Kern County Airport Department
The Airports Department strives toward the successful implementation of Kern County's strategic goals which are to enhance the quality of life for Kern County residents, be a model of excellence in managing our business and people, and to foster a culture of innovation. We do this by fulfilling our mission to build, maintain, and operate a world class commercial air service airport and general aviation airport system that focuses on customer service which compliments the Kern County economy. A staff of 24 airport professionals and dedicated maintenance personnel provide service to our tenants and traveling passengers including Law Enforcement. We are supported by the Kern County Fire Department which provides ARFF response.
Meadows Field Airport Information
The commercial service airport for the Bakersfield and greater Kern County area is a primary, non-hub operation with over 100,000 enplanements. Scheduled commercial service by United and American Airlines fly to Denver, Phoenix, and San Francisco daily. This will be augmented with new service to Dallas-Ft. Worth in March 2019 with the support of a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant. The nearly 1,500 acre airport facility has parallel runways with IFR approaches and radar ATCT services. Our major tenant partners include Bakersfield Jet Center, Atlantic Aviation, and Epic Jet Center serving business aviation, charters, and general aviation pilots. California Aeronautical University has a campus onsite to train the next generation of aviation professionals. Amazon is under construction for a major fulfillment center across the street from the airport and other major commercial/industrial development projects are in the works.
General Aviation Airport System Information
The Airports Department operates and maintains an additional six general aviation airports throughout Kern County including Buttonwillow, Kern Valley, Lost Hills, Poso, Taft, and Wasco. These facilities have varying degrees of activity, but serve to provide access and unique operational amenities to important smaller communities in Kern County.
Interdependent Airport Enterprise Information
In FY 2019, our enterprise within the Kern County Government has an annual operating budget of $5 million and a capital development program of $14 million (Runway 30R Phase III). The airport carries long-term debt in the form of a certificate of participation of $5.4 million. Adjusted retained earnings for the department stands at $600k at the beginning of the budget year.
The Airport Department relies on the services provided by other departments to conduct its business including the County Administrative Office, Human Resources, County Counsel, General Services, Information Technology Services, and the Fire Department.
Other Related Information
- 6% premium pay for new employees
- Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, 1937 Act
- Deferred Compensation, a 457 plan with up to 6% match
- Generous Vacation, Administrative Leave, Holiday, and Sick Leave
- Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Life Insurance, and Long-Term Disability
Under direction of the Director of Airports, is responsible for the administrative, financial, and business operations of the Department of Airports; directs and manages the work of support staff.
Within the organization framework, the Airports Finance Manager ensures efficient and orderly financial operations, including accurate and timely reporting to facilitate sound management decisions. The incumbent of this position must couple expertise in financial areas with well-developed management skills. The position requires good judgment and the ability to build and sustain good professional relationships; fostering communication, cooperation, and collaboration with staff and tenants.
- Confers with the department head to determine financial goal, initiatives, and programs; and any changes on policy and procedures
- Compiles budget data and assists in the formulation of budget plans and estimates
- Exercises budgetary controls, devises and installs standard clerical and administrative procedures according to the internal and external audit requirements of federally and state funded airports
- Analyzes overall fiscal data requirements and develops systems, policies and procedures to meet these requirements; serves as liaison in matters affecting governmental accounting, claiming and reimbursement practices
- Develops information systems which insure budget accountability and that management reports are developed that provide the Director of Airports with timely statements of the Airports' fiscal condition
- Works in liaison with various fiscal intermediaries to insure that Department procedures meet operational requirements insuring timely payment or grant reimbursement
- Establishes internal audit controls; develops and administers departmental cost effective programs and procedures
- Participates in Airport planning and assists in grant processes. Assists in the preparation of capital financing including internal loans, COPs, PFCs, CFCs, OTAs, State and FAA managed grant programs
- Oversees the coordination of contractual instruments with Department Management and directly related County agencies
- Analyzes the acquisition of vehicles and equipment and makes recommendations regarding the type to be purchased and procurement method
- Prepares contracts, resolutions, notices and reports
- Prepares requisitions and requests purchases
- Reviews and approves payrolls; controls petty cash funds
- Analyzes the staffing of the existing organization or procedures and makes recommendations to reflect the addition of new functions, changes in emphasis on current functions or weaknesses in organization and procedures
- Assists departmental officials with their personnel problems, including interviewing eligibles, making recommendations for transfers and improved utilization of departmental employees, and the analysis of employee problems or complaints concerning classification, assignment or personal problems, represents the department head at meetings and conferences concerned with administrative matters
- Investigates complaints regarding administrative services or personnel
- Plans, assigns, and evaluates the work of subordinates
- Administers leases, agreements, contracts, and payments; including deposits, insurance, and sureties; provides reports on key lease event dates
- Communicates effectively in writing through correspondence, procedures, presentations, charts, and graphics
- Acts for the department head when provided delegated authority
- Performs other related duties as required
Knowledge of: principles and practices of business administration, accounting, budget preparation and administration, and personnel administration; purchasing and inventory control methods and the ability to apply them; electronic data processing as it related to
accounting; Federal, State and Local principles, laws, rules and regulations related to
fiscal management and accounting; Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Plan grant regulations, requirements is preferred.
Ability to: Analyze administrative and financial problems and to recommend solutions designed to overcome the particular difficulties found; ability to prepare and analyze financial and statistical data, tables and charts; plan and supervise the work of subordinate personnel; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials and the general public; communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing.
All Kern County employees are designated "Disaster Service Workers" through state and local laws (CA Government Code Sec. 3100 3109 and Ordinance Code Title 2 Administration, Ch. 2.66 Emergency Services). As Disaster Service Workers, all County employees are expected to remain at work, or to report for work as soon as practicable following a significant emergency or disaster.
FOLLOWING AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT, YOUMAYBE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO POST OFFER MEDICAL AND DRUG SCREENING TESTS AT COUNTY EXPENSE.
ADMITTANCE TO EACH PHASE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL REQUIRE A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFICATION. APPLICANTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PRESENT PROPER IDENTIFICATION MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION PRIOR TO THE TEST DATE.
This examination will establish an eligible list from which one (1) immediate appointment will be made at the Kern County Airports. Other permanent and temporary appointments will be made as needed. Successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for a period of twelve months, unless specified otherwise by the Civil Service Commission.
APPRAISAL(Weight 100%):Review of application materials fortraining, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the work based on any combination of the following: oral exam and rating of application.Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process.
SHOULD AN ORAL EXAM BE NECESSARY, AN APPRAISAL OF APPLICATION MATERIALS MAY LIMIT COMPETITORS TO THE TOP 10 CANDIDATES. ALL APPLICANTS MUST RESPOND TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE KERN COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION BY THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE, LATE OR INCOMPLETE MATERIALSWILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
THE COUNTY OF KERN IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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