Executive Director of Aviation City of Austin, Department of Aviation Austin Bergstrom International Airport
LINCOLN Leadership Advisors, on behalf of The City of Austin, is conducting the search for the City’s next Executive Director of Aviation. The Executive Director of Aviation will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), as well as steering and driving forward the City’s Aviation Master Plan. The Executive Director will oversee daily operations and be responsible for the management of ABIA’s operations and facilities, while coordinating all activities of the City of Austin’s Aviation Department. The successful candidate will have high competence in the areas of airport management, safe and efficient airport operations, employee development, aviation planning, effective budgeting, project management, and innovative customer service.
Executive Director of Aviation, City of Austin, Department of Aviation
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
LINCOLN Leadership Advisors, on behalf of The City of Austin, is conducting the search for the City’s next Executive Director of Aviation. The Executive Director of Aviation will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), as well as steering and driving forward the City’s Aviation Master Plan. The Executive Director will oversee daily operations and be responsible for the management of ABIA’s operations and facilities, while coordinating all activities of the City of Austin’s Aviation Department.
The City of Austin is the capital of the State of Texas and has transformed itself into one of the most vibrant business and cultural centers in the United States. As the state’s 4th largest city, Austin and the surrounding area have attracted more than 2 million residents over the years, and the region is poised to continue this growth. Austin consistently ranks as one of the most attractive cities in the US for living, working, visiting, and having fun. Among the many accolades Austin receives annually are the following: “#1 Best Place to Live”; “Best City for Relocating Families“; "Best Place for Business and Careers"; “No. 3 Best Performing Economy in ranking of the top 40 U.S. metros”; "Live Music Capital of the World“; “Best State Capital”; and “2nd Fastest Growing Airport in the U.S.”
AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is one of the fastest growing airports in the U.S., and last year handled a record 15.8 million domestic and international passengers. ABIA’s performance is a clear reflection of the tremendous economic growth of the Austin region, which is known as a center of innovation and over the years, has become business center focused on high technology, data management, and advanced manufacturing, among others. In late 2018, the ABIA 2040 Master Plan was unveiled and sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for final approval. The plan calls for expanded runway and terminal capacity, which is necessary to handle an expected doubling of passenger traffic to nearly 32 million by 2040. The next Executive Director of ABIA will be responsible for implementing the Master Plan as market growth dictates.
The successful candidate will have high competence in the areas of airport management, safe and efficient airport operations, employee development, aviation planning, effective budgeting, project management, and innovative customer service. The role’s key functions and responsibilities include:
Defines the mission, goals and priorities for ABIA in line with the overall strategic plan for the City of Austin and the Austin Department of Aviation.
Directs the implementation of the ABIA 2040 Master Plan over short-, medium- and long-range timeframes.
Establishes procedures and directs activities, operations, maintenance and construction to assure adequate facilities and service levels meet the needs and standards of the City of Austin.
Consults with Airport Advisory Commission members, government officials, and/or airline representatives to discuss and plan such matters as design and development of airport facilities, formulation of operating rules, regulations and procedures, aircraft landing, taxiing and take-off patterns for various types of aircraft.
Manages negotiations with airlines, vendors, and/or individuals for acquisition of property for expansion of airport facilities.
Coordinates activities of staff and support personnel involved in repair and maintenance, and security of airport facilities.
Directs studies on noise abatement and other environmental issues resulting from all airport operations.
Develops and evaluates management staff; develops work force and fiscal budget requirements and oversees budget expenditures for all department functions.
Directs the development and implementation of department procedures and controls to promote communication and effective information flow within the department and externally.
Delegates activities, responsibilities, and authority to department staff, while retaining overall responsibility and accountability for performance.
Establishes, oversees, and understands the financial management and performance of ABIA.
Recommends strategies to promote good customer and community relations.
Oversees a process of organizational planning that evaluates structure, job design, and staffing needs forecasting.
Builds relationships and represents the department to government and regulatory bodies, external agencies, community leadership, and the public.
Conducts performance appraisals with all direct reports.
Presents critical information to City Council members, boards, county, state and federal officials, vendors, contractors, the public, and other key stakeholders.
DESIRED CANDIDATE PROFILE:
Leadership, management and operational experience in directing large, diverse, and complex aviation/airport organizations, of similar scope/size to ABIA.
Strong knowledge in the development and implementation of federal compliance regulations, security directives, airport certification guidelines, safety management systems as set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal, international, state and local governing entities.
Program/project management planning principles and techniques (including the ability to analyze operating procedures and recommend program improvements, and program restructuring, as needed)
Resilient knowledge of performance measures and quality of service concepts, including the ability to evaluate organizational development efforts and programs.
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Aviation Management, Public Relations or related field and eight (8) years of relevant experience, two (2) of which were in a supervisory capacity.
Accredited member with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) or have the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation through the Airports Council International (ACI)/International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) accreditation program.
STRATEGIC OUTCOMES AND INDICATORS:
The City Council adopted six Strategic Outcomes and Indicators in March of 2018. Executive Director of Aviation reports through the Assistant City Manager for the Mobility outcome. The Executive Director of Aviation will be responsible for supporting cross-departmental issues and involving stakeholders as it relates to the communication across all outcomes.
CITY OF AUSTIN EXECUTIVE COMPETENCIES:
Boundaryless Perspective: the ability to see a broad view of an issue or challenge across typical organizational lines and beyond the present.
Leadership: the ability to inspire, motivate, and influence others to achieve individual and collective goals.
Conflict Management: the ability to recognize, manage, and resolve conflict efficiently and equitably.
Customer Service: the ability to accurately identify/determine customer needs and take appropriate actions and/or steps to address identified needs.
Decision Making: the ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner that solve issues and stand the test of time.
Cultural Competence: the ability to recognize, value, and include different perspectives, experiences, approaches, and cultures in achieving organizational goals.
Achieve Results: the ability to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
Dependable and Trustworthy: the ability to gain and maintain the trust and confidence of others and the organization through consistency and reliability.
Managing Purpose and Vision: the ability to create, convey, and instill a unified vision and purpose.
Employee Development: the ability to recognize strengths and areas for improvement in others and to provide opportunities, guidance, and encouragement to build skills and capacity.
Politically Savvy: the ability to navigate relationships involving complex, emotional, and/or value-based issues in order to influence and achieve positive results.
Planning Priorities: the ability to recognize, plan, focus upon, and work toward what is most important or critical.
Problem Solving: the ability to define, analyze, and find solutions for difficult or complex problems.
Strategic Thinking: the ability to see past the moment and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
Effective Communication: the ability to give, receive, or share thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and data to create shared understanding.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications. The City of Austin offers an excellent benefits package including the following major areas:
Retirement: The City of Austin Employees’ Retirement System (COAERS) is a defined benefit pension plan with vesting after five years of continuous service.
Insurance: The City provides excellent insurance plans for employees including health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, and vision coverage.
Holidays: 13 holidays per year are observed (11 official and 2 personal).
Relocation assistance and temporary housing are available.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to LLA@lincolnleaders.com. For general information, please contact Lincoln Leadership Advisors at +1 (713) 888-0680.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Austin offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
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