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  1. VATSIM OCEANIA REGION invites applications for the position of Divisional Director Australia VATPAC1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The Division Director is an important link between the "front line" of the network and VATSIM Oceania Region. The duties below are intended for further delegation in part but ultimate responsibility lies with the Division Director. Reports to: VATSIM Oceania Regional Director Direct Reports: Director, ATC Training Director, Operations Director, Events & Communications Director, IT Duties: Responsible for overall smooth operation of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM Establishes and publishes VATPAC policies and duties of VATPAC Board of Directors Conducts and chairs periodic meetings with VATPAC Board of Directors Oversees the continued growth and maintenance of VATPAC information systems Works directly with other Division Directors to foster international cooperation and the exchange of ideas Communication to VATPAC Board of Directors and members Monitor progress of ongoing procedures (Training, Membership, Events, IT, etc) Monitor ATC ID Upgrades Maintains an on line presence on the VATSIM Network Produces a quarterly report to the VATSIM Oceania Regional Director Attends quarterly conference with VATNZ Divisional Director and VATSIM Oceania Regional Director Position Holder Attributes and Requirements: Be a member of the OCEANIA Region of VATSIM for a period longer than 12 months (prerequisite) Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than two years at the time of application (prerequisite) Be rated on VATSIM to no less than Controller Level (prerequisite) Have good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct and Code of Regulations Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation Have proven ability with the use of VATSIM Approved Controller Client Software Have proven ability with the use of Flight Simulation and VATSIM Approved Pilot Client Software Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability for the role and providing information addressing each of the Position Holder Attributes and Requirements listed above via email with "Application for VATPAC1" in the subject line to [email protected] APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 28th April 2019
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  3. VATOCE4 Appointed

    I am pleased to announce that Harrison Scott has been appointed as VATOCE4 Director Web Services. Harrison has a wealth of experience and already has plans to update and modernise the Regional Web site and ATO web structure. He will be a great asset to the Regional team and will also be available to assist the Divisional IT teams should they require. Welcome aboard Harrison. Thanks must also go to Jacob Holmes who has been in an acting role up until Harrison's Appointment.
  4. VATOCE Q4 2018 Meeting Minutes

    Hi all, VATOCE held its Q4 2018 meeting on the 9th Feb 2019. The minutes of the meeting can be found at
  5. VATOCE Q4 2018 Regional Report

    The VATOCE Regional report Q4 2018 can be viewed at
  6. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mr Dick Tucker has been appointed as VATOCE3 Regional Membership Manager. Dick is very experienced in real life management and will be a great asset to the Regional Team. Congratulations on your appointment and I look forward to working along side you.
  7. VATOCE is seeking applications for a Regional Membership Manager VATOCE3. This is an important position within the VATOCE Region so applicants should apply themselves to the Duties and Personal Specifications listed in the description before applying. The full job description, closing date and application process to be followed can be viewed at Applications that do not follow this process will not be considered. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Below is a a list of Duties and Personal Specifications. REPORTS TO: REGION DIRECTOR, VATSIM OCEANIA RESPONSIBLE FOR: REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND RELATED AFFAIRS The duties of the Regional Membership Manager are described in short, but not limited to: DUTIES: • Review monthly management information in relation to member’s progression and new/returning members with divisional teams to aid member retention and improve controller coverage within VATSIM Oceania Region (VATOCE). • Monitor trends and raise any issues with the Region Director and relevant Division staff. • Monitor Region Transfer requests, communicating as necessary with receiving/sending Regions/Divisions. • Work with divisions to improve the efficiency of the joining process, including (but not limited to) introduction and possible enhancement of welcome email systems. • Contacting members who register but fail to connect to the network. • Provide the Region Director with Quarterly statistics of member’s retention of the Divisions and ATC rating upgrades. • Maintain a strong online presence. PERSON SPECIFICATION: • Must have a good knowledge of EU GDPR or be prepared to gain the necessary knowledge. • Be a member of the Oceania Region or willing to Transfer to Oceania. • Must show awareness of Air Traffic Control operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a C1 rating, while ratings such as I1,I3 or SUP will be considered advantageous. • Must show awareness of Pilot operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a P1 rating. • Must be a member in good standing within the network, no disciplinary actions taken against them for the last 3 years and never had CERT access removed. • Expected to be able to commit at least 2-3 hours per week to this role. • Organized, Respond to emails in a timely manner. • Previous staff roles or other experience/awareness of management aspects desirable. • Ability to communicate clearly through different mediums to different people of different cultures. • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  8. Q2 2018 Region Report

