• 849 Cove Parkway, Suites C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

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  • Airport Manager

    This is an exempt, full-time, classified at will position with full benefits that serves at the pleasure and will of the City Manager. Expected hiring range is minimum of range 33; Hiring range: $37.32 per hour - $46.65 per hour. Full long term range of position is $37.32 per hour - $55.98 per hour. 

    DESCRIPTION:  Under the direction of the City Manager, supervises, manages plans, organizes, and directs the operations, development, and administrative activities of the Cottonwood Municipal Airport. Acts as a coordinator, contact, and liaison on various airport matters and represents the City on airport-related business.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.


    Oversees the budget, capital improvement program, and operational functions of the airport.

    Oversees and participates in the preparation and monitoring of grant applications and progress reports; serves as the liaison between federal and state regulatory agencies to ensure the airport obtains maximum grant funding.

    Interprets and enforces federal, state, county, and local rules and regulations governing the airport.

    Promotes airport development and marketing to maintain the existing tenant base, and attract and build new tenant interest through the ongoing development of the airport. Works with the City Attorney and other City staff to ensure the appropriate land use surrounding the airport is maintained.

    Seeks opportunities to drive economic vitality to the airport; works to increase airport revenue and identifies land use and parcel development opportunities.

    Promotes and coordinates special events at the airport.

    Develops and implements short-range and long-range maintenance care schedules/plans for the airport facilities including grounds and equipment; assists with long-range plans for renovations of existing facilities and construction of future facilities.

    Meets with airport tenants and lessees to address and resolve matters of concern. Negotiates, tracks, and ensures compliance of all airport leases.

    Develops, negotiates, and administers contracts related to the program, services and facilities managed and maintained by the airport; works with the City Attorney preparing agreements and contracts; and, oversees and coordinates work performed by contracted service providers, including the FBO.

    Represents the City and the airport on matters related to the airport to outside organizations, community groups, customers, and other governmental agencies.

    Provides technical information to City staff, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and the public as necessary and as appropriate. 

    Responds to the public and City officials on noise and other related airport issues.

    Serves as the staff liaison to the Airport Commission.

    Prepares oral and written reports and studies for the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council.

    Coordinates airport activities with other city departments to ensure effective working relationships.

    Interprets, explains, and enforces federal, state, and local rules and regulations governing airport use outside the area of authority of the FAA.

    Oversees and participates in the study, modification, formulation, and updates of the Airport Master Plan and other strategic planning efforts sponsored by the City.

    Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting, and monitoring.

    Acts as the primary contact and notifies appropriate authorities in regards to aircraft accidents or other emergency action situations. May be called on-sight after normal business hours in response to aircraft accidents or other emergency actions as needed.

    Formulates, develops, maintains, and promotes a vision for the future of the airport, as articulated by the City Manager and City Council.

    Actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values, including being open for business and providing excellent customer service that is externally focused.

    Actively works to inspire a vibrant community through departmental work and ensures departmental work fits the ‘Heart of Arizona Wine Country’ branding. 

    Performs other duties as assigned.                                                                                                       


    Knowledge of the principles and practices of business management of airports.

    Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations pertaining to airport administration, management, and operations.

    Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations.

    Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and techniques for effective negotiation of airport leases.

    Knowledge of proper safety practices pertaining to operating aircraft and aircraft maintenance.

    Knowledge of municipal government and the City’s policies, procedures, and overall strategic plan.

    Knowledge of rules and regulations affecting airport safety.

    Ability to establish and maintain effective record keeping and records management systems.

    Ability to work within and meet established deadlines.

    Ability to establish and use safe working practices.

    Ability to provide excellent customer services to both internal and external customers.

    Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships.

    Skill in reading and interpreting written or verbal instructions.

    Skill in creating concise written communications.

    Skill in analyzing data and drawing valid conclusions.

    Skill in writing and administrating airport-related grants.

    Skill in presenting effective verbal and written communication.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This classification involves work that requires reaching, standing, walking, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions, and the ability to traverse uneven terrain, and use vehicles for transportation to various city locations. May be exposed to desert weather, inclement weather, hazardous materials, fumes, solvents, and noise. Must be able to sufficiently hear, see, speak clearly and move with or without accommodations to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person and telephonically, comprehend written material, utilize a computer, and move throughout and inspect the airport.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in transportation planning, business or public administration, or a related field; five (5) years’ experience in airport or FBO operations; or any combination of education and experience that sufficiently demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Must possess or have the ability to possess upon hire a valid Arizona Drivers’ License. Membership in the American Association of Airport Executives is valued, but not required.


    First review of applications will be held October 19, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

    This position will remain open until filled.



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