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Supervising Security Coordinator / LaGuardia Airport

Job ID: 35765
Department: Security Operations & Programs
Location: LaGuardia Airport


This position is responsible for the management and maintenance of critical security systems and programs to support and enforce airport and tenant compliance with TSA security regulations. The position manages and monitors service and security system contracts, including but not limited to: Unarmed Guard Service Contract, Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS), Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance systems, and other contracts as required. This position also works with airport employees, tenants and the TSA to identify and correct non-compliant security conditions. The incumbent will be heavily involved in the review and revision of Exclusive Area Agreements (EAAs) and Tenant Security Programs (TSPs). The incumbent will also serve as the main security point of contact and is the lead security planner for airport construction security arrangements. Lastly, the incumbent will serve as the authoritative lead on security matters to other airport security staff and serve as Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) in the absence of the Airport Security Manager. Must be able to work occasional overtime hours, weekend and evening hours, and rotating shifts as circumstances may dictate, including response to the airport during security and/or weather emergencies.

This position is one of high trust and is responsible for confidential and sensitive security information. This position requires TSA secret security clearance.

  1. Manage the day-to-day operation of the Uniformed, Unarmed Security Guard Service Contract.  This includes oversight of 100 – 300 guards who provide access to secured areas, conduct surveillance of airport parking lots, conduct facility patrols, provide secure escorts and perform surveillance using specialized equipment.  
  2. Manage the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) which includes monitoring system status and its operation, oversight of the contractor’s response to ensure timely service or repair; coordinate activities for expansion or modifications to the system; interface with PA Police and multiple PA departments and stakeholders. Oversee contract staff use of the system, their training and their performance effectiveness. Develop recommendations for improving system. Conduct forensic analysis of intrusion events to identify perpetrators and/or operator or system errors.
  3. Manage the CCTV surveillance system and its use which includes serving as a point-of-contact for review and approval/denial of all system access requests; coordinate expansion of system, equipment storage, system modifications and software upgrades  and infrastructure support such as fiber installation.  This requires working closely with multiple stakeholders such as the PA Technology Services Department, Airport Operations, TSA, Project Management Department, etc.
  4. Serve as the main security point of contact for airport construction security arrangements including developing security plans for the construction sites, containment of workers and inspection and escorts of vehicles and airfield construction site activities for compliance with TSA and PA security requirements.
  5. Maintain the Airport Security Program (ASP) and all Exclusive Area Agreements (EAAs), and Tenant Security Programs (TSPs). This involves writing amendments for the TSA Federal Security Directors (FSD) and enforcing tenant compliance with the programs.  Assist in strategic planning on all matters involving Airport Security Program (ASP). Coordinate with staff to provide input and feedback with regard to PA polices and future airport initiatives.
  6. Supervise  PA Airport Operations Field Supervisory staff (FS) in their round-the-clock security responsibilities.  
  7. Serve as an authoritative lead on security operations and policy, and provide work guidance, direction, and counsel to the Senior Security Coordinators for credentialing, contract management, physical security, technology, and other security matters, etc.
  8. Serve as a highly knowledgeable authority on TSA security regulations for airports and provide information, analyses, and recommendations to executive management and airport stakeholders regarding the regulations, proposed modifications to the regulations, and the impact of the regulations on airport security, operations, and business.
  9. Review/Maintain/Develop/Implement security polices and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the airport security program and propose revisions to airport rules and regulations regarding security, where needed.
  10. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Transportation Security Clearinghouse, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), other federal agencies, PAPD, airport community and other PA departments for efficient and effective security operations.
  11. Manage or assist in the implementation of new or enhanced security systems and/or projects/programs.
  12. Participate on security industry working groups involving research and report writing, conference calls regarding implementation of new TSA Security Directives. Participate and/or lead PA security meetings.
  13. Assist in airport emergency assignments including snow. Position may require rotating shifts and on call evening and weekend work.
  14. In the absence of the primary Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), this position serves as the alternate ASC.
  15. Prepare responses and execute corrective measures for audits performed by PA Audit and/or the TSA.
  16. Assist the PAPD, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and other law enforcement agencies in special security investigations.
  17. Coordinate with other PA airports to ensure consistent regulatory compliance


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

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Aviation Management or other related field.
  • Three or more years of aviation security / operstions experience at a commerical service airport
  • Must be able to obtain TSA secret security clearance after hiring.

Note:  The successful candidate must be able to pass a criminal history records check, as mandated by 49 CFR 1542, and meet all requirements necessary to obtain and maintain a Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) Card and airfield driving privileges.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Three years of contract administration and monitoring of contractor performance.
  • Three or more years of aviation security experience at the supervisory level or equivalent to the responsibilities of the position at a commercial service airport.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn Port Authority and Aviation operating policies and procedures including those related to contract administration, budgeting, staffing, and contract development.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with Transportation Security Administration Security Regulations 49 CFR 1540, 1542, and 1544.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with Air Terminal Rules and Regulations, especially with regard to security.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with Port Authority Airport Security ID Card Program, audit program, and security standard operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and develop long-term solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task while providing outstanding customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet or exceed performance objectives and measures.
  • Ability to effectively interact with internal and external management and governmental agencies.
  • Strong, proven, oral and written communication and presentation skills. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software programs, specifically, Excel, Outlook, Word, and Power Point.
  • Familiarity with contract administration and monitoring of contractor performance.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of Title 14 CFR Part 139, pertaining to airport safety, certification and operations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with various computerized systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PA SAP billing and payment system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the PA’s Memorandum and Justification (MJ) and Board of Commissioners authorization process.


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

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


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

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