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Vice President of Operations



Date Approved:  12/23

Grade:   E

JOB TITLE:              Vice President of Operations

REPORTS TO:         President

FLSA STATUS:        Exempt


The position is responsible for the management of the Mobile Regional Airport, the Mobile International Airport at Brookley, located within the Mobile Aeroplex and St. Elmo Airport, a general aviation facility. Provide coordination among various departments and individuals necessary for effective and efficient operations, set priorities, establish sound management and leadership practices. Solve problems and conflicts among operating and support departments.


Implement Board and President policies by interpreting and coordinating with staff. Direct broad range of institutional research, procedural and administrative studies and preparation of reports and recommendations related to same. Enforce Federal, State, and Local rules and regulations governing airport/airfield use and recommends modifications in existing rules and regulations. Collaborate with the President to initiate and direct the preparation of plans for airport expansion. Develop the annual budget; submit budget recommendations; and monitor expenditures. Review and interpret financial reports for the President. Maximize Federal and State aid for airport planning and development. Continuously improve operations and customer service. Plan, direct, control and coordinate work programs involved in managing assigned functions, programs, and operations. Establish and monitor controls to evaluate performance in meeting program and authority objectives. Take appropriate actions to correct performance and to adjust programs to meet requirements. Manage positions and personnel to make best use of employees; select employees and develop their capabilities. Plan for succession of key personnel; counsel employees and administer discipline. Manage human resource matters in accordance with authority policy and procedures. Establish goals and objectives for assigned operations, report overall progress and effectiveness of programs to the President.

Plan and use resources economically. Develop appropriate informational resources and safeguard their use. Procure, store, and distribute supplies and material economically and efficiently. Ensure efficient maintenance and operation of physical facilities and equipment. Establish and maintain effective means of coordinating plans and schedules with other units of the authority and with external organizations. Take appropriate actions to maintain effective coordination in the event of delays and other problems; ensure that unit activities do not conflict with organization goals. Develop plans to meet unexpected situations, new developments, and changes in programs. Prepare for emergencies; understand the factors and conditions affecting programs and recommend appropriate responses when this change. Communicate understanding and support of organization goals and programs through actions, spoken and written words; interact effectively with individuals and groups at all levels; maintain ties with external organizations; keep all interested and involved parties informed of matters requiring their attention. Ensure compliance with all applicable policies, rules, regulations, and laws; stay abreast of legal, regulatory and policy developments affecting areas of responsibility; enforce legal and regulatory requirements impartially. Perform related work as required and assigned by the President.


Computer, calculator, copier, office machines.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

MUST BE well-versed in Federal, State and Local rules and regulations pertaining to airport management and operation. Knowledgeable in principles and best practices of airport operations and business management. Possess knowledge of principles and practices of planning, budgeting, and financial management; principles of information technology; principles of airport security and safety. Have a demonstrated success track record of applying administrative practices and procedures applicable to the operations of facilities, finance, human resources, operations, parking, public safety, and central office administrative functions. Demonstrate effective techniques of supervision.

Ability to supervise a broad range of disparate functions and professional personnel. Fully recognize, analyze, and prioritize problems and issues; effectively report on operating conditions, problems and recommend solutions. Coordinate complex projects. Perform financial and budgetary analyses. Communicate effectively with staff, customers, clients, vendors, consultants, regulators, and the public in face-to-face settings, group meetings, in writing, and over various types of electronic media. Research, report preparation and presentation. Promote a high performance, results-oriented culture. Provide good customer service and relations. Plan, organize and direct assigned operations and functions effectively. Provide sound advice, estimates, projections, options and proposals to the President and Board. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work. Direct the work of professional, technical and support staff.

Minimum Training and Experience

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying as follows:  A minimum of 10 years in the Aviation Industry with at least 6 years in a senior level management position at a commercial service airport. A minimum of a 4-year college degree in Aviation Management, Business or Public Administration, or a related field.

Licenses Required

Valid Alabama Driver’s License required. Demonstrated safe driving record.

Environmental Requirements

Duties generally performed in an office. Ability to perform all the essential functions outlined above without compromising safety of oneself or others.

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