Human Resources

Airport Manager


  The incumbent in this position has responsible charge of the operation and maintenance of the County Airport and buildings thereon.  This is a highly technical position with broad authority for individual decisions.  The incumbent plans and administers the management, business operations, care, maintenance and protection of the municipal airport and buildings.  Direct supervision is exercised over other staff.  Does related work, as required.

Directs and coordinates all airport operations in order to insure compliance with Federal, State and local rules;
Administers and directs the business management functions of the airport, which includes maintaining financial records, inventories, purchasing of fuel and oil supplies, collects all rents and fees due the County and the negotiation of concessions for providing service facilities for passengers and general public, such as restaurants;
Negotiates rents and fees with existing and prospective airlines and tenants and prepares contracts and lease agreements between the County and individual tenants at the airport;
Directs the development of programs and activities designed to promote the airport to attract additional activity and business at the airport;
Cooperates in the promotion of public interest in the airport and aeronautics;
Develops new sources of revenues in line with the general policies of airport financing;
Participates in the planning of economic development programs in conjunction with the airport being an integral component of economic development growth in the County;
Inspects runways, navigational aids and buildings for hazards;
Controls advisory radio and telephone services;
Prepares the annual budget and directs expenditures in accordance with approved line items and prepares financial reports for the County Manager and County
Prepares and carries through requests to the Federal government for airport development funds and to the State for funds via the Department of Transportation;
Develops, administers and enforces ordinances, rules and regulations governing airport operations;
Attends required Management Staff and Legislative meetings.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of Federal, State and local rules and regulations applicable to airport traffic control and airport management; good knowledge of the principles, methods and tools used in airport maintenance; ability to  maintain records and prepare reports; ability to get along well with others; ability to promote airport use for additional business from inside and outside the County; ability to negotiate leases; good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness; dependability; flexibility.

The physical demands described here are representative of 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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to talk and hear and occasionally walk The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. 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. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education AND EITHER:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate Degree in accounting, business administration or related field, AND two (2) years of responsible experience in airport operation;
  2. Four (4) years of full-time, paid experience in airport operation or with an aviation business operating at an airport;
  3. Any equivalent combination of training or experience equivalent to A and B above indicating ability to perform the duties of the position.

NOTE:  Verifiable part-time experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time requirement.

Competitive Class