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221099.Director of Airfield Operations & Emergency Management

Tampa, FL 33602
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Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Director of Airfield Operations and Emergency Management is responsible for directing Airfield Operations, Emergency Management, and the Airport Operations Center at Tampa International Airport. The Director oversees the day-to-day safety, security, and efficiency of airside operations at TPA and establishes strategic direction to prepare, respond, and recover from incidents or emergencies that have or could have the potential to interrupt business operations.

The Director is responsible for:

  • The leadership, engagement, and development of the team members they lead.

  • Fostering collaboration and teamwork across the organization.

  • Building a strong, effective, and collaborative relationship with the Authoritys Director of Enterprise Risk Management.

  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and for enforcing the Operational Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, and Operating Directives of the Authority.

  • Developing changes and additions to procedures to continuously improve the safety, security, and efficiency of the airport operation.

  • Recommending improvements or expansions to policies, procedures, and the facility that would enhance the safety, resilience, and customer service experience of the passengers, airlines, and other airport users.

  • Serving as a liaison and the principal Authority representative to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), State of Florida, FDLE (for the Airport Operations Center), Hillsborough County, and City of Tampa officials.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on the assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Ensures compliance with FAA and TSA and all other applicable regulations.

  • Monitors airport operations and directs operations staff to ensure safe and efficient service to airport users.

  • A key member of the Airports incident management team during event response; provides leadership in emergencies, taking such action as needed to move equipment, settle public unrest, and make judicial decisions in disputes - all to ensure smooth functioning of the airport.

  • Able to assume all roles in the EOC, before, during, and following events, facilitate timely and complete situation information, including damage assessment, during and after emergency events.

  • Acts for the Vice President of Operations in his/her absence to ensure consistent and smoother functioning of the airport.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Additional Expectations for the Director include:Ensuring safety and security are always the priority.
  • Listening closely and communicating openly, honestly, and directly.

  • Encouraging change and innovation.

  • Promoting broad employee involvement.

  • Embrace diversity.

  • Treating all staff and members of the public with dignity and respect.

  • The ability to debate constructively, decide definitively and support actively.

  • Demanding and accepting responsibility.

  • Ability to follow through with clear, consistent consequences.

  • Being courageous and optimistic.

  • Working and thinking as a team to avoid silos.

  • Follow and live out the Department's Rules of Our Road.


  • Builds partnerships, works collaboratively with others to meet the shared objective, delivers customer-centric solutions, and handles conflict situations effectively.

  • Makes sense of complex, high quality, and sometimes contradictory information to make effective, timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward

  • Holds themselves and others accountable to meet commitments by establishing clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results

  • Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency

  • Creates a climate that encourages the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions, acts with diplomacy and tact and relates openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people

  • Anticipates and balancing the need of multiple stakeholders and, where necessary, wins concessions without damaging relationships


  • Bachelors degree in public or business administration, airport management, or a related field or equivalent work experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities to include strong interpersonal skills and emphasis on collaboration, working with others, and leading and developing team members.

  • Five years of experience of a responsible nature supervising operations at a large or medium hub airport, including thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations governing the use and operation of airports.

  • Part 139 regulatory experience preferred.

  • CJIS/FDLE regulatory experience or other regulatory agency coordination, engagement, and accountability preferred.

  • Certified Member (CM) or AAE (Accredited Airport Executive) or related credentials preferred.

  • Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) or higher credential within the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) preferred.


To be a major driver in the economic growth of the Tampa Bay Region. We will be leading-edge innovators to create global access and extraordinary customer experiences through our people and facilities to build prosperity for our stakeholders and the region.


To be a vibrant aviation gateway for Tampa Bay, providing access and economic opportunity for our stakeholders.

The Aviation Authority-Tampa International Airport provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or based on personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

The Aviation Authority-Tampa International Airport welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Posted: 2021-10-08 Expires: 2021-11-06
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