Deputy Aviation Director – Business and Properties (Critical Position)

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THIS IS A CRITICAL POSITION. During the current health crisis, any job interviews will be held by video or audio conference.

Please be aware that you may be required to undergo screening for symptoms of COVID-19 which may include answering questions regarding symptoms or having your body temperature read as part of this job.  You may also be required to wear a face covering or use other personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport) seeks a dynamic and results-oriented professional to oversee the Business and Properties Division. Successful candidates will have experience in collaboratively leading successful teams as well as experience innovatively solving complex issues and leading change initiatives.

Responsibilities include management of tenant leases and relationships with the airlines; ensures tenant conformity and compliance with contractual obligations and requirement; develops and manages terminal concessions, advertising, rental cars and other concessions; manages PHX public and employee parking; and develops and leases commercial, non-commercial and general aviation properties and facilities  This position will also direct a team of approximately 30 staff including two middle-manager positions.

This position exercises considerable innovation, initiative, and independent judgement and works under the general supervision of an Assistant Aviation Director. Incumbents in this position are expected to resolve problems of a professional and technical nature and must effectively confront problems facing airport management while managing competing priorities.

Currently there is one vacancy in the Aviation Department. This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.

IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to airport management and operations is required.
  • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) certification is also desirable.
  • Experience in interpreting and applying federal rules and regulations.


Up to $136,469 annually.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The City contributes 8.5% of salary into 457/401(a) plans with no matching required. $3,360/annual car allowance and $1,440/annual cell phone allowance.

A comprehensive Middle Manager benefits package is offered which includes:

Traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually, dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 15 sick days.  For more details, visit: Middle Manager Benefits.


  • Five years of professional-level experience in airport management, airline business management, or commercial real estate and property management;
  • Of which three years must have been in a position supervising professional-level staff,
  • Bachelor’s degree in airport management, public or business administration, planning, or a related field.
  • An equivalent combination of related experience and education may be considered.
  • All positions in the Aviation Department require individuals to pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check prior to hire. The following list is not all inclusive, but these are TSA general factors for disqualification of employment for working at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Other factors will be assessed that may also lead to disqualification. Qualified candidates should consider these factors when applying. Aviation Employment Disqualifiers
  • This position requires use of a personal or City vehicle.  Individuals must be physically capable of operating vehicles safely, possess an appropriate valid Arizona’s driver’s license, possess personal insurance coverage, and have an acceptable driving record.


First review of applications will occur the week of November 16, 2020.  Recruitment will close when we have received enough qualified applications or on November 30, 2020, whichever is sooner.


Apply online at completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.

During the online application process, please be advised that you will need to provide responses to the following open-ended questions (the system allows copying/pasting into the answer fields):

  • In approximately 100 words or fewer, indicate the number and type of employees you have supervised on an ongoing basis.
  • In approximately 100 words or fewer, describe your experience in airport or airline business management.
  • In approximately 100 words or fewer, indicate your experience in commercial real estate and property management.



Deputy Aviation Director, JC: 25200, ID #37634

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