Operational Readiness and Airport Transition Manager – Limited Duration


Website Port of Seattle

Job Description

We currently have three (3) positions available with focus areas in airside, terminal and project stakeholder engagement.

This is a limited duration position and is expected to last no longer than three (3) years.

Lead and facilitate activities with key stakeholders that ensure the successful opening of new facilities and assets at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Ensure the Operational Readiness and Airport Transition (ORAT) Strategic Program is followed for all applicable projects, to include project-specific Implementation Plans, Stakeholder Engagement, trials and simulations, mitigation of risks, coordination of training and familiarization tours, transition planning, and provide post-opening support.

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Development of future projects to include Concept of Operations, design review, document changes/change orders, and representing project sponsors and Aviation Operations best interests.
Coordinate activation activities with all tenants, Port departments and government agencies that are stakeholders in a new facility opening.
Responsible for activation checklists, identifying risks and developing countermeasures, identifying and helping to resolve issues, and identifying activities that each stakeholder will need to perform in preparation for opening.
Coordinate and facilitate regular and frequent meetings with stakeholders, guiding them through the principles and fundamentals of ORAT, concept of operations for new facilities.
Develop and oversee training and trials to ensure internal and external staff are prepared for new systems and facilities to open.
Develop a range of trials from basic trials (one system or procedure), to advanced trials (multiple systems or procedures).
Develop and oversee full scale, passenger flow simulations that will integrate multiple systems, procedures and stakeholders to ensure facilities are fully prepared. Coordinate with Public Affairs, tenants and the project team to ensure success and gather survey information.
Responsible for monitoring commissioning schedules for new or refurbished systems and machinery, and maintain active engagement with the Project Team, Maintenance and Facilities &Infrastructure departments.

Knowledge of project management principals, practices and techniques, construction, facility operations and system.  Knowledge of reading blueprints, design standards and specifications,

Analytical skills, including processing qualitative or quantitative data; use data to draw insightful conclusions; and convert and present data to an executive level. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to work in a team.  Strong troubleshooting skills, with potentially unfamiliar tasks. Pro-active, positive problem solving skills.  Produce and communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.

Ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines, adjust and respond to unscheduled events. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups in politically sensitive and potentially contentious environments including working with government officials, the public, community groups, and organizational colleagues. Ability to work independently and as a team, across and within teams, with peers and upper-level staff. Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work; work on multiple tasks accurately and quickly in a high pressure/short deadline environment, and understand issues quickly and manage changing priorities. Ability to exercise initiative and judgment within the scope of the position with minimum oversight.

Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation or related field; and
Three (3) year of experience in Aviation Operations or facility management at a medium or large hub airport.


Master’s Degree in Aviation; and
Five (5) years of experience in Operational Readiness or Activation with a major construction project at a small, medium or large hub airport.

Work Environment

Will generally work in an office environment, also required to walk construction sites in and outdoors.Additional Details

Driver’s License Requirement:
A valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required.

Weekly Standard Hours:
This is a seven day a week and twenty-four hour a day facility.  Normal work schedule will vary.  Must be able and willing to work any and all assigned shifts, including weekends.  Will be required to work during emergencies.

To apply for this job please visit www.portseattle.org.


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