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Airport Planner

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Airport Planner
Job Requisition Number COA077671
Position Number 116313
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Aviation-Planning&Engineering
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management, Airport Planning, or a directly related field, plus two (2) years of professional experience in airport planning/operations.
Experience in aviation planning or related work may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

Notes to Applicants

Create short term and long range Master Plans and Studies for the Airport. Coordinate with internal divisions of the Airport to document and create long term facilities goals, needs and future expansion options. Coordinate with the Capital Planning Office, Transportation Office and Real Estate Offices on land planning. Coordinate with external agencies like the FAA, TSA, TXDOT, Capital Metro to integrate and review concepts, designs and plans. Help to prepare grant documentation and applications. Conduct field verifications of existing facilities. Work with Capital Planning Program Manager to plan and budget new projects. Work with consultants to perform studies and analyses of the Airport. Integrate GIS into the Airports planning and maintenance system.

Driving on City business: This position must travel between various locations as part of the regular job duties and individual may be required to drive own personal vehicle or City vehicle. Successful candidate must be in possession of a Texas driver’s license as authorized by the Texas Transportation Code. A driving record verification will be conducted. Applicants for positions for which City driving is an essential function must meet the standards of the program: age 18 or older, current applicable driver’s license, proof of insurability, and no more than six (6) points assessed on Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) based on Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Record Report. This position falls under the COA safe driver program requirements. Go to the Driver Safety Program for more information:

A detailed and complete employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Please list your complete employment history (to include all job duties responsibilities and employment dates) on your online application. The application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered (e.g., “see resume” or “see Linked In Profile”). Resumes will not be used to qualify for the position and will not be used to recommend salary. Supplemental information or changes to your application will not be accepted after the job posting closes. The responses to the supplemental questions inquiring about experience should be reflected on your application.

Veteran candidates will be required to provide a copy of their DD214 at the time of interview.

Shift may change according to departmental needs. Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekend work

Top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check and security threat assessment.

Please note that the Department may close the job posting at any time after 7 days.

This position will require a skills assessment.

Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the department/division that the position resides in and who meet the minimum and preferred qualifications (if any) of the position will be included in the initial interview. Department/division employee must remain in Good Standing through the Top Candidate Selection phase at which time the Good Standing status will be re-verified.

Must have the ability to read, write, and fluently speak English.

Overtime may be required with or without notice.

Utilize eyes for long periods of time while operating computer keyboard, computers,copy machines, and other office equipment
Moderate dexterity of hands and fingers to operate and/or manipulate computer keyboard, computers, and other office equipment, and safety equipment
Walk, climb stairs and ladders, kneel, and bend from waist to perform physical work
Use vision to see both near and far to identify objectives and/or activities
Use ears to hear both near and far
Verbally and effectively communicate utilizing face-to-face contact, telephones, and radios
React quickly, physically and mentally, in response to events and/or emergencies
Utilize mental capacity for decision-making and comprehension
Must possess the physical and mental capacity to safely operate motor vehicle during daytime and / or night time.
Able to put on personal protective equipment; e.g., hardhat, goggles, safety steel-toed shoes, long sleeve shirts and pants
Seldomly lift up to 50 lbs
Able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time
Utilize sense of smell to identify odors
Stay outdoors for long periods (day or night) under severe conditions including, but not limited to, high levels of noise from jet aircraft, glare, and extreme cold, heat, wind, or dust

Pay Range



Core Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Aviation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 2716 Spirit of Texas Drive Austin, Texas 78719
Preferred Qualifications

Commercial Airport Planning Experience
Master Planning Experience
Public Meeting Experience

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Develops and administers the Airport Master Plan to include collaborating with management with system planning and capacity enhancement programs for sustaining and improving the airport’s infrastructure and facilities; analyzes regulatory and social/political constraints in airport development; reviews and comments on proposed legislation affecting airports; and assists with community presentations.
Collaborates with department-wide teams on capital improvements and facilities development; oversees consultant contracts involved in airport and transportation planning, design, and construction projects; provides leadership, collaboration efforts, or assistance in land use, environmental, and transportation studies and projects.
Administers planning policies and regulations; interprets and implements Federal, State and Regional laws and regulations; interprets and integrates planning requirements into policy direction, plans, and management of department programs; determines the application of National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and other Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, and codes.
Conducts airside planning studies and analysis including gate layout/optimization, hold room analysis, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standard review, and airspace evaluations; researches current airline trends, scheduling, and fleet mix to identify potential impact to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) operational efficiency.
Researches planning policy issues and conditions; establishes methodologies for the research; coordinates the collection of information regarding study needs from other City departments and outside agencies; designs, conducts, and analyzes surveys, inventories, and evaluations to include data collection, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of consequences of different courses of actions; and conducts special studies on sensitive planning issues.
Monitors grant and funding opportunities; prepares Federal and State grant funding proposals and applications for airport plan, system planning, regional access projects, and construction projects; administers grants; prepares project status reports on grant-funded projects; writes contracts and interagency agreements; and negotiates funding.
Provides information and assistance to the public on procedures and related land use, routine to difficult planning, FAA Part 77, and capital related projects; facilitates community and public involvement meetings; prepares and presents reports to department staff and management; coordinates and reviews projects with in-house departments and outside agencies.
Coordinates department planning activities; trains and mentors professional and technical staff; edits written work of staff for accuracy and readability of content; monitors turnaround time for completion of assignments; evaluate and recommends modification of procedures to improve planning results; keep statistics of planning team’s work.
Serves as a program leader in a functional planning area; assigns and supervises a variety of functions to achieve the objectives of the section, unit, or project.
Prepares and maintains FAA 7640 applications and database; maintains and updates the Airport layout plan and ensure that Geographic Information System (GIS) data sets are current and up to date; schedules appointments, coordinates events, answers telephone, compiles reports and data, prepares tabulations, charts, and graphs, and prepares and edits correspondence.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:
May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, and guidance to others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of the principles of airport planning.
Knowledge of Federal and State laws relating to airport planning and development.
Knowledge of City practice, policy, and procedures.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.Skill in planning and organizing.
Skill in using computers and related software.
Ability to make formal presentations of program and/or project recommendations.
Ability to work under the pressures of rigid and/or short work cycle.
Ability to maintain confidentially.
Ability to develop and implement long-range plans.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The Airport Planner position minimum qualification are as follow: graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Management, Airport Planning, or directly related field, plus two (2) years of professional experience in airport planning/operations. Experience in aviation planning or related work may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please describe your Commercial Airport Planning Experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your Master Planning Experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your Public Meeting Experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * The Transportation Security Administration (TSA-division of the USA Dept. of Homeland Security) requires all employees of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to pass a minimum 10-year criminal background investigation and security threat assessment. Do you agree to a minimum 10-year criminal background investigation and security threat assessment?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a valid Texas Driver License or the ability to acquire one by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents