Director of Finance and Administration
Job Details
$110,000.00 - $150,000.00 Salary/year

POSITION TITLE:     Director of Finance and Administration

DEPARTMENT:         Finance

FLSA STATUS:         Exempt

REPORTS TO:           Executive Director

SALARY RANGE:     $110,000 - $150,000 / Annually



The Director of Finance directs and manages all finance and administration policies and activities of the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority, the fourth busiest airport in Colorado, serving nearly 500,000 commercial passengers annually with an annual operating budget of $7.5M and CIP in excess of $20M annually. Functional areas of responsibility include: accounting and internal controls, financial planning and analysis, cash flow management, grant management, audit, payroll, budget development and management, risk management, procurement, and management of the Airport administration office; coordinate assigned activities with other Airport departments, outside agencies, and stakeholders The Director of Finance is one of six members of the senior 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 Finance is expected to demonstrate strong leadership skills, including a respectful attitude, a relentless focus on serving others, and the ability to lead and work within teams.


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 Financial Officer

Q Assume management responsibility for all Finance and Administration Department activities including accounting and internal controls, financial planning and analysis, cash flow management, grant management, audit, payroll, budget development and management, risk management, procurement, and the operation of the Airport administration office.

Q Recommend and administer policies and procedures for all areas of responsibility.

Q Manage the development and implementation of all Finance and Administration Department activities, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.

Q Lead Finance and Administration Department staff: select, train, motivate, coach, and evaluate Finance and Administration Department personnel. Set vision, direct, and prioritize work.

Q Evaluate finance and administration software applications; direct the development and enhancement of finance and administration applications; direct the implementation of system modifications and changes.

Q Oversee cash and investment management; oversee debt and grant management,

Q Establish, maintain, evaluate, and oversee internal control structures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, government accounting, and financial reporting standards; ensure audit compliance.

Q Develop and maintain the financial reporting system; prepare various financial reports and statements as requested; direct and help prepare the financial reports as required by law.

QProvide financial support and assistance to Airport departments.

Q Ensure procurement policies are followed and comply with all applicable rules and regulations; negotiate contract terms and oversee administration of all revenue and expense contracts.

Q Communicate the Finance and Administration Department’s programs, policies, and activities with internal and external stakeholders; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

Q Represent the Finance and Administration Department to other Airport departments, the Airport Board, outside agencies and organizations; attend, present as assigned, and ensure adequate administrative support for Airport Authority Board Meetings and Workshops; attend and present at as assigned other community meetings, including City Council Meetings and Mesa County Commission Meetings.

Q Provide staff assistance to the Executive Director; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Q Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the professional fields affecting the Finance and Administration Department 

Q Coordinate the development and presentation of the Airport-wide budget; organize and enhance the systems, processes, policies, and procedures used throughout the organization for developing and tracking the Airport’s operating and capital budgets.

Q Develop projection methods and recommendations for the Airport’s primary sources of revenues.

Q Manage the Airline Use and Lease Agreement and Airline Rates and Charges model. Ensure appropriate communication and collaboration with airline representatives.

Q Develop and maintain short- and long-range cash flow projections and scenarios

Q Perform other duties as needed




Q Responsible for the overall direction and administration of all aspects of the financial management and procurement programs, including, but not limited to budget preparation, regulatory compliance, financial analysis, administration of the procurement policy, management of all revenue and expenditure contracts, and conducting all public solicitations for revenue and expenditure contracts.

Q Develop and manage the Airport’s short- and long-term financial plans, goals, and objectives, and ensure they align with the operating and capital improvement plans

Q Manage all activities associated with accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll

Q Function as the Treasurer for the Airport Authority Board

Q Develop and maintain the Airport’s accounting system, including capital funds, and allocating funds to meet contract, grant, and bond service schedules

Q Manage airline rates and charges and airline use and lease agreements

Q Act as a liaison with external agencies with regard to financial and administrative matters

Q Manage the Airport Administration Office

QOversee the annual financial audit performed by independent auditors

QMonitor, track, and report the financial health of the Airport regularly to the Executive Director, Airport Authority Board, and Finance Subcommittee

Q Provide subject matter expertise on financial and procurement matters within the airport leadership team

Q Identify and pursue new revenue generating opportunities

Q Responsible for all facets of the Airport’s risk management program, including managing all insurance programs

Q Establish and review performance standards, set individual goals and objectives, and measure individual performance within the department

Q Coach and develop employees within the department

Q Other duties as assigned


Q Develop and instill the Airport and department’s mission, vision, values, and goals within the department and senior leadership teams


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field with at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in business management, finance, public administration, or airport management is required. Master’s in Public Administration or Business Administration preferred. Competency in SAGE Intacct Accounting Software is preferred. Must have at least two years of management and supervisory experience. Position also requires computer operations experience, including strong working knowledge of Microsoft products: email, word processing and spreadsheet applications.


CERTIFICATES/LICENSES: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. , Certifications including Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Government Financial Manager are 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.



    • Substantial working knowledge of management, accounting, budgeting, procurement, and contract management theories and principals and techniques.
    • Ability to analyze accounts, interpret the economic and statistical significance and interrelationships of financial data and prepare sound financial management recommendations to executive director and Airport Authority Board.
    • Knowledge of government procurement and contract management best practices.
    • Ability to establish, maintain and foster effective working relationships.
    • Substantial knowledge of general accounting theory, principals, and practices, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Financial Standards Board (FASB) rulings and pronouncements.
    • Knowledge of FAA and state rules, regulations, and laws regarding airport operations, maintenance and financial management.
    • Knowledge of investment fund management and airport debt administration.
    • Knowledge of equity and debt investment processes.
    • Knowledge of finance and investment concepts and cash management.
    • Knowledge of real estate acquisition and real property management.
    • Skill to mandate or recommend appropriate corrective actions to remedy discrepancies and in resolving operational, technical and public relation problems.
    • Ability to provide financial information quickly and skill to prepare routine, recurring and special reports for management in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Ability to prepare accurate, complete, and concise financial reports, budgets, and statements.
    • Ability to effectively instruct, supervise, and evaluate subordinate employees.
    • Strong ability to communicate including the ability to articulate complex financial information in a manner that is clear, concise, accurate and professional.
    • Ability to use a computer for the majority of the workday; to read and write.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Strength and energy sufficient to maintain an active work schedule; hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to perform assigned duties; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate tools and equipment; walking, kneeling, bending at the waist and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally as needed; lifting objects up to 20 pounds.


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.


Employee Benefits

  1. Health Insurance
  2. Health Savings Account (HSA)
  3. Flex Savings Account (FSA)
  4. Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
  5. Appleton Clinics Membership for employee and children
  6. Dental
  7. Vision
  8. Life and Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  9. PERA Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution
  10. 401(k) matching (after 1 year of service)
  11. Gym Reimbursement
  12. Paid time off
  13. Start with 40 hours of paid time off on your start date! (New employees)


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.



MISSION: Provide safe, reliable, and sustainable aviation facilities to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.

VISION: Enable vibrant regional growth and make western Colorado accessible to the world.


1. Service: We work hard with a positive attitude, honored and eager to serve our communities and our guests.

2. Integrity: We are transparent, honest, admit mistakes, and keep the long-term interest of the airport at the forefront.

3. Teamwork: Through efficient, respectful collaboration we work together to get results. We trust one another, are accountable for our actions, and communicate openly.

4. Balance: We are dedicated to our work and honor our personal lives to optimize productivity and have fun.

5. Ambition: We set and achieve big goals, we challenge the status quo, and we strive to improve every day