Plans, collects, aggregates, analyzes, and disseminates research to assist AOPA’s understanding of complex issues across the spectrum of general aviation. Findings and analysis provides quantifiable information that informs stakeholders, assists in strategic decision making, provides insight into industry economic conditions and offers recommendations on how to respond to policy changes (both legislative and regulatory) in general aviation. Works with AOPA staff to turn analysis into actionable ideas for the Association, its members and other stakeholders (e.g., regulatory and legislative bodies, advertisers, vendors, flight schools, universities, etc.). Produces a macroeconomic/strategic outlook for general aviation based on policy analysis and market conditions.
Conceptualize, plan and execute research projects related to general aviation--identify appropriate analytical methods and produce comprehensive reports and briefings
Author findings, make recommendations, and deliver presentations that inform and influence organizational and stakeholder strategic decisions.
Coordinate and oversee research projects being conducted on behalf of AOPA by outside firms and institutions
Collect and analyze data to explain economic phenomena, forecast trends and the impact on general aviation
Design, develop, implement, and analyze complex survey instruments to collect data about the Association’s membership and the larger general aviation industry.
Provide analysis, consultation and make recommendations on economic issues
Meet with government and non-government partners and present recommendations based on cost-benefit analyses, long-term economic impacts, etc.
Assist cross functional teams within AOPA in formulating recommendations, policies, or plans to address the Association’s concerns.
Assist Government Affairs, Marketing, The Air Safety Institute, Media and other internal stakeholders in conducting, analyzing and developing plans to address member and industry concerns and opportunities.
Advanced degree in operations research, engineering, business, economics, or a closely related field
At least seven years’ professional experience in research, performing studies and analysis or operational analysis with economics as a focus area
Non-profit, both 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (4) organizations experience a plus
Pilot or general aviation experience preferred
Strong quantitative, analytical, communications, and presentation skills
Ability to initiate and conduct research projects independently and/or in collaboration with others
Ability to develop methods and procedures for collecting and processing data that is disparate and diverse, utilizing knowledge of available sources of data and various econometric and statistical techniques
Ability to identify and understand economic issues, relationships, trends and interpret them in terms of the Association
Superior writing and presentation skills with the ability to translate complicated research findings for non-technical audiences
In-depth knowledge of contemporary economic, financial, regulatory, and institutions within the context of general aviation Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
About usWith hundreds of thousands of members, AOPA is the largest, most influential general aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistan...ce, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.AOPA's Mission We protect your freedom to fly by…advocating on behalf of our members, educating pilots, nonpilots, and policy makers alike, supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation, fighting to keep General Aviation accessible to all, and securing sufficient resources to ensure our success. AOPA's Vision AOPA is the beacon for those who cherish the freedom to fly. It demonstrates what is possible when a determined organization listens to its members, collaborates with its colleagues, finds solutions with its partners in government, and focuses its resources—all to secure the future of General Aviation. AOPA’s success is proof that the public good can be served while individual freedoms are preserved.AOPA's Values As members of a vibrant and diverse community, we at AOPA commit to the following defining values.Initiative - Getting things started and getting things done—the ability to identify and follow-through on an idea, task, plan, or action. Teamwork - Working together to reach a common goal. Service - Commitment to using all of our skills, experience and resources for the benefit of our members, the GA community, and the AOPA team. Integrity - Commitment to ethical principles. Excellence - An environment that fosters pride and success in what we do for our members and general aviation.HeadquartersFrederick, MD Company Size201-500 employeesWebsitehttp://www.aopa.org IndustryAirlines/AviationFounded1939