15 May 2022

Horizon Air | Chief Pilot

Anchorage, AK, United States
Horizon Air
Base Chief Pilot
Anchorage, Alaska

The Team

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

This role is responsible for balancing strategic priorities while ensuring tactical execution for Flight Operations Pilot Bases at Horizon Air (QX). As a people leader, the Base Chief Pilot leads and establishes priorities for the team by implementing the Flight Operations strategic goals and objectives in relationship to the day-to-day operation at the base; safely, in compliance and accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and company policies.

Key Duties

  • Lead and establish priorities for a diverse team of pilots by setting professional standards and coaching when appropriate.
  • Shape the long-term strategy and planning for operations at assigned base.
  • Develop people through effective performance management and ongoing feedback, focusing on fostering strategic and systems thinking across team and function, development of talent in function/discipline, and succession planning.
  • Shape culture of the team and beyond through action, presence, and reinforcement of positive and professional behaviors.
  • Influence across the team to build and maintain trust between the pilot group and Horizon management by using well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, interacting in a fair and diplomatic manner, and demonstrating consistency and reliability in interactions.
  • Influence and partner with leaders both in and outside the company, including Horizon and Alaska Airlines’ station and inflight leadership, to ensure the highest level of safety standards are administered.
  • Represent the company and be the point of contact for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Port, and the United States Postal Service.
  • Review, provide recommendations, and assist with the implementation of policies and procedures related to flight safety, compliance, and operational efficiency.
  • Manage all delay and operation metrics for assigned domicile.
  • Attend operational meetings as required.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • Minimum of 18 months professional pilot experience (operating under FAA Part 121 or 135, equivalent military/other experience).
  • 1 year of leadership experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or an additional two years of experience in lieu of this degree.
  • Ability to become a line qualified pilot at Horizon.
  • Familiarity with FAA regulations and Pilot Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), with a strong technical background and expert knowledge of pilot procedures.
  • Operate well under pressure or in changing conditions, demonstrating good professional judgment, time-management and problem-solving ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change and initiate actions that have strategic impact and drive a high-performance culture.
  • Outstanding communication (e.g., verbal, written, and listening) and presentation skills, with a demonstrated commitment to clear and transparent communication.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum age of 21.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Prior experience as a Line Captain.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

Total Rewards

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air pay and benefits can vary by company, location, number of regularly scheduled hours worked, length of employment, and employment status.

  • Competitive total rewards package
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k match program
  • Monthly incentive pay plan
  • Annual incentive pay
  • Generous paid time off
  • Unlimited high priority space available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 5/16/2022
Employment Type Full-Time
FLSA Status Exempt
Regular/Temporary Regular
Requisition ID 2022-8109
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.