Vice President & Airport Manager

Dulles, Virginia
Jan 18, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Full Time
Vice President & Airport Manager - (MWAA-17-11822) Job Requisition ID: MWAA-17-11822 Job Title: Vice President & Airport Manager Job Type: F/T Permanent Location: Washington Dulles International Airport, VA Post Date: 01/17/2017 Job Description:


The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


The dynamic Aviation industry is seeking a seasoned professional!

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Position Title

Vice President & Airport Manager (IAD)

Announcement No.


Salary Range

S25, $153,961 - $246,338

Position Type

FT Permanent


Washington Dulles International Airport

Opening Date


Closing Date

Open until filled



This search is being conducted by an Executive Search Firm (Boyden) on a highly expedited basis. Interested parties should submit, in electronic format, a resume with compensation history, and a cover letter outlining reasons for their interest in the position, including detail on the aforementioned responsibilities, attributes, and qualifications to  You may also contact us via our Toll Free Phone number at +1.877.2.BOYDEN (226.9336) for additional information.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Our client, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority), is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic leader to fill the position of Vice President and Airport Manager for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). This role is open due to a planned retirement.


The Airports Authority was created in 1985 by an interstate compact between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Airports Authority's mission is to develop, promote, and operate safely two of the country’s premier airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), continually striving to improve efficiency, customer orientation, and the level of air service offered. Prior to the Airports Authority’s creation, the Airports were owned and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1987, pursuant to Federal legislation, the Airports were leased to the Airports Authority; the lease runs to 2067. 

The Airports Authority is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. Members of the Board serve six-year terms and are appointed by the Governors of Virginia and Maryland, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. and the President of the United States. The Airports Authority has over 1,500 employees in a structure that includes a central administration, Airports management and operations, and police and fire departments. Management of the Airports Authority is headed by a President and Chief Executive Officer. For more information on the Airports Authority, please visit

The Airports Authority is self-supporting using aircraft landing fees, rentals, and revenues from concessions to fund operating expenses. The Authority is responsible for capital improvements at both Airports; these capital improvements are funded by bonds issued by the Airports Authority, Federal and State Airport Improvement Program funds and Passenger Facility Charges.

In addition to operating DCA and IAD, the Airports Authority is responsible for the daily operation, maintenance, and control of the Dulles Toll Road (DTR). In 2008, the Commonwealth of Virginia transferred the daily operation, maintenance, and control of the DTR to the Airports Authority. In addition to helping to fund daily operation and maintenance, a portion of the tolls collected are funding the construction of Metrorail in the Dulles Corridor to extend Metrorail service to IAD and Loudoun County. Construction commenced in 2009 and the first phase opened in July of 2014. The second phase to IAD and Loudoun County is under construction. The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is funded by the Airports Authority and its project partners: Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Federal Government, and from revenue generated by the Dulles Toll Road.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) opened in 1962 and currently sits on 11,830 acres approximately 26 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. In 2016, the airport handled approximately 21,650,546 passengers through 139 airlines gates.


Position Summary & Responsibilities


Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP and COO), the Vice President and Airport Manager for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) directs a wide range of operational, maintenance, construction, commercial and business management and administrative activities occurring onsite at IAD and for the Dulles Toll Road (DTR) and serves as a principal advisor to the EVP and COO on IAD and DTR activities.  Additionally, s/he and facilitates coordination of the the Metrorail construction impacts on IAD and  the DTR, efforts that are expected to continue to at least 2020.

Through a team of Department Managers, s/he directs the work of employees engaged in Airport operations, professional engineering, utility operations, maintenance trades, administrative and business management, and support activities.

Specific duties include:

§  Provides oversight, guidance and control of Airport facilities to ensure the safe, efficient, and continuous operational use of Airport runways, taxiways, terminal buildings and other areas, and for ramp control and mobile lounge operations

§  Monitors, through subordinates or directly, Airport security, certification and safety programs and Airport emergency plans

§  Provides oversight and management of construction projects, ensuring compliance with environmental and other mandated programs; directs repair and preventive maintenance programs; ensures the provision of utilities and provides for snow removal operations

§  Oversees the negotiation, implementation and management of business arrangements including appropriate leases for Airport space and airfield use, including special facility developments; provides for the administration of all in-place air carrier, tenant, landside concessionaire and public service business agreements to ensure compliance with their provisions

§  In collaboration with the President and CEO and the EVP and COO, makes key decisions concerning ongoing Airport operations and priorities based on budgetary and other considerations; establishes goals, assigns priorities, and develops program plans and milestones, policies and procedures, budget requirements, and allocates available resources; oversees budget, fiscal, personnel and administrative programs

§  Communicates organizational goals, keeps employees and other managers informed, develops and establishes review systems to assist in achieving goals, reviews costs and manages fiscal resources, and maintains control over assigned Airports Authority resources and assets

