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Manager, Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Aviation, 4WTC

Job ID: 34719
Department: Aviation
Location: 4 World Trade Center


The Aviation Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is currently seeking a Manager, Safety & Regulatory Compliance with extensive FAA Part 139 to lead the execution of essential regulatory, airport certification, safety and emergency management initiatives for our airport system.

Reporting to the Aviation Operations Officer, Aviation Department, the Manager, Safety & Regulatory Compliance will lead their division in Aviation Operations and is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of essential functions for stakeholders at the Port Authority’s system of five airports (JFK, LGA, EWR, SWF, and TEB). These functions include:

  • Airport Certification & Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Airport Operation Centers (AOC)/ Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) program development

The Manager, Safety & Regulatory Compliance will be responsible for:

  • Communicating with facility, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airline staff to get input and share the unit’s goals and objectives. 
  • Proposing unit priorities by assessing airport needs and future industry trends and responding with plans and execution methodologies for executive review.
  • Establishing goal-driven management plans to meet Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 requirements.  Effectively managing the performance and output of a team of certification and safety experts to meet the needs of stakeholders.
  • Managing individual unit projects as necessary including the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) to assure accomplishment of project goals.
  • Actively working with airport operations, maintenance, wildlife, and ARFF staff to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive, systematic, and consistent plans to ensure that the airport achieves outstanding results on annual Part 139 airport certification inspections.
  • Managing audits of the airport’s day-to-day activities to ensure compliance with Part 139 requirements, the Airport Certification Manual (ACM) and FAA Advisory Circulars.
  • Conducting reviews and analysis of the airport self-inspection program and identify trends and recommend improvements.
  • Managing the Airport Rules and Regulations program including coordination of updates/changes.
  • Reviewing and analyzing the results of annual certification inspections and develop plans for immediate remediation and continuous improvement.
  • Providing oversight of all Part 139 training, including ARFF, wildlife, and driver training records management.
  • Coordinating the implementation and deployment of AOC and EOC. Providing guidance and support to Airport Operation Managers for program implementation.
  • Representing the organization at industry meetings on areas of expertise and work to influence national standards in a manner aligned with Port Authority experience and airport needs.
  • Reporting to the Port Authority Agency EOC in Jersey City, NJ to work emergencies and/or weather related events (i.e. significant snowfall events), outside of normal working hours, inclusive of nighttime 12-hour shifts (as needed).


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Aviation Management or a related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) to ten (10) years of relevant regulatory and operational experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in airport operations/ Part139.
  • Valid state issued Driver license. 


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Aviation.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in airport operations/Part139 at a commercial service airport.
  • Experience working in the aviation industry, preferably airport/airline operations and safety as they pertain to Part 139.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability, with the ability to manage, develop and motivate staff.
  • Knowledge of continually changing Federal and State regulations related to airline operations, airfield operations, Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic procedures.
  • Experience developing methods of meeting regulations given cost and resource constraints.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification.
  • Recommended industry background and certification in one or more of the following:
    • Fields Pilot’s license
    • Air traffic control license
    • Federal Aviation Part 139 certification
    • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Certification in Operations and Security
    • Membership and participation in AAAE
    • Certification in AAAE’s Certified Member (CM) Program or Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) Program
    • Engineering and/or Six Sigma training

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

During 2018, the Port Authority handled a projected 137.9 million passengers at its four commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2017’s previous record high.  Newark Liberty reported a 6.3 percent annual increase, JFK reported a 2.5 percent increase and LaGuardia saw its annual passenger volume rise by 2.3 percent. New York Stewart reported a 44.2 percent surge in traffic, driven in part by new, low-cost nonstop service offered by Norwegian Air to destinations overseas.

To accommodate future airport demand, the Port Authority and its private airport partners have committed an unprecedented $28 billion – the most in agency history – to maintain and build new airport facilities across the system. The level of investment illustrates the Port Authority’s aggressive commitment to creating a network of state-of-the art airport facilities.

  • At LaGuardia, an $8 billion rebuilding of the legacy airport is in progress, and in December, the first new concourse in Terminal B opened to the public. 
  • At Newark Liberty, ground was broken in October for a new Terminal One that will replace the aging and obsolete Terminal A. 
  • At JFK, Governor Cuomo announced in October a $13 billion project to rebuild the airport, including the addition of 4 million square feet to the airport’s north and south sides to increase airport capacity by at least 15 million passengers annually.  The first new gates of the redeveloped terminal are scheduled to open in 2023 with projected completion in 2025.

The mission of the Aviation department is to plan, develop, provide, promote, operate and maintain a unified system of safe and secure regional airport facilities, providing the region with unsurpassed global access and restoring the region to its preeminent status as the nation’s gateway for passengers and cargo and to do so with sensitively for the community and the environment. 

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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