Airside Operations Officer

509 Airside Operations · Tucson, Arizona
Department 509 Airside Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $46,898 - $65,657 (DOE)

Organizational Overview

About TAA

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), formed in 1948, is dedicated to providing Tucsonans and visitors to Southern Arizona with excellence in aviation services and facilities, hallmarked by unparalleled safety, security and customer service. Running airports is our passion and we are great at it!


Why join our team? Not only are we passionate about aerospace, TAA’s most valuable resource is our people. Come join a culture that encourages and celebrates diversity, creativity, growth and collaboration. Apply today and join the TAA team!   

Job Overview:

Under general supervision and administrative direction is responsible to ensure continuity of operations at Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN); and ensure that TUS and RYN are in compliance with 14 CFR Part 139 (Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139) and other applicable federal regulations and safety standards, respectively; that the contents of TUS Airport Certification Manual (ACM), Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) and other required programs are updated, maintained and enforced; provide exceptional customer service to tenants, users and the public.

Essential Functions: 

The following functions and all other functions not included in this job description are to be performed in the best interests and for the greater good of TAA.

  • Inspect all runways; ramps, taxiways, and taxilanes; report deficiencies for corrective action to the appropriate department, and ensure corrective action has occurred in a timely manner; ensure the airfield is safe for aircraft operations.
  • Monitor airport operations and provide guidance and recommendations to ensure compliance with safety regulations as set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and security requirements as set forth by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): establish and maintain effective and professional relationships with the FAA and TSA.
  • Respond to and resolve inquiries, problems, complaints or unusual situations involving airlines, passengers, general aviation users and other tenants.
  • Be responsive to airport emergencies and situations that may involve loss of human life or property; support public safety and operational response to emergencies; utilize Incident Management System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols and procedures; coordinate and/or participate in after-action emergency de­ briefing with appropriate departments and stakeholders.
  • Support the continuity of airside operations at TUS and RYN in compliance with FAR Part 139 or applicable safety standard(s), respectively, to include the safe operation of all aircraft, emergency preparedness and emergency response, construction and maintenance functions, special projects, public safety, security, communications and passenger services.

Your Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree; an aviation management degree is preferred.
  • Experience at a FAR Part 139 certificated commercial service airport (or military airport) and knowledge of 14 CFR Part 139 (FAR Part 139) is preferred.

    We Value:

    • knowledge of airport operations including airport security, federal certification requirements, aircraft firefighting and rescue policies, practices and procedures, and airfield maintenance processes and procedures.
    • Skill in organization; oral, listening, and written communications; proof-reading; critical­ thinking and multi-tasking.
    • Skill in taking initiative and being a self-starter. 
    • Ability to remain focused and decisive in stressful situations; use sound and effective judgment.
    • Ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, with mature judgment; function in compelling, high stress, fast moving work surroundings, with deadlines and multiple projects.
    • Ability to read, write, and speak the English language in an articulate, fluent manner. 


        Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

        • Valid Arizona Driver’s license.
        • Meet and maintain the ability to drive airport vehicles and obtain authorization to access the Non-Movement Area and Movement Area on the Air Operations Area (AOA).
        • Must obtain and maintain access to the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).
        • Must successfully complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100, 200, 700, 800 requirements and certification within the first year of employment and 300 and 400 courses within twenty four (24) months of employment.
        • AAAE Airport Certified Employee (A.C.E.) – Airside Operations certification is required within twelve (12) months of employment.
        • As an employee, you are deemed to be essential personnel as part of TAA’s emergency response, and must respond to airport incidents as requested/required.

        Equal Opportunity Employer

        Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. TAA's management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, team member activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment during employment.

        Full Job Description Available at Interview

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        • Location
          Tucson, Arizona
        • Department
          509 Airside Operations
        • Employment Type
        • Minimum Experience
        • Compensation
          $46,898 - $65,657 (DOE)