Director – Federal Programs (for Airports) – remote opportunity
PLEASE NOTE: Please do not apply if you require visa sponsorship. This position requires the candidate be able to work in the U.S. WITHOUT the need for visa sponsorship!
This is a full time/direct hire position offering a competitive salary with full benefits package.
Title of position: Director, Federal Programs
Employment location: Remote opportunity
The employer is seeking a professional to direct its Federal Programs Practice, which involves consulting with airport clients regarding a range of issues related to federal funding of airport improvement projects and related matters. The employer is seeking a talented and creative team player who is passionate about airport consulting, and who likes taking on new challenges and developing innovative strategies to assist airports in achieving their goals and objectives.
Working under the direction of one or more the company officers, the position has overall responsibility for assisting clients in obtaining funding from the various airport financial assistance programs administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including the following:
- Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Applications | Serve as project manager for the preparation of PFC applications and amendments. The selected individual will be the primary point of contact with the client and will also provide technical support to the client in its communication with the FAA. Specific tasks will include:
- Identifying information and data needed to complete a successful PFC application;
- Preparing or supervising the preparation of PFC application documents;
- Assisting the client in coordinating FAA review of draft documents;
- Assisting the client in completing the airline consultation and public notice processes; and
- Responding to technical inquiries from the FAA.
- AIP Letters of Intent (LOIs) and Benefit Cost Analyses (BCAs) | Serves as project manager for the development of LOI applications and BCAs in accordance with FAA requirements, as applicable, for projects involving discretionary Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding. Specific tasks will include:
- Communicating data and information requirements to the client;
- Organizing the LOI and BCA document structures and prepares document narrative;
- Coordinating review of draft documents with the client; and
- Assisting the client in coordinating FAA review of the draft documents.
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Terminal Program (ATP) Grants | Serves as project manager for developing BIL ATP competitive grant applications, which may include:
- Advising clients on project and grant amounts likely to be approved by the FAA;
- Preparing BIL ATP applications based on data provided by the client; or
- Reviewing draft BIL ATP applications prepared by client staff.
- FAA Rates and Charges Policy | Advises company team members and clients on the requirements of the USDOT/FAA airline rates and charges policy, including reviewing rate methodologies for consistency with that policy.
- FAA Airport Revenue Use Policy | Responsibilities include:
- Advising company team members and clients on the requirements of the FAA Airport Revenue Use Policy.
- Under the direction of the engagement’s officer in charge, serves as project manager responsible for preparing responses to audit findings, inquiries from FAA or airport governing bodies demonstrating that specific airport practices are consistent with and/or required by the Revenue use Policy.
- Bachelor’s degree in a field that provides a strong foundation for aviation financial consulting, such as Aviation Management, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or a related field.
- Minimum of five years’ experience in aviation management, federal funding of airport programs, and/or federal aviation regulations.
- Possess a familiarity with the aviation industry and federal funding programs for airports.
- Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Willingness to travel.
Preferred Qualifications and Expertise
- PFC Application Processing | Experience preparing or reviewing PFC applications for airports ranging from non-hub airports to large hub airports. Candidate should have experience with both expedited 30-day review applications and standard 120-day review applications. Candidate should be knowledgeable in identifying information and data required to assemble a successful PFC application and in the requirements for assembling a PFC application.
- PFC Requirements, Policies and Procedures | Thorough knowledge of PFC regulation, current policies and procedures and history of the PFC program. The candidate should be well versed in eligibility standards for PFCs, particularly terminal eligibility.
- AIP LOIs and BCAs | Thorough knowledge of, and experience in, preparing or reviewing LOIs and BCAs. Although the ability to perform the quantitative analyses included in these documents is not required, the candidate should be able to organize the BCA and LOI documents as specified by the FAA and be able to prepare narrative text for the documents.
- AIP Grant Agreements | Thorough knowledge of and experience in the AIP grant process, including eligibility standards, grant processing and grant administration.
- BIL ATP Grants | Knowledge of and experience in preparing or reviewing BIL ATP competitive grant applications, including procedures and forms for responding to NOFOs.
- USDOT/FAA Rates and Charges Policy | Knowledge of the Rates and Charges Policy and experience in interpreting and applying the policy.
- FAA Airport Revenue Use Policy | Knowledge of the Airport Revenue Use Policy and experience in interpreting and applying the policy.
Executive, Operations / Management