Airport Maintenance Deputy Director

County of Orange
Full Time $129,750 - $179,712 Per year CA 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707, United States



(Operations and Maintenance Deputy Director)


The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill a current vacancy within John Wayne Airport and may be used to fill any future vacancies in other agencies throughout the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and or lower classifications.

 Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 6, 2024, until
Monday, May 20, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (PST).

Effective June 28, 2024, salary will be increased by 4.25%.Effective June 27, 2025, salary will be increased by 4.0%

 Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

The AirportJohn Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), owned and operated by the County of Orange, is located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles between Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach.
John Wayne Airport is a medium hub airport with approximately 300,000 commercial and general aviation operations each year, placing it in the top 30 busiest airports in the country. John Wayne Airport plays a unique and crucial role in the Orange County community. It is the only airport in Orange County that provides commercial passenger and air cargo service and is the primary provider of general aviation services and facilities in the county. It is home to local law enforcement air operations and to medical/mercy flights. SNA is the gateway through which millions of passengers travel each year to their homes, their families, their vacations, and their businesses. 

The Airport spans more than 510 acres and operates two runways. The 2,887-foot runway serves general aviation and the 5,700-foot main runway serves both commercial and general aviation aircraft. The current Riley Terminal is 730,505 square feet, and provides 20 commercial passenger gates and two smaller commuter passenger terminals at the north and south ends. In October 2018, the Airport completed a major improvement project that, in addition to numerous safety, code, comfort and aesthetic improvements, it also included adding a Nursing Mother’s Lounge and Animal Relief Area. 
  • Mission: Connecting People, Places and Opportunities.
  • Vision: To be an airport of choice by creating exceptional experiences.
  • Core Values: REACH 
    • Respect 
    • Environmental Stewardship 
    • Accountability 
    • Collaboration 
    • Honesty
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The Position
The County of Orange, John Wayne Airport, has an opportunity for a visionary, entrepreneurial, results-oriented senior-level professional to join our executive team. The Airport Maintenance Deputy Director reports directly to the Airport Director and is responsible for the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of all airport-related facilities and systems, including equipment, mechanical, electrical, electronics, plumbing, fire detection and protection, HVAC systems, building, grounds, jet bridges and the airfield.

Maintenance is accomplished with a balanced combination of in-house personnel and specialty outsourced contracts.  The Airport Maintenance Deputy Director will lead an In-house workforce separated into major functional areas consisting of supervisors, project managers, multi-trades workers, and technical/systems personnel.

This position only focuses on Airport Maintenance and does not oversee landside and airside operations.

Work Hours
The selected candidate will manage teams who work 24/7 shifts. Therefore, the candidate should be available to work various shifts, including days, nights, weekends, holidays and work after regular working hours for on-call meetings and to provide leadership for after hour projects and maintenance activities, as required. 

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The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have at least two (2) years of experience as an Operations and Maintenance Manager, Senior or three (3) years experience as an Operations and Maintenance Manager or its equivalent with the County of Orange. 


Six (6) years of management business administration or operations and maintenance management experience related to assignment; must include two (2) years of supervisory experience.

- A Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, facilities management, construction management, civil engineering, environmental management, or directly related field may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

- A Master’s degree or higher in business, public administration, facilities management, construction management, civil engineering, environmental management, or directly related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.

