Director of Safety - Aviation

Location: Thermal, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

You are an experienced aviation professional with a passion for safety and making improvements to the way things are done.  You can predict when a situation might lead to degradation of safety standards and can make thoughtful improvements to processes and procedures to manage, mitigate, or prevent.  And, you can communicate “lessons-learned” while implementing corrective actions to prevent future recurrences.

We may have just the position for you.  Desert Jet, a part 135 on demand charter company, is seeking a Director of Safety to direct the company’s safety culture by identifying and managing safety risks specific to Desert Jet’s flight, maintenance, FBO and support operations.

Desert Jet’s current Director of Safety has recently been promoted and now we are looking to expand this important role into a full-time position for a candidate with significant operational experience in a corporate/charter environment; preferably with experience in a safety role.

Who Will Fit Best?

The most successful candidates will have significant experience in the aviation industry in a role such as Chief Pilot, Director of Safety or Director of Operations.  The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of IS-BAO and IS-BAH protocols and Part 135 experience.  This is primarily an office position where you will be home every night, but there will be some travel involved to industry safety events and professional development opportunities.

Who We Are

Desert Jet is a group of full-service aviation companies providing jet owners with a full complement of aviation services – including FBO services, jet maintenance, management, charter, acquisitions and sales. But at heart, we are a group of people who are creating great futures for our families by building a company based on our stated values while providing an exceptional service experience for our customers.  We believe that we can build a fun work environment that will enable us to create a memorable experience for our customers that will enable them to do great things with their companies and loved ones through the utilization of private aviation.

Desert Jet is a fast-growing company with lots of opportunity on the horizon.  We have ranked on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing, privately held companies five consecutive years.  We are currently constructing a new 5 acre, 5 million dollar facility to accommodate our growth.

We have an active and effective Safety Management System that allows us to continually make thoughtful improvements in how we do things.  We hold a variety of industry recognitions, including IS-BAO Stage III and IS-BAH Stage I Registration, ARGUS Platinum and Wyvern Wingman status.

Why Work for Desert Jet?

If you are a bright individual with ambitious goals, and want to make an impact in both your job and community, then this is the place for you!  Desert Jet’s team members are encouraged to grow and learn with the company’s help and support. We have a close-knit team who each play an important role in the growth of the company and who each inspire us to continue to learn, grow and improve in our roles.

Successful candidates for the position will hold the following qualifications;

  • Previous experience in Part 135 operations
  • Managerial experience
  • FAA ATP certificate

Preferred qualifications include;

  • NBAA Certified Aviation Manager status
  • IS-BAO and/or IS-BAH auditor training
  • Bachelor’s degree with major or minor in aviation safety, management or other aviation-related field


We offer industry-leading compensation as well as a range of benefits and perks, including;

  • Company-paid medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 401k plan with a 100% company match up to 6% of the employee’s salary
  • Profit sharing
  • Two weeks of vacation and personal time annually after one year of service, increasing with seniority
  • Sick and family medical leave including maternity and paternity leave

Numerous other perks and benefits, from free gym memberships to free lunches at work.

All Desert Jet employees live in the greater Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area.  Relocation assistance will be provided to qualified candidates. 

About the Palm Springs Area

The greater Palm Springs area offers something for everyone - beautiful weather, low cost of living and ample opportunities for fun and adventure.  A sample of nearby activities include:

  • Desert off-road bike riding, sand dunes - less than 30 minutes drive
  • Colorado River - boating, jet skiing - 90 minute drive
  • Joshua Tree - hiking, rock climbing, camping - 60 minute drive
  • Mountains and snow skiing - 90 minute drive
  • California beaches - 2-3 hour drive
  • Hiking, golfing, tennis, polo and a ton of other activities are right in our backyard!  Big music festivals occur here each year, such as Coachella Fest, Desert Trip and Stagecoach.

Interested in learning more? We encourage you to learn more about Desert Jet at our website,  You’ll be able to read about your future coworkers on our site, our core values and a bit about our history.  Apply today!













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