• Director of Aviation

    Job Locations US-CA-McKinleyville
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/13/2018 12:18 AM)
    Employer Name
    County of Humboldt
    Client & Job Location : City
    Client & Job Location : State/Province
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  • Overview

    The County of Humboldt, California Director of Aviation


    The County of Humboldt Aviation Division is responsible for managing 6 County airports.


    Under general policy direction by the Board of Supervisors, the Director of Aviation plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the programs and activities of the County's Aviation Department; provides expert professional assistance to County management staff, is responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of aviation facilities and airfields, and related matters; performs related work as assigned.

    The incumbent is responsible for accomplishing departmental goals and objectives, supervising staff, administering the annual budget, and directing the day-to-day operations and activities of the Aviation Department.


    A selection of the Airport Manager’s duties include:

    • Ensures the Humboldt County Airport system is operating according to Federal, State and Local laws and regulations in order to ensure public safety and security; ensures proper maintenance, security and compliance of airport facilities; directs airport security and emergency operation efforts, performing safety risk analysis to ensure the Airport and airfields operate in a safe and compliant manner.
    • Represents the county in negotiating terms and conditions of tenant leases, submits for review to the County Council and Risk Management and enforces terms of leases.
    • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Aviation Department; prepares and administers the department's budget.
    • Works closely with the County Administrative Officer, Board of Supervisors, other County departments, a variety of public and private organizations, and citizen groups in developing programs and implementing projects to solve problems related to the assigned function; advises the County Administrative Officer and Board of Supervisors on related issues and programs.
    • Advises the Board of Supervisors on issues and programs relative to management of the county’s airport and airfields; prepares and recommends long-range plans for aviation services and programs and develops specific proposals for action on current and future County needs.
    • Oversees long- and short-range activities including the Aviation Department Master Plan; coordinating such activities with those of other political jurisdictions.
    • Formulates and administers the Aviation Department enterprise and capital improvements budgets. Prepares federal and state grant applications. Monitors and administers grant projects expending grant funds per agreements.
    • Formulates and administers the local commercial air service marketing strategies and serves as the direct representative for Humboldt County in seeking expanded air service and competitive rates for the public.
    • Represents the County and works closely with boards and commissions and public and private officials to provide technical assistance, directly or through subordinate staff.
    • Directs terminal, operations and administrative functions. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the county’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities including interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; ensuring programs and funding for staff development and training; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
    • Coordinates the preparation of a wide variety of reports or presentations for County management and/or outside agencies.
    • Directs the development of management systems, procedures and standards for program evaluation.
    • Monitors developments related to delegated service area; evaluates their impact on County operations and implements policy and procedure improvements.


    Education and Experience


    The successful candidate will have a four-year college degree with major course work in aviation, public administration, management, facilities/construction management, or a closely related field and five (5) years of supervisory or administrative experience in aviation and airfield management which has included program planning, development and administration and working with community organizations.

    Certification through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as an Accredited Airport Executive is highly desirable.