Airport experience is a plus.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in the following:
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of audiences.
  • Hands-on problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, and proven negotiation skills.
  • Experience in team building.
  • Involvement in providing an exceptional guest experience.
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders, partners, elected and appointed officials, the public, and Airport leadership.
  • Planning, assigning, and supervising the work of subordinates, including establishing challenging standards and productivity goals with clear measurements
  • Responsible for maintenance of equipment and exercising non-CIP maintenance projects.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all necessary projects to replace facilities/equipment/systems are identified
  • Responsible for ensuring that an organizational structure is in place to fulfill the department's mission in the organization and provide maximum opportunities for employee development and advancement
  • Responsible for ensuring a cost-effective operation
  • Responsible for creating and sustaining a strong, healthy, and equitable culture across the workforce
  • Responsible for ensuring safety and security is always a priority
  • Encourages change and innovation, embracing diverse thinking and styles across all staff levels
- Although not required, a professional certification such as the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) designation is highly desired.
In addition, the successful candidate will have knowledge, skills, and abilities which will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Principles and practices of maintenance service areas related, but not limited, to facilities planning, maintenance, general maintenance, equipment, emergency incident management, sustainability initiatives, and environmental and compliance programs.
  • Principles and practices of non-CIP project management.
  • Principles and practices of negotiating and managing contracts.
  • Principles and practices of modern business management.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting and fiscal management including fund accounting.
  • Principles and practices of maintenance program planning and administration.
  • Principles and practices of service delivery models.
  • Principles and practices of group facilitation and building consensus.
  • Best practices, trends, and emerging technologies. 
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Principles and techniques of complex oral presentations and written reports.
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution and negotiation strategies.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and standards.
  • Principles in providing customer service. 
  • Direct and coordinate various personnel functions including, but not limited to performance appraisals, scheduling, and training of assigned staff.
  • Effectively monitor assigned staff workload across multiple shifts for 24/7 operations. 
  • Exercise sound managerial judgment with initiative and originality in the generation of new and revised maintenance. 
  • Build effective business relationships with stakeholders, tenants, consultants, vendors, and County staff and leadership.
  • Build and lead a team of high-performance, forward-focused, results and customer-oriented professionals.
  • Align team and individual goals to meet the organization’s objectives.
  • Supervisory principles, practices, and techniques, including training, coaching, coordinating deadlines, prioritizing work demands, and assigning/monitoring work
  • Empower staff and inspire creative approaches to doing business “smarter and faster”.
  • Evaluate the effect of current and pending federal, state, and local legislation, regulation, directives, and policies as they relate to SNA maintenance.
  • Develop plans to maximize business maintenance development potential.
  • Assess the Division’s organizational structure to ensure efficient and effective operations, and to develop and implement successful, proactive workforce plans.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to align team/business unit with corporate strategies and objectives.
  • Ability to assess the difference between Maintenance and Capital Improvement Projects and support necessary implementation. 
  • Maximize Maintenance Resources and develop a maintenance plan to improve lifespan systems cost-effectively
  • Develop, implement, and monitor the Airport's maintenance improvement plan (MIP).
  • Conduct concession planning, research, and evaluation; develop strategies and apply creative techniques to successfully manage and maintain Airport facilities. 
  • Ability to work effectively and interact with various organizational levels within the County, agency departments, and external vendors.
  • Report ideas and complex material , concisely, and logically both verbally and in writing.
  • Represent the Airport effectively and communicate articulately on a variety of issues that may be confidential or sensitive.
  • Present technical information and concepts, convincingly, and effectively, both orally and in writing, to diverse groups including the media.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships and deal tactfully and effectively with elected and appointed officials at the local, State, and Federal levels including business executives, regulatory agencies, community groups, employees, and the general public.
  • Communicate effectively to resolve issues and develop collaboration on all internal organizational levels and with a wide range of external constituents including business, community, and Airport customers.
  • Assess the Airport’s Maintenance through the eyes of the traveling public, and local community, to anticipate and meet their needs.

The successful candidate must possess, obtain, and maintain the following licenses:

  • Valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, by date of appointment
  • Valid Airport Access Badge with an Airport Driving Endorsement within ten (10) days of employment.

The successful candidate must clear a background check which includes a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Security Threat Assessment (STA). 


In addition to the standard requirements and conditions listed for all positions, some assignments may require additional physical and mental capabilities and/or the ability to work in the more diverse environmental conditions listed for some positions. 

Physical and Mental Requirements: Possess vision sufficient to read standard text and a computer monitor and to drive a vehicle; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person to individuals and groups and over the telephone; possess body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop and bend routinely to perform daily tasks and to access a standard office environment; possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard, utilize office equipment and to write and drive; use a County approved means of transportation.

Environmental and Working Conditions: Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.

Function effectively in a standard office environment.

Human Resource Services screens all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Veterans Employment Preference: The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click to review the policy. 

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Structured Oral Interview (Oral Exam) | (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Eligible List | Score Groups: Once all assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Completion of a background investigation to the satisfaction of the County may be required for some assignments. 

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.