Airport Director – SBA

The City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara is seeking an Airport Director to provide oversight and leadership for the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the department. The Director will serve as top advisor and liaison to various community and advisory groups. The Airport Director is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive employee and labor relations climate, and for the proper and efficient use of both human and financial resources.

The Ideal Candidate

The selected candidate will be an experienced leader who possesses outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills; is politically astute, yet apolitical and able to thrive in a complex regional environment; and has demonstrated the ability to establish positive relationships with employees throughout an organization and places a high value on the professional development of staff. In summary, qualified candidates will excel in providing executive leadership and guidance to staff and work collectively and collaboratively with the community.

Experience and Education

To serve as Airport Director, applicants must have a combination of experience and training that provide the required knowledge and abilities. Typical knowledge and abilities include a bachelor’s degree, experience as an Airport Director and/or senior level experience as a direct subordinate of an Airport Director. Experience typically includes 10 years of progressively responsible experience in Airport Management and Operations with 5 or more of these years in a management capacity. The ability to speak Spanish and an advanced degree are desirable combined with extensive experience in managing complex operations and long-term capital projects. A.A.E. or IAP accreditation is preferred. With a passion for public service and a proven track record of success, top candidates will have achieved a progressively responsible senior level career path with demonstrated accomplishments, including leading major projects, airport development, and administration and compliance initiatives.


The successful candidate will be offered a very competitive salary with an outstanding benefits package. The salary range is $181,412.92 – $220,508.86. The starting salary extended to the top candidate will reflect the candidate’s work experience and track record of career success. Moving and relocation expenses are negotiable. Benefits include retirement, health insurance, vacation, sick leave and more.

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Posting closes May 22, 2022.

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