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Chief Pilot UAS Operations

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Location: Columbus, OH, United States
Date Posted:
Req ID: R00934865

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Job Summary
The Chief Pilot UAS Operations oversees the ground and flight operations of an Unmanned Aircraft System. They are responsible for the safe, secure, and compliant operation of all UAS Systems as well as taking ownership of the pilot competency and continued airworthiness of UAS platforms. Serves as team lead and customer interface in operational environments. The Chief Pilot works with multiple stakeholders, including Air Traffic Controllers, FAA, and NiSource Operations to create and comply with existing and new operational procedures that include consideration for existing and future legislation.

Essential Functions

Facilitates all matters related to the safe conduct of operation such as airspace approval, airworthiness certification, and crew qualifications.

Provides strong leadership that conveys a commitment to highest levels of aviation and safety standards for administration, management, employees, and customers.

Oversees UAS Operational Control in a manner that supports adherence to company policy.

Coordinates associated regulatory approvals.

Establishes and verifies crew qualifications, and plans, directs, and coordinates the training and development activities of Autonomous Systems Operators.

Assesses state operating companies for UAS needs.

Develops and maintains comprehensive reports for Operations, Safety, and budgetary needs.

Ensure that Autonomous Systems Operators have the necessary resources to perform the functions of their positions in compliance with applicable regulations.

Ensure aircraft airworthiness.

Stay up to date and incorporate industry standards, best practices, and FAA guidance on Unmanned Aircraft.

Leads diverse team of at least two qualified NiSource employees with authority to hire, terminate, promote, demote, coach, develop and performance manage.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone License

UAV experience

Strong aviation knowledge

Knowledge and maintenance experience of technical systems, including avionics, ground control systems, and radio systems.

Have a good understanding of platforms, sensors, and technology.

Ability to lead a team of NiSource employees and vendors.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree Aviation or Safety

Conventional (crewed) pilot experience

Instrument Rating Certification or Airline Transport Pilot Certification Instrument Rating Certification

Fixed-wind and multi-rotor General Visual Certificate (GVC)

Physical Demands

Standing - Occasionally

Walking - Occasionally

Sitting - Constantly

Lifting - Rarely

Carrying - Rarely

Pushing - Rarely

Pulling - Rarely

Climbing - Rarely

Balancing - Rarely

Stooping - Rarely

Kneeling - Rarely

Crouching - Rarely

Crawling - Rarely

Reaching - Rarely

Handling - Occasionally

Grasping - Occasionally

Feeling - Rarely

Talking - Constantly

Hearing - Constantly

Repetitive Motions - Frequently

Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination - Frequently

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position.

Inclusion & Diversity 
Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities. 

Safety Statement
Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program.  Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries.  Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers.  Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$125,800.00 - $188,600.00

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