Assistant Airport Manager

$65,852 - $80,932 yearly
  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Oct 22, 2019
Full time Admin-Clerical Management Operations

Job Description


To assist an Airport Manager in the operation and maintenance of County-operated airports; and to perform related administrative duties as required.

Under general direction, this professional class primarily assists management in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of County-operated airports. This class is distinguished from the next higher class, Airport Manager, in that the latter has full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of an airport(s).
The complete Airport Manager series includes the following:
Assistant Airport Manager (Class No. 005520)
Airport Manager (Class No. 005500)
The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Functions:
  1. Responsible for conducting inspections and directing appropriate action in order to maintain the safety standards directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Airport Master Record.
  2. Responsible for reporting changes in the Airport Master Record to the FAA.
  3. Responsible for the airport's equipment maintenance program (which involves keeping trucks, cars, tractors, paint sprayer, pumps, sweeper, mowers, and emergency generator) in good and safe operating condition.
  4. Inspects airfield daily to identify maintenance needs/safety hazards and implements corrective procedures.
  5. Schedules and monitors work of contractors, County personnel, and airport maintenance staff.
  6. Coordinates construction projects with the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower Manager.
  7. Enforces County, FAA, and State rules and regulations regarding airports.
  8. Supervises the operation of the transient aircraft ramp and directs compliance with the Schedule of Rates and Charges established by the Board of Supervisors for tie down fees.
  9. Prepares Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS), special reports, accident reports, and airfield surveys as required.
  10. Maintains liaison with airport tenants and monitors lease provisions.
  11. Renders assistance to protect lives and property as required.
  12. Performs field checks for missing aircraft.
  13. Monitors security guard operations and contracts.
  14. Implements and manages a Part 107 Airport Security Program.
  15. Responsible for managing a noise abatement program and for resolving noise complaints.
  16. Analyzes emergency situations and determines appropriate action.
  17. Sets up computer information systems.
  18. Supervises assigned personnel.
  19. Conducts public relations activities to promote aviation.
  20. Assumes management of an airport in the absence of an Airport Manager.
Knowledge of:
  • Federal, State, and local rules and regulations governing the operation, maintenance, and public use of an airport
  • Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and Advisory Circulars (AC's)
  • State Airport permit guidelines including Airport Master Record Safety Standards and inspection process
  • Aviation rules, regulations, and safety practices
  • Maintenance requirements of several landing systems, approach lighting aids, runway and taxiway markings and lighting
  • Personnel management and supervisory techniques
  • Radio and ground communication systems
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Current technology and trends in the profession 
Skills and Abilities to:
  • Communicate effectively with subordinates, superiors, and the public
  • Identify potential and/or actual problem areas related to safety and noise abatement
  • Analyze and deal with emergency situations calmly and effectively
  • Schedule, assign, and review the work of others
  • Read, understand, and execute or interpret Airport Master Records, grant agreements, Federal aviation regulations, Advisory Circulars, Schedule of Rates and Charges, Administrative Code, and the San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances as it relates to County Airports
  • Conduct effective public relations, handle complaints and resolve problems
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement programs related to airport operations or maintenance
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy 
  • Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner
Desirable Traits
Leadership, Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Holds Self and Others Accountable, Problem Solving and Innovation, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Leverages Resources (Coaches and Develops), Drives to Excel, Maximizes Team Effectiveness, Supportive of Change

Education and/or Experience
Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.  Examples of qualifying education/experience: 
  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in airport/aviation management or a closely related field, and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in airport operations and management, OR,
  2. Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in airport operations and management.
Note:  Qualifying experience or education may be substituted on a year for year basis.


A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.


None Required.
Working Conditions

Incumbents will work on Aircraft Flight line areas and may be exposed to biohazards such as fuel spills/hangar fires and dust, gas, fumes or chemicals; exposed to excessive noise of aircraft run up. 
Essential Physical Characteristics

The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Background Investigation


Incumbents appointed to permanent positions in this classification shall serve a probationary period of 12 months.