Airport Operations Supervisor (#RP0510)
$32.22-$39.16 Hourly / $5,584.76-$6,788.32 Monthly / $67,017.21-$81,459.84 Yearly


Under direction, supervises staff in the operations, maintenance and security activities at the airport; enforces all applicable federal, state, and local safety and security rules, regulations, and procedure and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents in this supervisory class are responsible for supervising staff in the day-to-day facility operations, maintenance and security at the airport facility. Incumbents perform complex and varied assignments under direction of the Airport Director and/or other higher level manager.


  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of staff engaged in the day to day activity of airfield facilities, including grounds, runways, taxiways, aircraft aprons, and service roadways to ensure safety, security, and efficiency of operations.
  • Monitors the day to day activities of the airport operations to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Regulations (TSR) Part 1542 and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139 and other governing regulations; interacts with the federal, state, and local aviation agencies.
  • Maintains and develops airport operations and emergency plans in compliance with federal aviation regulations, airport policies and ordinances.
  • Coordinates the review and approval of construction projects and specifications as they apply to airside, landside, and terminal operations.
  • Coordinates airport emergency and post-accident recovery operations; liaisons with the airports Air Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Department and Law Enforcement Officers (LEO).
  • Interacts with airport tenants in matters related to airport operations, maintenance, or construction activities to ensure compliance with tenant lease contracts.
  • Assists with development of policies, procedures, and schedules to ensure that airport operations and maintenance activities are conducted in accordance with accepted industry practices and standards.
  • Participates in the selection, scheduling, training, and evaluation of staff.


Education: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in aviation management, business administration, or a closely related field.

Experience: Two years of responsible paid work experience in airport operations at a commercial services airport.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

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

Special Requirement: Upon offer of employment must pass all background requirements as stated in the Federal Code of Regulations Title 49, Parts 1542 and 1544 and any other similar requirement imposed by the Transportation Security Administration. Incumbents in this position must acquire and maintain an airport security badge allowing access to secure County airport locations. Certificate: Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) or one or more of the following certifications issued by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) are desirable: Airport Certified Employee (ACE), Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), and/or Certified Member (CM).


Principles and practices of supervision and management; federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding landside and airside airport operations; knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including Federal Code of Regulations/Transportation Security Administration, operation and maintenance of a certified FAA airport; local and federal air regulations, ordinances, uniform fire code, hazardous materials handling requirements, safety regulations and practices employed in the operation of an airport facility; various aircraft recognition and basic operating characteristics; airport vegetation control; general office practices and procedures; personal computer systems and general office computer software; general human behavior; public relations principles; first aid; public relations techniques and methods.


Monitor and evaluate airport maintenance and operations activity; direct, supervise, train, and counsel staff; understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, and ordinances related to airports; analyze, research, and apply policies, rules and regulations that affect airport operations; read, understand and apply detailed instructions and other job related materials; utilize airport applications and computer programs commonly used for airport operations; utilize standard office procedures and modern office equipment establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, the public, and others; communicate logically, clearly, and effectively, both orally and in writing; exercise good judgment; resolve conflicts and respond in a calm and professional manner under stressful or emergency situations; operate radios and direct staff on information.


Mobility – operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional running, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing, crawling; Lifting - frequently 5 to 30 lbs; occasional lifting/turning of heavy objects or people; Visual - constant good overall vision, reading/close-up work; color perception and use eye/hand coordination; frequent use of depth perception and field/peripheral vision; Dexterity- frequent reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking - frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone/radio, talking in person; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological – constant decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; dealing with emergency situations; frequent working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death, hazardous materials; Special Requirements – may require working weekends, nights, and holidays; Environmental – frequent exposure to noise and 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: RP0510; EST: 4/22/2013;