Manager of Reliever Airports
Metropolitan Airports Commission - Minneapolis, MN

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The Manager of Reliever Airports is responsible for the daily management, operations, security and maintenance of airports as assigned by the Director of Reliever Airports. This position supervises maintenance personnel; assists in the development, implementation, and enforcement of Reliever Airports’ policies, rules and regulations; serves as a point of contact for airport tenants and tenant groups; represents the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at various tenant group meetings; serves as a point of contact for citizens and communities surrounding assigned airports; represents MAC through public presentations at various community meetings; coordinates airport activities with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration; works closely with the Airport Development staff to plan and implement airport improvement projects; and develops budgets for assigned airports based upon need.

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

Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013.

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

Position Description:


Airport Operations
  • Assure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations
  • Manage the daily operations of assigned airports
  • Prepare and annually update the Airport Operation Manuals for assigned airports
  • Develop programs to ensure safe airfield operations
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and enforcement of Reliever Airport Lease Policies, Rules, and Regulations
  • Assist in all phases of property management, including annual hangar inspections
  • Assure compliance with environmental rules and regulations with assistance from the Environment Department.
  • Assist the Noise Department in planning, developing, implementing, and enforcing noise reduction
Supervisory Duties
  • Supervise maintenance personnel and programs at assigned airports
  • Assure personnel policies and practices are followed
  • Understand and enforce established labor agreements
  • Schedule and assign airport maintenance projects to staff as needed
  • Schedule hours of employee and equipment with efficient use of overtime
  • Ensure efficiency and quality of work from employees
  • Resolve employee conflict
  • Review all time tickets for accuracy regarding hours worked and equipment used
  • Conduct annual performance appraisals
Tenant, Civic and Public Relations
  • Serve as a point of contact for airport tenants, individual citizens, community groups, city employees and elected officials
  • Effectively communicate by phone, in writing and through public presentations
  • Serve on the Reliever Airports Lease Committee and act as a liaison between the committee and tenants
  • Represent the Metropolitan Airports Commission at Airport Advisory Groups
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a variety of airport promotional activities
  • Implement and enforce the aesthetics ordinance
  • Coordinate airport activities with the Federal Aviation Administration and Minnesota Department of Transportation
Airport Maintenance and Construction
  • Represent the reliever airport staff at airport development construction meetings
  • Participate in the development of the capital improvement program for assigned airports
  • Coordinate airport construction projects with the Federal Aviation Administration, airport tenants, and field maintenance staff
  • Coordinate and supervise preventative maintenance programs for equipment
  • Schedule escorts for agencies and contractors requiring access to Airport Operations Area (AOA)
  • Initiate and process purchase orders for parts, equipment, and supplies needed for airport maintenance and equipment repairs
  • Assist in prioritizing equipment needs
  • Work with city and county building and construction officials to establish construction guidelines for the assigned airports
  • Review and approve tenant construction plans
  • Work with airport tenants requesting development of commercial facilities on assigned airports
Emergency and Security Response
  • Develop response plans and procedures for emergency response and security plans for assigned airports
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for airport emergencies at assigned airports
  • Respond to accidents and incidents as appropriate
  • Prepare and submit accident/incident reports
  • Assist outside agencies in accident investigations
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director of Reliever Airports, prepare and administer the budget for the assigned airports.
Other Duties as Assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Reliever Airports

Position Requirements:

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business Administration, Aviation, Business Management, Facilities Management, or a field related to airport operations AND 5 years of experience in an airport operations position which included supervision, budgeting, and project management.
  • In lieu of a degree, 10 years of related airport operations experience (5 of which included supervision, budgeting, and project management)
  • Able to effectively manage confrontation
  • Able to respond to emergency pages and phone calls 24/7 that may require returning to the airport after scheduled work hours
  • Able to attend and represent MAC at occasionally scheduled evening meetings (community information meetings, city council meetings, tenant meetings, etc.)
  • Able to effectively work in a team environment and promote a cooperative and harmonious work relationship within the department
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills
  • Experience developing presentations and delivering presentations in front of groups
  • Familiarization with Federal Air Regulations
  • Intermediate skill proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Basic skill proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Excel
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license
Desirable Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Aviation
  • Previous airport management experience
  • Previous emergency response experience
  • Experience in snow/ice control and wildlife management in an airport environment
  • Familiarization with noise abatement plans
Leadership Competency Requirements
  • Strategic Leadership – develop and communicate vision; support the mission and values of the organization; champion change and innovation
  • Judgment – analyze issues before making decisions; use sound judgment; consider immediate and long-term impact of decisions; apply systems thinking
  • Business Knowledge – apply technical/functional expertise; use financial acumen and business savvy; provide thorough analysis; manage technology for maximum impact on productivity; promote organizational citizenship
  • Planning and Execution – Focus organization on high priority objectives; foster alignment; establish specific measurable objectives; manage and improve processes; hold people accountable for results; lead change
  • Motivation and Courage – drive for results; take a stand for the good of the organization; take sacrifices for the good of the organization; take responsibility for consequences
  • Leadership Skills – apply influence skills; build talent and bench strength; coach and develop people; engage and inspire people to reach their potential; foster collaboration
  • Interpersonal Skills – build positive relationships; manage conflict well; leverage individual and cultural diversity
  • Communications – foster open two-way communication; speak with impact; listen and respond with empathy; communicate effectively in writing; apply meeting protocol in public forms; produce thorough and accurate reports
  • Self-management – inspire trust in self and others; demonstrate adaptability and flexibility; practice self-development
  • Collaboration – foster cooperation across departmental boundaries; respond to requests for assistance in a timely manner; follow through on stated commitments
  • Approachability –encourages frequent open communication; accessible; leads by walking around; maintains calm and collected presence; welcomes suggestions and feedback