Associate Director Aviation E19

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Plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of assigned Division of the Aviation Department including airside operations, security, airfield maintenance, ground transportation, and planning and construction of facilities for the City’s municipal airports; coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Deputy Director of Operations.

Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Receive general administrative direction from the Deputy Director of Operations.

Exercise direct supervision of management and lower level staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  (Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the functions listed below)

Assume full management responsibility for assigned division services and activities including but not limited to inspections of airport activities and functions, administration, security and regulations, tenant agreements, finance and budget, project planning, and airside  development; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
Manage the development and implementation of division goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.
Establish, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the assigned Division’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Coordinate the development and improvement of the City’s municipal airports with State and Federal agencies including but not limited to applying for and assist in administering state and federal grants, and coordinating with Federal, State, and Regional agencies, boards and committees on airport related development.
Study and make recommendations concerning proposed Federal, State and local legislation impacting on local aviation activities.
May review engineering projects for airport construction and maintenance work.
May oversee capital projects administration of airside projects including planning, design and construction; oversee contract management including inquiries, negotiations, contracting and compliance.
May oversee vendor relations activities including revenue contracts, schedules, insurance, services, contract compliance and service expansions.
May oversee rate analysis review; analyze rates and charges; determine revenue requirements; adjust rates and charges as required.
Oversee the selection, training, motivation and evaluation of division personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
Oversee and/or participate in the development and administration of annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Explain, justify and defend division programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Represent the assigned Division to other divisions, departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other divisions, departments and outside agencies and organizations.
Provide staff assistance to the Deputy Director of Operations; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.


Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of aviation.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Respond to emergency situations and weather-related events.

Education and experience directly related to the minimum requirements below may be interchangeable on a year for year basis.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, aviation science, public administration, , urban planning, or regional planning preferred; and

Eight (8) years of managerial experience in aviation operations preferred; and

To include five (5) years of supervisory experience preferred; and

Possession of at least one of the following accreditations or certifications: Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) or Certified Member (C.M.) or Airport Certified Employee (A.C.E.) in Airfield Operations, Security, or Communications or Airport Security Coordinator Certification (ASC).

Aviation security experience preferred.


Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

Possession of a City Operator’s Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire.

Possession of an Airport Security Coordinator Certification within six (6) months from date of hire.

Must be able to successfully qualify for and maintain a Sunport Access Control Card as determined by the criteria set forth by the policies and guidelines of the Aviation Department and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Successful completion of a security background check conducted by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, if applicable.

Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive aviation operations program
Rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration
Rules and regulations governing airlines, air freight and general aviation
Air traffic control operations as they relate to airfield operations
Principles and practices of a comprehensive planning program involving either current or long-range planning issues
Principles and practices of aviation planning
Principles and practices of program development and administration
Principles and practices of airport revenue generation
Principles and practices of airport economic development
Principles and practices of marketing, contracting, and use agreements
Principles of finance and organizational development
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations

Oversee and participate in the management of operations, services and activities of the Aviation Department
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff
Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff
Plan, develop and administer planning policy
Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments
Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs
Develop and administer division goals, objectives and procedures
Prepare administrative and financial reports
Prepare and administer large and complex budgets
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques
Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations
Communicate clearly and concisely
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

Office and field environment; exposure to computer screens.

Essential and supplemental functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods.

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