The City of Oklahoma City is seeking an Airports Director. The Airports Director position is appointed by the City Manager and reports to an Assistant City Manager. The Airports Director is responsible for a staff of approximately 131 full-time employees, an annual operating budget of approximately $47 million, and a five-year capital budget of over $171 million. The Airports Director provides executive leadership and is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing airport operations; financial and property administration; real estate development; facilities maintenance; airport security; fire protection; air service recruitment; and public relations. The Director also coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies and provides highly complex administrative support to the City Manager’s Office. The Airports Director also serves as the General Manager of the Oklahoma City Airport Trust (OCAT). The Airports Director and the OCAT operate and manage three municipal airports for the City of Oklahoma City that are organized into five division: Administration, Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Maintenance, and Property Management and Development.
The ideal candidate is a visionary leader, creative thinker, problem-solver, partnership builder, and someone who possesses exceptional knowledge of the field of general and commercial aviation, skill in applying management principles and techniques including budgeting and public administration; and organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
The ideal candidate must possess:
- Knowledge of and skill applying management principles and techniques including budgeting and public administration.
- Knowledge of the field of general and commercial aviation.
- Skill in verbal and written communications.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, City officials, general public, etc.
- Skill in supervising activities of professional and technical staff.
- Skill in building collaborative relationships with citizens, elected officials, the business community, media, and employees.
- Skill to develop long-range plans and evaluating work accomplishments.
- Skill in preparing and negotiating contacts with airlines, lessee, vendors, etc.
- Skill in and willingness to make work-related decisions and assume responsibility for all operations of the airports.
- Possession of a valid driver license (Operator).