Airport Manager

Description :

Class Title:      AIRPORT MANAGER                                

Department:    Airport                                                                                    Status:  Classified, Full Time



This position is a City representative that is responsible for operations at the Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport.


 Supervises and manages all full-time, seasonal and/or volunteer employees in the Airport Department and is responsible for the overall motivation, direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Directs the Airport Department employee hiring process; develops and updates job descriptions; develops performance expectations; identifies essential functions of the positions and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required; responds to questions and ensures the completion of background checks; assigns work shifts and work schedules two weeks in advance, when possible.

Manages employees and evaluates team performance; provides opportunities for the adequate training of employees; coaches, counsels, and motivates employees for exceptionalism; investigates complaints or subordinate performance concerns; recognizes exceptional or below average employee performance and implements disciplinary action as needed in consultation with City manager and/or Human Resources. 

Provides leadership by example and through consistent management of the Airport Department; makes decisions; solves problems; develops departmental procedures; maintains required records/files; conducts regular staff meetings and represents the Municipal Airport during internal and external meetings.


  • Supervises, selects, trains, directs, and evaluates department personnel; monitors all activities and operations of the department; sets goals and objectives and establishes guidelines for performance; makes recommendations for hiring and termination; prepares assignments for Airport Attendants.
  • Directs and participates in the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and development of all Airport staff, either directly or through subordinates.
  • Plans, manages, and monitors the proper allocation and utilization of staff according to projected needs and directives.
  • Supervises acquisition, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of airport facilities; coordinates, and shares resources with other City Departments on maintenance and special repair projects.
  • Evaluates & inspects the cleanliness and effectiveness of the airport areas, facilities, and services.
  • Studies local conditions, communicates with user groups, and develops immediate and long range plans to meet airport needs of all age groups.
  • Responsible for following City procurement procedures when obtaining price quote(s) as needed for requisitions, to place orders and maintain supplies and equipment, for efficient airport operations.
  • Prepares and manages annual budget for the airport program functions; approves purchases of supplies and operating inventory for recreation programs; develops alternative funding sources for programs and improvements.
  • Attends regular Airport Advisory Board meetings and reports recommendations and direction to the City Manager.
  • Advises the City Manager on the direction of long-term strategic planning for the City Airport;
  • Oversees marketing of the airport programs, including posting on the City of Truth or Consequences website.
  • Researches grant opportunities and assists with grant applications for the betterment of the airport and related community facilities.
  • Coordinates facilities and programs with department staff and other agencies and organizations.
  • Performs public relations duties; responds to complaints; prepares news releases and information and marketing bulletins, or other publicity on airport activities; identifies and works diligently to meet the airport needs.
  • Perform Economic Development to recruit business and hangar rental Property Management to ensure City/tenant relationships are maintained for the good of the City.
  • Interact directly with pilots, tenants, emergency crews, and the public.
  • Represents City as necessary for Airport operations.
  • Performs Attendant duties as necessary.
  • Fueling and minor servicing of various types of aircraft.
  • Airport and aircraft services, such as: radio communications with aircraft, providing local surface weather and area traffic advisories, parking aircraft using hand signals, and logging aircraft landings.
  • Sales of incidental items.
  • Cash handling operations, to include credit card sales, and daily reconciliation and reporting.
  • Maintain fuel logs, measure fuel tanks, test fuel for contaminants, and order fuel as needed.
  • Read and communicate monthly well readings.
  • Responsible for performing and ensuring all equipment, tools and machinery are in clean and safe operating condition, including having a scheduled maintenance program.
  • Maintain assigned vehicle(s) by inspecting, servicing, cleaning, and general housekeeping.
  • Performs minor facility and grounds maintenance.
  • May be required to perform other duties outside the scope of normal job classification.

The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job.


Education and Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business Administration, Environmental Science, or a related field; may be substituted with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business management or a related field, or the equivalent.
  • 2 (two) years of management experience in an airport environment, or in a highly responsible managerial role, with 2 (two) years of experience as a supervisor

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the City’s rules, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to the operation and management of the City’s Airport.
  • Knowledge of budget and reporting process.
  • Knowledge of the processes involved in accounting for receipts and expenditures, and budget estimates. 
  • Knowledge of training and supervisory techniques.
  • Knowledge of in-service training techniques.
  • Ability to formulate policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to instruct, direct, and evaluate employees.
  • Ability to organize, evaluates, and presents information effectively, both orally and in written form.
  • Ability to read and write English, and able to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Must be able to instruct Attendants in airport, fueling, safety, and sales operations.
  • Able to operate aircraft fueling vehicles in the vicinity of aircraft.
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with fueling safety procedures and regulations and be able

to handle/lift fuel hoses and to climb ladders.

  • Must be able to work in an independent setting.
  • Ability to interface and maintain favorable public relations with the Public: Incumbent serves as the City’s representative to transient and home-based pilots and aircraft, in terms of fueling and servicing, selling items and providing information concerning the airport and local services. Serves as the City’s representative regarding Airport operations at regional and state meetings. Primary City liaison to the Airport Advisory Board.
  • Must be proficient in the operation of the equipment necessary to accomplish the duties listed, but not limited to, in the essential duties and responsibilities section above.


  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License.
  • Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and any post-offer employment medical examination.



  • Required to attend the City Commission Meetings when necessary; and will be required to attend Airport Advisory Board Meetings.
  • Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies as needed. 


 Proficient in personal computer, including Microsoft Office Suite; calculator; copy machines; telephone; cellular phone, and portable radios.

  • Fuels, including high-octane jet fuel.
  • Fuel Farm Tank System


  • Normal work performed on weekdays, including evenings, and/or weekends.
  • Work is performed outdoors and indoors. Outdoor work is subject to temperature extremes and inclement weather and uneven ground/surfaces.
  • May be subject to health hazards related to fuels, including high-octane jet fuel, dust/wind and other airport dangers.
  • Exposure to high noise levels.
  • Job hazards or potential job hazards include cuts, bruises, animal or insect bites or stings, sprains, strains, broken bones, and operation of Division vehicles or equipment, falling objects.

The work environment characteristics described above, are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Duties may involve lifting of heavy objects not to exceed 95 pounds.
  • Duties involve walking or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet or dry surfaces.
  • Duties involve crouching and kneeling for long periods of time.
  • Duties may involve climbing up and down numerous times during a shift.
  • Duties require use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, grasp, manipulate, reach with hands and arms, and overall and finger dexterity.
  • Duties require ability to speak and listen.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perceptions, and ability to adjust focus, bilateral coordination, and eye and hand coordination.


Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The City of Truth or Consequences is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The City of Truth or Consequences makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.


Contact :

Human Resources
City of Truth or Consequences
505 Sims St.
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
(575) 740-7554

Deadline for Applying : Dec 31, 2020