Deputy Director Airports – Ventura County

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Under general direction of the Director of Airports, the Deputy Director Airports coordinates and administers
multiple program areas which may include: operations, emergency services, facilities maintenance, security, properties, accounting, grants, construction, development, and administration functions of both County airports; manages policies and procedures; provides direction and supervision to technical staff; consults with legal counsel; acts for the Director of
Airports in the latter’s absence; and performs related work as required. The department has two Deputy Director Airports positions. The ideal candidate for this vacancy will have extensive experience administering airport operations at a general aviation airport which includes aviation service businesses, aircraft charters, and other related businesses. This individual will have experience administering program areas involving emergency services, facilities maintenance, and airfield security. This individual will have experience contributing to strategic development of new airport programs and meeting changing business needs and budget parameters with an emphasis in airfield operations. Experience collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve objectives is critical to success. This individual is cognizant of and will promote the County’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion practices and principles in carrying out the services of the Agency.

Possession of the following competencies is crucial:

· Business/Technical Expertise

· Leadership Managing Performance

· Legal & Regulatory Navigation

· Innovative Problem Solving

· Presentation Skills

· Oral Communication

· Building and Maintaining Relationships

· Group Facilitation


Any combination of education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities can also be obtained by possessing the equivalent to a degree in business, airport administration, public administration, finance or closely related field and at least three (3) years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in public airport administration including direct supervision of staff.
Additional requirements include:

· Experience preparing budgets and approving expenditures; processing Request for Proposals, conducting bid analysis and approving purchase requisitions; and administering airport leases and contracts.

· Experience with interacting with community leaders, tenants and the public; and making presentations before community groups and public agency governing boards.

· Possession and maintenance of the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) certification by the American Association of Airport Executives is required within two (2) years from the date of hire.

Desired qualifications include:

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/ university in Business Administration, Airport Management, Public Administration, Finance, or closely related field.

· Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) certification by the American Association of Airport Executives


· Assists in the selection of staff, assigns, supervises and inspects the work of airport staff involved in the operation and maintenance and security of airport facilities;

· Administers airport leases, licenses and agreements; prepares recommendations for Director’s review; develops and processes contracts, and monitors compliance with airport lease terms;

· Monitors the Fiscal Division activities, prepares operating and capital budgets; reviews plans, programs, and budget estimates submitted by managers and supervisors;

· Evaluates requests for property improvements; reviews possible restrictions on future use and integration with Airport Master Plan; and prepares recommendations for Director’s review;

· Schedules, coordinates and evaluates proposed remodeling and repairs on tenant property; inspects buildings; determines maintenance priorities; and projects long term needs;

· Coordinates airport operations and maintenance with other County departments and outside public and private agencies;

· Recommends rental rates and user fees for airport properties, facilities, and other activities;

· Inspects and monitors airport facilities and grounds to prevent hazardous conditions and insure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration rules and regulations;

· Prepares and solicits Requests for Proposals and processes bid specifications on properties and vendors; evaluates proposals; and prepares recommendations for Director and Board review;

· Responds to airport emergencies and may function as the incident commander or airport liaison.

· Oversees the business plans, community relations program and marketing strategy for both airports and Airport Master Plan and FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study updates.

· Serves as the Airport Security Manager and chairperson for Airport Safety Committees.

· Ensures FAA and Caltrans Division of Aeronautics operational compliance.

· Maintains and updated the Airport Certification Manual and Airport Emergency Plans.

· Performs other related duties as assigned


Current Annual Base Salary range:

$111,437.63 – $156,012.67 Annually DOE/DOQ.

General Salary Increase (GSI): This classification will receive a GSI of 4% on 12/24/2023 and a GSI of 3.5% on 12/22/2024.

Recruitment Relocation Incentive: Executive management employees, as designated by the Director—Human Resources, may be offered a relocation allowance not to exceed $15,000 following criteria set forth in the Management Resolution Sec. 616B

Educational Incentive: An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate’s degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor’s degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate degree.

Annual Leave: Accrues at a rate of 208 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service or other public service. Credit for prior public service may be considered (Sec. 616A).

Annual Leave Redemption: The ability to “cash in” or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.

Deferred Compensation: Eligible to participate in the County’s 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/ or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.

Health Plans: Medical, Dental and Vision plans for you and your dependents. You are afforded a tiered flexible credit allowance with tier one for employee only at $497 per pay period, tier two for employee plus one at $678 per pay period, and tier three for employee plus family at $825 per pay period.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Increase your spending power through reimbursement with pre-taxed dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.

Holidays: 12 paid days per year which includes a floating holiday equivalent to the employee’s standard daily work schedule.

Miscellaneous Benefits: Incumbents are entitled to County-paid membership up to $200 per fiscal year in professional organizations related to their position. Other benefits include: Disability Plans, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Benefit Reimbursement Program and a Wellness Program.

Pension Plan: Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security. Your retirement plan contributions vest immediately in your Ventura County Employees Retirement Association (VCERA) account and the County’s Defined Retirement benefits vest after five (5) years of service. If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as PERS. Based on your hire date with the County, or eligible reciprocal hire date, your retirement plan benefit will be:

· Before June 30, 1979 2.18% @ age 60

· Between June 30, 1979 – December 31, 2012 2.09% @ age 62

· After December 31, 2012 2.00% @ age 62

For specific pension plan details, please contact VCERA at or call them at (805) 339-2509.


To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter which illustrates your managerial experience in public airport administration including direct supervision of staff.

Include any related certifications and your experience

· Preparing budgets and approving expenditures

· Processing Requests for Proposals, conducting bid analysis and approving purchase requisitions

· Administering airport leases and contracts

· Interacting with community leaders, tenants and the public

· Making presentations before community groups and public agency governing boards

Submit in one of the following ways:

· E-mail to:

· Submit an on-line application and attachments (resume and cover letter) at

Resumes and cover letters will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this brochure and in the job bulletin. First review of resumes is anticipated to be on February 6, 2023. This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time. If interested, apply as soon as possible to be included in that review. Subsequent reviews may be conducted to establish a viable pool of candidates. Following an evaluation of the resumes, the most qualified candidates will be invited to a panel interview. The top candidates, as determined by the panel, will then invited to interview with the Director of Airports and other County executives. This process may be consolidated or expanded contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. The selected candidate may be subjected to a thorough background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving records. In addition, the successful candidate may be subject to Live Scan fingerprinting. Contact Judy Larson at (805) 654-3611 or for additional information.

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