VP of Public Safety

Rhode Island Airport Corporation

Rhode Island Airport Corporation (“RIAC”, “the organization”) was created by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation now known as the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI), on December 9, 1992. RIAC was created as a public corporation, governmental agency, and public instrumentality, having a distinct legal existence from the State of Rhode Island and Commerce RI, yet having many of the same powers and purposes as Commerce RI. The
powers of the corporation are vested in its seven-member board of directors, all of whom are appointed by the Governor. RIAC is a component unit of the State.

RIAC is empowered, pursuant to its Articles of Incorporation and Rhode Island law, to undertake the
planning, development, management, acquisition, ownership, operation, repair, construction,
reconstruction, rehabilitation, renovation, improvement, maintenance, development, sale, lease, or
other disposition of any airport facility within the State.

The vision of RIAC is to be a “safe, convenient aviation gateway for New England.”


Rhode Island Airport Corporation is seeking a Vice President of Public Safety to oversee RIAC’s Airport Police and Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) departments. The Vice President will be responsible for airport readiness and preparedness for emergency events. This person will plan, direct, and implement organization safety programs to ensure a safe, healthy and accident-free work environment.

In the Vice President of Public Safety role, RIAC is seeking an individual with a proven track record within a complex airport system. The Vice President must be prepared for any type of emergency disaster and must have experience with both the Police and Fire departments.

The Vice President of Public Safety will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities will include training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

The Vice President of Public Safety reports to the Senior Vice President of Operations & Maintenance and oversees the Police Chief and ARFF Chief who supervise employees in the Police and ARFF departments. This individual is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units.

The Vice President of Public Safety position is based at RIAC headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island and involves regular travel across the airport portfolio and occasionally beyond within and outside the U.S.

The Vice President of Public Safety holds the following responsibilities:

  • ▪ Ensures RIAC Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) and Police departments train and comply with all applicable Federal and State laws including but not limited to 49 CFR Parts 1542, 1544; and FAA Part 139.
    ▪ Provides assurance that the public safety departments will pass required testing by outside agencies.
    ▪ Acts as Incident Commander during airport emergencies.
    ▪ Plans and implements safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations.
    ▪ Oversees RIAC’s Safety Committee. Conducts safety meetings on a periodic basis.
    ▪ In conjunction with Human Resources and other departments, plans and implements programs to train managers and employees in work site safety practices, fire prevention, and correct handling techniques for chemicals, toxins, equipment, and other materials.
    ▪ Leads the investigation of accidents and injuries and cooperates in the preparation of material and evidence for organization use in hearings lawsuits, and insurance investigations.
    ▪ Compiles and submits accident reports required by regulatory agencies.
    ▪ Represents the organization in community or industry safety groups and programs.
    ▪ Oversees the enforcement of the established safety and security practices and policies mandated by local, state, and federal authorities.
    ▪ Enforces necessary inspections to maintain compliance with NFPA standards and Part 139 requirements.
    ▪ Coordinates mutual aid and RIAC joint training exercises for both fire and police.
    ▪ Maintains public safety/safety files and records
    ▪ Maintains close liaison with airport stakeholders in matters relating to security and operation including TSA, FAA, airport tenants and federal, state, and local law enforcement and fire protection agencies.
    ▪ Provides assurances that the Police and ARFF departments will pass required testing by outside agencies.


  • ▪ Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university.
    ▪ Five (5) years minimum progressive leadership experience at a small hub airport or a State, metropolitan or municipal Public Safety, Police, or Rescue and Firefighting Department.
    ▪ Thorough understanding of 49 CFR Parts 1542, 1544 and FAR Part 139 necessary
    ▪ Knowledge of NFPA standards as they apply to Airport Fire Protection.
    ▪ Experience and knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NMIS) and the Incident Command System (IS-700, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400 and IS-800).
    ▪ Must work well and think clearly under high stress conditions.
    ▪ Union experience is strongly preferred
    ▪ Must have excellent written and oral communication skills


  • ▪ An unblemished record as related to his or her ethical integrity and professional standards.
    ▪ Results-oriented, track record of delivering superior results and continuously raising the operational effectiveness of the company.
    ▪ A high degree of energy and drive, given the growth-oriented nature of RIAC. A strong driver for results and performance.
    ▪ A strong process and systems orientation with an ability to put operational disciplines in place. Has a structured, organized work style with an appreciation for a structured workplace environment.
    ▪ A strong problem-solver, driven by facts and analytics.
    ▪ A team player, who appreciates that results come from a strong cross-functional effort.
    ▪ A highly effective communicator across a variety of contexts and modes. Has demonstrated superior interpersonal and communication skills required.
    ▪ Transparent, with the ability to communicate openly and practice a no-surprises approach with the leadership team.
    ▪ Not afraid to get his or her hands dirty and do “real work,” particularly in the context of the very “real” organizational culture at Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
    ▪ Financially astute with as much of a business mindset as an operating mindset; bring strong financial and business acumen.
    ▪ Excellent change management skills in both culture/people and systems/processes.



To apply for this job email your details to annie.alexander@kornferry.comORphil.holsingerkornferry.com

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