Airport Operations Supervisor

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The Airport Operations Supervisor under direction, plans, organizes and directs airport(s) operations, performs related administrative functions, supervises Department of Airport employees and serves as a member of the Ventura County Airports’ supervisory/management team.

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in airport operations including the knowledge of applicable FAA rules and regulations. Past work experience will demonstrate effective time management, the ability to plan, organize and schedule work activities of operations staff creating an environment in which employees are self-motivated, as well as the abilities to train staff, communicate clearly and effectively with airport tenants and users, make appropriate decisions based on sound judgment, and maintain confidentiality.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Enforces security and operational rules, regulations and procedures concerning landing, taxiing, parking, servicing, loading and unloading of aircraft, operation of vehicular traffic on the airfield, airline activities, buildings, access roads and parking facilities to ensure compliance;

·         Supervises airfield activities verifying that security is maintained, major construction and repair projects are communicated to and coordinated with airport tenants/users and inspecting airfield lighting, runways, taxiways and ramp areas to identify and track needed maintenance;

·         Supervises staff; trains personnel; carries out disciplinary actions and other personnel matters;

·         Supervises quarterly fueling safety inspections of all fuel storage areas and fuel servicing vehicles; coordinates triennial airport rescue/firefighting drills; coordinates annual table top exercise;

·         Maintains and updates the airport certification manual and emergency plan to comply with FAA PART 139 regulations;

·         Oversees and takes necessary action to comply with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and the Spill Prevention and Counter Measures Plan for the airport(s) as mandated by state regulations;

·         Responds to inquiries about terminal usage and explains procedures and safety regulations; coordinates terminal building and other facility activities with maintenance and security personnel;

·         Investigates and reports to Airport management and regulatory agencies as required regarding complaints and disrupted airport operations, including but not limited to unscheduled plane arrivals and aircraft accidents;

·         Prepares fiscal reports on operational expenses; compiles and analyzes operational expenses and statistical data to improve operations, identify program needs, recommend changes to operations and contribute to the budget preparation process;

·         Notifies airport control tower to close runway(s) in all airfield emergency calls and disasters; directs emergency response personnel as appropriate; and oversees other safety considerations and activities necessary to resume normal airport operations;

·         Tracks and verifies that all landing fees have been submitted to Airport Fiscal with all necessary information for billing as scheduled;

·         Exercises authority to halt hazardous or unauthorized activities by tenants, employees or the public in violation of safety or security regulations and procedures and corrects any hazardous conditions;

·         Performs other related duties as assigned.


Considerable experience in airport operations which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

The required knowledge, skills and abilities may be obtained by two (2) years of airport operations experience at a general aviation, military or commercial service airport. Some supervisory and/or lead experience is also required.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Airport/Aviation Management, Public Administration, or related degree may be substituted for six (6) months of the required experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Working knowledge of:

·         Federal, state and local rules, regulations, practices, policies and terminology;

·         Fire safety techniques and practices;

·         Uniform Fire Code and the National Fire Protection Association Standards;

·         Principles and techniques of supervision;

·         Principles of budget preparation;

·         Grant writing process.

Comprehensive knowledge of:

·         Federal Airport Improvement Program;

·         Principles of air navigation;

·         Aircraft operational requirements;

·         Federal Airport Regulations (FAR) Part 139 related to daily inspections of runways, taxiways, fueling operations and ground operation areas;

·         Transportation Security Regulations (TSR) 1542 related to airport security;

·         Federal Aviation Airport (FAA) Part 77 related to obstructions to navigable airspace near and around airports.

Working ability to:

·         Communicate effectively in an oral and written manner;

·         Apply minimum security standards as mandated by TSR 1542;

·         Read/interpret blueprints;

·         Insure compliance to the airport certification manual and apply minimum safety standards as mandated by FAR Part 139;

·         Conduct investigations;

·         Plan, organize, and supervise the work of others;

·         Prepare a variety of reports and recommendations;

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal resources, the general public and outside contractors.


The salary range for the Airport Operations Supervisor is $54,155.35 – $75,946.28. An attractive benefit package is included.


This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.  First review of applications is anticipated on Thursday, November 7, 2019.  Please, submit applications to be included in that review as the recruitment may close at any time thereafter depending on the applicant pool.

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