The Vice President, Development is responsible for managing Authority departments focused on airport master planning, land use planning, infrastructure and facilities development, airport noise monitoring and mitigation, and environmental sustainability. He/she will need to drive innovation and achieve efficiencies in operations where possible. In addition, the VP will ensure the Airport Authority engages in a proactive and productive manner with relevant stakeholders, both on-and off-airport.
The Vice President of Development must exhibit a continuous focus on an enhanced customer experience, an appreciation for the role of a public agency as a steward of community assets, and a relentless drive for results. He/she will take action to direct and oversee the development of short- and long-term goals and objectives consistent with the Authority’s strategic plan, service development plans, and capital development plans for San Diego International.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate an approach to leadership that engages and mobilizes a diverse team of employees in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary manner with the following specific responsibilities:
Plans, integrates and evaluates the work of assigned departments to ensure that facilities and services comply with the policies and strategic direction set by the President/CEO, Board of Directors;
Participates in formulation of the Authority’s strategic plan and other long-range operational, route service, facilities and resource plans consistent with the Authority’s vision and values;
Provides leadership and works with assigned management team to develop and retain highly productive, customer-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices which support the Authority’s mission, vision, values and operating objectives;
Directs and oversees the planning, engineering design and construction of major airport facilities and maintenance projects, ensuring adequate facilities to meet the growing needs of the San Diego region;
Interprets President/CEO and Board of Director instructions and requests; makes interpretations of federal, state and local ordinances, policies, and applicable laws and regulations to ensure compliance within assigned areas of accountability; and
Within departmental areas of accountability, serves as the Authority’s representative to professional, industry and community groups and customers and to other agencies, organizations and individuals.
YEAR ONE CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
Advance the Airport Development Plan (ADP), achieving aggressive upcoming milestones and setting in place future deliverables.
Assure on-time, under-budget completion of a new Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility to accommodate current and anticipated international air service.
Assure on-time, under-budget completion of a new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza to accommodate customer parking and related services.
Develop a keen understanding of San Diego International Airport, its culture, stakeholders, and the community it represents.
Ensure successful completion of the $800 million capital improvement program and other projects and initiatives that are already in process.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Direct experience in commissioning new airport infrastructure, new terminals, new concourses, new roadways, and the like. Brings at least 10 years’ experience in an airport operations environment including activation of complex airport construction projects which have included a customer interaction component. Given the criticality of this role in the project, this role requires someone who has “been there and done that” in the airport development context.
Brings a strong track record of successful project management as related to planning and executing flawless operational transitions for new airport facilities. This experience could have been gained through a shorter list of larger projects (e.g., 10-gate terminal expansion) or through a series of smaller but well executed capital projects over a longer period of time.
Possesses a deep knowledge of all facets of airport operations and systems, both landside and airside, with an appreciation of how operations affect all stakeholders such as airlines, the TSA, the FAA, law enforcement, concessionaires, and ground transportation.
Strong and proven planning and project management skills including a demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
A proven ability to partner effectively with all airport stakeholders.
Very strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including outstanding listening skills.
The legal right to work in the United States.
The successful candidate is likely today working in one or more of the following contexts but, regardless of his/her current organizational affiliation, he/she should bring the key core competencies below:
A leading edge and well-regarded airport operating organization (private sector airport operator, airport authority, city/county airport administration) that has successfully undertaken and commissioned material new infrastructure.
The facilities department of a well-respected airline that has taken lead oversight for the development and commissioning of material new airport infrastructure.
A well regarded third party airport program management/construction management provider that has played a key role in commissioning new airport infrastructure.
Prior experience with public private partnerships (P3) and alternative financing and delivery methods specifically within an airport/aviation setting will ensure successful deployment of projects.
Integrity and honesty beyond reproach.
Charismatic and dynamic; motivates others by communicating a compelling vision and inspiring others to act.
Creative, with an ability to conceive and implement new and innovative ideas, taking calculated risks, and managing the downside through contingency planning.
Adopts a servant leadership approach and gives credit to others, inside and outside the organization, where it is due.
An effective arbiter and consensus builder, capable of appreciating competing interests, and bringing them together around a common and acceptable solution.
Collaborative with good teamwork skills and an orientation toward partnering and building strong relationships with key stakeholders.
Demonstrates emotional maturity, judgement and courage under pressure and acts decisively, but not unilaterally.
Public service orientation.
Active and ongoing learner.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
High energy and driven in style.
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Not afraid to get his or her hands dirty and do “real work”; has a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and working within a less-structured environment.
Capable of delegating effectively.
Proven ability to multi-task.
A team player with proven experience creating, managing and coaching teams for high performance.
Ability to work under pressure and establish priorities.
Demonstrated change management and facilitation skills.
Excellent communication skills; strong writing and oral presentation abilities.
Strong financial management skills.
Ability to utilize and implement technology focused solutions to drive results.
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