Public Safety & Security Deputy Director Aviation Department

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The Deputy Aviation Director of Public Safety and Security provides strategic direction and leadership overseeing the day-to-day management of the Airport’s Security Badging & Compliance programs, the Airport Command Center, Emergency Preparedness, Airport Duty Manager, and the Airport Safety Management System programs. This position also provides strategic direction to the Phoenix Police Airport Bureau and Phoenix Fire Sky Harbor District partners; serves as the liaison with the TSA, FAA, CBP, FBI, and other law enforcement on airport safety and security related topics; and is the airport liaison with federal, state, and local governmental emergency response agencies.

This assignment requires a high degree of communication and collaboration with all Aviation Department divisions such as Operations, Technology, and Facilities & Services; Airport Police and Fire Department representatives, Federal Partners (TSA, FAA, FBI, CBP) and various City departments. This Deputy Director must have the ability to create (structure and organize) the division for optimal performance based on sound security-based practices.

The Deputy Aviation Director of Public Safety and Security reports to the Assistant Aviation Director/Chief Operations Officer. Work requires a considerable amount of managerial skill, technical knowledge in the area of safety and security practices, teamwork, and effective decision making. This position may have other duties and management responsibilities assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Large hub airport operations, and security and emergency management practices.
  • Police and Fire Department operations Security Principles and Practices.
  • Interoperable radio communication systems and sound information gathering (call taking) and dispatching.
  • Laws, Rules/Regulations, Requirements and Ordinances pertaining to managing safety risk and assuring effectiveness of security risk controls in an aviation environment, to include systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety risk.
  • The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management Systems (SMS) policy.
  • DOT FAA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 139, TSA 1542 Regulatory Requirements.
  • Security systems (physical, cyber, CCTV, access control, detection).
  • Investigative practices that contribute to increased security in a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, environment.


Up to $140,899.20 annually.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The City contributes 9% of salary into 457/401(a) plans with no matching required. $3,600/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 12.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 15 sick days.  Additionally, effective 10/1/2022, Paid Parental Leave is now offered to eligible employees up to 480 hours (12 weeks) of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child during a 12-month period.

For more details, visit: Middle Manager Benefits.

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  • Five years of experience in performing aviation (or transportation related) public safety/security management and/or emergency management.
  • Three years of experience in staff management, including experience working with union representative work groups.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration, security studies, aviation, law enforcement, or related field; Master’s preferred.
    Other combinations of experience and education which meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
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The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • AAAE credentials (AAE, CM, ACE, etc.).
  • NIMS core curriculum certifications (Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief).
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Secret Level Security Clearance.
  • Experience in:
  • Continuity of operations planning, preparedness, response, and recovery to crisis/emergency events.
  • Working in or overseeing an emergency operations center.
  • Records management systems and employment background screening.
  • Physical security strategies and measures to include general security risk assessments, and physical security measures for facilities.
  • Business continuity strategies in emergency preparedness, crisis management, and disaster recovery.
  • Conducting audits, and safety/security risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments for the purpose of continuous improvement.
  • Working irregular hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays may be required.


Recruitment closes January 30, 2023. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

This is a position-based recruitment and generates a one time use only list. Once interviews are conducted and candidates are selected, this job posting will be considered closed and candidates will no longer be in consideration for the position applied for. This posting will not result in any ongoing eligibility list.


Apply online at by 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, you will provide responses to questions regarding your experience and qualifications (the system allows copy/pasting into the answer fields). Information you provide in these questions should align to the information in your resume. Information not consistent with your resume may not be considered when determining your education and/or experience level.

  • Provide an example of an investigation you have completed that increased security within a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Please describe your experience as it relates to managing large scale airport emergencies (using ICS NIMS).
  • Provide an example of an aviation safety/security related audit you have completed for the purpose of continuous improvement and outline the findings and follow up action that was taken.


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Deputy Aviation Dir: Job Code 25200, ID # 48001

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