Posted: 11/09/2023


- - -The Salary rate advertised represents Step 1 on the pay table.  Additional steps may be available depending on qualifications- - -
Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Airport Division of the Community Services  Department in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

Recruitment Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Public Administration, or Airport or Aviation Management;
  • Three (3) years of experience in airport management;
  • Three (3) years of supervisory experience;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo (valid out-of-state license may be considered);
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Designation as a Certified Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives

Essential Duties

  • Manages and supervises direct-report staff by coordinating, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Conducts employee evaluations, introductory and annual; makes recommendations for hiring, promoting, and releasing employees; 
  • Initiates and administers corrective action, as necessary, according to the Employee Manual;
  • Mentors employees to full potential and ensures appropriate training is given to meet the standards of the position held;
  • Responsible for the daily operations of the Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport, including but not limited to inspecting and maintaining airport runways, taxiways, terminal, facilities, and roadways;
  • Responsible for the safe and appropriate use of equipment that is owned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) related to airspace issues and the monitoring of instrument approach and departure procedures;
  • Responsible for issuing Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and/or acknowledging NOTAMs, in the event of an abnormal status of a component of the National Airspace System (NAS);
  • Responsible for the oversight of airport projects as outlined in the Airport Master Plan and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan. Assists in the coordination of all airport construction projects;
  • Interfaces with federal, state, and local agencies and contracted airport consultants on a regular basis to develop and coordinate airport plans and development projects;
  • Answers questions and responds to complaints and suggestions from airport businesses, airport tenants, the public, outside agencies, and other City personnel regarding airport activities;
  • At the discretion of the Community Services Director or designee, may represent the Airport at City Commission and/or other local, regional, or national meetings;
  • Promote business opportunities at the airport;
  • Develops the preliminary annual operating and capital improvement budget and administers the budget upon adoption, including monitoring actual versus budgeted expenditures;
  • Makes airport-related purchases, locally or online, following the City’s purchasing policies;
  • Performs research, develops, prepares, and submits applications to acquire grants; administers the grant proceeds and executes the requirements of awarded grants, including the compilation and submission of any mandatory reports; 
  • Composes and prepares airport reports and correspondence. Maintains airport files, including general paperwork, leases, contracts, applications, fuel reporting, NM and Federal DOT, NM Aviation Division, FAA, and other related material;
  • Prepares the airport facilities and grounds to serve as the United States Forrest Service Fire Tanker Base for several months each year; provides support to Forrest Service personnel while the aircraft are on station;
  • Develops an effective liaison with airport tenant businesses to foster business growth; market the airport for enhanced business potential, and ensure the development of a positive business climate for the airport;
  • Negotiates, prepares, and administers land, facility, and commercial/noncommercial leases, applications, and other agreements for the airport;
  • Enforces airport rules and regulations, minimum standards, and tenant compliance with lease agreements;
  • Performs inspections of airport fixed-based operations and other airport tenants to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal ordinances, laws, and regulations;
  • Acts as the City’s liaison to the Airport Advisory Board and presents issues from the Board to the  Community Services Director or designee and City Commission, as required;
  • Coordinates all legal matters with the Community Services Director, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and City Attorney;
  • Supervises the Airport Light Equipment Operator and Airport Custodian to ensure that all airport facilities are safe, well-maintained, and free of potential hazards;
  • Acts as Incident Commander in case of any airport-related accidents until the proper first responders take over;
  • Safely operates a motor vehicle, light equipment, and various tools;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Responsible for thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management-related costs;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety-related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.
  • Makes public presentations and represents the City on committees, boards, and civic organizations while conducting outside City-related activities;
  • Represents the City and the Airport at various meetings related to Holloman airspace;
  • Duties may be performed outside of normal working hours, including evenings, weekends, and Holidays, and in response to airport emergencies;
  • Maintain required license(s) and/or certification(s);
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during the performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
 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. 
Knowledge of:  
  • Principles and practices of airport operations and management;
  • Local, state, and federal policies, laws, and regulations affecting airport activities;
  • Regulations and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to facility accessibility;
  • Learn and effectively interpret the City of Alamogordo Employee Manual and Safety & Health Manual;
  • Learn and follow the City of Alamogordo purchasing procedures;
  • High-quality customer service methods; and
  • Airport facility maintenance techniques; general cleaning techniques including the proper and safe use of cleaning products and related chemicals.
Skill/Ability to:  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Perform tasks and other daily activities in a positive and professional manner alongside employees of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Attend work, as scheduled and on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position’s essential duties and responsibilities;
  • Exercise common sense and good judgment in the performance of essential duties;
  • Develop and administer an annual operating budget and a capital improvement budget;
  • Use sound judgment to resolve both simple and complex situations and/or problems that do not require the attention of City Administration;
  • Perform duties independently, responsibly, and with minimal supervision;
  • Perform duties in a professional manner and demonstrate understanding, patience, and open-mindedness while assisting Airport patrons and visitors who are diverse in culture, beliefs, lifestyle, demographics, socioeconomic background, etc.;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including computers using standard word processing, spreadsheet, and data inquiry software;
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports, and maintain accurate office files and records;
  • Safely and effectively operate tools, light equipment, and motor vehicles;
  • Tolerate outside working conditions, including exposure to adverse weather conditions;
  • Operate and train others in the use of airport maintenance equipment and to cover driving in the absence of airport personnel;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, vendors, contractors, government agencies, community service workers, and the public;
  • Project positive support of the department and all City organizations at all times; and
  • Maintain and enhance the Airport’s commitment to customer service excellence.

Work Environment

  • Most work will be performed indoors in an office environment;
  • Position requires light physical demands, including sitting, standing, walking, using tools, and operating light equipment;
  • Some work will be performed in varied outside weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, and snow;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and occasionally loud;
  • Risk of physical injury and exposure to hazardous chemicals, toxins, and pathogens;
  • Hazards include exposure to insects, rodents, snakes, and other wildlife typical of the southwest;
  • Work will be performed near moving mechanical parts; and possibly in high or precarious places;
  • Terrain may be uneven or undeveloped; 
  • Lift and/or move items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds; the lifting of any object greater than fifty (50) pounds by a single individual is prohibited. Lifting objects, materials, or equipment weighing more than fifty (50) pounds requires the buddy system or the use of devices designed to assist with lifting or moving. Proper lifting techniques shall be used when lifting items of any weight;
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments which may include protective footwear clearly marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per ASTM F2413-11.


City Of Alamogordo
1376 E 9th St

Alamogordo, New Mexico, 88310

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