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Airport Manager Featured

Modesto, California
Annual Salary $90,327.12 - $109,778.28
Job ID

Job Title: Airport Manager

Closing Date/Time: Wed. 10/10/18 5:00 PM Pacific Time

$43.26 - $52.58 Hourly
$7,527.26 - $9,148.19 Monthly
$90,327.12 - $109,778.28 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Airport- 617 Airport Way, California

The Airport Manager is responsible to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the Airport Division including the use, maintenance and security of the City/County Airport, the development of airport facilities; to coordinate airport activities with other departments and divisions; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director.

Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application form with the words "see resume". The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations.

Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to continue to the next phase of the testing process which may include an oral board interview and writing exercise.

Tentative Schedule:

Oral Board Interviews
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

Develop and implement divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

Plan, organize and direct Airport Division activities including daily air service, facilities management, Airport property management, marketing and public relations, and serve as liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Advisory Committee, and Federal Government's Transportation Security Administration.

Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Airport Division work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

Prepare the Airport Division budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.

Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.

Manage, direct and organize airport facilities maintenance activities including pavements, drainage and sewer systems, lighting and electrical systems, buildings, furnishings, landscaping, and grounds.

Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the airport master plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; implement policies and procedures; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

Participate in recommending the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures; recommend employee terminations.

Establish and ensure the carrying out of a proper preventive maintenance program; coordinate contractor and staff maintenance.

Monitor commercial and private aircraft operations for compliance with local, State and Federal laws; monitor vendor operations and review vendor performance reports.

Prepare and issue public notices and press releases regarding airport operations and events; conduct media interviews.

Ensure the security and protection of publicly and privately owned aircraft and property; establish and carry out a passenger-screening program mandated by Federal regulations.

Recommend goals and objectives; assist in the development of policies and procedures; evaluate the need for and develop plans for long-range airport programs; conduct studies for improving airport facilities and services; prepare and implement marketing plans.

Handle daily business transactions, answer correspondence, respond to complaints, authorize purchases, and certify payroll records.

Negotiate and administer lease agreements with Fixed Based Operators, tenant hangar leases, ground agreements, airport rental car fleet, and commercial business leases; conduct lease negotiations; assign spaces and keep records of aircraft parking and rentals.

Update security manuals and airport certification manuals; comply with Transportation Security Administration mandated security requirements; coordinate emergency training and drills, mobilize staff in emergencies.

Promote public relations; meet with the Airport Advisory Committee, train AAC members and coordinate AAC meetings; act as liaison to public organizations and government agencies.

Prepare applications for Federal and State grants; monitor the grant programs to ensure compliance with requirements.

Maintain records of airport operations; conduct research and prepare reports.

Manage collection of Passenger Facility Charges and coordinate PFC funded projects to ensure program compliance, oversee update of the PFC.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Represent the division and department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.

Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.

Marginal Functions:

Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Effective principles and practices of municipal airport management.

Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations affecting airport operations.

Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.

Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.

Modern office procedures and computer equipment

Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.

Preparation and negotiation of airport leases, contracts, and charges.

Development, practices, and terminology of aviation.

Equipment and supplies used in airport operations.

Proper maintenance of airport facilities.

Airport security and emergency plans.

Budgeting procedures and techniques.

Personal computer software applications.

Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

Organize and direct airport maintenance, security, and operations.

Analyze technical information regarding airport usage and maintenance.

Conduct business negotiations and promote and represent the airport programs, including air service development.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Monitor airport usage.

Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

Prepare and administer a budget.

Work under the pressure of deadlines; analyze, research, and solve a wide range of problems.

Establish and maintain airport security and certification programs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Five years of increasingly responsible experience in airport management or operations of an airport served by a certified air carrier; including one year providing technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in aviation management or a related field.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Accreditation by the American Association of Airport Executives is preferred. Successful candidate must obtain this accreditation within two years of appointment to the position. Failure to obtain the required accreditation may result in termination.


Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.


Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Some duties require working outside in a variety of climates. Some positions may be assigned to remote locations. Positions may require occasional overtime or weekend work and occasional travel from site-to-site.

Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. With a population of approximately 201,165 at the 2010 census, it is the 18th largest city in the state of California and forms part of the Modesto–Merced combined Statistical Area. The Modesto Census County Division, which includes the cities of Ceres and Riverbank, had a population of 312,842 as of 2010. Modesto is located in the Central Valley, 90 miles (140 km) north of Fresno, 40 miles (64 km) north of Merced, California, 92 miles (148 km) east of San Francisco, 68 miles (109 km) south of the state capital of Sacramento, 66 miles (106 km) west of Yosemite National Park, and 24 miles (39 km) south of Stockton. Modesto has been honored as a Tree City USA numerous times. It is surrounded by rich farmland; Stanislaus County ranks sixth among California counties in farm production. Led by milk, almonds, chickens, walnuts, and corn silage, the county grossed nearly $3.1 billion in agricultural production in 2011. The farm-to-table movement plays a central role in Modesto living as in the Central Valley.

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