This position is responsible for the administration & management of the Pierre Regional Airport an FAR Part 139 operation. Responsible for ensuring compliance with all FAA & TSA rules & regulations. Directs the operations of the airport fire rescue unit. Formulates, recommends, & implements policies related to federal & state aviation programs, rules & regulations. Oversees airport planning & administers the airport’s Capital Improvement Plan. Acts as Airport Security Coordinator. Inspects, reports, & acts to remedy operational deficiencies. Oversees the maintenance of runways, taxiways, & ramps to include snow removal & sanding. Develops & monitors department budget. Oversees the purchase of supplies & equipment.
This position is responsible for managing the operations of the municipal airport.
- Directs the day-to-day operations of the airport.
- Administers operating and capital budgets; administers grant funds.
- Hires, trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines personnel.
- Serves as airport liaison to city administration, other city departments, the news media, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, civic groups, tenants, contractors, etc.
- Serves as primary contact for security-related activities and communications with the TSA; reviews security functions to ensure effectiveness and compliance with regulations; initiates corrective actions as needed; develops and updates the Airport Security Program; initiates Incident Management Plan procedures; evaluates CCTV footage to resolve issues with tenants and customers.
- Oversees commercial air service operations; secures air service consultants to develop passenger demand analysis reports; present proposals for the expansion of air services to airline officials.
- Coordinates and implements marketing plans, including radio, TV, newspaper, and internet commercials; develops and administers customer surveys; conducts interviews with the media.
- Administers FAA Airport Improvement Program grant projects; develops capital improvement project plans; secures engineering consultants; prepares related grant documentation; holds pre-construction and progress meetings with contractors; inspects construction projects; processes payments to contractor and consultants.
- Manages leases; develops lease documents in coordination with attorneys; negotiates and justifies rates and changes; tracks lease terms and conditions.
- Coordinates Essential Air Service activities; secures eligibility, researches proposals, interviews candidates, monitors status, and prepares Mayor’s correspondence with federal officials and congressional delegates.
- Prepares a variety of regular and special reports.
- Serves as Public Information Officer for airport events and for incidents and accidents.
- Directs and performs facility maintenance.
- Resolves customer and tenant issues.
- Attendance is an essential function of this position.
- Performs related duties.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
- Knowledge of FAA rules regulations.
- Knowledge of accounting and budgeting procedures.
- Knowledge of inventory management principles.
- Knowledge of airline industry standards.
- Knowledge of airport emergency and accident procedures.
- Knowledge of lease management principles.
- Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs.
- Skill in management and supervision.
- Skill in oral and written communication.
- Skill in preparing and delivering public presentations.
- Skill in oral and written communication.
The City Engineer assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.
Guidelines include FAA and TSA regulations, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
- The work consists of varied management and supervisory duties. Strict regulations contribute to the complexity of the position.
- The purpose of this position is to direct the operations of the municipal airport. Success in this position contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of airport operations.
- Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, elected and appointed officials, representatives of state and federal agencies, tenants, members of the news media, business leaders, and members of the general public.
- Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
- The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
- The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposes to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY
This position has direct supervision over Airport Operations Coordinator (1), Airport Firefighter/Maintenance Operator (2), and Airport Firefighter/Building Service Worker (1).
- Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
- Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
- Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Dakota for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Bachelors degree in airport management or a related field. C.M. accreditation from AAAE, or a pilot license. Minimum two years progressive experience in airport operations & management or combination of experience & advanced related degree with preference given to airport management experience, particularly Part 139 management experience. The candidate must possess good computer skills & be fluent in Microsoft Office. Excellent communication, organizational, & interpersonal skills are essential.