Job Announcement

Airport Manager
Jasper County Airport Authority
Rensselaer, Indiana

The Jasper County Airport Authority (JCAA) is seeking qualified applicants to serve full-time as the Airport Manager of Jasper County Airport (RZL), which is located equidistant between Chicago and Indianapolis at the doorstep of Northwest Indiana. The Airport Manager is responsible for the safe and efficient operation, maintenance, administration, and development of the Airport in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations. The ideal candidate will: (1) possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation/Airport Management, Public Administration, Business, or a closely-related field; (2) have prior experience in aviation/airport management and/or operations; (3) be a licensed pilot, flight or ground instructor; (4) be able to teach high school aviation curriculum; and (5) be familiar with FAA and INDOT policies and procedures pertaining to airport operations.

The Airport Manger position will remain open continuously until filled. Resumes and cover letters highlighting experience and interest may be emailed to Mr. David Pettet ( or mailed to the Jasper County Airport Authority, attention David Pettet (2326 West Clark Street, Rensselaer, Indiana, 47978).  Only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.

The JCAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace. An education/experience inquiry, criminal history check, and pre-employment drug screening may be performed, and the successful candidate will be subject to E-Verify.

Job Description

Airport Manager
Jasper County Airport Authority
Rensselaer, Indiana
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Salary Range: $1,730 – $3,038 biweekly

Job Overview:

Responsible for the safe and efficient operation, maintenance, administration, and development of Jasper County Airport, the Airport Manager’s diverse responsibilities include safety inspections, infrastructure maintenance, financial accounting, flight support, community outreach, and future preparedness.

Essential Duties:

  • Ensure the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the Airport in compliance with all Federal (FAA), State (INDOT), local, and industry regulations through:
    • Performance of airfield, lighting, and fuel inspections
    • Maintenance of airfield infrastructure and support facilities
    • Completion of grounds keeping, wildlife mitigation, and snow removal
    • Communication of non-standard airfield conditions – including airport closure – through the issuance of NOTAMs
    • Coordination of airport development and construction with the JCAA, JCAA’s engineer, FBO, tenants, users, contractors, and the community
    • Administration, review, and updating of the Airport Emergency Plan and/or emergency contacts, leases and/or contracts, and Airport Rules and Regulations
    • Remaining on-call for after-hours emergencies and non-emergencies
  • Ensure the timely and accurate accounting of the JCAA’s finances through:
    • Preparation and payment of payroll and payroll taxes
    • Preparation and payment of bills via vouchers
    • Preparation of invoices and receipt of payments in accordance with leases and contracts
    • Calculation of fuel prices and fuel sales
    • Preparation and submission of monthly, quarterly, and annual remittances and reports
    • Preparation and presentation of annual budget
    • Record keeping and preservation
    • Compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA), Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), and Jasper County policies, procedures, and best practices in support of audit requirements
  • Ensure the Airport’s promotion through:
    • Provision of welcoming hospitality and supportive assistance to all
    • Dialog with FBO, tenants, guests, community, media, and industry
    • Attendance of and presentation at County, City, town, and community-organization meetings
    • Hosting of aviation events, airport tours, and third-party meetings
    • Marketing of the Airport, as well as Airport facilities, amenities, businesses, and events, to Airport users and community members
    • Maintenance of the Airport’s website
    • Preparation and presentation of monthly reports for JCAA meetings
    • Service as Airport spokesperson on the JCAA’s behalf
  • Ensure the Airport’s preparedness for the future through:
    • Preparation of recommendations for policies, procedures, rates and charges, Airport purchases, and capital improvements
    • Communication and coordination of capital improvements with the JCAA’s engineer, civic leaders, and community members
    • Training, supervising, and terminating JCAA personnel as directed by JCAA.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with FBO, tenants, guests, community, media, and industry
  • Ability to use a computer, printer/scanner/copier/fax, Microsoft Office, and QuickBooks
  • Demonstrate skills required for all equipment operations
  • Ability to supervise personnel
  • Have correctable speech, hearing, and eyesight
  • Reside within 30 minute legal drive time to Jasper County Airport
  • The Airport Manager may be required to be on-call for after-hours emergencies and non-emergencies, work flexible hours that include weekends and holidays as necessary, and represent the Airport on the JCAA’s behalf, which highlights the preference for a self-motivated, self-directed professional.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management, or a closely-related field.
  • Knowledge of FAA and INDOT regulations, policies, and procedures, including FAA radio communication protocol and phraseology
  • Licensed as a pilot, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), or Accelerated Ground Instructor (AGI)
  • Teaching Experience
  • Ability to teach high school aviation education curriculum and a pilot ground school

This position is subject to Jasper County’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy, which includes, but is not limited to, pre-employment testing, random testing, reasonable-suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.