Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Director
Department: Airport Updated: 10/2017
Division: Airport FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The Airport Director is responsible for administration and management of the operation of the St. Clair County International Airport and Air Industrial Park on a daily basis. Administration includes the direction of the workforce and recommendation as to appointment, discipline and discharge of all support staff. Management includes enforcement of the airport Rates and Fees, Rules, Regulations (FAA, MDOT Office of Aeronautics, OSHA), Minimum Standards and County policies and procedures.


·         Manages the daily administrative and operational control of the airport and its resources.

·         Appoints, disciplines, schedules, trains and relieves employees of work in accordance with all applicable collective bargaining agreements, personnel policies and budgetary allocations as directed.

·         Coordinate and initiates the marketing of the airport and Air Industrial Park.

·         Recommend opportunities or policies, which will generate revenue for the airport and Air Industrial Park.

·         Prepares and recommends an annual operational budget to the County Administrator/Controller.

·         Administers multiple airport budgets.

·         Enforces the airport’s Rate and Fees, Rules Regulation and Minimum Standards of the airport, Michigan Aeronautics Commission, Federal Aviation Administration and the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners.

·         Provides proper maintenance of all airport property, facilities and equipment.

·         Protect, preserve and maintains the assets represented by the capital investment in the airport.

·         Advises the County Administrator/Controller of proposed construction or zoning changes to or near the airport properties, facilities and equipment, which could affect air navigation safety or the use of the airport.

·         Assists the Federal Aviation Administration in the enforcement of the applicable Federal Regulations

·         Assist U.S. Customs and Immigration to effectively run the airport as an efficient international point of entry.

·         Promote the utilization of the airport and its facilities and maintain good public relations with airport users, tenants, and the general public.

·         Solicits, processes applies and administers financial grants as directed, upholding federal grant assurances.

·         Provides and maintains leases, reports and records in accordance with all governing direction imposed upon the airport by Federal, State and Local commissions and/or agencies.

·         Provides periodic activity and progress reports as directed.

·         Acts in an advisory capacity to the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, Aeronautics Board, County Administrator/Controller and as otherwise requested.

·         Develops and maintains airport emergency plan, security plan and Rules Regulations and Minimum Standards.

·         Maintain compliance DEQ Stormwater prevention plan, DNR Wildlife control permits, and DEQ Environmental regulations.

·         Ability to operate heavy equipment for snow plowing and turf mowing.

·         Enforces the St. Clair County International Airport Zoning Ordinance.

·         Analyzes fuel sales, volumes and inventory.

·         Performs a variety of administrative and managerial tasks as may be assigned.

·         Liaison with State of Michigan Office of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration

·         Supervise Fixed Based Operator Aviation Services Contract.

·         Availability for airport emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

·         Other duties as assigned.



An employee in this classification is subject to the supervision and direction of the County Administrator/Controller.


An employee in this classification exercises control for the appointment, discipline and discharge of all Airport personnel. Task assignment, assessment and evaluation shall also be the responsibility of the employee in this classification.


·         Possession of a bachelor’s degree in airport management or related management field of study is preferred.

·         Five years of progressively responsible experience including administrative, public relations, marketing and airport operations is required.

·         Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, Office of Aeronautics safety standards.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.                     

·         Complex accounts receivable/payable practices, banking procedures, third party billing and private pay processes.  Proficient in accounting software, i.e. Bi-Tech or One Solution. Ability to reconcile financial reports or records; process department payroll; prepare and reconciled journal entries; purchasing procedures. Knowledge of accounting principles, audit standards, budgeting; annual financial reporting; and IRS practices for Federal, State and Local. Knowledge of liability coverage and claims procedures.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.



·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.


  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan in Airport Management through MDOT Office of Aeronautics license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Automated External Defibrillator and CPR Certification required.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 – 30 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment, but additional duties may be performed in an outdoor environment with exposure to weather-related heat and cold, rain, wind and related elements.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. may be required to attend, due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.





It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources