Airport Manager

Position Status: Non-Union
Grade: N/A
Civil Service: No
Union: No
Salary: Salary range $75,000 to $92,000



The Airport Manager plans, organizes, and directs the operations, maintenance, and development of the Beverly Regional Airport, including all facilities of the airport, under the direction of the Airport Commission. Responsibilities include safety, business development, community relations, fiscal affairs, marketing, and strategic planning; performs related work as required.  This position is appointed and any employment agreement (written or verbal) is subject to the approval of the Mayor.


The Airport Manager/Department Head operates within the policy guidelines established and documented by the Airport Commission, in conformity with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division (MassDOT/Aeronautics), Massachusetts General Laws, Section 90 51E and applicable codes as required by the City of Beverly. The Airport Manager performs duties requiring a high degree of individual initiative and independence from direct supervision. The Airport Manager is expected to exercise excellent judgment, and follow best business practices, and the law. The Airport Manager additionally is responsible to the Mayor through the Director of Planning.


Responsible for the day-to-day business operation and administration of the Airport.
Ensures that terms of all leases and agreements with tenants and users are enforced. Responsible for ensuring that both new and renewed leases are negotiated in accordance with Airport Commission policy, Federal, State, and City Ordinances.

Promotes public recognition, acceptance, and development of a favorable atmosphere for the growth of the Airport as an essential element of the community infrastructure. Explores growth opportunities at the Airport. Acts as the primary point of contact negotiating new business at the Airport under guidance of the Airport Commission and City staff to realize opportunities.

Acts as a liaison between the Airport Commission and the City of Beverly by attending and participating in all City meetings concerning the operation of the airport.  Regularly reports to and communicates with the Director of Planning and Mayor regarding airport operations.  Must take initiative in reviewing with the Director of Planning, the Director of Finance, and the Mayor any contracts, initiatives and/or plans that require Mayoral and/or City Council approval before submission of such for approval.

Involved in annual budget and capital improvement plans for Airport Commission approval. Presents and advocates for Airport Commission approved budget during City budget process. Receives and reviews, from Airport Administration revenue levels and expenditures to ensure adherence to budget limitations. Oversees department purchases and disposition of surplus property in conformity with City policies and laws.

Responsible for presenting policy matters to the Airport Commission for approval. Submits annual goals and objectives to Airport Commission. Attends all Airport Commission meetings unless excused.

Carries out a positive program to ensure favorable public relations through personal contact and public appearances. Actively participates in conferences and meetings of aeronautical and civic organizations relative to promotion of aviation activity in the community.

Responsible for personnel management in conformity with City policies and State law, and within authority as granted by Airport Commission, recruits, interviews, and hires Airport Department employees in conformity with City requirements. Consistent with union contracts and relevant City policies, schedules work, approves employee leave requests, and engages in employee disciplinary actions, and such other personnel actions as necessary to assure safe and effective airport operations.

Work with Administration or Airport Commission to maintain and enhance airport website to insure website content is up-to-date with current information.

Develop and nurture outside organizations membership including but not limited to AAAE, Northeast Chapter AAAE, and Massachusetts Airport Managers Association (MAMA).

Recommends annual budget and capital improvement plans for Airport Commission approval



Responsible for participating in FAA and State inspections with particular attention to annual inspections and remedial actions.

Monitors aircraft operations on the Airport. Where unsafe aircraft operation is observed, takes appropriate action and reports unsafe action to FAA and MassDOT/Aeronautics.

Establishes emergency procedures for airport personnel to use upon an aircraft accident or incident.

Assures airport compliance with federal, state, and local requirements for aircraft rescue firefighting, emergency readiness and planning, fuel safety, and airport security.

Participates in the overall daily inspection operation, maintenance, and safety of the Airport including, but not limited to, runways, taxiways, and airfield surfaces, snow and ice removal, aeronautical aids, all lights, ground equipment, all aircraft parking, automobile parking areas, building and grounds maintenance including heat, vent, and air conditioning units, and any other activity which may affect public safety on a 24/7 basis.

Determines safety of airfield and airport, and, if necessary, directs temporary closure.

Determines when to reopen airfield and/or airport following temporary closures.

Investigate and prepare appropriate reports for all incidents and accidents occurring on airport property. Report to all appropriate personnel and agencies.


Responsible for strategic planning with regard to space, equipment, and other resource needs of the Airport and communicating appropriately to the Airport Commission.

Establishes and maintains current Airport Layout Plans and Master Plans for the development of the Airport subject to the approval of the Airport Commission.

Within the general parameters established in the approved Airport Master Plan, assures the timely construction of those airport facilities needed to accommodate the aviation needs of the City and beyond. Seeks necessary funding from federal and state sources.

As required to accomplish the above, enlists or contracts such professional consultant, engineering, or construction assistance as approved by the Airport Commission. Supervises compliance and assure timely and technically adequate performance of contractual requirements.


Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management, Public Administration, Business Administration and/or a related field. A minimum of five (5) years related aviation experience at a public use airport or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. . Effective technical, written and oral communication skills including the ability to provide guidance and technical assistance and explain regulations and policies clearly and courteously.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to talk or hear.

The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.