Director of Planning

The Ontario International Airport Authority

Ontario, CA United States

The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) seeks a Director of Planning to direct, review and evaluate the Authority’s Planning Department in support of Ontario International Airport (ONT), including Airport Planning and Airport Environmental Planning activities. The Director reports to the Airport’s Chief Capital Development Officer and coordinates and directs a variety of programs and activities, including formulating and updating the Airport capital improvement program, airport planning and environmental planning, and overseeing concept reviews of proposed tenant projects.

As a recently formed department/division, the Director will have the opportunity and responsibility to develop and implement innovative business practices to lead ONT into the future. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing short and long-range goals and objectives for the Department and directing activities that support the Airport’s Strategic Plan and Initiatives.

The Director manages and coordinates the preparation of complex planning and environmental studies, as well as participates in comprehensive and strategic aviation planning activities. The Director also manages environmental planning and other planning projects in compliance with FAA design standards and other requirements, including state and local policies, laws and regulations. The Director supports staff in the preparation of Federal, state and local grant applications for Airport funding and supervises and monitors implementation of FAA infrastructure grants. The Director reviews and monitors projects for highest and best use of land and compliance with ONT’s Airport Layout Plan and current and future utility, and construction plans.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will not only have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of airport planning but will understand that airport planning is a process that can have a wide variety of stakeholders and steps depending on the issues being addressed. The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues, customers and regulators across the airport ecosystem will be essential to creating positive outcomes. The candidate will understand various systems, data sources, processes, and dependencies across the airport campus in order to develop, or direct the development of, gap analyses, requirements, and alternatives. The candidate will also have excellent judgment and decision-making skills to guide the evaluation of alternatives, identification of recommended next steps and the preparation of adequate documentation.

The successful candidate for this position will have graduated from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree in Airport Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, or Engineering is also desired. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in aviation, planning projects and programs at an FAA Part 139 certified airport. The candidate must have experience at a commercial airport and have at least 1 year experience in a leadership role. Familiarity and experience working in the Southern California region is desired but not required.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $134,947 - $173,743. A starting salary above the mid-point of $154,000 is achievable for the exceptional candidate and will be dependent upon experience. ONT offers an attractive benefits package and will assist with relocation costs. For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or visit the searches tab at

Filing Deadline: February 5, 2023

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range
$134,947 - $173,743