Airport Manager

Website Sacramento County Department of Airports

The PositionThere is an additional 3.35% Management Differential which is added to the posted salary for this class.

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on: 

5/4/2023, 5/25/2023, 6/15/2023 (final)

Effective June 18, 2023, a 4% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment)
will be added to the salary for this class.


To apply for this position, click here.


Under general direction, the Airport Manager manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of a specific functional area of the Sacramento County Department of Airports and coordinates assigned activities with other sections, departments, outside agencies and the general public.

The current recruitment includes, but is not limited to, the following positions:

Airport Emergency Manager (Download PDF reader) – Recruitment Brochure

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles and practices of management and organizational theory, including planning, organizational design, business finance, budget preparation, business development, project management, and organizational effectiveness
  • Commercial property management, retail leasing, and property/tenant principles and practices
  • Marketing and public relations principles, strategies and methods
  • Principles and practices of supervision, discipline, leadership, mentoring, and training
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Principles and practices of airport operations, development, management, and finance
  • Airport security requirements

Ability to

  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff
  • Plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of subordinate staff
  • Investigate and resolve disciplinary issues
  • Work independently and in a team environment
  • Effectively manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Develop, monitor and interpret budgets and other financial documents
  • Plan, manage, and complete complex work assignments
  • Independently and effectively make decisions regarding airport operational needs and the safety of the public
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with all levels of County staff, public and private organizations, public officials, the media and the general public
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
  • Effectively represent the department to other departments, agencies, and the public
  • Influence and persuade others
  • Interpret and summarize a variety of data and information
  • Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of information

Employment Qualifications

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university.


Either: 1. Three years of full-time paid experience employed by the County of Sacramento performing duties comparable to Senior Airport Economic Development Specialist, Airport Operations Officer, Senior Airport Planner, Airfield Maintenance Supervisor, or Fire Battalion Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting.

Or: 2. Three years of full-time paid supervisory level experience or higher, at an airport or in the aviation industry.

Or: 3. Three years of full-time paid supervisory level experience or higher in retail property/tenant management or commercial real property leasing.

Or:  4. Three years of full-time paid supervisory level experience or higher in communications, marketing, or public relations and media. In order to be qualifying, experience in these areas must have included responsibility for policy planning and program development.

Note: Additional experience at the level of and in one of the areas listed above can be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis. (30 semester units or 45 quarter units = 1 year of experience.)

Note: If the word “experience” is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable.  Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667


  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant’s computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked “Supplemental Questions”. Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of “See Resume” or “See Application”, or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant’s computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate’s experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write “no experience” for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your
  • Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
    If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate’s application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate’s responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate’s education, training and experience. The candidate’s application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate’s responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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