Assistant Director of Aviation (Unclassified)

JOB CODE: 3006


SALARY RANGE: $66,972 - $112,213

Greater Baton Rouge Airport District

Under the direction of the Director of Aviation, the Assistant Director of Aviation leads, directs, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR). Specifically, this classification oversees airport operations including administration, business, development, information technology, and marketing. Additionally, in the absence of the Director, the incumbent performs the duties of the Director. Work is reviewed through conferences. Performs other work as requested.

Ensures the safety, security, and efficient operation of the airport, tenants, and their respective operations in accordance with airport rules, regulations, and minimum standards of operations through management and general oversight of reporting division managers and associated team members. Ensures the Airport complies with and meets or exceeds all Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and Part 139 standards, Transportation Security Regulations (TSRs), and TSR 1542 as well as other federal and state regulations through airport staff, law enforcement, tenants, and on-property federal partners. Coordinates with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation regarding regulatory matters impacting the day-to-day operations of the facilities. Participates in the negotiation and implementation of all leases and contracts with Airport tenants. Works to enhance business opportunities, air service, and other non-aeronautical revenue opportunities. Assists in the development, preparation, and administration of the annual budget. Assists in the research and evaluation of airport rates, charges, and other costs that impact airport revenues and expenses. Works to maintain a positive culture and a cooperative and supportive team environment both internally and externally, through demonstrated practices. Supports the relationship between Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City-Parish staff.

Knowledge of principles and best practices in airport operations, airport security, facilities and equipment maintenance, management, and safety. Knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), Transportation Security Regulations (TSRs), associated Advisory Circulars, and Security Directives inclusive of FAR Part 139, TSR 1542, and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant Assurances. Knowledge of best practices and applications of operational, security, facilities, planning and design, construction, and financial operations for commercial service airports. Knowledge of principles and practices of accounting, budgeting, audit practices, and grant application and administration. Knowledge of best practices in aviation-specific areas such as Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Passenger Facility Charges (PFC), Customer Facility Charges (CFC), Federal Airport Agencies, airlines, rental car concessions, Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs), other tenants, and common airport stakeholders. Knowledge of marketing, information technology, and innovation. Skill in interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, and participative and inclusive management style. Skill in motivating, energizing, and developing staff. Ability to promote a flexible, skilled, and dynamic work environment. Ability to demonstrate strategic thinking, collaborative decision-making, sound judgment, and diplomacy. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to employees, management, departmental officials, constituents, and the public. Ability to work collaboratively with team members to create and support a positive customer service environment. Ability to exercise sound judgment, manage high-pressure situations, and show empathy towards the community and colleagues. Ability to supervise, evaluate, and develop airport staff. Ability to promote and support an environment of professional development and team building. Ability to analyze and effectively report operating conditions and problems, and recommend solutions. Ability to demonstrate, promote, and support a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, employees and the public.


Bachelor's degree in aviation, business, public administration, regional planning, or a related field, and five years of progressive supervisory and management experience with at least three years at a Part 139 commercial service airport.

Possession of a pilot license and industry-standard certifications such as: Certified Member (C.M.), Airport Certified Employee (A.C.E.), Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E), and U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) may be required.

For security reasons, as per TSA provision 1542; all applicants/employees of the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District who have access to restricted areas will be required to have a ten (10) year criminal background check to the extent allowable by the law, in order to attain an airport badge. Applicants/employees found to have a disqualifying charge in their criminal record or other misrepresentations of employment will not be eligible for employment.

Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.