Airport Operations Manager

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The Airport Operations Manager at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority provides management of airfield operations at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). This leadership position is an essential role for the GFIA as the individual provides and implements policies and procedures to ensure the airport operates in compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and requirements. The role also provides supervision and management for Airport Operations Officers and the Airport Communications (Dispatch) Specialists. The Airport Operations Manager reports to the Director of Public Safety and Operations at the GFIA.

Primary Duties

  • Administers policies and procedures for; hires; provides training, schedules and work direction for; evaluates the performance of Airport Operations and Airport Communications.
  • Maintains, modifies and updates the Airport Certification Manual.
  • Develops policies and procedures to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport in compliance with Part 139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).
  • Oversees the airport’s self-inspection program, ensuring that any and all unsafe or non-compliant conditions are promptly reported and corrected.
  • Facilitates initial and recurrent training of Department and tenant employees in compliance with Part 139.
  • Develops plans and procedures for emergencies, including, but not limited to, aircraft incidents and accidents, structural fires, natural disasters, bomb threats, evacuations and severe weather.
  • Closes or restricts use of airfield operating areas to ensure the safety of aeronautical users.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of safety plans and procedures with airport tenants, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and state and local public safety and emergency response agencies in order to ensure compliance with FAR Part 139.
  • Ensures that Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), reporting any and all conditions that impact the safe operation of aircraft are promptly communicated to the FAA, air carriers and other airport users.
  • Serves as on-site manager in the absence of higher levels of airport management and provides on-site responses to emergencies during normal working hours as well as evenings, weekends and holidays.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Thorough working knowledge of FAR Parts 77 and 139, Transportation Security Regulation (TSR) Parts 1540 and 1542, and all other federal, state and local rules, regulations, standards and requirements governing air traffic, commercial and general aviation, airport safety and security, airport and movement area operating and maintenance standards, and other relevant matters.
  • Thorough working knowledge of the practices and principles of airport administration, operations, security and airfield maintenance.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Aviation Management, Aviation Science, Business Administration or other relevant field combined with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience, including two years supervisory experience, in airport operations or administration; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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