The President & CEO serves as the Airport Authority’s leader through decisive management, exceptional communication and collaboration, unifying and empowering the CRAA Team. The President & CEO strives to maintain a safe and secure Airport while prioritizing and executing improvement projects, air service expansion, community engagement and marketing, and business development.
Direct the Airport Authority in keeping with the strategic vision outlined by the Board of Directors and Leadership Team.
Partner with internal and external stakeholders to strengthen the position of the Airport(s) and ensure their sustainability.
Develop and implement comprehensive strategies and tactical plans to expand commercial air service, cargo service, general and corporate aviation.
Collaborate with members of the leadership team to prepare annual budgets, financial/investment initiatives and improvement plans.
Leads cross-functional teams tasked with development of strategic initiatives, including but not limited to the Authority's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP), Master Planning and Layout Plans and Community Engagement/Marketing Plans.
Ensure compliance with all Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
Oversee quality control throughout the Airport(s), establishing goals for each department in partnership with the leadership team.
Maintain current funding and revenue sources while pursuing new opportunities for financial diversification.
Represent Authority interests in matters of legislation and regulatory development and by participating on local, state, federal, private and professional boards or associations.
Serve as the Authority's primary liaison with State and Federal agencies, and elected representatives, on all Airport regulatory and financial matters.
Preferred Employment Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with specialization in Business Administration, Aviation Management or a related field of study.
Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the administration and operation of a commercial service airport that is comparable to airports owned and operated by the Capital Region Airport Authority.
Experience in leveraging alternative funding sources including but not limited to grants and local/state/federal funds.
Certified Member (C.M.) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), or attainable within three (3) years.
Demonstrated management, financial and administrative capabilities.
Experience as a member of the U.S. military.
Proven ability to provide visionary strategic leadership; experience guiding the implementation of a strategic plan, establishing metrics, measuring progress and adapting as necessary.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to listen, inspire and influence others.
Cultural awareness, agility and emotional intelligence; ability to build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders and provide leadership to the Airport Team.
Analytical skills and data-driven focus; ability to use data with deep knowledge of their contexts and leverage analytics to drive strategic planning and change management.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering and advancing a divers and inclusive work force with the prioritization of mission and values.
Ability to pass an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record check and a TSA security threat assessment, and maintain eligibility for an unrestricted security access badge in accordance with the Airport Security Plan (ASP) and applicable regulations/directives.
About Capital Region Airport Authority
Lansing's Capital Region International Airport is an important asset in our community and has a critical impact, $1 billion every year, on our regional economy. Hundreds of thousands of travelers use the airport each year to connect to the entire world through our major airlines. In addition to passengers, we service thousands of tons of air cargo annually, and we provide support for corporate and general aviation.