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    Jeff McNally

    Lehigh Northampton Airport Author – Lehigh Valley, PA
    Position Summary:
    Plans, organizes and administers all operational phases of the Authority’s Airport System, consisting of an international airport facility and two general aviation airports. This position plans, oversees, manages and directs all activities of the Authority’s airport system. Responsibilities include working with the Deputy Director and various division directors to manage and direct the financial, land, business, security, construction and related functions of the airport system. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing airport planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering the Authority’s goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.

    Essential Responsibilities:
    Oversee implementation of policies established by the Authority.
    Confers with the Authority to formulate policies and plans related to such diverse areas as environmental, transportation and economic development planning as well as daily operation of the airport and its associated facilities.
    Provide to the Authority regular reports covering the activities, financial condition, and other information and reports governing the Authority’s operations; ad hoc reports as required by the Authority.
    Oversees all financial affairs of the Authority; ensures that revenue is maximized, balanced and reported; directs grant and bond funding requirements; oversees multiple budget preparation and administration.
    Oversees all business affairs for the airport including negotiation concessionaire leases and insurance management; Oversee compliance with all federal and state contracting requirements pertaining to disadvantaged business enterprises, minority business enterprises, and other targeted business enterprises, seeking to ensure maximum participation of disadvantaged business enterprises, minority business enterprises, and other targeted business enterprises in contracting opportunities with the Authority.
    Promote the Authority’s airport system to a wide variety of audiences, including employees, customers, other governmental entities and officials, regulatory agencies, the business and financial community, as well as the general public, by strong consensus-building and constituent management across a broad array of stakeholders.
    Lead the Authority’s communications strategy.
    Represents the Authority in local, state and national forums; makes presentations before various advisory committees, legislative, regulatory and community groups; oversees the best interests of the Authority in negotiations with others to provide services or take action supportive to the Authority.
    Monitors and interprets changes in laws and regulations related to aviation activities and functions; evaluates their impact upon Authority activities, and develops and implements policy and procedural changes as required; drafts changes to laws and ordinances and lobbies the legislature and provides supporting testimony as required.
    Contributes to the overall quality of the Authority’s airport services by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
    Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the activities of professional, technical, maintenance and office support staff through subordinate managers and supervisors.
    Oversee the design, development and maintenance of airport facilities; directs land acquisition, environmental, noise control, expansion and related functions and activities.
    Directs the conduct of analytical studies; develops and reviews reports of findings, alternatives and recommendations; directs the maintenance of accurate records and files.
    Directs the selection of staff and provides for their training and professional development; interprets regulations and Authority policies and procedures to employees; sets strategy for negotiation of the Authority collective bargaining agreements.
    Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures and other written materials.
    Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; may drive a motor vehicle or make arrangements for appropriate transportation to and from various locations within and outside of the airport complex in order to attend meetings and conduct other airport business.
    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Undergraduate degree in airport management, business administration, or related field is required; a graduate degree is preferred.
    A minimum of five years related experience in a senior management position at a commercial aviation airport and a minimum of three years at the number one or two position is also required.
    A.A.E accreditation preferred.
    Principles and practices of airport development, service delivery and maintenance in a complex, multiple sites and rapidly growing urban setting; land use, physical design, demographic, environmental and socioeconomic concepts as applied to airport planning and operations processes; administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision; principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment; applicable laws, codes and regulations; techniques for representing the airport and the county in meetings and negotiations with a wide variety of individuals and groups; techniques for making effective public presentations.
    Skill in:

    Planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive multiple site aviation facility; administering programs and staff through subordinate supervision; training others in policies and procedures related to the work and providing for their professional development; developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards; developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner; interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws related to the areas of responsibility; preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines; using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.

    Computer Skills:

    Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.


    Visionary – Ability to think differently and without usual constraints; Creatively develops and demonstrates a clear, vivid picture of targets, and how to achieve and measure success; Translates vision into concrete actions and results.
    Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities.
    Adaptability – Constantly aware of, and effectively responds to, current external and internal conditions; Adapts strategy to changing conditions; Effectively communicates, builds commitment for, and overcomes resistance to, change.
    Motivates Others – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires excellence; Builds morale and motivates people towards achieving goals and objectives.
    Delegation – Appropriately delegates work assignments for effective use of his or her team; Does not micromanage.
    Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Makes self available to staff; Regularly provides constructive performance feedback.
    Self-Confidence – Projects confidence, with humility, in one’s own decisions

    Trustworthiness – Steadfastly aligns actions with the Authority’s core values; Displays unwavering honesty; Gains trust and respect of others; Maintains confidentiality.
    Collaboration – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views and values different perspectives; Builds positive team spirit by putting success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Gives and welcomes feedback; Knows when to give and take credit.
    Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations to a wide array of audiences; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to anticipated, as well as, impromptu inquiries.
    Judgment – Defines issues, collects and verifies all relevant information; Uses sound judgment to make decisions; Willingly makes difficult decisions, when necessary; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Reacts well under pressure; Uses reason when handling emotional topics.
    Quality – Strives for excellence in all areas of responsibility; Manages performance, including rewarding excellence and fairly addressing under-performance.
    Safety and Security – Understands and observes safety and security mandates and procedures at all times.
    Customer Satisfaction:
    Service oriented – Sets external and internal customer satisfaction as high priority; Recognizes an assortment of customers.
    Employee and Stakeholder Respect:
    Appreciation – Recognizes that all team members are of value to the organization.
    Openness – Listens to new ideas and opinions, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking.
    Embraces Differences – Recognizes, accepts and values unique qualities that distinguish individuals.
    EEO Practices- Displays knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity practices and principles.
    Education and Experience
    Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required. Master’s degree in Marketing or Business Administration preferred.
    10+ years’ experience in previous leadership positions such as VP, Senior Manager or Director
    Physical Requirements and Exposures Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and be capable of commuting to and from various locations in order to visit work sites and attend meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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