Airport Planner
Metropolitan Airports Commission - Minneapolis, MN

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The Airport Planner will, under direction from the department Director, initiate, coordinate, and develop airport planning documents and programs for the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the Reliever Airports. This position is responsible for the planning and coordination of long term comprehensive plans, master plans, and airport layout plans, working closely with other MAC departments, airport tenants and other governmental jurisdictions serving as a key liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration, MnDOT Aeronautics and the Metropolitan Council. Other responsibilities will include airport zoning processes, working with gate plots and simulations for aircraft movements and passenger flows for MSP, working closely with the Senior Airport Architect to incorporate architectural vision into planning documents, assisting in the establishment of priorities and timing for projects in the capital improvement program, and directing consultants in the preparation of planning documents and conceptual cost estimates. In addition, this position will be the primary department liaison with the MAC Commercial Management and Airline Affairs Department for non-aeronautical development proposals at all seven airports. This position will work closely with the Director of Airport Development to provide direction and support to the project management staff and assists the Director with budgeting, project programming, management and other departmental operations.

To apply : click the "Apply" link located just above the position description, log-in and follow the instructions provided.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Kristie Teasley at Kristie.Teasley@mspmac.org or 612.794.9151.

Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014.

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MAC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If an accommodation is required for you to participate in the application process because of a disability or you have questions regarding the application process, contact Anita Bellant at 612-726-8196 or Anita.Bellant@mspmac.org .

MAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, nationality, or disability.

Position Description:

Project Administration
  • Integrate MAC’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals into all areas of responsibility.
  • Direct oversight and responsibility for airport planning projects and documents, project teams, clients, project scopes, project budgets and project schedules; including airport zoning processes.
  • Direct oversight and responsibility for airport planning consultants, assigning work, developing project scopes and fees, reviewing/approving consultant invoices.
  • Work closely with Airport Development staff to develop a vision for MAC planning documents, provide input and coordinate both short and long terms goals for development.
  • Work closely with the Reliever Airport staff to ensure both short term and long term goals and needs are addressed in planning documents.
  • Work closely with the Commercial Management and Airline Affairs Department to review goals and opportunities for non-aeronautical development at MSP and at the Reliever Airports.
  • Create presentations and hold project team meetings with stakeholders, MAC staff, owners, tenants and consultants to review projects and keep them updated and informed as the project moves through schedules and phases.
  • Coordinate planning document preparation with appropriate regulatory agencies, city, state and FAA/MnDOT criteria, rules and standards.
  • Prepare/review project specific reports and memoranda necessary for Commission agenda packets.
  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight and mature judgment in anticipating and solving unpredictable problems with coordinating planning projects and programs.
  • Act as a planning resource for other MAC departments and airport tenants. Serve as a technical specialist for various assignments and tasks related to, but not limited to, airport and aviation facilities.
  • Engage the Airport Development Director to consider changes from existing planning documents and plans.
  • Remain current on trends in airport construction and the aviation industry.
Departmental
  • Participate as a member of the Airport Development Department management team.
  • Participate in the development of the annual capital improvements program to ensure short term and long term planning priorities are addressed.
  • Participate in the Department's implementation of relevant elements of the MAC Sustainable Management Plan.
  • Assist the Airport Development Director in the preparation of the department budget and policy implementation.
  • Understand and review updates to FAA, Metropolitan Council and MnDOT documents related to regional planning, Advisory Circulars, zoning ordinances, local building and zoning codes and compatibility guidelines.
  • Understand and review updates to federal, state and regional (Metropolitan Council) rules and regulations pertaining to airport management, aviation planning principles and standards, and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139 certified airports.
  • Review the annual draft Terminal Area Forecasts prepared by the FAA.
  • Provide technical expertise and staff assistance as requested.
  • Provide effective, credible representation of the department’s activities to the general public, airport users, airport tenants, consultants, and when necessary, the committee structure of the Commission.
  • Conduct reviews of local city, county, and township comprehensive plan updates and coordinate MAC participation and responses when required.
  • Participate in regional planning processes as a MAC representative, when required.
  • Incorporate the goals, objectives and operating philosophy of the Commission into the management of daily activities.
  • Participate in the selection of consultants for Airport Development work in accordance with the Commission’s Consultants’ Selection and Use Policy, including preparation and/or review of requests for qualification statements from interested consulting firms, participate in the review of qualification statements and interviews, and make recommendations to the Director of Airport Development.
  • Lead and coordinate the airport planning continuing consultant annual performance reviews.
  • Facilitate effective working relationships among department employees, and between Airport Development and other MAC departments, consultants and other agencies.
  • Assist Airport Development and Commercial Management and Airline Affairs with gate plots and simulations for aircraft movements and passenger flows for MSP.

