Samaritan’s Purse – Director Of Aviation Maintenance, East Africa.

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Job Description

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Samaritan’s Purse is looking for a Director of Maintenance to serve full time with its East Africa Aviation team. We currently operate the following aircraft types from our bases in Eldoret, Kenya and Entebbe, Uganda: Cessna 208s and a turbine Douglas DC3.

We desire a person who feels God leading them to use their gifts, skills, and abilities in Aviation to reach hurting people in remote parts of the world with the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. Days begin early and sometimes end late, whether it be launching an aircraft, assisting with cargo loading, or fulfilling our primary task of maintaining aircraft – pursuing technical excellence to the Glory of God.  We are a small team with diverse backgrounds but we thrive when working together to accomplish shared goals.  If this sounds like an opportunity where you would find fulfillment, please apply.

What you will be doing:

  • Aircraft Maintenance:
    • Oversee and participate in maintenance of all aircraft operated by SP MAS East Africa.
    • Develop and uphold policies and procedures as they apply to aircraft maintenance.
    • Supervise and work closely with the MAS East Africa Chief Inspector to ensure regulatory compliance and quality assurance for all maintenance on MAS EA assigned aircraft.
    • For the DC3 under 14 CFR 125, work closely with and under the direction of the DC3 DOM in Greensboro IAW 125 GOM.
    • Ensure aircraft tracking and record keeping is current and accurate.
    • Provide accurate short and long range maintenance forecasting.
    • Responsible for shipping and tracking of parts sent for repair/overhaul and oversees aircraft inventory and stock levels.
    • Schedule inspections based on regulatory requirements for each aircraft in cooperation with Program Director (PD).
  • Other duties:
    • Oversee maintenance of ground support equipment and facilities for the aircraft.
    • Work with PD to hire national staff as required.
    • Responsible for training of maintenance staff.
    • Ensure all aircraft are kept clean and neat.
    • Oversee the Line Service staff that wash and clean the aircraft
    • Operate aircraft ground and loading equipment as needed.
  • Some travel will be required between field locations- possible temporarily deploy away from the home base for several weeks, and even up to 30 days at a time.
  • Willingness to work extended hours to return aircraft to service to meet the ministry’s needs.
  • In the absence of the Chief Inspector, the Director of Maintenance may be called upon to carry out the Chief Inspector duties.  

Job requirements:

  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ.
  • College or university program certificate and eight (8) to ten (10) years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Twelve credit hours of college-level Biblical studies strongly preferred.
  • Maintain FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certificate and Inspection Authorization Certificate.
  • Ability to read technical manuals and regulatory documents in the English language.
  • 2 years of commercial/for profit aviation experience desired.
  • Technical records and/or inventory management experience.
  • 2 years of living and/or working overseas, preferred.
  • Management/leadership experience, preferred.
  • Experience with Cessna 208 and/or Douglas DC3 airframes preferred.

Location: Eldoret, Kenya

Full-time, salaried position with full benefit package including:

  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision coverage
  • Disability insurance
  • Term Life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid vacation/sick leave/home leave


This position is able to accommodate a family.




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