    Apologies for the report being published late. It can be viewed at 2018 Q2.pdf
  9. Acting Director of Division

    I am now in a position to announce that David Zhong has agreed to step up as acting Director of Division. I would like to personally thank David for agreeing to help VATPAC out in its time of need. I would appeal to the membership to get behind David and support him as he has a very difficult task ahead of him. Welcome on board David. Alan
  10. VATPAC1 Resignation

    Hello all, It saddens me to bring this news but I have received Scott's letter of resignation today. He has a lot of personal reasons for doing this and with respect to his privacy I will not be making them public. He can do this if he feels the need. Interim measures are being discussed at present and as soon as I know and have a concrete plan in place you will all be informed. I would just like to thank Scott and wish him the very best for the future Alan
  11. Division Directors LOA

    I am really pleased to announce that Scott is well on the road to recovery. He plans to return to full duties this Wednesday 29th August 2018. Welcome back Scott.
  12. Ryan Yung - Visiting Controller

    Welcome Ryan
  13. Acting VATOCE4 Web Services Manager

    It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jacob Holmes will be joining the VATOCE Region team as acting VATOCE4. He is on secondment from VATPAC until the vacancy is filled permanently. Thank you for stepping up Jacob to assist VATOCE.
  14. VATPAC are inviting applications for the position of Director of Events VATPAC5. This is a senior position on the VATPAC Board of Directors. Read and apply yourself to the duties and criteria listed below before applying. Responsible to VATPAC Director of Division VATPAC1 Direct Reports Deputy Director Special Events Deputy Director Events Duties Facilitates the smooth operation of all events within the VATPAC airspace. Responsible for the organisation, promotion and execution of regularly occurring and one-off official VATPAC events. Acts as a first point of contact and is responsible for aiding other divisions and organisations wishing to hold events in VATPAC airspace. Develops relationships with other divisions' and organisations' event staff to arrange support for VATPAC events as well as provide support for their events. Reports quarterly on events activity and participation within the division. Liaises with Director Operations for coordination of online ATC support of VATPAC events. Works with the Director Operations to ensure that VATPAC event information is promulgated to Partner Virtual Airlines. Identifies and champions potential improvements for the organisation, promotion, and execution of events in VATPAC airspace. Responsible for the Maintenance of the VATPAC Events webpage(s). Responsible for the promotion of VATPAC events to social media sites (such as VATSIM Forums, Vroute events, VATTASTIC Event, VATPAC, VATOCE and VATSIM Facebook pages) as required. Maintains an online presence of 5-10 hours per month on the VATSIM network. Essential Criteria Be a member of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM for a period of at least 12 months. Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for at least 12 months at the time of application. Must have at least an S3 rating. Be able to work well with other board members and the VATPAC community as a whole. Have ability to maintain focus and organisation over the long run. Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation. Be able to work as a Team Player To have the ability to plan both commercial and military events Be able to plan Social Get Together Events All applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted by email to director[at] before 23:59 hours AEST Sunday 9th September 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. The applicant should include any experience and examples of events they have previously organised along with any experience they have of managing a small team.
  15. Director of Division Absence

    Hi all, I am posting this NOTAM to quell any speculation, keep the membership up to date and to explain why I have been doing all the recent NOTAMS . The Division Director has been suffering from ill health and has asked me for a LOA for a minimum of 2 weeks so that he can fully recover. He has asked me to step in and look after the Division until he returns. His email address has been redirected to mine so that any correspondence can be actioned. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Scott a speedy recovery and I look forward to him returning fully fit to fulfil his duties. Alan