Under general administrative direction of the County Manager, the Air and Space Port Director is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of the Colorado Air and Space Port. The individual in this position demonstrates strong leadership skills while working with the public and county staff; develops and administers short and long-term strategic plans; ensures safe, efficient, and operationally sound day-to-day operations; exercises strong customer-relations skill in public/private/contractor interactions; develops and manages by effective metrics, not limited to cost/benefit analysis, ROI, customer feedback, user skill enhancement, workforce planning and engagement, etc.; and utilizes "state-of-the-art" and best practices in developing policies and procedures as well as in the utilization of county staff, equipment, and capital spending.
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Examples of Duties for Success
Operates the Colorado Air and Space Port day-to-day in a manner consistent with all Federal regulations and in line with the industry standards and practices, while ensuring appropriate safety.
Develops and recommends goals and objectives in line with County policy and direction and assists in the implementation of County-wide policies and procedures.
Directs Air and Space Port functions regarding technical, managerial, inter-governmental, and community issues.
Assigns, directs, and supervises activities of professional, technical, and clerical staff, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards.
Establishes sound organizational structure for the Air and Space Port and administrative operations. Directs and coordinates approved programs, projects, and major activities of the staff.
Administers or makes recommendations for personnel matters, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, granting leave, appraising and disciplining, etc., submitting such records and reports as required by the County Manager.
Obtains the maximum utilization of staff by clearly defining duties and establishing performance standards. Conducts performance reviews and recommends compensation.
Ensures compliance with all bylaws, local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
Ensures that the County Manager and County Attorney are kept fully informed on conditions and operations of the Air and Space Port.
Develops, recommends, and upon County Manager approval, operates within an annual budget.
Ensures all funds, physical assets, and other property of the Air and Space Port are appropriately safeguarded and administered.
Directs and reviews budget preparation and recommendations for the Air and Space Port; monitors and analyzes budgets; establishes budgetary controls; monitors expenditures; implements purchasing procedures; negotiates various leases for the Air and Space Port; negotiates and maintains contracts for Air and Space Port use; and approves payments of purchase orders, contracts, etc.
Oversees the administration of County Manager and Board of County Commissioners-approved leases, contracts, license agreements and grant agreements.
Secures and oversees the administration of FAA Airport Improvement Grant Programs, State grant programs, and short and long-term capital improvement programs.
Works with Fleet and Facilities Maintenance Department to maintain and coordinate Air and Space Port construction activity, including new hangar construction, capital improvements, and state and federal grants.
Plans Air and Space Port improvements in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, state, and other agencies to properly administer capital spending.
Promotes effective public relations with the community, military, businesses, civic/school organizations, and the news media.
Establishes future requirements and long-range plans for the Air and Space Port.
Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Qualifications for Success
Thorough knowledge of the Air and Space Port organization and operational policies and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of practices and procedures for planning and formulation departmental budgets and monitoring related expenditures.
Considerable knowledge of the ethical guidelines applicable to the position as outlined by professional organizations and/or federal, state or local laws, rules, and regulations.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures, and philosophies of Air and Space Port administration.
Considerable knowledge of contracts, leases, and agreements.
Considerable knowledge of the aerospace industry, trends and developments.
Considerable knowledge of personnel and management principles, practices, and techniques as they relate to the administration of manpower resources and planning, position management, staff development, and training, policy development and administration, employee relations, and related personnel and management functions and services.
Ability to provide leadership and to supervise the planning, development, and establishment of new, modified, and/or improved programs, services, and activities.
Ability to organize disparate groups of people into cohesive working groups.
Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in preparing goals, setting schedules, assigning work, and planning for future Air and Space Port needs.
Ability to prepare and make oral presentations before large groups of people.
Ability to exercise tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the County and other public officials or various levels of authority and influence, media representatives, and the general public.
Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
Considerable knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations and Advisory Circulars pertaining to all aspects of Air and Space Port and airfield operations and management.
Economic development and marketing experience; must have the ability to assist in the marketing & development of Colorado Air and Space Port.
Knowledge of aircraft operations and procedures including radio communications.
Skills in negotiations.
Ability to administer a County owned Air and Space Port including an understanding of the legal responsibilities and constraints.
Ability to obtain and manage grants and contracts.
Ability to work on-call 24 hours and work other than normal working hours.
Ability to work under stressful situations and on-call out situations during inclement weather.
At least seven (7) years of highly responsible experience in Air and Space Port operations, five (5) years of which shall be in a management capacity.
Of the five years in a management capacity, being a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives shall count towards two (2) years of management experience.
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Airport Operations Administration/Management, Public Administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
A Master's degree in Business Management, Airport Operations, Administration/Management, Public Administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is desirable.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid Colorado driver's license, or ability to obtain one, by date of appointment.
Possession of an A.A.E. certification is desirable, but not required.
Possession of a pilot's license is desirable.
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
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Adams County is committed to ensuring the safety of our employees in the course of their work. Due to current health and safety concerns related to COVID 19, there is a possibility that certain positions may require remote work either all or part of the work week. The determination of work location will be made by the supervisor and will be based on current health and safety protocols adhered to by Adams County. At any time, work locations may be subject to change. Further information can be provided at the time of interview.
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