Regional Airport Manager

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Closing date: Nov 24, 2017

Location: Norman Wells

Department: INF Regional Airports Ops

Job Code: 14861

Salary: $100,016 - $119,418

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Job Information

This position, located at the Norman Wells Airport reports to the Regional Superintendent. The incumbent manages all airport operations at the Norman Wells Airport as well as four registered community airports located at Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, and Dél¿n¿ to ensure these critical facilities are effective in the delivery of aviation services for safe, secure and reliable movement of people and goods.

The operation of these airports must meet all the requirements of Transport Canada regulations to maintain their operational licenses and Airport Certification. The airports of the Northwest Territories (NWT) are also necessary to meet service obligations for such emergency situations as community evacuations and medical evacuations. The Regional Airport Manager is accountable for the operation of the airport and must serve the airline industry and other stakeholders, maintain safe operations for the public and interact with the Federal regulators from Transport Canada to meet and maintain all regulatory obligations.

The Regional Airport Manager is responsible for promoting a positive safety culture at their airports. Implementation and oversight of the Safety Management System (SMS) is required to meet regulatory obligations and maintain certification.


 ·    Thorough knowledge of airport and aviation industry; knowledge of the Aeronautics act and regulations (such as air traffic, security and zoning), environment acts and regulations, and labor, electrical, building and fire codes.
·    Knowledge of airport buildings planning and design, engineering and construction principles and the ability to integrate those within the complex regulatory regime that is in place at the Airport.
·    Theories and principles of airport maintenance management and planned preventative maintenance. Ability to properly present the advantages and disadvantages.
·    Good working knowledge of government financial regulations, directives and procedures related to both expenditures and the collection of revenues.
·    Project supervision and management skills, as well as technical knowledge of civil engineering practices as it relates to airport maintenance and construction, to enable the effective delivery of the maintenance and capital project programs.
·    Human resource management skills in order to effectively deal with the numerous issues that can arise with a large staff engaged in an often-stressful environment.
·    Conflict resolution and mediation skills to ensure a smooth integration of large private and  public  workforce  activities;  negotiation  and  conciliation  skills  to  ensure  the airport's  interests are protected and  advanced when  dealing  with  contractors, the public, employees and other government departments.
·    The ability to lead and communicate a clear direction to staff and provide the incentive to ensure a buy in from the people managed, especially in the integration of new methods of accomplishing goals.
·    The proven ability to act confidently in challenging situations to accomplish tasks and select an effective approach to a task or problem.
·    Ability to train, instruct and develop various trade disciplines and employees.
·    The ability to analyze and evaluate complex issues and to offer a clear solution.
·    Writing  skills  to  develop  feasibility  studies  and  reports  and  to  ensure  employee appraisals are accurately and clearly defined.
·    Proficiency with computer skills such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
·    Crisis management techniques and the ability to influence the actions of others during an emergency are necessary.
·    Ability to diagnose complex technical problems associated with O&M.
·    The ability to assess operational requirements and transform them into a practical technical course of action.
·    Demonstrable leadership, initiative and professional judgment.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

·    Bachelor    degree    from    a    recognized    institution    in    the    fields    of    airport management/administration and 5 years directly related experience in an airport environment including supervising, and a valid Class 5 NWT Driver's License.

Department Information

The Department of Infrastructure (INF) provides high quality services to the public and Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) departments, boards and agencies including the planning, design, construction, acquisition, operation and maintenance of public transportation infrastructure and the buildings, works and equipment required for the GNWT to deliver its programs and services. INF makes essential petroleum products available for sale to the public where these products are not provided by the private sector, and promotes the development and increased use of energy efficient technologies.  INF also regulates electrical and mechanical safety services and licenses individuals and vehicles operating in the territory.

For more information please refer to the Department of Infrastructure website at

More Information


This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupations.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#2 McKenzie Drive
Box 360 
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14861  Closing Date: November 24, 2017 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $51.29 per hour (approximately $100,015.50 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License.