Deputy Director/Aviation UN

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The Deputy Director of Aviation is responsible for aiding the Director of Aviation in oversight and management of all airport activity at the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) a Part 139, operating certificate medium-hub commercial service airport and Double Eagle II general aviation reliever airport (AEG). The Sunport is owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque and is a joint use facility with Kirtland Air force Base. The Deputy Director of Aviation reports to the Director of Aviation under whose supervision, personally and through subordinate supervisors, directs administrative, operational and maintenance functions to ensure a safe, efficient, legal, and profitable airport operation.

The position entails supervising, coordinating, and reviewing aircraft operations; buildings and field maintenance and related matters; community relations; coordinating airline requirements for airport facilities; reviewing airport tenant activities for compliance with terms of leases and agreements; supervising enforcement of applicable federal, state and local regulations pertaining to airport operations, safety and security; and participating in planning for future growth and expansion. This position will represent the Aviation department and City Council and state legislature proceedings. The Deputy Director of Aviation will also assist in determining and recommending personnel staffing requirements; developing and submitting an annual budget; coordinating airport construction, maintenance and other work by staff with tenants, public utilities, and contractors; promoting compatible airport activities in the surrounding communities; and doing related work.

This is an unclassified at-will position

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 Director of Aviation.

Exercise direct supervision of professional/ management and lower level staff.

Exercise supervision of contractors to determine compliance with contract terms.


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

Performs duties as acting Airport Director in the absence of the Airport Director.
Consults frequently with the Airport Director and department directors, helps develop policy and procedural directives for the authority’s possible adoption, and carries out policies and directives of Airport.
Assists in creating policy recommendations regarding compliance requirements of federal and state directives affecting airport operations and development.
By direction, represents the City of Albuquerque when communicating with legislative bodies and public officials.
Helps to administer airport capital improvement projects approved by the City Council to include: planning, construction management, making application and accepting FAA/federal and State grants, and any future amendments thereto, to administer project design development and specifications; bidding, compile bid results, and execute contracts for those grant projects; and to make all payments authorized by the grant agreements; all authorization contingent upon being in full compliance with federal and state sponsor assurances.
Coordinate with FAA regarding Part 139 safety and certification compliance, annual inspections as well as any grant topics.

Oversee DBE compliance.
Coordinate with TSA regarding Part 1542 security compliance, inspections and badging program requirements.
Assists with creation and implementation of RFPs and RFQs.
To accomplish capital projects in a manner that minimizes operational impact on tenants and the public.
Promotes development of programs to maximize revenue sources for the operation and maintenance of the airport and be financially self-sufficient.

Acts as designated TSA Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), or directly oversees the ASC, and develops and administers TSA Security Program for the airport, insuring the safety, health and welfare of airport users and tenants.
Interprets and enforces laws, ordinances, rules and regulations governing all airport operations and activities.
Carries out public relations program policy that promotes the aviation interests of the airport and the general public.
Develops and oversees procedures and systems for the inspection, maintenance, safety and security of airport infrastructure, facilities, buildings, structures, equipment and grounds.
As directed, prepares written and oral reports for presentation to the appropriate governmental agencies and the public as required.

Interfaces with governmental agencies, civic and business organizations.
Deputy Director of Aviation will head performance evaluations will be done annually by as will reviews of all personnel evaluations, meritorious recognition and disciplinary write-ups.
Develops and implements new strategies to expand commercial development opportunities and airport consumer services (food and beverage, retail, ground transports, advertising, and passenger related services.
Negotiates, coordinates, and manages complex real estate activities related to acquisition, leasing, rental, and development related to concessions, lands, hangars and buildings.
Oversees public relations program as Airport Spokesperson to include public relations, community relations, and tenant relations.
Leads Air Service Development to identify new route opportunities and evaluates airline operations for contract compliance.

Develops and manages concession programs, including marketing research activities.
Develops and manages the airport’s Advertising Program.

Manage the CIP Program to accomplish capital projects in a manner that minimizes operational impact on tenants and the public. Coordinating airport construction, maintenance and other work by staff with tenants, public utilities, and contractors. Includes Environmental, Sustainability, and Risk Management activities and responsibilities.


Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in assigned areas.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Public Administration, Operations Management, Aviation Administration, or Engineering preferred; and

Nine (9) years of managerial experience in any of the following areas preferred: aviation operations, public sector operations management or capital project management.

To include six (6) years of supervisory experience preferred.

Airport Concessions Management, Air Service Development, Marketing, or Properties Management experience preferred.

Master’s degree in any of the above fields preferred.


Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver’s License or the ability to obtain by date of hire.

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

May have to apply for a Federal Government Secret Security Clearance.

Must successfully pass FBI criminal history background check including fingerprinting.

Airport Security Coordinator Certificate from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within nine (9) months from date of hire.

Airport Certified Employee (ACE) or Certified Member (C.M.) Certification or American Association of Airport Executives Accreditation (AAE) preferred.

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.

Federal, State, County, and municipal rules and regulations applicable to the operation of a Part 139 commercial service airport including knowledge of TSA Part 1542
Principles and practices of public relations
Principles and practices marketing
Airport concessions programs
Capital Improvement Program management
Airport maintenance requirements, to include necessary supplies, materials, and equipment
Principles and methods of airport business management
Airport real estate management, to include leases and contracts
Operational characteristics, services and activities of a municipal development program
Principles and practices of program development and administration
Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations
Methods and techniques of enforcing applicable codes and ordinances
Methods and techniques of research and analysis
Principles and practices of energy management
Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations
Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers
Principles and practices of performance measurement and assessment

Report on operating conditions and problems and to recommend or implement appropriate solutions
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level airport staff
Interpret, explain and enforce departmental policies, procedures and applicable ordinances, codes and regulations
Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff
Coordinate division activities and programs with outside agencies and divisions
Meet programmatic and regulatory requirements and deadlines
Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments
Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs
Participate in the development and administration of department goals, objectives and procedures
Prepare and administer large and complex budgets
Prepare administrative and financial reports
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
Respond to questions and concerns from City employees and the public
Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


Office environment; exposure to inclement weather; exposure to computer screens.


Essential and supplemental functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods; may operate a motor vehicle. May be required to lift items weighing fifty pounds or more;

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