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Director of Airports



Date Approved: 02/11

Grade:   G

JOB TITLE:              Director of Airports

REPORTS TO:         Vice President of Operations

FLSA STATUS:        Exempt


The Director of Airports reports directly to the Vice President of Operations in matters of policy and issues coming before the Board of Directors and President. Under general direction, the Director manages and operates the Mobile Airport Authority airport system and plans for development of future airport facilities, developing and managing a capital improvement and maintenance program.  The Director provides leadership and oversight to the Mobile Airport Authority including strategic and program planning, policy development and implementation, and staff supervision.  Coach and mentor employees to develop their capabilities; recognize and reinforce developmental efforts and improvements.

The Director promotes and manages the Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile International Airport and St. Elmo Airport commercial and general aviation properties used for aviation purposes and represents the Mobile Airport Authority in aviation matters and related community relations.  Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.  Implement and contribute to the Mobile Airport Authority’s vision, mission, and goals in the performance of all job duties.


The Director of Airports must be adept at managing competing demands, multiple priorities, and have a passion for public service.  The City of Mobile, surrounding Baldwin and Mobile counties have one of the State’s most heterogeneous populations, rich in ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. The successful candidate will possess a value system that engenders trust and confidence, and embodies a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.  A successful candidate must be an effective communicator, able to build consensus by listening, working, and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders and partners in a teambuilding environment. Given the opportunities and diversity of the Mobile Airport Authority’s airports located in both an urban and rural locations, a successful Director of Airports must be able to think strategically for both short- and long-term needs of the airports and the surrounding communities.  Perform other related tasks as assigned or required.


Computer, calculator, copier, office machines; strong knowledge in airport equipment Highly Desirable.


Abilities and Skills

Ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate and supervise the overall operations, construction and long-term airport development programs or plans.  Recommend policy, identify needs, and establish priorities and plan for airport programs.  Analyze, interpret, and prepare concise and comprehensive reports and make recommendations.  Plan, develop and implement public relations programs.  Communicate effectively through oral presentation, written reports and discussion with administrative staff, Federal, State, and local agencies, community groups and individuals.

Minimum Training, Knowledge and Experience

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in airport management, business administration, public administration, engineering, planning, law enforcement, security, or a closely related field. Principles of organization and management to plan, direct, coordinate and control the operations of an airport.   Principles of personnel administration and management development including selection, training, and supervision of subordinates.

Possess general knowledge of Federal, State, and local aviation rules, regulations and laws pertaining to enforcement and compliance of airport operations.  Principles and practices of airport development, operations, and maintenance.  Principles of business enterprise to develop leases, customer fees and new resources of revenue to promote airports or facilities.  Principles and techniques of public relations.

Minimum of five (5) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time) progressively responsible experience at a civil airport in airport operations, airport property management, airport budgeting, airport noise abatement, public relations, capital, and maintenance programming. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four (4) years.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

Noise level exposure in this work environment is usually moderate.  Exposure to outside weather conditions with occasional direct contact with outside weather conditions.  Physical ability to use personal protective equipment is required.  Job requires relocation from one job site to another.  Requires frequent bending, twisting, stooping, or turning.  Occasional lifting to 50 pounds is necessary.

Must be able to drive to various locations on the premises.  Must possess the visual and mental acuity to prepare data and statistics, operate a computer, make visual inspections, and do extensive reading.  Consistent mental attention needed to respond safely and efficiently.  Exposure to normal office and airport aviation environment. This position may be subject to recall after normal business hours.

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