City and County of Denver Airport Operations Manager- Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado

Airport Operations Manager- Denver International Airport



Airport Operations Manager- Denver International Airport


$69,855.00 - $111,768.00 Annually


80249, CO

Job Type

Unlimited Regular


Aviation (DIA)

Job Number

49343 16618


9/27/2017 11:59 PM Mountain

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About Us

Denver International Airport is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, serving 58.3 million passengers last year and generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. DEN is the largest and newest commercial airport in the United States and consists of 15 million square feet of built environment.

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and has been named the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of the city and have a hand in creating our future. At DEN, the core values of the organization are transparency, collaboration, mutual respect and support, diversity, integrity, trust and organizational excellence. Join the team at DEN and be part of the future for the world's most exciting and forward-thinking airport. Learn more about DEN at

About Our Job

Denver International Airport (DEN) is looking for a strong leader to join our Airside Operations department as an Airport Operations Manager. In this role you will manage and control the day-to-day airfield operations at Denver International Airport to ensure the efficient movement of aircraft and the safety of those using the airport. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with previous leadership experience. This position requires a person to be skilled at building and maintaining relationships throughout the airport, as well as having a strong grasp of the operational airfield duties. We are looking for someone who can think strategically and support upper management by being willing to available 24/7/365. This is a great opportunity for someone to take their aviation career to the next level.

  • Manage airfield and terminal operations to ensure efficient flow, safety, and adherence to applicable federal and local rules and regulations. Supervises the work of other operational staff involved in the efficient movement of aircraft and the safety of the traveling public.

  • Manage ongoing inspection of airfield operations and facilities to ensure compliance with the Airport Certification Manual under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 and other applicable federal regulations. Interpret and apply all information from FAA Advisory Circulars.

  • Acts as Incident Commander for all airport emergencies such as aircraft alerts, snow emergencies, severe weather, irregular operations, security breaches, train system shutdown, medical emergencies, power failures, hazardous materials incidents, and bomb threats or any other terminal/concourse emergencies as well as landside roadway incidents that may impact passenger flow through the facility.

  • Negotiates and coordinates with FAA, contractors, airlines, Airport Security, engineering, maintenance, tenants, and others to balance the needs of each group to optimize aircraft and vehicle flow rates while accomplishing critical airport maintenance activities with a minimum impact on the operation of the airport.

  • Develops, coordinates, and executes the airport snow plan for each snow event. Initiates and cancels all levels of Airport Snow Alerts and Snow Emergencies. Monitors runway conditions for snow contamination and coordinates its removal. Ensures the aircraft flow rate is optimized by coordinating snow removal operations with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Issues NOTAMs as needed.

  • Follows the requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and determines local, state and federal resources necessary to effectively manage these emergencies. Responsible for the tactical supervision of employees from other airport divisions during emergency and non-routine events.

  • Supervises one or more collateral duties or special projects such as airport certification and compliance, department training, airport construction, snow and ice control, vehicle coordinator, weather systems coordinator and section scheduler.

  • Develops or modifies work plans, methods and procedures, determines work priorities and develops work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage. Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments; encourages innovation. Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.

  • Anticipates and resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions; promotes teamwork. Encourages regular communication, informs staff of relevant business issues and their impact on the organization.

  • Documents causes for disciplinary action and initiates letters of reprimand and makes formal recommendations for disciplinary action. Responds to formal and informal employee grievances and prepares written responses.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.

About You

We are looking for critical thinker who values team collaboration with 3-5 years of airport operations experience to join our DEN operations team. In additional our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Previous leadership experience

  • Experience working in or around ICS (ICS Certification a plus)

  • Aviation snow removal experience

  • Progressive roles and responsibilities

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Aviation Management, Business Administration, Management or a related field.

  • Three years of experience of the type and at the level of Airport Operations Officer – Airfield and Ramp Tower supporting field operations in a medium or large hub civilian airport or military facility.

  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirement.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application.

  • Completion of a Career Service Authority supervisory training course prior to completion of the probationary period.

About Everything Else

Classification Title: We call this job a Airport Operations Manager. The official job classification title is Airport Operations Supervisor.

Assessments/Testing: This position requires an online assessment. You will receive an email from with further information about the testing process after the position has closed. Please add to your safe sender list and check your spam or junk mail for this email. For a list of positions that require testing and more information about our testing process, click here.

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

FBI Background Check: FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony convictions and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance and be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.

Shift Work / Snow Duties / Emergency Incidents: this position does require shift work as DEN is a 24/7/365 operation (includes nights, weekends and holidays). Mandatory extended/additional shifts can be required. Additionally, this position is required to work mandatory snow duties, which vary and can include nights, weekends and holidays.

Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six-month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

Recruiter(s): AK


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