Director of Operations- Part 135

Location: LaQuinta, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

You are an experienced aviation professional with a passion for the operational and logistical side of aviation – from organizing safety and training events for pilots to improving processes involving all facets of the day to day operation of a busy private aviation company.  As a pilot, you are accustomed to watching NOTAMS and TFRs change and coming up with plans B and C, but are now ready to spend more or all of your time on the ground rather than travelling the world living out of a suitcase.

We may have just the position for you.  Desert Jet, a part 135 on demand charter company, is seeking an experienced Director of Operations to oversee all operations related to the dispatch and execution of our flights for our customers. 

Who Will Fit Best?

The most successful candidates will have significant experience in the aviation industry in a role such as captain, check airman, instructor, Chief Pilot, Director of Safety or Director of Operations.  The ideal candidate has a strong practical knowledge of FAA regulations and Part 135 experience.  This is primarily an office position where you will be home every night.  Please note prior to applying-- to be Director of Operations, you must meet 14 CFR 119.71 requirements. 

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 and 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 the last five years in a row.  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 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.


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!

Forward this Position
Recipient email address (one)
Your name
Your email address
Enter a message (optional)
Human Check*
Apply for this Position
* Required fields
First name*
Last name*
Email address*
Phone number*

Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, or .docx (limit 2MB) or paste resume

Paste your resume here or attach resume file

Cover Letter*
In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!*