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Airport Operations & Compliance Specialist

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Position Title:
Operations and Compliance Specialist
Assistant Airport Manager
Salary Range:
$36,084 - $54,126
Non-exempt; Full-time; Safety sensitive
Application Deadline:
July 22 – Interviews to begin immediately
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Columbus, Indiana, population 50,000 is well known for its architectural innovation, community collaborations, engaged public, and high quality of life. The City is a regional center for financial services, health care, employment, entertainment, and shopping. For more information about our community visit our visitor center website at or the City’s website at
The City of Columbus offers a competitive benefits package to all full time employees. This includes a comprehensive health insurance plan that begins on the first day of employment, with no waiting period. The City also currently contributes 14.2% of the employee’s annual income to the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund for every full time employee, which is a guaranteed pension plan to help set employees up for retirement. The City also provides each employee with $20,000 in life insurance along with short term and long-term disability plans that are 100% paid for, by the City. These are just a few of the benefits offered to full time employees. To see a more in-depth list visit:
This position is primarily responsible for inspecting, coordinating, directing, and performing all the duties and functions in the aviation department, which relate to airport operations. Under the direction of the Assistant Airport Manager, performs professional work to ensure compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), State of Indiana, and all City and County laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the management and direction of the Columbus Municipal Airport's Mission.
·        Conducts daily inspections of the airfield, including paved and non-paved areas, for compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations regarding safety and security; maintains a log of daily inspection reports; advises the Maintenance Manager, Assistant Airport Manager, and/or Airport Director of conditions and/or situations.
·        Assures departmental compliance with all FAA and state laws and regulations; modifies airport programs to comply with new regulations and Advisory Circulars; recommends and updates the Airport Certification Manual changes.
·        Conducts walk-through inspections of terminal facilities and notifies the Maintenance Manager of any issues that may need repair.
·        The incumbent is subject to twenty-four-hour call-ins for situations needing immediate attention.
·        Work involves independent judgment within established guidelines and is reviewed through written reports and evaluations.
·        Advises the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower personnel and Pilots when adverse conditions exist by issuing and canceling NOTAMs.
·        Develops airport ordinances and procedures for implementing newly required FAA or other federal and state laws or regulations regarding airports.
·        Ensures all airport personnel comply with FAA and state regulations and receives the proper training to remain in compliance with these laws; conducts airfield safety operation training.
·        Advises and performs pavement maintenance and care; patches holes, seals cracks, paints surface markings.
·        Conducts snow removal from airside and landside areas of the Airport as a member of the Snow Removal Team using light- and heavy-duty motorized and manual equipment.
·        Provides input to Assistant Airport Manager regarding staffing and special projects necessary to maintain an efficient, safe, and customer-friendly airport.
·        Proactively inspects and patrols all airport facilities, grounds, and properties to ensure regulatory compliance with FAR Part 139, Airport Certification Manual, FAR Part 77, Storm Water Management Plan, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, Noise Abatement, and other codes, procedures, regulations, and policies as may be relevant or enacted from time to time. Takes action as necessary.
·        Performs other duties as requested.
·        May supervise part-time employees and interns as assigned.
·        Assist the Airport Director with projects, proposals, inspections, specifications, regulatory enforcement, lease writing and editing, operational duties, etc.
·        Provides assistance and support to Airport Maintenance Manager with development of maintenance plans, project lists, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, procurement of goods and services, and day-to-day operations.
·        Assist the Office Manager with any day-to-day duties as assigned.
·        Performs other related duties as assigned.
·        Provide the Columbus Municipal Airport complying with all FAA Regulatory Standards, particularly Part 139 Regulations and Advisory Circulars needed to maintain their Part 139 Airport Operating Certificate.
·        Assist the Office and Maintenance Management in all day-to-day operations of the Airport as well as maintenance and upkeep.
·        Simple Office Equipment;( e.g., personal computer, scanners and digital copier, printer)
·        Hand and power tools, specialty tools. Heavy- and light-duty equipment and vehicles.
·        Two-way radio, cellular phone.
·        Software: MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Publisher), Internet Explorer, Adobe, FAR Part 139 Document Management System.
·        Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management or a related field, or Associate's Degree plus equivalent work experience
·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·        Good to excellent skills with electronic devices
·        Must have a valid Driver's License and maintain it at all times.
·        Must have a good driving record, sufficient to be covered by city insurance as a driver while on duty. 
·        Excellent customer service as well as written and verbal communication skills.
·        Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration, state, and local laws and regulations.
·        Ability to maintain procedures to operate a vehicle on Air Traffic Controlled and Non-controlled Movement and Safety Areas and maintain proper airport communications.
·        Follow and maintain the Airport Certification Manual up to current regulations and follow current advisory circulars to update the ACM properly.
·        Ability to maintain and track all proper documentation for Airport Condition Reporting.
·        Ability to handle and store hazardous materials and oversee fueling operations and inspections.
·        Wildlife Hazard Management such as tracking and dispersals and maintaining Federal and State Depredation Permits.
·        Assist with oversight of ARFF paperwork and duties.
·        Accuracy and attention to detail with Airport paperwork and projects.
·        Follow the Airport Snow and Ice Control Plan and operate heavy equipment, including snow plows, front-end loaders, runway brooms, snow blowers, and tractors.
·        Maintain and follow the Airport Emergency Plan when necessary.
·        Operating and maintaining all assigned equipment and devices.
·        Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
·        Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
·        Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and managerial instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth.
·        Ability to use electronic devices, computers/tablets/phones, and standard hand tools.
·        Ability to identify occupational hazards and safety precautions.
·        Ability to endure long periods of physical activity.
·        Ability to respond to emergency duty after regular working hours.
·        Work is performed frequently in indoor environments such as office and vehicle and occasionally in outdoor environments, including exposure to summer and winter temperatures.
·        Work environment may involve exposure to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and outdoor weather conditions.
·        Work environment rarely involves exposure to high, precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.
·        The employee's working conditions are typically moderately loud and occasionally very loud.
·        The employee must work schedules as assigned, including weekends, evenings, and holidays, and must be available for call-out during emergencies, inclement weather, or other critical events.
·        Must reside in Bartholomew County or adjoining county within six (6) months of employment.
·        This is a safety sensitive position and, as such, is subject to the City's Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program, which includes: pre-employment testing, random testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.
This description is intended to describe the type of and level of work performed by the person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person, and employees at the city may be given other assignments at will.
The City of Columbus offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 
  • Two (2) medical plan options (including RX (prescription) coverage);
  • Vision and dental plans options;
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-annual City contribution for employees who choose High Deductible Health Care Plan option; 
  • Flexible health spending account – medical, dependent, and limited options;
  • Deferred compensation 457(b) account option; 
  • Fully-funded defined pension plan through the State of Indiana (PERF) (Utilities employees have a different 403(b) plan- also fully funded by the department and also a defined pension); 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies (Fire & Police have different leave policies) covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
  • 80 hours of paid vacation leave after one year;
  • 16 hours of paid personal leave available yearly;
  • 48 hours of paid sick leave which can accrue/carry-over;
  • 15 paid holidays, 17 on election years; 
  • City paid life insurance, with the option to buy more life insurance for yourself, spouse, or children
  • City paid Long-term Disability insurance (non-sworn);
  • City paid Short-term Disability insurance (non-sworn);
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
*all potential applicants are encouraged to apply, and if you need an accommodation or help to apply online, please call 812.376.2570 to make an appointment or email humanresources@