Port of Bellingham

Bellingham , WA
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Airport Operations Manager

Port of Bellingham
Bellingham, WA Full-time
Posted on September 8, 2019

Airport Operations Manager




The Airport Operations Manager serves as one of four duty managers and is primarily responsible for management of commercial terminal operations and security, including TSA 1542 compliance, facility and grounds maintenance, and general aviation programs. The Operations Manager implements and enforces tenant lease agreements, operating agreements, airport rules and regulations, airport minimum standards, and standard operating procedures.   Coordinates maintenance work orders, capital projects and administers the airport Operating and Capital budgets, and federal and/or state grants.  The Operations Manager is the primary point of contact for federal, state and local agencies, as well as tenants and the public.  This position reports to the Director of Aviation. Incumbent must successfully pass a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and Security Threat Assessment (STA).



  1. Work closely with the other Operations Managers and the Director of Aviation, airport staff, tenants, government agencies, and the general public in meeting established goals and in serving the needs of the diverse public utilizing the airport facilities. Assist the Director of Aviation with establishing short and long-range development plans and service goals for the airport.
  2. Identify and prioritize day-to-day airport operational, maintenance and security related tasks/projects in accordance to federal, state, and local regulations, specifically TSA 1542.
  3. Manage the TSA Law Enforcement Reimbursement Program and Airport Security Contract. 
  4. Manage airport terminal and support facilities, which include the maintenance and upkeep of the main passenger terminal, grass and landscaped areas, roads and vehicle parking lots.
  5. Oversee the janitorial cleaning and inspection duties for the Airport.  Coordinate with Port maintenance on contract compliance and scope of work.
  6. Plan, coordinate and administer the annual Airport Operating and Capital budgets for the Aviation Department.
  7. In coordination with Director of Aviation, plan, coordinate, and administer federal, state and local grant programs for the Airport Capital Improvement Program.
  8. Responsible for the management of all terminal operations staff, Law Enforcement Officer and janitorial contracts.
  9. Support and manage airside and landside operations along with training ARFF/Ops staff at the airport on a rotating basis.
  10. Manage Snow Removal Operations on an on-call rotating basis.
  11. Act as on-call manager after business hours and on weekends on a rotating basis for operational and security issues.
  12. Act as the primary liaison to airlines, tenants, airport flight and visual display system and construction/project oversight.
  13. Work closely at ensuring a cooperative working relationship with all governmental and regulatory agencies associated with the operation of the airport.
  14. Assure employee safety through awareness, inspections, and accident investigations.
  15. On an infrequent basis, will be required to perform physical lifting, moving, carrying, up to 50 pounds.
  16. Will be required to work irregular hours and in inclement weather. When needed, must respond as an essential employee during irregular operations.
  17. Act as an Alternate Airport Security Coordinator.
  18. Perform other related duties as requested.



Required: • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or aviation related field or 5 years of airport operations experience in lieu of the degree. • Minimum of 4 years of Airport Operations experience. • Leadership skills and aptitude. • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the ability to learn complex security software. • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills. • Excellent statistical and analytical skills • Attention to detail and the ability to read, research, and comply with complex rules and regulations. Preferred: • AAAE Certified Member • AAAE ACE – Airfield Operations • Working knowledge of accounting, budget and federal grant requirements • Supervisory experience • Snow Removal Operations Experience • ASC certification or the ability to become certified • ARFF certification or the ability to become certified




Miscellaneous Information

APPLICATION PROCESS Application materials are available at, or by contacting the Port of Bellingham at 1801 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham, WA. All application materials are due at 8:00 a.m., Monday, September 30, 2019. Interested individuals must complete the standard application form. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a letter of interest and/or resume which highlights the nature and extent of relevant education/training, employment history, specific examples of job related experience. All applicants will be reviewed and evaluated against the requirements of the position and the field of candidates. The top-qualifying candidates will be called for further evaluation and/or interview. The Port of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer. GENERAL INFORMATION The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice. The Port of Bellingham is an "At-Will" employer. Filing of Application: Carefully read the announcement bulletin on the first page (attached); note the minimum qualifications required and application instructions (e.g., resume, cover letter, supplemental application). It is to your advantage to show all relevant education and experience. An application form is required, personal resumes may be attached to the employment application but will not be considered in lieu of the application. Closing Date: Applications may be filed in person, by mail or on-line. If mailed, they must be received by the closing date shown on the announcement. Postmarks will not be accepted. All applications must be returned to the Port of Bellingham, 1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 by 8:00 a.m. on or before the closing date. Applicants with Disabilities: As provided for under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Port will provide reasonable accommodation during an examination or testing process to candidates who request assistance. To request assistance, contact the Human Resources Department at 360-676-2500. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Paid Leave: PTO and holiday provisions are provided through Port policy. Currently, regular Port employees receive 10 paid holidays per year. PTO accrual rates are increased at regular intervals based on length of Port service. Retirement: Regular full time employees of the Port are mandatory members of the State of Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Employees and the Port contribute jointly to the plan. The Port also offers a 457 deferred compensation plan for interested employees. Group Insurance: Regular full-time employees and their eligible dependents are covered by medical/dental/life & long-term disability insurance plans. Premium expenses are shared by the Port and the employee. Employees are covered by the State Industrial Insurance Act. EMPLOYMENT Hours of Work: The normal workweek is 40 hours, Monday through Friday; however, some positions require weekend, shift, holiday and/or overtime work. The Port of Bellingham is committed to a smoke free environment. Job candidates must be able to operate effectively in this work environment. Applicants who are offered employment will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residence status or employment authorization, and proof of identification (photo I.D.). This requirement is the result of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act.