Position Requirements:

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Planning, Airport Planning and Management, Urban or Regional or City Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Planning or related field.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in the preparation of airport planning documents, including long term comprehensive plans, master plans, and airport layout plans.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal airport programs, criteria and standards.
  • Working knowledge of airport planning and environmental document processes and preparation.
  • Knowledge of FAA rules, regulations, guidelines, advisory circulars and related Airport planning documents.
  • Demonstrated experience working with community developments and zoning.
  • Experience working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Experience working with consultants.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and expedite projects to completion.
  • Experience working with the public.
  • Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products and industry standard software such as AutoCAD, SIMMOD, and Path Planner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience with effective presentations to large groups.
  • Valid state driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass and maintain the background and security clearances required by MAC.
Desirable Requirements
  • Master's Degree in Aviation Planning, Airport Planning and Management, Urban or Regional or City Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Planning or Related Field.
  • Demonstrated experience with State of Minnesota airport zoning ordinances and Joint Airport Zoning Boards.
  • Knowledge of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of annual capital improvement programming.
  • Airport project experience at a medium and/or large hub air carrier commercial airport.
  • Airport project experience at general aviation airport facilities and general knowledge of their operational practices.
  • Experience preparing and/or reviewing aviation forecasts.
  • Experience with PFC applications, including eligibility and project justifications.
  • Pilot/air traffic movement experience for hub and general aviation airports.
  • Experience with airport funding and revenue streams.
  • Experience with sustainable building practices.
  • Experience managing staff and/or consultants.
MAC Leadership Competency Requirements
  • Strategic Leadership : Develops and communicates vision for area of responsibility, supports mission, vision, and values of the organization, champions change and innovation.
  • Judgment : Analyzes issues before making decisions, uses sound judgment, considers immediate and long-term impact of decisions, applies systems thinking.
  • Business Knowledge : Applies technical/functional expertise, uses financial acumen and is business savvy, provides thorough analysis, understands and manages technology, and other resources for maximum impact on productivity.
  • Planning and Execution : Focuses organization on high priority objectives, fosters alignment, establishes specific measurable objectives, manages and improves processes, holds people accountable for results.
  • Motivation and Courage : Drives for results, willing to take a stand for the good of the organization, makes sacrifices for the good or the organization, takes responsibility for consequences.
  • Communication : Fosters open two-way communication, speaks with impact, listens and responds with empathy, communicates effectively in writing, applies meeting protocol in public and private forums, produces thorough and accurate reports. Communicates effectively in public presentations.
  • Self-Management : Inspires trust, demonstrates adaptability and flexibility, practices self-development.
  • Collaboration : Fosters cooperation across departmental boundaries, responds to requests for assistance in a timely manner, follows through on commitments.
  • Approachability : Encourages frequent open communications, accessible, visible in the organization, maintains calm and collected presence, welcomes suggestions and feedback.
  • Budget Accountability : Budget targets for service centers within the individual’s area are met. Identifies and implements budget saving recommendations.
  • Performance Leadership : Performance reviews for employees within the service centers in this individual’s area of responsibility are conducted in a timely manner. Managers reporting to this individual are held accountable for performance including dealing with performance issues.