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Alaska Airlines Managing Director Safety in Seattle, Washington


We deliver excellence with passion. Each Horizon employee aims high, and working closely together, we soar. As a committed partner to Alaska Airlines, we connect the cities, people and promise of the West. Going the extra mile for guests and each other. Taking on each day knowing we're part of something remarkable.


Role Summary

The Managing Director, Safety sets the long-term strategy and oversees the financial performance of the safety team at Horizon Air (QX). As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of leaders to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive safety program.

This role also serves as the 14 CFR Part 119.65 appointed Director of Safety on the Horizon Air Operations Specifications as well as serve as primary safety compliance liaison with FAA CMO Office Manager on behalf of Horizon Air.

Scope & Complexity

This senior level people leader provides thought leadership and strategic counsel through expert-level knowledge of safety for Horizon Air

Key Duties

  • Establish strategic goals and direction as well as sets long-term strategy for Safety at Horizon Air

  • Serve as the 14 CFR Part 119.65 appointed Director of Safety on the Horizon Air Operations Specifications as well as serve as primary safety compliance liaison with FAA CMO Office Manager on behalf of Horizon Air

  • Partner with the Alaska Airlines VP Safety to ensure a cohesive level of safety between Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines, as well as Serve as the liaison with, the FAA, the NTSB, other government agencies, and industry safety organizations and associations

  • Influence across company and provides strategic recommendations to enterprise leaders on the development company strategy on safety.

  • Drive and support cross-divisional safety management system (SMS) executive safety review boards (ESRB), safety review boards (SRB), and division analysis groups (DAG) with key enterprise safety performance metrics

  • Oversee the review and evaluation of Horizon Air's Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

  • Investigate (independent of investigative and review activities by other departments, the FAA, or the NTSB) selected significant events, incidents, and accidents

  • Develop people through effective performance management and ongoing feedback, focusing on fostering strategic and systems thinking, development of talent, and succession planning across teams and functions

  • Influence company culture through action, presence, and reinforcement of behaviors

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills

  • Required

  • 10 years of experience developing and managing risk or safety management programs, preferably at an airline or in an operational setting

  • 2 years of experience working with aviation safety management systems (SMS)

  • 5 years of people leadership experience.

  • Bachelor's degree, or willingness to attain a Bachelor's degree within six years of start date.

  • Able to meet the Director of Safety candidate eligibility requirements of CFR 119.65

  • A full understanding of 14 CFR Chapter 1(Federal Aviation Regulations)

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly scope situations, develop an accurate understanding of risks, and develop plans responsive to those risks

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company with others in the organization and key external business partners

  • Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to position the organization as a critical business partner

  • Proven project and change management skills with a thirst for applying research and best practices to existing business problems

  • High energy, positive and executive-level presence along with top-notch written and verbal communication, public speaking, influence and motivational skills

  • Innovative, apolitical, resilient, fact-based and creative solutions-focused mindset, with ability to thrive in a rapidly-changing, collaborative environment and to manage conflict

  • Exceptional integrity with impeccable ethics in safety and compliance

  • Ability to develop new ideas to improve safety, compliance, efficiency, and cost

  • Analytical and excellent problem-solving skills

  • Working knowledge of fiscal control systems, staffing processes, safety and security compliance

  • Demonstrated commitment to transparent communication

  • Preferred

  • Master's degree

  • Previous experience in an aviation operations or maintenance capacity

  • Experience with leading investigations

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.


Submit your application by 06/18/2019 11:59pm (Pacific Time). We'll be happy to see it.


Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines participate in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), where required.

Job ID 34834

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular