittent performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds). May require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavier objects. Most tasks are performed in flight where proper provisions are in place in terms of employee security and protection. Due to the nature of aerial operations, tasks include potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements consistent with inclement weather, high wind speeds, and equipment stress. Some tasks include working around moving parts, light to moderate weight motor equipment, and materials handling where physical risks are predictable and/or controllable by observance of standard safety precautions.The Broward Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Broward Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

Pilot-Rotary Wing
Broward County Sheriff`s Office
Job Type: 
Fort Lauderdale
  • High school diploma or equivalent.  An evaluation of foreign high school diploma may be required.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a PIC in part 135 operations in the past six (6) years. 
  • FAA Rotorcraft-Helicopter Commercial Certificate and Instrument Rating
  • FAA First or Second Class Airman Medical Certificate
  • Three thousand (3000) total flight time hours (helicopter)
  • One thousand five hundred (1500) PIC flight hours (helicopter)
  • One thousand (1000) turbine helicopter flight hours
  • Five hundred (500) cumulative night flight hours
  • One hundred (100) instrument flight hours
  • NVG experience.
  • 14 CFR 135 experience
  • EC135 experience
  • Previous HAA experience
  • Single Pilot experience
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Florida driver's license throughout employment without restrictions that may affect job performance.Must pass PRIA background prior to offer of employment.
  • SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSMust pass the State of Florida or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license within the one (1) year probationary period. BSO Fire Rescue EMT Training Provided during the initial new hire phase. Note: Starting pay negotiable depending on experience with qualifying incentives available