Aviation Planner/Project Manager

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA

Full time

Aug 24

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team is steadily working toward our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the traffic congestion below, giving you back the time that otherwise would have spent sitting in traffic. Since 2009, our team has been making this dream a reality, designing and flight testing a prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team as we push onwards towards certifying the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, high-rate production, and preparing for commercialization with launch targeted in select markets for 2024.


Joby is proposing and inventing a new way to move around. It is a formidable challenge when considering multiple complex and dynamic factors: demand, aircraft design and operations, airspace integration, weather, economics, fleet optimization, contingency management, and ground infrastructure among other items… all presenting their own set of constraints. Joby has a rapidly growing team partnering, sourcing, planning, designing, and eventually constructing the necessary infrastructure (landside, terminal, airfield, and airspace) for the launch of the Joby service.

Our Infrastructure Team is building a world where anybody can fly anywhere, anytime. We drive infrastructure through the development of a global partner network and working with private and public entities to deliver an integrated infrastructure ecosystem. We are looking for a Senior Aviation Planner who can help us continue to develop standards and requirements, analyze sites for possible aircraft operations, develop and evaluate different layout and concepts, and calculate throughput and capacity among many things. The need to collaborate across different disciplines and departments (including representatives from Policy, Product, Operations, Infrastructure, Aircraft Design, Flight Testing, and Support Systems Engineering) will be necessary.

Although early work will be focused on Joby’s launch of operations in year 2024, this work will lay the foundation for the future of urban aviation operations and set precedents for how infrastructure will scale in the future.


  • Problem solve
  • Develop assumptions, standards and requirements
  • Analyze sites for possible aircraft operations
  • Develop and evaluate layouts and concepts, procedures, flows, approach and departure paths, etc.
  • Calculate throughput and capacity
  • Calculate quantities (of different infrastructure needs for construction and cost estimating purposes)
  • Interpret and oversee airport simulation models
  • Assist with the development of cost estimates
  • Assist with project phasing
  • Assist with the identification and procurement of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and other types of equipment that may be necessary for skyport operations
  • Assist throughout the design process
  • Assist with permit applications
  • Perform quality control
  • Coordinate amongst disciplines, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Support Operational Readiness, Activation, and Transition (ORAT) activities
  • Assist with other infrastructure-related tasks as necessary


  • A passion for aviation
  • Team spirit
  • Strong work ethic
  • A B.A./B.S. in an aviation, planning, engineering, architecture or relevant discipline
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the aviation industry
  • Planning experience, including working knowledge of FAA Advisory Circulars (ACs), imaginary surfaces and obstruction evaluation as they relate to both airports and heliports
  • Project management experience
  • Experience working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), state aviation divisions, and/or city/county permitting offices
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening (English) communication skills
  • A strong technical background; Excellent analytical skills
  • Quality assurance and control skills; pays attention to detail
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, AviPLAN, Revit, Google Earth Pro, and/or SketchUp
  • Experience working with geolocation/georeferenced data
  • Experience working across different disciplines and departments
  • Ability to thrive in solving novel problems for which there are few existing precedents, standards, or methodologies
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and able to convert nascent ideas/priorities into actionable and achievable plans
  • Able and comfortable working in a developing, fluid and constantly changing company
  • Able and comfortable handling multiple priorities while constantly meeting deadlines
  • Strong moral compass


  • Interest in or understanding of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) or Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
  • Experience working on the development or redevelopment of heliports, helipads, or helicopter operation areas within airports
  • Experience working for both public/government owned aviation facilities and private/concession owned/managed aviation facilities
  • Experience working for both consultants and owners/sponsors
  • Project management skills
  • Piloting experience
  • Understanding of FAA processes and procedures related to the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Understanding of FAA processes and procedures related to Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS

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