Airport Assistant General Manager of Planning & Development

Website City of Atlanta

General Description and Classification Standards

The Department of Aviation’s Bureau of Planning and Development (P&D) implements the Department’s $500+ million annual capital improvement program.  Within P&D are two Assistant General Managers who report to a Deputy General Manager.  One Assistant General Manager focuses on planning, design, and environmental compliance.  The other Assistant General Manager is responsible for project implementation and delivery, beginning with the bidding process.


This Assistant General Manager position focuses on project implementation and delivery.  The proponent will effectively manage a staff comprised of Department of Aviation and consultant project management, construction management, and administrative personnel, whose primary objective is to build and maintain airport facilities in a safe and efficient manner.  The position will report to the Deputy General Manager of P&D.  The proponent will work closely with the assistant general manager responsible for project planning, design, and environmental compliance.  Specifically, this position will be responsible for implementing airfield projects, roadway projects, building projects, and a variety of smaller projects.  The individual will provide day-to-day guidance to staff members on project-related issues as well as address administrative management functions (i.e., approvals for travel and leave requests, among others.)  This is the highest level of strategic and/or operations management reporting to a senior department executive or a department Deputy.  This is not a routine promotional level position, and the specific justification for classification at this level must be documented.


Supervision Received

Direction received is very general and focuses more on long-term and short-term operating objectives.

This is a policy-advisory level of management and would be considered senior leadership.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  May perform other duties as assigned.


This position supports the Department of Aviation Deputy General Manager of Planning and Development, as well as Department senior staff.


The proponent will have demonstrated experience at a medium or large hub airport in carrying out the following primary essential duties and responsibilities:


Implementing landside, airside, and cargo projects from project bidding through facility commissioning


·    Interacting and teaming with affected stakeholders, such as other Department of Aviation business units; airlines serv  ing the airport and their liaison representatives; consultants supporting Planning and Development; federal agencies such as the FAA, TSA, and others; technical staffs of jurisdictions adjacent to the airport; and other stakeholders


·    Closely monitoring construction and consultant budgets; resolving disputes between the airport sponsor and a contractor; and preparing change orders


·        Effectively communicate project challenges and solutions to Department executives


·        Manage staff as well as develop and mentor younger staff members


·        Serve as a member of the Department’s senior management team and provide significant input into overall strategic, business, and financial plans




Decision Making

The proponent will oversee numerous, multi-million dollar projects.  The types of decisions typically made are related to identifying appropriate task order scope of work; developing and maintaining schedules and budgets; and developing technical rationale as to why a project may require a change.  Additionally, the proponent will be called upon to prioritize projects and defend the prioritization.



Leadership Provided

The individual will provide guidance to both subordinates and superiors and is expected to be adept at interacting with both groups.  Additionally, the proponent will provide high level coaching and development for direct subordinates and high potential employees.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities   This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.  It is not an exhaustive list.


The proponent is expected to exhibit detailed knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the following:


·        Typical airport industry processes involved in the planning, design, and construction of roadway and airfield pavements, as well as support buildings, at medium and large hub airports


·        The ability to read and interpret airport-related design drawings and specifications


·        The skills to develop teams to deliver successful, complex projects


·        The ability to “think out of the box” to arrive at a creative solution when required


·        The ability to use discretion and make quick decisions when necessary


·        The ability and desire to communicate both good and bad project news to superiors


·        The skill to communicate with all stakeholders and prepare clear, well-written briefings


·        he knowledge to understand fundamentals of medium and large hub airport financing and funding sources


·  The ability to ask questions when confronted with an unfamiliar design or project management situation

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