Airport Deputy Director

  • Full Time
  • Rapid City
  • $121,212 - $162,899 USD / Year

Website Rapid City Regional Airport


This position is responsible for assisting in the direction, management, operations, facility maintenance, and daily activities planning at Rapid City Regional Airport, under the general direction of the Executive Director.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Has the authority to represent and act for the Executive Director in his/her absence.
  • Directs airport operations including safety, security, emergency response, and federal certification compliance requirements. Performs all job duties in compliance with safety guidelines and with an ongoing awareness of safety practices.
  • Directs the commercial airport certification program in accordance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 139 and applicable Advisory Circulars (AC); prepares, coordinates, implements, and ensures compliance with Airport Certification Manual. Serves as the airport’s primary contact for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification inspections and issues.
  • Serves as designated Airport Security Coordinator as required by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and is the primary contact for security-related activities and communications. Directs the commercial airport security program in accordance with 49 CFR, Part 1542 and applicable TSA Security Directives; prepares, coordinates, implements and ensures compliance with Airport Security Plan.
  • Prepares, develops, maintains, coordinates, and implements policies and procedures for the day-to-day operations of the Airport.
  • Directs the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, Zoning, and other regulatory documents to include: inspects, prepares reports, maintains records and ensures compliance.
  • Interacts with others in the airport departments, Board Leadership, City Council, the public, vendors, airfield tenants, and other city departments to exchange detailed and/or technical information.
  • Monitors on-site construction, renovation, and new facility projects to ensure compliance with applicable FAA, TSA, and EPA regulations. Works with engineering firms and FAA to plan for changes to accommodate growth and serves as the owner’s representative during project work and issues change orders. Inspects facilities and airfield to detect deficiencies, prioritizes maintenance projects, and confers with Department Managers regarding corrective action to be taken. Monitors progress to ensure effective correction of identified deficiencies or potential problems.
  • Assists with the development and management of the annual budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Produces reports as directed.
  • Manages and maintains airport IT systems such as flight information system, Public Advisory (PA), the airport security camera system. Coordinate with City IT department for certain services and with vendors for various functions.
  • Develops, plans, and researches business development possibilities for the use of Rapid City Regional Airport property. Also provides key research and advice on the development of the airport for the Executive Director and Board.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in business, public administration, planning, engineering, aviation management, or related field and five years of experience in airport facility maintenance or aviation operations.

Preferred Qualifications and Credentials:

  • Master’s degree in aviation management or related field, An Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) or Certified Manager (CM) by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
  • Basic knowledge of airport planning, design and construction process.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must possess a valid South Dakota driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days from date of hire.
  • Obtain and maintain security clearances as required by the TSA.

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