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"Director (Chief), Public Safety - Nashville, Tenn."



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                                           Director (Chief), Public Safety



Closing date for filing applications/resumes: Open Until Filled


Salary Range:  $75,000 - $95,000  (Based on Qualifications and Experience)


Employment contingent upon signing an employment agreement.




1)      Secure application blanks and other information in the Human Resources Department located on the fourth floor of the terminal.

2)      File your application as soon as it is completed.  If you meet the requirements, you will be advised where and when to report for examination.

3)      All applications and correspondence regarding the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority examinations should be addressed to:



ONE TERMINAL DR STE 501                                                                                                      

NASHVILLE, TN  37214-4114                                            

4)      This announcement does not imply that employment is available immediately.  Vacancies within the Airport Authority are filled from eligibility lists established by competitive examinations.



DIRECTOR (CHIEF), Public safety




Job Purpose:

Under general direction of the Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, plans, organizes, sets policy, and administers the operation of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Department of Public Safety (DPS). Provides leadership and direction for the Department of Public Safety in the facilitation of the department’s compliance with the MNAA Mission, Vision and Core Values.


Essential Job Functions:

Directs a staff in providing leadership and management of the public safety and security activities of the Authority.  As such, oversees basic law enforcement and directs the delivery of Part 139 Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services, and emergency medical functions.  As the Airport Security Coordinator, is responsible for the analytical review and required implementation of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security regulations.


Responsible for directing the inspection of all airport premises relative to public safety, recommending corrective actions, coordinates all airport public safety matters with applicable government agencies (federal, state, and local), while also representing the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and tenant interests.


Represents the Authority for security and safety matters with federal, state, and local authorities.


Supplemental Job Functions:

Establishes working relationships with area police, fire, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Management chief executives.


Performs related work as required.


Education and Knowledge:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college. Graduate degree preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary airport safety and security programs.  Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and procedures governing airport public safety and security measures.


Must be a commissioned State of Tennessee law enforcement officer or possess the ability to obtain that commission within six months from date of hire.


Must possess or show a functional understanding and working knowledge TSA regulations, the Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139 as it relates to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services and/or have either passed or be capable of passing the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Basic ARFF Certification Program.


Must possess a valid Tennessee State Driver’s License; must maintain SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) and AOA (Airport Operations Area) clearance.


Work Experience:

Minimum of seven years experience in supervision-management positions with a minimum of five years professional experience in the planning and management of airport safety and security operations desirable.


Mental Skills:

Ability to give clear direction, verbal or written.  Must possess emotional and mental stability.  Must have ability to plan, organize, and implement procedures and techniques.  Ability to direct a staff in creating positive results.


Manual Skills:

Must be able to competently handle small weapons.


Physical Effort:

Must be physically able to perform the duties of Chief. Subject to medical examinations at time of appointment and every year thereafter to determine physical fitness for continued duties.


Working Conditions:

During emergency situations, conditions could include inclement weather, exposure to fire, smoke, body fluids, and/or human casualties.


Safety of Others:

High level of responsibility in public safety, as well as the employees.


Public Relations:

Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships and represent the department to community groups and media. 


Supervisory Skills:

Competent supervisory/leadership/management skills required to direct the activities of the Department of Public Safety. 

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