Vice President, Transportation (Aviation)

Transportation New York, New York

Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses.

Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

Position Overview:
The Vice President will lead aviation policy and project development on behalf of EDC including carrying out the duties and responsibilities embedded in the “Director of Aviation” portfolio, which is required under New York City’s Master Lease for JFK and LaGuardia Airport. The role also includes leadership on policy and project development related to heliports, seaplanes and emerging aviation technologies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide expert policy and project development to senior staff to promote fixed-wing aviation facilities in NYC, including JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport.
  • Oversee and coordinate Airport Board activities with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey providing oversight on performance standards, current and future capital plans, air cargo market opportunities, financing opportunities, environmental betterments, consultant studies, traffic and transportation management, industry relationships and other areas described in the Master Lease
  • Promote and coordinate planning for the Downtown Manhattan, East 34th Street Heliports and East 23rd Street Skyport seaplane base.
  • Responsible for overseeing helicopter complaint process and coordination with 311 office.
  • Lead research and analytical tasks related to emerging technologies such as Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) and other emerging aircraft technologies that reduce noise and air pollution
  • Coordinate and guide legislation and rulemaking related to the Aviation Industry and represent agency at official forums or public hearings.
  • Examine the potential for value-added development on sites adjacent to or near the City’s aviation assets
  • Conduct regular meetings with Federal Aviation Administration officials to ensure effective communication and tracking of federal issues related to air transportation
  • Represent EDC at GatewayJFK Business Improvement District board meetings
  • Primary coordinator for issues related to the NYC Municipal Airports Lease including but not limited to approvals for use of off-terminal property, lease amendments, and other related assignments
  • Seek and prepare funding and grant applications available to improve air transportation and air cargo in NYC
  • Establish and oversee interagency and interdepartmental working groups on select aviation and air cargo projects, meeting frequently to advance projects and address challenges.
  • Articulate a vision for and evaluate the feasibility of future development at NYC aviation facilities based on sound planning principles and market realities.
  • Conduct transportation studies to assess ways that air cargo and general freight movement can be improved in the context of improving overall traffic flow and safety
  • Procure and oversee consultant services and manage complex planning projects.
  • Develop implementation strategies for interim and long-term uses.
  • Craft and manage public outreach processes in conjunction with External Affairs Department

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning, Aviation Planning City and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science or Urban Studies;
  • At least four years of work experience in public policy, aviation industry, transportation, management, or strategic consulting;
  • Familiarity with urban infrastructure and economic development issues as well as regional transportation and environmental permitting agencies issues;
  • Ability to prioritize competing needs and opportunities;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to work on projects with minimal oversight;
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • New York City residence is required within 180 days of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience in the technical aspects of design and construction of waterfront assets as well as public planning and development processes, especially in NYC;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with local communities on large-scale development plans.

Salary Range: $120,000 – 125,000

About Us: NYCEDC is New York City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. Our mission is to create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs. We do this by developing, managing, and implementing expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment and strengthen the city’s competitive position. 

NYCEDC is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, equitable, and sustainable urban economy. We are making sure that whatever happens next, happens right here in New York City—and that all New Yorkers are a part of it. 

NYCEDC offers many unique advantages for an exciting and fulfilling career. As part of our team, you’ll enjoy: 

  • The unique opportunity to make an impact on New York City 
  • Working on diverse, unique, and challenging projects 
  • Working closely with teams of creative, highly motivated, and passionate people 
  • Learning opportunities designed to enhance the practical skills and business knowledge of our employees 
  • Excellent benefits, including company-paid 401(a) pension plan, 457(b) tax-advantaged retirement savings plans, medical, dental and vision benefits, generous paid family leave and paid time off, and other perks 

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our Diversity, Equity, and Social Responsibility Mission is to create a People First strategy by attracting, retaining, and engaging a diverse and talented workforce. Like the city of New York, NYCEDC knows our strength comes from each of our connected parts, making the fabric of our organization better and stronger because of our unique employees' talents.

To help build an inclusive workplace culture, NYCEDC supports six employee resource groups that strive to engage members and advocate for their respective communities within NYCEDC. Those groups are: Accessibility group, Elevation group (BIPOC), Mindful group, Out/EDC group (LGBTQAI+), Parents group and Women's Leadership group. NYCEDC employees work as part of a highly engaged, passionate and inclusive team where everyone’s contributions are valued, respected, and have an impact on one of the best and most diverse cities in the world!

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