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Airports Safety Management Systems Manager

Salary: $8,370 – 10,197/month


Position Description
The City of Fresno Airports Department invites interested persons to apply for the position of Airports Safety Management Systems Manager (Airports SMS Manager) to implement and manage the Safety Management Systems program in compliance with Federal rules and regulations for the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) and the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH).

The Airports SMS Manager is responsible for the overall implementation and management of the Safety Management System in compliance with Federal rules and regulations. Within guidelines set by the Director of Aviation and regulatory authorities/governing bodies, the incumbent plans and coordinates with all Airport divisions and tenants the details of the Airport SMS. In addition, this position is responsible for other aviation safety-related projects or programs as assigned. This is an unclassified position in which the incumbent serves at the will of the Director of Aviation.

Other essential duties include:
-Managing relationships with representatives from all operational departments, regulatory authorities/governing bodies (FAA, NTSB, ICAO, TSA, CBP, etc.) regarding the development and management of the Fresno Airports SMS.

-Develops, implements and manages the Department Safety Management System in compliance with Federal rules and regulations; utilizes risk assessments and data analysis to identify the effectiveness of the program.

-Serves as a resource and maintains working relationships with all operational departments, regulatory authorities/governing bodies, regarding the Safety Management System.

-Conducts research and performs analysis of hazards; develops policies and procedures in support of the Safety Management System.

-Develops recommendations based upon data collected and findings; including experience, trends and statistics of similar facilities; audits the plan to ensure its effectiveness; and reviews and updates the Safety Management System regularly.

-Tracks the implementation of safety recommendations following safety inspections, accidents or other means of hazard or risk identification; ensures corrective actions are enacted and deficiencies are minimized and corrected.

-Conducts investigations into safety related aspects of department operations to determine contributing factors and root causes as well as implementing measures that would prevent similar events from occurring.

-Facilitates and conducts Safety Risk Assessments (SRA) of department construction projects, special events, and operational policy and procedure changes.

-Prepares monthly activity reports for the Department Director on the status of the Safety Management System; documents the outcome of accident investigations and safety inspections; recaps the safety training provided; and provides recommendations to improve facility safety.

-Develops and provides safety and Safety Management System training to employees and others; and conducts training needs analysis.

-Develops, justifies and administers the budget for this program.

-Plans, coordinates, supervises, trains, and evaluates the performance of assigned staff.

Conditions of Employment

All newly hired and current City employees are required to comply with Resolution 2022 – 141 “Employee Covid-19 Safety Protocols.” For more information, please visit: Personnel Services | Policies and MOU’s (

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

The City offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. The salary for the Airports SMS Manager is dependent upon qualifications. The current annual salary range is $100,440 up to $122,364. The employee benefits package, as noted below, is subject to change and includes:

-Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public California systems. The City’s pension funds are among the best funded public systems in California. The City does not participate in Social Security.
-Health Insurance: City contributes toward the currently monthly premium for medical, dental, and vision for employee and dependents.
-Flexible Spending Account: IRS 125 Plan for health/dependent care.
-Auto Allowance: $300 per month.
-Deferred Compensation: 457 plan available.
-Management Leave: 60 hours per fiscal year.
-Annual Leave: Accrue 15.55 hours per month with cash out provisions.
-Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annual, plus birthday and two (2) personal days per year.
-Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary; premium paid by City.
-Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500 per month after 30 days.
-DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years.  Participation minimum is age 50 and vested.  Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at

Policies and MOU’s

The Requirements

Candidates for this position will demonstrate knowledge of day-to-day airport operations with a thorough understanding of airport standards and regulatory authorities/governing bodies.

A background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation or other Safety Management related field, and four (4) years of experience in Airport safety and compliance or related paid work experience which demonstrates a thorough understanding of the aviation industry and safety and rules and regulations is required.

A copy of degree or college transcripts must be uploaded and included in your on-line application for verification of requirement. Applicants lacking the documentation may be rejected if relying upon education to meet the Minimum Requirements.

This position also requires the possession of a valid California Driver’s License. Candidates considered for hire must provide proof of a valid driver’s license and current copy of their driving record.

The successful candidate must satisfactorily complete a back-ground review of employment and criminal history covering the past ten years as mandated by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 107.31 for issuance of the required Airport Security Badge.

How To Apply