Director of Airport Planning and Noise -...
The City and County of Denver - Denver, CO

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Denver International Airport

is seeking a seasoned Director of Airport Planning and Noise to become a key member of the management team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in the success of the airport planning section and noise office.

This is an excellent opportunity for a leader who is committed to excellence and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. In this role you will have the ability to apply your technical skills, and ingenuity to continue building upon the legacy of Denver International Airport. This position will lead the planning section supporting all airport divisions, by providing strategic thinking an analysis, input to design for airside and landside projects, supporting the Airport City Denver ( ) urban and regional design, including transit oriented development at the airport commuter rail stations, and developing operational standards. This position is also responsible for managing the noise office, and the airport's Geographic Information System (GIS) data.

As mentioned, a key initiative for this role is to support Airport City development strategies. Airport City development is increasingly used by airports around the world as a means to capitalize upon their property assets and connectivity to generate non-airline revenues and stimulate regional economic development. Generating non-airline revenues from land not needed for direct aeronautical purposes enables an airport to offset airport operating costs, which are critical to an airport’s ability to attract new carriers to the airport as well as remain competitive in an increasingly challenging global market.

We are looking for a planning expert who has extensive experience dealing with the complexities of a large commercial airport; and who understands that a great leader, engaged employees, and a well executed plan is crucial for the development goals of our airport.

We are also closing in our 20th anniversary, and as a result are facing issues with aging systems and facilities. This role will include development and presentation of analysis of capacity, facilities throughput balance, return on investment, and other critical factors to support leadership decisions on capital investment.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. We offer an extraordinary opportunity as the scale of our operation spans 53 square miles, we serve 53 million annual passengers, and operate North America's longest commercial runway at 16,000 feet. Additionally, we are well under construction on a substantial project that includes a major hotel and commuter-rail station, and have just begun construction on 5 new gates. As the nation's newest major commercial airport and with the combined assets of good geographic location and large physical size, we have the capacity to double in size and are well-positioned for future growth as the portal for the Rocky Mountain Region and a key link for products and people throughout the world. DEN is one of the busiest hubs in the world and is the primary economic engine of the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion in revenues for the region annually.

DEN’s core values are integrity, transparency, collaboration, mutual respect and support, inclusivity, trust and organizational excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate these core operating principles and work ethic.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Monitors and directs daily operations to ensure budgets, schedules, goals and objectives are met, and services are being provided efficiently and effectively.
  • Is responsible for developing, and obtaining FAA approval of the DEN Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan.
  • Oversees the development of the programming and planning of all capital projects.
  • Directs the analysis of regulatory, demographic and technological factors affecting the facility development needs of the airport. Provides subject matter expertise for studies and decisions to senior airport executives.
  • Directs the review of development initiatives, design and construction projects to ensure work meets program requirements, and is consistent with the Airport Master Plan and the FAA-approved Airport Layout Plan. Directs the preparation and publication of the Airport Master Plan and the Airport Layout Plan. Directs the development and submittal process of project justifications, plans, and plan modifications for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval.
  • Directs scenario planning and analysis for decision making.
  • Supports Airport City development. This requires non-aviation related planning skills, including Urban and Regional Planning, as well as Transit Oriented Development. The airport is planning 9000 acres unrelated to our airport mission, and this job will include supporting this effort through both strategic and tactical response.
  • Directs compliance with all noise provisions established by intergovernmental agreements and develops and coordinates noise abasement procedures in conjunction with local and federal governmental agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Educates and works with the community to develop understanding and consensus on planning and noise issues.
  • Represents DIA with other public agencies and provides input for regional land use and transportation issues. Reviews and comments on proposed legislation affecting land use, airspace, and access to and from the airport.
  • Maintains current knowledge of industry trends, opportunities, and challenges.
  • Manages overall financial operations of the section’s operating budget, as well as any federally and locally funded project budgets; ensures all budgets remain at or below established targets.
  • Resolves operational and management issues, makes decisions that include multiple perspectives and solves underlying problems. Contributes to the development and implementation of section work plans based on the annual and strategic plans.
  • Coaches, mentors, and challenges staff. Champions continuous improvement, including devising new strategies and new opportunities. Sets performance standards for the division and ensure operations achieve or exceed performance metrics.
  • Demonstrates personal accountability and responsibility, and holds staff to same standards.


Education Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or a closely related field.
Experience Requirement:
  • Three years of supervisory experience or three years of experience at an Administrator level in aviation, transportation and/or urban planning.
  • Experience must include expertise in areas of planning such as: development of alternatives and criteria for decision making, resolving complex issues, particularly as it relates to circulation and/or systems; planning processes, guidelines, rules, and standards; a keen understanding of elements that directly impact the on-going 24-7 aviation operations, and planning for future flexibility and nimbleness, including phased implementation of projects over multiple years.
  • Experience must also include non-aviation urban and regional planning, including neighbor identity development and place making.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 10 plus years of supervisory experience in aviation planning.
  • Master's degree in Planning.
  • Experience working as an Aviation Planner.
  • Previous experience working as a planner at a category X airport.
  • Experience in mixed use-development, transit oriented development, urban and regional planning.
  • Experience managing geospatial information systems (GIS) at a commercial airport.
  • Experience managing an airport noise program.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
  • Two years of the appropriate type and level of experience will serve as an equivalency to one year of education. In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, eight years of relevant experience can be substituted.
  • A Master’s Degree may be substituted for one year of experience.

Additional Information:

The City and County of Denver values leadership that influences the commitment, ability and willingness of employees to provide quality service to the citizens of Denver

Classification Title: Director of Airport Planning and Noise
Pay Grade: 819-E
Compensation Range: $96,788.00 - $154,861.00 Annually
Agency: Denver International Airport
To Apply: Please select the apply button at the top of this posting / visit
Testing: Supplemental Questions
Background Check/Drug Testing: Candidates must pass a criminal background check, 10 year employment verification and education verification. FBI Criminal Background Check required: an FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DIA). Employees are also required to report any felony conviction and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance / be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.
Probationary Period: The successful candidate will be required to complete a minimum six month probationary period (benefits will be active during this time) prior to attaining Career Status with the City.
Recruiter: LM

We offer a competitive benefits package including:
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Plans (multiple programs)
  • Paid Time Off (combined vacation/sick leave)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Retirement (Pension Plan & 457 Deferred Comp Plan)
  • Flex Spending Account
  • RTD EcoPass Discounts
  • Life Insurance; Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Programs
  • Wellness Center & Classes
  • Education &Training Classes

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