Oversees the daily operation of the County airport which includes the maintenance of the airfield, negotiations and communications with tenants, and compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration and State Division of Aviation regulations.


  • Inspects the airfield daily and arranges for repair and maintenance work to be completed.
  • Manages and coordinates special events taking place at the airport.
  • Monitors lease agreements with tenants and meets with them to solve problems, handle special requests, and resolve conflicts.
  • Acts as the contact for the media and the public on issues related to the airport and aviation. This includes conducting tours and leading seminars.
  • Develops and implements a master plan for airport projects, investigating funding sources, writing and reviewing RFP's and supervising consultants.
  • Recommends policies and procedures for the effective operation of the airport. Insures that all Federal and State requirements are considered in this process.
  • Secures, justifies, and monitors use of budgetary monies and capital.
  • Responds to emergency situations at the airport on a 24 hour basis including accidents and instrument and equipment malfunctions.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with Airport Authority policies, procedures and applicable laws including: training in job skills; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Plans, organizes, and evaluates daily operations of the unit to include scheduling, specifying policies and procedures, equipment and manpower; plans short-term activities and special projects; develops and implements work objectives for unit.
  • Confers with Airport Authority to keep them informed on key issues and progress toward objectives and to gain their support and approval; makes recommendations to the Airport Authority for needed airport improvements.
  • Coordinates Airport Authority meetings, including preparing agendas, minutes and closed session items.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Aviation, Engineering, Business or Public Administration, or a related field; and, four to six years of progressively responsible related experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of aviation.
  • Principles and practices of contract negotiation.
  • Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
  • Basic budgetary principles and practices.
  • Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.

Skill In:

  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Mental and Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.