• 2018 President MKAA

    Job Locations US-TN-Knoxville
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/17/2018 12:38 PM)
    Employer Name
    Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
    Client & Job Location : City
    Client & Job Location : State/Province
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  • Overview

    Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority


    The President serves as the chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, which is a public entity formed by the City of Knoxville to own and operate McGhee Tyson Airport, which is a small-hub, air carrier airport located near Knoxville, Tennessee, and an affiliated general aviation airport located in Knoxville known as Downtown Island Airport.  Under the general oversight of the Authority's Board of Commissioners, with direction provided by the Authority Chairman, the President provides leadership, oversight, coordination, and direction of all activities at the Authority's airports. 


    The President leads, directs and is responsible for the management of the Authority's executive management team.  Further, he or she is responsible for the overall business operations, administration, human resources, financial administration, marketing, community relations, business and air service development, planning, engineering, construction, maintenance, safety, and security relating to the Authority's airport facilities.  He or she develops, oversees, and participates in the planning of goals and objectives for all departments of the Authority, including the development and implementation of the strategic vision and initiatives of the Authority.


    The President will be expected to undertake such duties as are necessary to provide direction and oversight of the Authority's activities as determined from time to time by the Board of Commissioners.  Without limitation, the duties and responsibilities of the President will include the following:

    1. Direct the overall operation of Airport's airport facilities and supervise the executive management team of the Authority.
    2. Develop a strong collaborative working relationship with the Board of Commissioners, assist the Board in its policy-making duties by providing relevant information; share activities, opportunities, and risk to include options and potential consequences; and enable the Board and its Committees to make well informed decisions.
    3. Oversee compliance with the Authority’s Code of Ethics and bylaws, Airport Master Plans and Land Use Plans, state and federal laws and regulations.
    4. Lead the development and implementation of both long- and short-term strategic plans that align with the policies and direction set by the Board of Commissioners and provide clear direction to the Authority's staff, integrating and coordinating all departments, to assure the Authority achieves its strategic vision and mission.
    5. Serve as primary liaison with other government agency officials and business, industrial, and legislative leaders and representatives as is appropriate to support the Authority's mission.
    6. Develop and manage airside and landside facilities and services at the Authority's airport facilities.
    7. Continually, creatively, and persuasively work to attract new air service at McGhee Tyson Airport and ensure new and existing airline relationships and partnerships are well-maintained.
    8. Plan, integrate, and evaluate the work of all Authority departments in a manner that anticipates and resolves ongoing business and operational issues and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations governing airport use and security.
    9. Establish financial philosophies and strategies for stable development, operation, and sustainment of programs, facilities, and services.
    10. Develop and approve all budgets, including but not limited to the Operating Budget and the Capital Improvements Budget, as provided for in the bylaws, and financial reporting.
    11. Oversee, direct, and manage the submittal of all requests for federal aid, security, and certification applications including federal, state and local government agency applications, forms, requirements and obligations.
    12. Actively solicit and obtain, to the greatest degree possible, federal, state, and local grants, funds to develop and enhance the Authority's airport facilities and maintain such facilities' status as modern, safe, and efficient facilities.
    13. Collaborate with Authority’s legal counsel to ensure compliance with legal aspects of airport’s development and operation.
    14. Recommend and oversee major expansion and improvement programs at the Authority's airport facilities.
    15. Provide planning and direction for the safe and orderly operation, maintenance, and systematic upgrading of the Authority's airports to serve the airlines and passengers that use the Authority's facilities.
    16. Provide inspiring leadership to develop a cohesive work team by creating a positive and collaborative work environment. Ensure appropriate and equitable personnel policies are maintained throughout the organization, including compensation and employee benefit programs that foster an efficient and high performing organization.
    17. Recruit, train, direct, motivate and evaluate professional, technical, and administrative staff employed by the Authority, including the ultimate responsibility for hiring and termination of Authority employees within the limits of the Authority's bylaws and policies.
    18. Negotiate agreements with airlines, tenants, vendors, service providers, consultants, concessionaires, and/or other businesses that operate at the Authority's facilities or provide professional or other services.
    19. Promote projects and initiatives that reflect the priorities and values of the community by developing strong civic partnerships with convention and trade bureaus, economic development enterprises, chambers of commerce, and the business community with the goal of enhancing regional economic development.
    20. Promote exemplary customer service by the Authority's employees.
    21. Participate in speaking engagements to promote the image of the Authority.
    22. Direct and oversee the analysis of proposed legislation and regulations while also directing and participating in industry and intergovernmental activities to influence legislative and regulatory change consistent with the Authority's interests and needs.
    23. Participate in industry and professional organizations on behalf of the Authority to stay abreast of aviation industry trends and issues.

    The above duties and responsibilities are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties and responsibilities may be required and assigned.


    A bachelor’s degree with a major in business administration, airport management, public administration, aeronautical engineering, or a related field is required; a graduate degree in a related discipline is preferred.  A minimum of six years' experience in airport operations or management; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, will be required.  Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) certification or the ability to obtain accreditation within 36 months is required.  Outstanding oral and written communication skills are essential for the position.