Reports to and takes direction from the Governing Board.
Plans, organizes, develops, approves and publishes specific policies, programs and methods, designed to implement the general policies established by the Governing Board.
Directs the effective and efficient operation and growth of the Port Authority, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to these activities and future plans.
Delegates adequate authority to subordinates to properly carry out their responsibilities and objectives, and defines, in writing, limitations of that authority so that they are clearly understood with respect to policies, contracts, expenditures and actions, which affect personnel.
Develops and recommends to the Board long-range plans, cognizant of lead time, to bring major developments to fruition to ensure a viable operation continuously capable of fulfilling the role of the Authority.
Recommends annually new and/or revised objectives to the Board to meet changing needs, and reports on the progress towards these objectives.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in one or more of the following disciplines: Business Administration Air transportation Management and Administration Marine transportation Management and Administration Public Finance and/or Administration Engineering Planning/Public Administration Minimum of ten (10) years of executive management in areas indicated above preferably in the Marine and Air Transportation filed.
About Virgin Islands Port Authority
The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is a semi-autonomous agency that owns and manages the two airports and the majority of the public seaports in the United States Virgin Islands. We are also charged with maintaining the harbors in the territory. The law stipulates that VIPA must make its properties available to the public so that the populace may reap the benefits of these facilities.
VIPA derives it operating revenues from user fees and rental fees charges to users of its airport and marine facilities on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency is expected to be financially self-sufficient, and does not receive nor does it contribute any funds to the USVI government. Federal and state government grants are given to the Authority to support its capital construction programs - provided that VIPA meets all eligibility requirements. The federal government also offers Passenger Facility Charges (PFC's) to fund airport projects only. These airport related improvements must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Just about everything that is used or consumed by the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands enters the islands through boat or ...by plane. Food, clothing, machinery, mail, furniture, vehicles, building supplies, medical equipment - it all enters through the ports. Therefore, the Port Authority touches the lives of every single resident and visitor in the Virgin Islands. In addition, the territory's major economic contributor is a bustling tourism industry which blossomed in the 1960's. Tourism accounts for about 80 percent of the islands' gross domestic product and employment. The islands are a popular destination for travelers from every corner of the world seeking the perfect vacation. These key factors make the airports and seaports in the territory a critical component in the strength and growth of islands' economy. Any investment or improvement to our port facilities secures our territory's economic future.
The Port Authority is governed by a Board of Governors which sets policy. The executive director is responsible for implementing these policies, and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the agency. Board meetings are held every third Wednesday of each month. At these meetings, the board reviews the Authority's financial reports, review and approve requests to lease port property, award contracts for port development projects and set policies that will efficiently manage our resources as well as keep our port facilities competitive with other destinations.