The Association of Air Medical Services
Company Name:



Washington, Washington DC

Approximate Salary:

$110,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Managements and Other Positions

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

June 13, 2017

Executive Director of Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA)

About AMOA:

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing aviation companies possessing Part 135 Certificates* and performing air medical transports in the United States. AMOA members collectively operate more than 92% of the air medical fleet and are committed to providing the highest level of safety in air medical transport. As the collective body of aviation operators, AMOA members have sole responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for transporting patients and the medical crews that care for those patients. To fulfill that responsibility, AMOA is committed to the implementation of technology, procedures, and operating systems that will help ensure the continued safe and effective operation of air medical services. AMOA members believe in sharing best practices and are united in safety.

Operating out of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the organization operates on an annual budget of approximately $500,000.  The eleven members of the association fund the work of the association via a dues formula based on the number of aircraft the company owns and operates.  The Executive Director is the only full-time employee while being assisted by the legal and government relations support of Williams & Jensen, and the financial support of the accounting firm Shaw and Sullivan. The previous Executive Director, Chris Eastlee, has moved over to AMOA’s sister organization, Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), as Vice President, Government Relations.  The new AMOA Executive Director and Mr. Eastlee will work closely together as the two organizations have many shared goals and will strive to optimize the use of valuable nonprofit resources.


The AMOA members are a diverse group of aviation operators working together to improve the safe operation of air medical transportation. They are committed to providing the highest level of safety for transporting patients and the medical crews that care for those patients by implementing and investing in technology, exceeding FAA training requirements, oversight and safety assurance systems, along with providing cultural and climate attributes for the continued safe and effective operation of air medical services. Fred Buttrell, CEO of Med-Trans Corporation & AMGH, currently serves as the AMOA Chairman.  Members include:

  • Metro Aviation
  • Med-Trans
  • Reach Air Medical
  • Air Evac Life Team
  • PHI Air Medical, LLC
  • Air Methods
  • Seven Bar Aviation
  • Halo Flight
  • Healthcare District Palm Beach County “Trauma Hawk”
  • AirMed International
  • Mercy Flights



Reporting to the Chairman, with the consensus of the board, this position is primarily responsible for coordinating and supporting the efforts of the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) with regards to government affairs, relations with industry associations & projects as assigned by the association. Specifically:

·         Responsible for national oversight and effectiveness of association initiatives with government agencies. 

·         Coordinates with association members to assist with developing & maintaining the information required to support association initiatives, including the establishment of national and regional plans for maintaining contact with governmental agencies.

·         Develops guidelines for interacting with regional and national associations.

·         Develops capital and operational budgets for national and regional AMOA initiatives.

·         Provides oversight and supervision of contractors performing services for the association.

·         Provides periodic updates to association members on projects and committee assignments directed by the association. Monitors activities that could impact the services provided by members.

·        Attends and records all AMOA meetings with national agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) as directed by the association.

·         Plans, records, participates in, and coordinates activities of AMOA’s Aviation Safety Committee, Regulatory Committee, and all other committees and groups as deemed necessary by the Board with the assistance of the Committee Chairmen.

·         Responsible for all public relations and public affairs development and maintenance, including website, press releases, public statements, and review materials.

·         Any and all other duties as assigned by the Chairman or deemed necessary by the Board at any time.

This position also requires a close working relationship with key sister organizations to include: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) located in Alexandria, Virginia, Helicopter Association International (HAI) located in Alexandria, Virginia & Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) located in Anderson, South Carolina.


The successful candidate should ideally possess a majority of the following bases of knowledge and core professional experiences:

·         A professional background in aviation is essential.  Experience working with the rotorcraft industry is ideal.

·         A professional background in aviation safety, operational risk and/or compliance is highly desirable.

·         Current working relationships with key personnel in the aviation safety industry.

·         Senior leadership experience in regulatory affairs and/or government relations.

·         Senior leadership experience in government administration or association management.

·         Leadership experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans.

·         Experience working with government officials, heads of organizations and the news media. The candidate should be comfortable and effective serving as a spokesperson for the association.

·         Experience in data collection and analysis for the common good of the public is a plus.

·         A professional resume that instantly lends credibility to the person and the position.


The successful candidate should:

·         Have outstanding written and verbal skills and be a succinct communicator with the ability to relay pertinent information to busy CEOs in a time-sensitive and condensed manner. 

·         Possess excellent presentation skills via PowerPoint and other software tools.

·         As the public face of AMOA, be someone with the ability to define and passionately articulate the organization’s mission and work to diverse audiences.

·         Be driven by a commitment to member service.

·         Possess a core business acumen as the Executive Director will need to demonstrate financial accountability with regard to the association’s fiscal health at all times.

·         Possess the intellect to understand the complex business models of the varying member organizations.

·         Be an entrepreneur who is self-directed and self-motivated.  Someone who can use natural ingenuity and critical thinking to build and strategically further the association’s mission with often times limited resources and limited board assistance or oversight.

·         Be a confident person with the character, charisma and, on occasion, thick skin to engage with strong CEOs on a regular basis.

·         Be tech savvy with the ability to personally use today’s software to create effective electronic /digital presentations.

·         Above all, a passionate believer in the life-saving mission of AMOA and its present and future work.


·         A bachelor’s degree is required.

·         A master’s degree is highly attractive.

·         A minimum of 5 professional years of industry representation and/or aviation


The salary range is between $110,000 and $150,000 depending on prior professional experience and scope of responsibility. A full suite of benefits is offered to include health, dental and life insurance, as well as, a 401(k)-matching program.



Wendy S. Pangburn

Missy DeCamp
Senior Associate

Pangburn Partners LLC

21 Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700

T:  202-237-0281

F:  202-750-7362


Helicopter Association International ( )
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems ( )
Association of Air Medical Services ( )


Please electronically send a cover letter addressing your specific qualifications with respect to the position description along with a chronologically organized resume to: 


*Part 135 Certification Information:

In most cases, if an operator provides air transportation of persons or property for compensation or hire, the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require that a commercial operating certificate be issued. Operators of business aircraft that wish to conduct operations for compensation or hire are generally certificated under Part 135 of the FARs. As a certificate holding entity, the operator must comply with a number of FAA requirements regarding areas such as flight operations, maintenance, and training.


Company Name:



Washington, Washington DC

Approximate Salary:

$110,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Managements and Other Positions

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

June 13, 2017

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