Airport Director (#EB1305)
$85.99-$104.52 Hourly / $14,904.69-$18,116.75 Monthly / $178,856.34-$217,401.00 Yearly


Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, directs, and oversees the delivery of services and maintenance of County airport facilities; and does other or related work as required.


An incumbent of this single position, exempt class is responsible for the planning, management, and daily operations of the County airport and related facilities. This position is an at-will position and is exempted from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System.

This classification description is a general guideline for the Airport Director. The typical duties statement is not restrictive and responsibilities and duties may expand beyond those identified in this specification


  • Plans, organizes, and directs all phases of airport operations, facility management/development and overall coordination of the activities of the County Airport.
  • Formulates and directs the implementation of operations policies and standards to insure compliance with local, state and federal requirements and regulations for airports and aviation; makes recommendations regarding new legislation and technical developments affecting airports and aviation.
  • Promotes, develops and recommends long-range plans for air transportation within the County; evaluates feasibility of expanding existing airport facilities and developing new related industry; recommends methods for implementation of development plans.
  • Oversees the development of the airport budget, projections, and manages the Airport Enterprise Fund; develops revenue sources and directs the preparation of applications for federal and state grants; directs the administration and evaluation of grant programs.
  • Confers with appropriate federal and state agencies regarding airport development and operating programs.
  • Confers with the County Administrator in developing recommendations to advisory boards and the Board of Supervisors; directs and plans evaluations of organizational effectiveness.
  • Directs the negotiation and enforcement of lease and/or contract agreements; establishes policies and procedures for attracting new tenants; and actively promotes the development of new airport tenants.
  • Develops strategies and makes recommendations for noise abatement and land use compatibility programs.
  • Prepares administrative reports and correspondence; directs the preparation of and prepares a variety of analytical and management reports; directs the preparation of applications for federal and state grants and the administration and evaluation of transportation-related grant programs.
  • Selects, trains, supervises and evaluates staff. 



Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in airport management, business administration, or public administration.

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible airport management experience at a small hub or larger airport, including working with tenants on lease negotiation.

Substitution: Possession of a master’s degree in airport administration, business administration, or public administration may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Certifications: Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) Certificate from the American Association of Airport Executives is desired.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Local, state and federal laws and rules regarding airport operations, maintenance and certification; FAA and TSA regulations (including 77, 1542 and 139); principles and practices of airport operations and management; modern principles and practices of public and business administration; developing and promoting new and additional revenue sources, including the promotion of business development and airport leasing and contracts; implementation of marketing programs to enhance airport revenues; acquisition, development, planning and construction of new facilities to enhance services of the airport system; principles and practices of airport and business administration, including budget and fiscal management; budget preparation; grants management.


Plan, direct and coordinate the activities of airport services; interpret and apply pertinent rules and regulations; perform complex managerial duties, exercising considerable independence of action and judgment; create and implement new programs and adapt current programs to meet changing needs; prepare and negotiate contracts, leases and usage fees; use computers and related software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, the general public, and public and private agencies; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasional 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; deal with emergency situations; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; Special Requirements-May require working weekends and nights; working alone; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: EB1305; EST: 12/5/2006; REV: 8/27/2013;