Airside Operations Manager
Job Details
$28.84 - $38.94 Hourly



Grand Junction Regional Airport



POSITION TITLE:      Airside Operations Manager

DEPARTMENT:         Airport

FLSA STATUS:         Non-Exempt

SALARY RANGE:     $60,000 - $81,000 / Annually



Coordinates, manages, and performs all aspects of Airside Operations and Airport Rescue Firefighting (ARFF). Responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and legislative regulations and airport rules, policies and procedures that provide the basis for safe, secure, orderly and efficient airfield operations.


  1. Manages the day-to-day Airport Operations and ARFF departments.
  2. Supervises Airport Operations Specialist/ARFF staff.
  3. Develops, implements and administers FAA-directed inspection programs to ensure that all airport operations are conducted according to departmental and governmental regulations.
  4. Leads and coordinates the inspection and maintenance of runways, taxiways, ramps and terminal areas for safe operating conditions.
  5. Manages the Airport’s ARFF Program, including adherence with all applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
  6. Leads the development of operational plans, policies and procedures.
  7. Maintains excellent work relations with tenants and other airport organizations, setting the example for the Airport Operations team.
  8. Leads and implements the Airport’s Snow and Ice Control Plan.
  9. Prepares records, accident/incident reports and special studies.
  10. Effectively works as part of a cross-functional team in order to complete Airport-wide and department goals.
  11. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
  12. Operates radio systems, inspection software, personnel scheduling software, and reports the need for maintenance as required.
  13. Perform additional duties such as providing information to tenants, maintaining files, and performing office work.
  14. Assists in coordinating and implementing security regulations and requirements.
  15. Acts as alternate Airport Security Coordinator.
  16. Responsible for Wildlife management
  17. Operates various heavy equipment, snow removal equipment, specialized tools, etc.
  18. Assists in managing airfield construction projects.
  19. Composes and conducts periodic employee performance reviews.
  20. Assists in budgetary development and monitoring.
  21. Assists in the hiring and development of employees.
  22. Carries airport issued cell phone and laptop to assist with emergency matters as they arise.

Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting:

  1. Leads and coordinates logistics of all ARFF members.
  2. Coordinates annual ARFF recertification for ARFF team.
  3. Responds to aircraft emergencies upon notification.
  4. Performs firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, fire suppression, passenger safety and egress, rendering emergency aid.
  5. Responds to emergency call-outs including; aircraft emergencies, snow removal, security.
  6. Works for extended periods in adverse weather conditions.



  1. Performs all other work as assigned.



Mandatory Requirements:


Experience and Education: A minimum of seven years of full-time Airport Operations experience. A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for four years of experience.


Leadership: Requires three or more years of supervisory and team leadership experience.


Background Check: Employment with the Airport is contingent upon an education/experience background investigation, a fingerprint-based criminal history record check processed by the FBI, and upon the ability to be granted a security badge as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration.


Desirable Requirements:


  • Bachelors Degree in Aviation or related field
  • AAAE Certified Member


Special Requirements/Licenses:

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices of airport operations and aircraft ground movement procedures; airport standard procedures as they relate to general and emergency operations;
  2. Principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, work planning, scheduling, organization, performance review and evaluation, and employee training and discipline;
  3. Principles, practices and methods used in airline scheduling, aviation vocabulary, and formulation of legal operational directives and agreements; techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various ethnic and social backgrounds; basic budgetary practices and terminology.

    Skill in:
  4. Operating in a fast-paced environment with the ability to make quick decisions using sound judgement;
  5. Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others;
  6. Training others in the policies and procedures related to the work;
  7. Exercising thorough and independent judgment within general procedural guidelines;
  8. Operating radio, computer and telephone equipment;
  9. Maintaining accurate records of work performed; preparing clear, concise and complete reports, correspondence and other written materials;
  10. Developing and delivering written and oral operational statistical analysis.



  1. Must possess a valid driver's license.
  2. ARFF Certification required to be obtained within 6 months of employment.
  3. Basic first aid and CPR certification required to obtained within 6 months of employment.
  4. Candidates must be able to pass an annual HAZWOPER Firefighter Physical
  5. ASC Certification to be obtained within 12-months of employment



Work is typically performed without direct supervision.



This position is a supervisory position. Employee will have direct oversight and give direction, guidance and training in operational procedures to other employees.



The physical demands represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Strength and energy sufficient to maintain an active work schedule involving driving and/or physical exertion; ability to communicate in order to exchange information; ability to perceive and identify objects, people, surroundings and events ; must be able to remain in stationary position  for extended periods of time; ability to operate tools and equipment; kneeling, ability to position oneself to reach tools, files, equipment and other objects located on the ground, overhead and horizontally as needed; ability to move light to moderately heavy equipment, machinery and other objects.



Including but not limited to; cell phone, radio, laptop, hand power tools, all terrain vehicles, snowplow for snow removal on sidewalks and areas around SRE and Terminal buildings, mobile radio and aviation radio. This position requires use of Airport vehicles.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high and precarious places and frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain maintenance duties when noise levels may be loud.  Employees in this position are required to work in areas or around equipment which may meet or exceed the OSHA Hearing Conservation sound level.


This position may require shift work, weekends, and holidays.


This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed but does not include other occasional work which may be similar, related to, or logical assignment to the position.


The job description does not constitute an employee agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.