Airport Manager


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Maintenance of Airport (10000982)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position assists in managing the operation of the University-Oxford Airport to ensure high quality customer service to all incoming and outgoing aircraft, aircraft personnel, and guests. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining specified safety standards of terminal and airport grounds; ensuring operation of all equipment and appropriate level of fuels is stocked; maintains logs and generates reports. The incumbent frequently exercises discretion and independent judgment.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Manages and directs airport operations on the airport in a manner consistent with FAA regulations, airports fuels and regulations, and safe operating practices and ensuring daily logs are kept.
  • Responsible for issuance and cancellation of airport NOTAMS and maintenance of NOTAM system.
  • Networks with key University personnel to develop and promote the University of Mississippi.
  • Responsible for making policy, procedure recommendations, work schedules, and development and implementation of maintenance schedules and operation standards for the airport.
  • Maintains airport budget; reconciles individual accounts; and processes billing and collections for fuel and additional charges.
  • Ensures that fuel in the Fuel Farm and Fuel trucks are tested and stocked daily with both JET-A and Av-Gas and all systems are in good operation.
  • Responsible for grounds and facilities and maintenance to include airport facilities, equipment, runway/taxiway, lighting, beacon, AWOS and other items; coordination of improvements/changes, inspects/initiates corrective action, and follows up as necessary.
  • Responsible to assess a variety of emergency situations requiring airport closure or alter operations in such cases as extreme weather conditions, bomb threats, fire crashes or other emergencies; coordinate fire, crash and rescue procedures.
  • Patrols runway, ramp and hanger area daily to ensure they are free of debris, trash, and litter.
  • Ensures safety of terminal and grounds; properly secures building after hours.
  • Supervises airport staff; interviews, screens, hires, and trains airport staff; evaluates performance of staff; approves leave requests; develops and monitors daily activity sheets.
  • Responsible for the timely, continuous and satisfactory training of subordinate employees in a manner consistent with industry practices and FAA rules and regulations.
  • Oversees staff to ensure daily and hourly cleanliness of terminal, grounds, maintenance sheds, parking areas, and assists with upkeep in the absence of staff.
  • Maintains working knowledge of FAA regulations and University policy.
  • Provides all customers, pilots, passengers, staff, and visitors with prompt and courteous service. Maintains a positive relationship with flying Alumni, Corporations, Air Charters, and local airplane owners.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Supervises and participates in duties associated with the operation of the University-Oxford Airport.
  2. Maintains various logs to ensure compliance with FAA and University guidelines and generates reports.
  3. Monitors Fuel Farm to ensure an appropriate supply of Jet-A and Av-Gas are maintained.
  4. Oversees airport security.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Aviation Management, Business, Accounting, Education, or related field.
Three (3) years of experience as related to the above described duties.


Incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license and obtain a Class D Driver’s License within the first six months of employment.


Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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