Airfield Design and Construction Project Manager

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The Airfield Design & Construction Project Manager will, under general supervision from the Engineering Manager, perform professional design and construction project management work associated with capital improvement projects by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) that are broadly airfield (typically civil) improvements and may have architectural and other technical elements. The work involves leading, supervising, and coordinating projects with teams comprised of 3rd party design architects and engineers, general contractors, and 3rd party vendors providing project controls or inspections services as well as GFIAA division staff from Public Safety & Operations, Maintenance and Asset Management, Finance, IT, and Commercial Development. An employee in this assignment is expected to resolve problems of a high professional and technical nature. This assignment is highly specialized and responsible for critical thinking requiring a high degree of professional competence.

Listed examples are illustrative and representative of the tasks required of this classification, but are not intended to be complete or exhaustive for this position.

  • Integrate GFIAA’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals into all areas of responsibility.
  • Provide project management for multiple airfield capital development projects at one time, including budget, scope, schedule and application of alternative delivery methods for assigned projects.
  • Manage the planning, design, construction and estimating for projects.
  • Manage and coordinate the preparation and review of contract drawings and documents.
  • Coordinate closely with assigned Asset Owners from other GFIAA departments to achieve project success in a collaborative environment.
  • Manage the preparation and revision of the GFIAA standards into the development of project specifications as uniquely applied to each project.
  • Support the evaluation of design and cost proposals for airfield capital development projects and Statements of Qualifications submitted by consulting architects & engineers and/or general contractors.
  • Support the interview, selection, and negotiation of contracts with consulting engineers & architects and general contractors.
  • Coordinate the preparation of project contract documents.
  • Support, coordinate, and collaborate with GFIAA project controls functions including:
  • Support the establishment of design and construction budgets for each project and monitor expenditures for conformance to those budgets
    • Support the establishment of design and construction schedules and monitor progress of various projects and their conformance to design and construction schedules
    • Manage and coordinate the change management process for each project
    • Manage and coordinate the mitigation of risks as uniquely defined for each project
    • Manage and coordinate the payment process for each project
    • Actively participate in document management for each project
  • Actively participate in and/or lead the ORAT and closeout functions for each project.
  • Review designs and submittals from design engineers & architects for compliance with the contract.
  • Conduct technical reviews and provide recommendations regarding designs and reports prepared by consulting  engineers & architects.
  • Maintain current, accurate records for each working project.
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and participation in assigned projects.
  • Conduct design and submittal reviews at key project milestones and coordinate/support the review and feedback from other GFIAA divisions and functions.
  • Support and collaborate in the writing of Request for Statement of Qualifications to solicit interest in work from consulting engineers & architects.
  • Write analytical reports.
  • Create presentations and hold project team meetings with stakeholders, GFIAA staff, airlines, airport tenants and consultants to review projects and keep them updated and informed as projects move through planning and development phases.
  • Collaborate with and manage architectural & engineering designers and general contractors to ensure project conformance with applicable municipal, county, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Understand and review updates to federal, state and regional rules and regulations pertaining to airport management, aviation planning principles and standards, and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139 certified airports.
  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight and mature judgment in anticipating and solving unpredictable problems.
  • Remain current on trends in airport construction and the aviation industry.
  • Work more than forty hours in a workweek without additional compensation to perform assigned job duties, including weekends, evenings, early morning hours, and holidays, as required.


A typical manner of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in construction management, civil engineering, construction engineering, or other related fields; and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in design and construction project management including projects valued at least $3-$5 M; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Aviation experience will be considered but is not required. Aviation related duties will be supported by other Authority staff. Other requirements include demonstrated ability to:

  • Establish and maintain project scopes and budgets, managing tasks and workflows.
  • Apply engineering principles, methods, and techniques to theoretical and practical problems with versatility, judgment, and perception.
  • Adapt principles, methods, and techniques of related professional disciplines.
  • Organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific problems and provide practical, cost-effective solutions.
  • Work cooperatively with other GFIAA employees and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper English sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Communicate orally with other GFIAA employees, contractors, governmental groups, or the public in face-to-face one-on-one settings, using video conference platforms, or telephone.
  • Review or check the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Utilize budget control and schedule software and have familiarity with common design and construction technology tools including Bluebeam, BIM, AutoCAD, and GIS, and possess an understanding of the appropriate level of graphic support needed to convey ideas, alternatives, and general information to colleagues and the public.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, engineering drawings, construction diagrams, topographical drawings, and related graphics and schematics.
  • Interact positively with coworkers, consultants, contractors, tenants, representatives of local units of government, and community members from widely diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Maintain a valid state driver’s license.


  • Working knowledge of airfield or civil construction industry practices.
  • Experience with capital funding and revenue streams.
  • Experience with sustainable building practices.
  • Experience managing staff and/or consultants.
  • Experience preparing, reviewing, and updating project schedules and construction estimates.
  • Knowledge of annual capital improvement programming.


  1. Candidate must be able to pass required FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record check in addition to pre-hire and random drug and alcohol screenings.
  2. Candidate must maintain an appropriate level airport badge at all times. .


This position has frequent contact with:

  • Airport leadership and administration.
  • Internal employees and external departmental clients.
  • Consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies.
  • Airline and other tenant staff members.


  • Construction management certification, Professional Engineer license, or Engineer In Training certification encouraged.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In the performance of the duties of this job, the incumbent:

  • Is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop and kneel; use hands to manipulate electronic keyboard, finger, handle, grasp or feel; use hands and arms to reach forward and at shoulder level.
  • To talk and hear in order to communicate in person and by telephone, computer, or radio.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the Authority.
  • Must frequently lift and/or exert force up to ten pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.
  • Possess at least minimum corrected vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus vision enough to read printed materials, charts, graphs, instrument scales/readout devices and a computer screen.
  • Is regularly required to sit for prolonged periods of time and to move about the work site and off-site locations.


The positive and collaborative work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Work is generally performed within an office environment. The noise level is usually moderate.
  • May be required to work outdoors when calibrating monitoring equipment and/or observing conditions and equipment. Aircraft noise, fuel fumes and vibrations are conditions frequently encountered.
  • The incumbent typically operates telephone, computer keyboard and standard office equipment such as copier and electronic calculator.

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