§  Selects, assigns and develops employees, delegates and assigns work, evaluates employee performance, administers HR management programs established by the Airports Authority, and ensures the application of EEO principles; is the deciding official for major adverse personnel actions, e.g., removals and suspensions over 14 days, and on trades union grievances; hears individual and group grievances and serious employee complaints; makes final hiring decisions in cases of questionable security background findings; meets with employees and unions; and performs related functions

§  Reviews program quality and progress toward achieving goals on a periodic basis taking corrective actions to maintain work progress on schedule, improve employee performance or modify program goals or operations as appropriate

§  Communicates effectively with internal and external business contacts such as Airports Authority employees, consultant-contractor managers and employees, vendors and suppliers, and as necessary WMATA management and staff, Federal and State regulators, and the general public; maintains liaison with public officials, business persons, private aeronatuical and civic organizations and others having an interest in the Airport

§  Regularly gives presentations to civic and other groups concerning Airport programs and activities and communicates with media representatives, as needed

§  Meets regularly with high level representatives of domestic and foreign airlines, tenants and concessionaires concerning space utilization issues or overall operational requirements and may take the lead in negotiations for leases for large facilities 

§  Provides for oversight and management for the Dulles Toll Road (DTR) ensuring functional operation including traffic flow, safety, and congestion management; works with DTR management in identifying and implementing strategic and operational direction, monitoring and implementing improved methods of administrative functionality, traffic management, fiscal and audit accountability and maintenance performance

§  Coordinates with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials concerning operational requirements

§  Ensures that Airport operations are conducted within the bounds of security regulations and other laws (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act), regulations, requirements and policies concerning general operations at the Airports Authority

§  Keeps the EVP and COO and others informed of public or "high visibility" issues (e.g., significant space realignments, security issues), particularly complex or sensitive problems and other matters that require their awareness/response or should be presented to the Board of Directors for approval or informational purposes

§  Reviews technical reports and administrative documents regularly; approves Bulletins and Orders and Instructions (O&Is) issued in regards to activities at IAD; prepares and provides technical review of O&Is issued by the CEO and EVP and COO in regards to activities at IAD and DCA

§  Meets frequently with subordinate managers to discuss the progress of ongoing projects, operational changes dictated by Capital Construction Program (CCP) or Capital Operating Maintenance Improvement Program (COMIP) activities, changes in airline activity, space realignments, personnel issues, allocation of funds, staffing levels, and other issues that may affect operational plans; identifies and defines problems, analyzes options and decides on best course of action; then, ensures coordination of action by/with subordinates, other Airports Authority Offices, air carriers, tenants, concessionaires and/or other concerned parties, e.g., Federal regulatory agencies such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

§  Performs other duties as assigned or as determined on own initiative


Selection Criteria


Candidates for this role must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronatuics, Airport Management, Aviation Management, Business Administration, Public Administration or any field providing a strong foundation for successful performance of the duties described above. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training will be acceptable. Candidates must have at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in Airport Management that includes a) significant experience in a management position at a TSA Security Category I or higher airport; b) airport management experience at a large or medium hub ariport, and c) experience managing multiple issues while managing conflicting interests. Experience/exposure to the nuances in managing an airport with significant international service would be a distinct plus. 

A Master’s degree in any field, such as an MBA, would be considered a plus but is not required.

The ideal candidate will have a strong combination of the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

§  Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of aviation facility operation and development, including knowledge of applicable Federal and state regulations

§  Problem solving skills and thoughtful decisiveness

§  Comfortable in a matrix management environment

§  Highly customer centric and proven in enhancing the customer experience

§  Business savvy and mature judgment

§  Logical thinking and analytical skills

§  Excellent communications skills, including active listening

§  A level of comfort in making formal presentations on high visibility and highly sensitive engineering and planning/design/construction projects

§  Consensus-builder

§  Interpersonal skills

§  Commitment to ethics and integrity in the public service to ensure ethical and transparent team operations

§  Ability to work under pressure and maintain emotional self-control, providing leadership during critical situations

§  Good sense of humor and

§  Confident but humble and have a sense of self-awareness 

§  Proven teambuilding and mentoring expertise


How to Apply


This is an exciting career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge. With this position comes a competitive compensation and benefits program.


The Officer in Charge of this engagement is Tim McNamara, Managing Partner of Boyden. He will be assisted by Linda Kearschner, Principal, and Diana Farmer, Senior Associate. Interested parties should submit, in electronic format, a resume with compensation history, and a cover letter outlining reasons for their interest in the position, including detail on the aforementioned responsibilities, attributes, and qualifications to  You may also contact us via our Toll Free Phone number at +1.877.2.BOYDEN (226.9336) for additional information.