Planning Manager

Website Ontario International Airport Authority

Want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? To contribute to a team making moves on a global scale? Then you’re invited to join the team that lives the So Cal, So Easy vibe. The phenomenal team works daily to connect people, places and create experiences for the millions of passengers traveling through Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). ONT is looking for people who think outside of the box, who get excited about the possibilities, and who want to continue paving the way for the fastest growing airport in the U.S. If you want to be a part of a vibrant team making world-class moves, and contribute to shaping the future of this airport, region and industry, then look no further. #ThisisONT.

PAY RANGE: $7,725.00 – $10,609.00 / month

An employee of this class is responsible for performing advanced planning duties for the development and implementation of aviation programs and projects at Ontario International Airport (ONT). Incumbents in this classification report directly to the Director of Planning. The Planning Manager will be accountable for planning, overseeing, and managing studies to ensure the airport meets operational demands, industry standards and federal requirements; assess how proposed projects comply or deviate from regular standards and best practices and analyze project proposals for conformity or impact to existing and developing plans; performs related duties as assigned.


Important and essential duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Guides concept development plans for airfield, terminal, landside and commercial properties.
  • Works on airport plans, airport layout plans, feasibility studies, geometry studies, land use planning studies, airspace analysis, and public involvement and outreach activities.
  • Conducts field surveys, investigations, and leads data collection efforts in support of airport planning studies.
  • Coordinates with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other governmental agencies to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  • Leads the assembly and ongoing update of the ONT Capital Program and Airport Capital improvement projects list.
  • Seeks necessary approvals required for Program Management to implement the ONT Capital Program including but not limited to inclusion of projects in the plan of finance, Board approval, and airline approval.
  • Manages and coordinates consultants in the preparation of planning studies, including review of scopes of work, fee proposals, and technical work.
  • Provides advice, technical assistance, and written recommendations on airport planning studies.
  • Applies advanced professional knowledge of the principles of management, business, and administration in directing, supervising, and coordinating complex airport planning projects.
  • Provides planning requirements during capital project development to be included in preliminary scope, estimates, and schedules.
  • Provides guidance and support to Program Management during project implementation to ensure delivered projects meet initial requirements and intent.
  • Coordinates closely with other divisions to ensure new development projects comply with aviation regulations and requirements.
  • Responds to requests for data and information from internal staff and external clients, organizations, various agencies, and the public.
  • Prepare and presents planning and technical information to the Board, stakeholders and the public
  • Establishes and maintains effective communication and working relationships with airport and authorized representative employee’s, internal and external stakeholders, and the public.
  • Does related work as required.
  • May occasionally be assigned to other duties for training purposes or to meet technological changes or emergencies.


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position.

  • Minimum of five years of increasingly responsible experience in aviation projects and programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Planning (civil engineering, airport planning, urban planning), or a related field is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of analytical techniques and related tools including statistical, spreadsheet, database, simulation, and spatial/graphical analysis applications (AutoCAD, REVIT, GIS, etc.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and database programs.
  • Experience in aviation planning projects and programs is highly desirable.


  • Valid Driver’s License equivalent to a California Class C driver’s license
  • Acceptable driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment
  • Ability to pass all background / reference checks, knowledge examinations, as well as aptitude tests necessary to obtain an OIAA employee badge at ONT

This is an at-will, exempt position. Only a valid and properly executed employment agreement may alter status as an at-will employee. Verbal contracts are not valid. The employment relationship may be terminated at the will of either party upon notice to the other. As an at-will employee, there would not be an established property interest in continued employment with OIAA.


  • Candidates who successfully complete all phases of the selection process will be placed on an eligibility list.
  • Current and future vacancies will be filled from this list. Lists typically last for 12 months but may be extended or abolished based upon the needs of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).
  • The OIAA  encourages applications from qualified individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any phase of the selection process must make such a request during the application process. Applicants with disabilities that affect sensory, manual, or speaking skills may be provided with a test in a format that does not require the use of the impaired skill. Persons requesting reasonable accommodation will be required to provide documentation of such a need.
  • The OIAA  supports a Drug-Free Workplace. The pre-employment physical may include a drug screen where permitted by law.
  • Successful candidates shall be required to complete a verification form designated by the Department of
  • Homeland Security United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that certifies eligibility for employment in the United States of America.
  • All potential employees are required to pass a fingerprint review and a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.
  • Employees are required to successfully complete all background / reference checks, knowledge examinations, as well as aptitude tests necessary to obtain an OIAA employee badge at ONT.
  • The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract expressed or implied and any provisions contained in this posting may be modified or revoked without notice.
  • If applicable, official college transcripts may be required prior to receiving an offer of employment.

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