Director of Operations – FSM

The Fort Smith Airport Commission

The Fort Smith Airport Commission is seeking a Director of Operations who will plan, organize, schedule, coordinate, and direct the day-to-day operations of Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM), including airfield operations, emergency response, building maintenance, and security. The Director of Operations also oversees complex construction projects and develops policies, procedures, and manuals.  Responsibilities include forecasting operational needs, developing budgets, supervising, and training staff.  The Director of Operations is responsible for and maintaining a safe, secure, and efficient environment for airport users and tenants.  The incumbent is accountable for developing and maintaining effective working relationships with airport tenants, public officials, other governmental agency representatives, airport staff, and the general public.

Position Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college with major course work in aviation, public administration, management, facilities/ construction management or related field is highly desired. A minimum of 4 years of prior supervisory experience at a FAR Part 139 certificated airport and experience with 49 CFR 1542, specifically as the Airport Security Coordinator is also highly desired. Being an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) or a Certified Member (CM) is preferred.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for the Director of Operations is $71,700 – $102,460 with an attractive benefits package. Starting salary near the midpoint is possible for the exceptional candidate and will be dependent upon experience. Relocation assistance is available. For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or visit the searches tab at

Filing Deadline: December 10, 2021

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