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Assistant Manager Airport Security

Job ID: 60484
Department: Security Operations & Programs
Location: JFK Airport


The selected candidate will be required to undergo a background investigation conducted by the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD)


JOB DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Airport Security Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Airport Security Unit. In the absence of the Airport Security Manager, the Assistant ASM serves in his/her place. This position is one of high trust and is responsible for confidential and sensitive security information. This position requires TSA secret security clearance. 

  • Assist the ASM in overseeing the Airport Security Unit to include the Security Credentialing Office, contract management of security services and systems and compliance and enforcement of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Regulations and Security Directives, PA audit requirements, Air Terminal Rules and Chief Security Office’s procedures. 
  • In the absence of the primary Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), this position serves in as the alternate ASC and primary TSA contact. 
  • Monitor TSA screening activities in all terminals and track processing times. Work with TSA Federal Security Director (FSD) on screener allocations and other resources to improve customer processing. 
  • Monitor/Inspect cargo handling areas and activities, caterers, and general aviation operators for security compliance and work these parties to close any security gaps in these areas. 
  • In conjunction with the PA Police Department (PAPD), prepare and manage TSA mandated full scale security exercises and table top drills to ensure a well prepared response to security incidents. 
  • Lead the airport’s participation in periodic threat, vulnerability and risk assessments by PA, TSA, etc. Develop or assist in development of risk mitigation measures. 
  • Manage local airport and CSO operational support for airport security capital projects. Contribute to initial planning and design and provide local coordination and facilitation for construction and commissioning. 
  • Prepare and manage the Airport Security Unit budget on an annual basis, which includes the monitoring, tracking and control of security expenditures. 
  • Assist in strategic planning on all matters involving the Airport Security Program (ASP). Coordinate with central office staff to provide input and feedback with regard to PA policies and future airport initiatives. 
  • Serve as primary contact point for implementation of new or enhanced physical security systems. Assist in review and implementation of all security plans. 
  • Prepare responses and execute corrective measures for audits performed by PA Audits and/or the TSA. 
  • Serve as a liaison with airport tenants and the TSA relating to physical security, policies and procedures, and operational security systems. 
  • May review Tenant Security Programs (TSPs). This involves writing amendments to the TSA Federal Security Directors (FSD) and enforcing tenant compliance with the programs. 
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the TSA, Transportation Security Clearinghouse, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), other federal agencies, airport community and other PA departments for efficient and effective security operations. 
  • Participate on security industry conference calls regarding physical and operational security systems, security plans and implementation of new TSA Security Directives. Participate and/or lead PA security meetings. 
  • Review intelligence information daily and disseminate information to key airport employees. 
  • Assist in airport emergency assignments including snow. Position may require rotating shifts and on call evening and weekend work. 
  • Review/maintain/develop Operational Performance Reports, Metrics and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the security unit. 
  • Assist the PAPD, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and other law enforcement agencies in special security investigations. 
  • Coordinate with other PA airports to ensure consistent regulatory compliance.


  • Port Authority employees must meet attendance and performance standards and have completed all probationary periods. Applicant’s attendance and job performance records will be reviewed in accordance with Port Authority policy. Absences exceeding 4 occasions or 12 days and/or a job performance rating of less than Fully Competent for the 12-month period preceding the publication date of the bulletin may result in exclusion from the selection.

Minimum Requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Aviation Management or other related field.
  • Three years of contract administration and monitoring of contractor performance.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and administering a budget.
  • Three or more years of accumulated aviation security experience at the supervisory level or equivalent to the responsibilities of the position at a commercial service airport.
  • Must be able to obtain TSA secret security clearance after hiring.
Desirable Requirements:
  • Position Characteristics of Ideal Candidate:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Transportation Security Administration Security Regulations 49 CFR 1540, 1542, and 1544.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with Port Authority Air Terminal Rules and Regulations, especially with regard to security.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with Port Authority Airport Security ID Card Program, covert 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.
  • 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 of Justification (MJ) and Board of Commissioners authorization process.
  • Knowledge of the PA’s Diversity and Inclusion Policies, and compliance with such policies.


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.


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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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