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Tucson International Airport Tucson Airport Authority Ryan Airfield

Safety Program Manager

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Under minimal supervision and administrative direction is responsible for providing technical and management level recommendations to TAA departments regarding safety and health technical regulatory and policy issues; assists in the management of an airport-wide safety, health loss control and prevention program at Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield (RYN); responsible for reporting safety, operational and process-oriented results, and to provide systems analysis and process improvement recommendations; assists in the development and implementation of any FAA mandated Safety Management System, including comprehensive safety policies, safety risk management, safety assurance, safety promotion and an occupational health and safety program. Provides consultation and expertise, and exercises functional authority over TAA staff in essential matters of occupational safety, risk, and health.

Essential Functions: 

The following functions and all other functions not included in this job description are to be performed in the best interests and for the greater good of TAA.

  • Plan, develop, implement, assess and audit comprehensive airport-wide safety and health concerns for TAA departments.
  • Develop, coordinate and supervise the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive airport-wide Safety Management System (SMS), as required by FAR Part 139, with objectives, methods, processes and an organizational structure designed to proactively manage risk, detect and correct safety problems before those problems result in an incident or accident, and reduce the impact/cost of incidents.
  • Recommend airport-wide safety and health directives, and maintain airport safety related manuals or handbooks, including preparation and distribution of appropriate updates.
  • Provide consultation and expertise and exercise functional authority over airport staff in essential matters of occupational safety and health.
  • Determine applicability of administrative and regulatory requirements and other health and safety laws and implement applicable regulations and standards.
  • Establish and implement safety training objectives, plans and schedules in the area of health and safety.  Conduct or provide for safety related training.  Ensure records are being properly maintained by all appropriate parties.
  • Conduct, supervise and/or coordinate facility and site inspections, job hazards analyses and other evaluations to identify hazards and effectiveness of risk control strategies; make recommendations to leadership, as required; implement appropriate corrective actions.
  • Monitor airport safety programs; conduct trend analysis; report to airport management on result of analysis and make recommendations related to that analysis.
  • Conduct audits of corrective actions to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Conduct post-accident investigations; develop an airport accident review committee, and make recommendations for changes in equipment and/or processes to correct unsafe conditions.
  • Assess incident statistics to determine requirements for new or modified training.
  • Determine the need for and adequacy of new or revised risk controls and associated issues.
  • Ensure consistency of procedures and reports with governing documents to include relevant federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations and airport charter/enabling legislation.
  • Create a positive safety culture within all levels of the workforce by providing TAA departments with related information required to carry out their assigned responsibilities.
  • Facilitate the TAA Safety Committee and other safety-related committees.
  • Communicate effectively the stated goals and objectives of TAA to the public and outside agencies. 

The above listed functions are not necessarily all the essential functions. Job duties and functions may be expanded or reduced by management based on future changing needs and job requirements.

Position Requirements: 

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in industrial or safety engineering, occupational health or a closely related field.  Three years of progressively responsible experience in workplace safety, workers compensation program administration and employee training work, with at least two years of which have involved administration of a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program in lieu of a degree is acceptable.  Previous aviation experience preferred. 

Ability to: 

Environmental Requirements

  • Work in a high-noise environment and extreme weather.

Mental Requirements

  • Effectively manage safety compliance in a complex airport operating environment.
  • Remain focused and decisive in stressful situations; use sound and effective judgment.
  • Effectively manage emergency events and situations consistent with federal regulations, NIMS/ICS, and best practices.
  • Perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, with mature judgment; function in compelling, high stress, fast moving work surroundings, with deadlines and multiple projects.
  • Initiate and organize responsibilities without observant supervision; take independent action relative to emergency operations and work problems requiring immediate solutions.
  • Interpret and analyze complex technical data and information for decision-making and reporting purposes, including decision-making in stressful situations.
  • Research information and organize data in meaningful form, make sound judgments, draw accurate conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations.

Physical Requirements

  • Communicate in English via telephone, radio, and cellular telephone, in a high noise environment, with sufficient clarity to be understood by others.
  • Hear and understand through both ears, sounds coming through a radio, a standard telephone receiver, or other outside sound
  • Read, write, and speak the English language in an articulate, fluent


  • Work day/evening/weekends/holidays, subject to operational needs and requirements.
  • Be available 24/7/365 to respond to TUS or RYN in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with department personnel, other TAA personnel, and outside
  • Make effective public presentations.
  • Exercise effective customer service and public relations practices and
  • Understand that dissemination of information outside of job requirements is based on “need-to-know” and maintain discreet and professional sense of confidentiality due to sensitive nature of job functions.
  • Operate a computer, and any other computer software appropriate for assigned position.
  • Improve job knowledge and work effectiveness through educational courses, training programs, work related seminars, and workshops; engage in self-improvement activities and

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:        

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license.
  • Meet and maintain the ability to drive airport vehicles and obtain authorization to access the Non-Movement Area on the Air Operations Area (AOA).
  • Must obtain and maintain access to the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA).
  • Must earn AAAE Certified Member (C.M.) certification within two years of assuming the position.
  • Accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is desired.
  • Must successfully complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100, 200, 700, 800, course requirements and certification within the first year of assuming the position.
  • Will serve at the pleasure of the President/CEO and is not covered under the appeals process.
  • As an employee, you are deemed to be essential personnel as part of TAA’s emergency response, and must respond to airport incidents as requested/required.
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