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SLO County Airport General Manager
(Deputy Director County Airports)
Recruitment #0813PM-08964-01

DATE OPENED:     8/16/2013 12:00:00 PM
JOB TYPE:      Open
FILING DEADLINE:     9/9/2013 11:59:00 PM
SALARY:     $7,543 - $9,171/month
City of San Luis Obispo
DEPARTMENT:     General Services Department

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Conditional employment offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.

This recruitment requires the completion of a supplemental questionnaire.  You must submit your response to the supplemental questions with your application.

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ABOUT THE POSITION:  San Luis Obispo County is seeking an experienced, innovative and driven professional for the position of Deputy Director - Airport Services. This executive level position requires an experienced leader who is committed to meeting the Agency’s vision of “Delivering Excellence to Every Customer.” Areas of focus include: revenue development, air service development and overall airport management and operations.
Under general direction of the General Services Agency Director, plans, organizes and directs the overall operations and activities of County Airports; assures activities meet community and County needs, provide for public safety and comply with established laws, requirements and mandates; does other related work as required.

  • Plans, organizes and directs the development, operations and maintenance of County airports; assures activities meet community and County needs; assures efficient and safe airport operations; assures County airports and related programs comply with applicable laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Plans, coordinates and directs the development and implementation of marketing, public relations and revenue-generating functions to maximize profitability of airport programs and operations; conducts negotiations with airlines, concessionaires and other prospective users of airport facilities and property and make recommendations concerning the award of contracts; monitors and analyzes airport operations and activities for financial effectiveness, operational efficiency and public safety.
  • Plans, organizes and directs airport programs, operations and activities to assure the safety and wellbeing of the community, airport tenants and users; directs related security operations; coordinates and directs resources, activities and staff to assure proper and timely resolution of security, safety and customer service issues, conflicts and complaints.
  • Manages the planning, development and implementation of construction projects for County airports; provides recommendations regarding the funding of major projects; assures planning, development and construction functions comply with federal, state and local requirements and established regulations; ensures environmental compliance by staff, contractors and vendors as they relate to CEQA and NEPA.
  • Responds to airport emergencies and directs and delegates the duties of personnel in emergency response dealing with aircraft incidents and accidents, security issues and other airport functions vital to public safety.
  • Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff; interviews and selects employees; recommends transfers, reassignments and disciplinary actions; coordinates subordinate staff work assignments and reviews work to assure compliance with established laws, policies, standards and procedures; ensures personnel are trained to meet and enforce federal requirements and compliance standards including environmental safety, laws and regulations; implements County safety programs and ensures employee compliance with all safety rules and regulations; responds to hazard reports; investigates and reports accidents and injuries.
  • Provides consultation, communication and technical expertise to the General Services Agency Director, County administrators, Board of Supervisors, personnel, outside agencies, media and the public concerning airport programs, operations, and activities; directs and coordinates all public relations matters concerning airport operations and activities; directs the research, assembly and submittal of reports and records as required by policy, ordinance and law; oversees and participates in the preparation and distribution of correspondence and informational materials; coordinates the preparation of media releases.
  • Attends and conducts a variety of meetings as assigned; serves as staff liaison to the County Airport Commission; prepares and delivers oral and written presentations; represents the County at various conferences and special events; receives input, responds to inquiries and resolves issues related to the airport; acts on behalf of General Services Agency Director as directed.
  • Develops the annual operations and capital improvement budget for County airports; analyzes budgetary and financial data; controls and authorizes expenditures in accordance with established policies and procedures for an Enterprise Fund and Capital Improvement Program; directs the acquisition and maintenance of grant funding; oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures and programs to enhance financial effectiveness and operational efficiency.

Knowledge of:
  • Practices and procedures involved in the operation, development and maintenance of the County airports; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, policies and procedures
  • Revenue-generating airport programs, activities and operations including commercial enterprises, air routes, concessionaries and air carriers; practices and techniques involved in development of independent funding sources for capital development; practices and procedures for procuring and managing grants
  • General accounting, budget and business programs and functions of the County airports
  • County organization, operations, policies and objectives; policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities
  • Principles and practices of management, administration, supervision and training
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, and direct the staff and operations of the County airports to meet the needs of the public and County; assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Prepare and maintain Airport Master Plan; manage planning processes for County airport projects which include environmental processing, public meetings, the FAA approval process, project design and development; manage the planning, design and implementation of construction projects
  • Plan, organize and direct the development and implementation of revenue-generating operations, programs and projects
  • Respond to aircraft and other airport emergencies; direct and delegate the duties of personnel in emergency response dealing with aircraft incidents and accidents, security issues and other airport functions vital to public safety
  • Supervise, train and evaluate the performance of assigned staff
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Build and maintain relationships with agencies effecting the planning, development, safety and security of the County airports
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Operate a computer and assigned office equipment
  • Work independently; plan and organize work; meet schedules and timelines; conduct operations within established budget
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports; direct the development and maintenance of a variety of reports, records and files related to assigned activities
  • Work effectively with others including those of diverse perspectives and possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork and advocacy when meeting with staff and members of County departments
  • Maintain a safe and orderly work area

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, aviation management or a related field. (Job-related, professional level experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) In addition, five years of increasingly responsible professional-level experience involving the overall operations and services of an airport. Two years of the required experience must be in a supervisory position. (A post-graduate degree in a related field may substitute for one year of the required experience.)
Certification as an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) through the American Association of Airport Executives and experience at a commercial airport certified under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139 is desired.

  Employees must be willing and able to respond to after-normal workday or irregular and on-call emergency requests on nights, weekends, and holidays.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATESA valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver's license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

IN ADDITION:  This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.

NOTIFICATION:  Applicants will be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.  Therefore, notify the Human Resources Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:  The examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following methods of testing:  A) competitive application rating, based solely on application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any combination thereof.  In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in determining a candidate’s placement on the eligible list.  Applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for proper qualification evaluation.   The hiring department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of the candidates certified to the department.  Veterans and disabled veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.

PENSION BENEFIT INFORMATION:  Effective January 1, 2013 the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA or AB340), makes substantial changes to public employee pension plans. PEPRA impacts the pension benefits of current employees (employees hired on or before 12/31/12) and all future hires (those hired on or after 1/1/13).  Please refer to our website for additional information including summary of impacts and FAQs at:

Should you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources staff at 805.781.5959 or .  Note:  Those employees with reciprocity who are returning or entering into SLO County employment within a 6 month break in service, may be eligible to enter into the SLO County pension plan that was in existence for new hires as of December 31, 2012 for that bargaining unit.  Contact Pension Trust (805.781.5465 or for specific questions related to reciprocity.   All other questions should be directed to HR.

OTHER PROVISIONS:  New employees are required to complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant position. A REASONABLE EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED AND THE RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF AN APPLICANT. IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, YOU MUST INFORM THE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IN WRITING OF THE TYPE AND EXTENT OF ACCOMMODATION NO LATER THAN THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE.


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