The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority is soliciting applications for the Director of Operations position. This solicitation will remain open until filled. Please e-mail your application, cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to HR@gjairport.com.
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Grand Junction Regional Airport
POSITION TITLE: Director of Operations
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $85,000 - $115,000
The Director of Operations directs and manages all airport operations functions of the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority, the fourth busiest airport in Colorado. The airport is growing rapidly and currently provides nonstop service to Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, serving nearly 500,000 passengers annually. It also has a robust general aviation operation, averaging over 150 aircraft operations daily and home to many local aviators and a large, diverse set of commercial operators. The focus of the Operations Director is leading a team that facilitates a safe, secure, and efficient operating environment so those who travel to and from the airport save time and travel better and the airport can continue to be a strong economic driver for the region. Functional areas of responsibility include: airside operations; airport security; airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF); FAA and TSA regulatory compliance; emergency response; and airport fleet management. The Director of Operations is one of seven members of the Airport leadership team, a team who is expected to serve with a great attitude and strong work ethic the Grand Junction community and all who travel here. That service starts with making Grand Junction Regional Airport a place where employees can do the best work of their careers. In addition to the more technical job functions described within, the Director of Operations is expected to demonstrate strong leadership skills, including a positive attitude, a relentless focus on serving others, and the ability to lead and work within teams.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
To be able to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Essential functions of the job can be broadly categorized as follows:
Q Serve as the Airport’s Chief Operating Officer
Q Lead the Operations team
Q Ensure compliance with FAA and TSA regulations
Q Lead emergency response services and coordination
Q Perform other duties as needed
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
The tasks listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or abilities required to perform the essential functions listed above:
SERVE AS AIRPORT COO
Q Responsible for the overall direction and administration of all aspects of airside operations, including but not limited to FAA Part 139 compliance, airport rules and regulations, minimum standards, snow removal, storm water management, wildlife hazard management, and efficient airfield management and planning
Q Oversee airport security and ensure compliance is maintained, efficiency is maximized, and customer experience is optimized
Q Oversee aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) team and program
Q Build relationships with tenants and commercial businesses at the airport, including the airlines, and find ways to help them thrive
Q Develop and manage the airport’s short- and long-term operating plans, goals, and objectives, and ensure alignment with other airport plans
Q Act as a liaison with external agencies with regard to airport operations matters, building and fostering relationships with those entities
Q Oversee annual FAA Part 139 recertification inspection, TSA audits and inspections, and all other airport operations audits
Q Coordinate construction within team and with contractors to ensure regulatory compliance and operational efficiency is maintained at all times and construction schedule and cost impacts are avoided
LEAD THE OPERATIONS TEAM
- Develop and instill the airport’s and department’s vision, goals, and objectives within the department
- Establish and review performance standards, set individual goals and objectives, and measure individual performance within the department
- Coach and develop employees
- Create an environment where employees can do the best work of their careers
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in airport or aviation management, public or business administration, or a closely related field; and at least five years of progressively responsible operations, administration or management experience in the Aviation Industry or related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Must have at least two years of management and supervisory experience.
- Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license.
- AAAE: Certified Member Certification desirable.
- AAAE: AAE Certification desirable.
- AAAE: ACE Operations/Security Certification desirable.
- ARFF Certification required to be obtained within 6-months of employment.
- Candidates must be able to pass HAZWOPER Firefighter Physical
- Basic first aid and CPR certification desirable
DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING: Candidate must pass a pre-hire drug screen and random alcohol and drug testing.
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, Department of Homeland Security background investigation and upon the ability to be granted a security badge as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration.
ADDITIONAL DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- A passion for serving the Grand Valley community
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Aviation and airport industry knowledge and experience
- Proven track record of working collaboratively to accomplish common goals
- Knowledge of FAA and state rules, regulations, and laws applicable to aviation and airports
- Expertise in applicable airport regulations and compliance best practices, including FAA Part 139 and TSA
- Proven ability to keep up with ever-changing airport operations environments, regulations, and best practices
- Successful business management experience where revenue maximization was well balanced with cost containment
- Ability to communicate technical information to nontechnical audiences
- Snow removal experience
- Ability to provide information quickly and skill to prepare routine, recurring and special reports in a timely and accurate manner
- Experience developing and implementing strategic plans, goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards
- Proven ability to build effective work teams and motivate individuals to meet goals and objectives and providing customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner
This position is a supervisory position. Employee will direct, guide, develop, evaluate, and manage their 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; 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; ability to position oneself to reach tools, files, equipment and other objects located on the ground, overhead, and horizontally as needed; ability to move tools, files, equipment and other objects up to 20 pounds.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Including but not limited to; computer, printer, telephone, copy machine. 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 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 work on weekends and holidays and some travel.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment against employees or job applicants on the basis of race or color, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth, military status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Equal employment opportunity, as required by law, shall apply to all personnel actions including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, demotion, layoff, or termination.
This job description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all the functions, requirements, responsibilities, and demands associated with the position. While this description is intended to cover the most significant essential and auxiliary duties, the Authority reserves the right to revise the job or require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
This job description does not constitute an employee agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer at any time. Employment with the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority is at-will.