Skip to Main Content

Airport Planner #2301-211400-01

Principal Planner

Date Opened
Monday, January 09, 2023 5:00 PM
Close Date
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:59 PM
  • $70,821-$82,624/year


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Airport Planner aids the Senior Planner by performing advanced technical work on complex planning projects at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  Work involves extensive contact with community groups and other public agencies and highly analytical tasks requiring critical thinking skills.  

General Information:
  • This is a hybrid position where standard business hours apply Monday through Friday. As essential personnel, work may be required at other times for meetings, special events, inclement weather, and emergencies/urgent matters.
  • Driver’s license that meets requirements to obtain and maintain a City Driving Permit.
  • Certain convictions will disqualify individuals from unescorted access privileges and therefore exclude from employment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops planning programs, compiles and analyzes planning data. Assists with the development and management of a $6 Billion Capital Improvement Program over a 5, 10 and 20-year horizon.  Plans and directs team oriented planning projects.  Manages and coordinates consultant led projects.
  2. Researches and prepares reports and plans to support complex issues, such as the Airport Master Plan and Strategic Plan, noise programs, Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and  Airport Improvement Program (AIP) purpose and need statements, National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documentation, site and area development planning, compatible land use plans, airfield capacity, terminal capacity, economic development plans, benefit/cost analyses, sustainability reports/plans, Part 150 documentation, facility and infrastructure requirements analyses, project programming documentation, facility use surveys and analyses, geospatial analysis, concept design and development.  Prepares preliminary sketches of future projects.  Coordinates planning and construction projects with that of other departments and public agencies.  Provides technical support and subject matter expertise.  
  3. Represents organization’s positions on planning policy regulations to officials of public and private agencies, community groups and individuals.  Works with community groups and individuals in seeking solutions to problems involving their questions.  Analyzes and prepares reports on special neighborhood problems.
  4. Presents plans to appointed and elected officials for review and approval.  Typically these officials include the Airport leadership, City Council, Neighborhood Associations, and State and Federal agencies.
  5. Coordinates the preparation of reports and informational material including the creation of presentations for the Development Division.
  6. Manages and administers contracts.  Collaborates with Finance to maintain working planning documents.  Assists Finance with reconciling project issues and grant administration.  Maintains a working knowledge of airport accounting systems and understanding of general accounting principles.
  7. Completes state and federal grant applications.  Oversees execution of grants.  Completes monthly, quarterly and annual federal reports.  Coordinates with state and federal agencies throughout project life cycle.
  8. Drafts council actions for environmental documentation, grant acceptance, capital planning and master planning.
  9. Drafts requests for qualifications.  Reviews qualifications and selects firms.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, methods and procedures involved in planning, with an emphasis on aviation planning, operations or design.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of airport or local government administration, land use regulation, and comprehensive planning.  
  • Considerable knowledge of research methods and the application of them to planning problems.  
  • Orientation toward teamwork and the ability to lead and coordinate the work of a project planning team.  
  • Ability to prepare complex planning analyses and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective public relations and working relationships.
  • Excellent public speaking and professional writing skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and self-motivation in a rapidly changing work environment.  
  • Ability to convert broad program issues to a work program level.  Ability to maintain a customer service orientation in all circumstances. 

Preferred Qualification

Master’s degree plus three years of experience, or Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience required or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work/industry/military/job specific experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties.  Master’s degree preferred.  Experience in the field of aviation and planning, with some experience in project management, required. Major coursework in planning, aviation management or related field.  Professional certifications such as AAAE ACE or CM preferred.  Supervisory experience preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's level degree and one year relevant experience.


Master’s level degree.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

In Conclusion

If you have technical issues submitting your application, click here.

Table displaying apply links.
Fill out the Application NOW using the Internet.