Director of Airside Operations

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About TAA

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), formed in 1948, is dedicated to providing Tucsonans and visitors to Southern Arizona with excellence in aviation services and facilities, hallmarked by unparalleled safety, security and customer service. Running airports is our passion and we are great at it!

Why join our team? Not only are we passionate about aerospace, TAA’s most valuable resource is our people. Come join a culture that encourages and celebrates diversity, creativity, growth and collaboration. TAA offers competitive salaries, benefit packages, and education reimbursement benefits to promote work-life balance and improve employee lives, both personally and professional. Apply today and join the TAA team!

Job Overview:

Under minimal supervision and administrative direction is responsible to manage the Airside Operations Department at Tucson International Airport (TUS), a FAR Part 139 certificated commercial service airport, and Ryan Airfield (RYN), a general aviation reliever airport; and ensure that TUS and RYN are in compliance with 14 CFR Part 139 (Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR Part 139) and other applicable federal regulations and safety standards, respectively. Provide leadership; mentor team. Provide responsive and exceptional customer service.

***PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for this position is February 10, 2023. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 10, 2023, 11:59 PM (MST).***

Essential Functions: 

The following functions and all other functions not included in this job description are to be performed in the best interests and for the greater good of TAA.

  • Be a contributing member of the TAA’s Leadership Team; be a role model and advocate for the mission, vision, guiding principles, cultural fundamentals; partner with the other leaders to deliver the goals outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Supervise and manage Airside Operations; monitor and ensure compliance with all Federal, State and local laws, TAA, ADOT, FAA, FAA FAR Part 139, TSA rules and regulations, standards and TAA policies and procedures in the operation and management of TAA’s activities at both TUS and RYN.
  • Plan, assign, and supervise the work of personnel, following appropriate policies, practices, and procedures; ensure that proper protocols are utilized to safely complete all tasks and responsibilities; enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards with respect and impartiality.
  • Establish practices to continually re-evaluate the priorities of the department and its activities; recommend and implement process improvements and execute cost reduction methods to increase efficiency and productivity; develop and maintain sustainable management and operation plans.
  • Coordinate and facilitate development of annual goals and objectives for assigned departments; work with supervisor and division stakeholders to develop division goals as a whole; monitor progress toward achieving such goals and objectives.
  • Be responsive to airport emergencies and situations that may involve loss of human life or property; support public safety response to emergencies including operations, police, fire and emergency medical services, communications and dispatch and emergency rescue operations; utilize Incident Management System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols and procedures; coordinate and/or participate in after-action emergency de-briefing with appropriate departments and stakeholders.

Your Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aviation management, public administration, or related field.
  • Eight (8) years of progressive responsible operations management at a FAR Part 139 certificated commercial service airport or military airport, with the last two years at an advanced level experience.
  • Four (4) years of supervisory experience is required.
  • TAA will consider any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to demonstrate aptitude for the position.

We Value:

  • Practices and procedures at a commercial airport environment, including Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 and other Federal Aviation Regulations and Advisory Circulars; Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Part 1542, TAA jurisdiction; Federal, State, and City laws.
  • Principles and best practices of aviation management and operational requirements.
  • Principles of business management and public administration.
  • Construction and project management principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of safety management and safety processes.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license.
  • Meet and maintain the ability to drive airport vehicles and obtain authorization to access the Non-Movement Area on the Air Operations Area.
  • Must obtain and maintain access to the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).
  • Must earn AAAE Certified Member (C.M.) certification within two years of hire.
  • Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E) Accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is desired.
  • Must successfully complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100, 200, 700, 800 course requirements and certification within the first year of hire and 300, 400 within twenty four (24) months of hire.
  • As an employee, you are deemed to be essential personnel as part of TAA’s emergency response and must respond to airport incidents as requested/required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. TAA’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, team member activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment during employment.

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