Aviation Director, Community Partnerships

The Port of Seattle

(posted 9/22/11)

The Port of Seattle is seeking qualified applicants for an Aviation Director, Community Partnerships who would foster productive and cooperative partnerships and relationships with local cities, community groups and residents in a manner integrating airport interests with needs and interests of the surrounding communities of SeaTac International Airport.

Essential Functions:

This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Community Development and Government Relations:  This position develops and promotes positive relationships and resolves or facilitates resolution of issues with local city governments associated with airport jurisdiction, relevant long-term usability of existing and future property, land use compatibility with airport operations, expansion and improvements. Addresses community airport noise issues. Develops political strategies and advise the airport managing director, Port CEO and Port Commission.  Plans and staffs regular meetings with elected officials, including commissioners and senior city officials.  Oversees the application of the Interlocal Agreement between the Port and City of SeaTac.

Community Engagement and Economic Development:  Coordinates with local organizations and community groups to better communicate airport issues and foster positive relations.  Participates in local business groups promoting economic development and business interests.  Oversees educational programs related to developing student interest in aviation and the airport.  Attends community events as an airport representative.  Develops and/or oversees community involvement strategies for specific projects such as the FAR Part 150 Project or othe rcommunity engagement efforts.  Coordinates with the Office of Social Responsibility and Public Affairs on community outreach efforts and long term strategies.

Leadership and Management - This position is a member of the Aviation Leadership Team and assists in the creation, development, communication and implementation of Aviation Division long-term strategies and business plans.  In addition to serving as a member of the Leadership Team, this position also manages and coordinates the work of the Airport Noise Programs and Community Relations Programs including managing large capital programs related to noise programs.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Other Work Characteristics

Budget development and oversight.  Understanding of public outreach processes, community relations and public involvement.  Knowledge of city government processes and procedures, including land use planning.  Understanding of interlocal agreements.  Well-developed leadership and management skills.  Strong presentation, communication and strategic planning skills.  Demonstrated ability to problem solve and negotiate resolutions while maintaining relationships.  Ability to advise and consult senior and elected officials.  Demonstrated ability to work in a highly matrixed organization, working in conjunction with a diverse group of individuals to accomplish goals.  Highly effective interpersonal skills.  Ability to think creatively and handle multiple and changing priorities.  Ability to work effectively in highly charged external environments.  Ability to act independently.      


A combination of education and experience equivalent to:  Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Public Relations, Government Relations, Communications or related field; Eight (8) years of experience in public administration, public and/or government relations, communications or related field; Three (3) years of experience in a management position which includes budget development and oversight.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Relations, Government Relations, Communications or related field.  Experience working at an International Airport and with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Driver’s License

A valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required.

Environment Information


Security Requirements

The successful candidate must pass a Transportation Security Administration background check.  Will also be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with the FBI.  Candidate must complete and pass the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) and Aircraft Operation Area (AOA) training courses.  Hire date will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge.

Weekly Standard Hours

Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (37.5 hours per week).  Will occasionally be required to attend meetings outside of normal work hours.

To Apply:

All applications must be submitted through the Port’s career site www.portseattle.org/jobs by Friday, September 30, 2011, at midnight (Pacific Time) to be considered.   

We strongly encourage applicants to combine their cover letter and resume into one document before applying for a Job Opening. 

EEO Statement

The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.