Director of Aviation Business and Properties

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As the Director of Aviation Business and Properties, you will provide director-level leadership to Aviation Properties, Air Service Development, and Airline Affairs, ensuring strategic alignment and consistency of approach to airline-related functions. This position reports directly to the Managing Director of Aviation and is a valued member of the Aviation Senior Management Team.

  • You will integrate functions and accountabilities of the Aviation Properties, Airline, and Tenant Affairs and Air Service Development into the strategies and overall responsibilities of the airport while working collaboratively with other Aviation Senior Leaders to lead airport-wide initiatives and goals.
  • You will be responsible for managing and directing the development of strategies, policies, and operating procedures for airline leasing, air service development, and airline affairs.
  • You will lead, manage, coach, and mentor direct reports in Aviation Properties, Air Service Development, and Airline Affairs. Set direction and purpose for these teams ensuring that programs are aligned in approach and strategic direction. Ensures performance evaluations and development plans are established and updated on a regular basis, identifies resource, training, development needs, and helps define tasks and functions and monitors workload and assignments.  Provides regular performance feedback to direct reports.
  • You will create long-term air service development strategies and policies that target regions and prospective customer airlines based on broad and extensive analysis of global alliance alignments, carrier hub synergy, verification and strategic enhancement of international aviation bilateral treaties, airport incentive programs, and Seattle-specific market characteristics.
  • You will communicate strategic vision and provide direction internally, cross-departmental, and externally to gain support, consistency of approach, and integration of Seattle Tacoma International Airport airline strategy in regional economic development.
  • You will manage the relationships with airlines and has high-level responsibility for coordinating all meetings and negotiations with the airlines.  Ensures that all airline requests are tracked and responded to in a timely manner.  Develops and implements long-term strategies for airline affairs management.

Who you are:
Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have ten (10) or more years of experience Progressively responsible experience in the aviation and/or airline industry, with progressive leadership and or management experience including performance management and development of staff.
  • Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, International Business, or related field.
  • Leadership – You create and maintain an environment that enables and facilitates high performance and individual responsibility. Use teamwork effectively to achieve results by utilizing strengths and capabilities and meet internal and external communication and coordination needs. Manage and work with people from widely varied technical and operational specialties. Develop staff for future assignments and management succession.
  • Problem Solving – You can manage conflict effectively, influence and effect change in a political environment, work effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including our community partners and while managing multiple and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Relationship Building – You communicate openly and honestly including situations of significant project performance challenges. Establish and maintain strong relationships at multiple management levels and functional areas within Aviation Division and with Corporate and Economic Development Divisions. Establish and maintain relationships with airlines, other airport tenants and customers, and external design and construction community. Foster open communication, teamwork, and exchange of ideas and knowledge including lessons learned on project performance. Seek to understand and treat others with respect. Work collaboratively at senior management and executive level to achieve project success and support organizational goals.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.

What else you need to know:

  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). You may be required to work any and all assigned shifts, including weekends and holidays. You may be required to work during emergencies.
  • Work Environment – This is a hybrid work environment with flexibility to allow for in-office and teleworking, with site visits as needed to conduct client site visits.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you will/must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance. You will also be required to obtain a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Customs Seal within 30 days of hire.
  • COVID–19 Vaccination Requirement – The Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID–19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two–dose series or two weeks after a single–dose vaccine. Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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