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Help wanted: Merrill Field needs a new manager

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: July 6, 2016
  • Published October 22, 2012

It's been around since 1930 and is built atop an old landfill. Snowberms are known to accumulate around it in winter time, lending its prime Anchorage real estate a sort of otherness, a little city within a city, kept separate from the menagerie of strip malls, strip clubs and condo developments that have sprung up around it.

Merrill Field, one of the largest General Aviation airports in Alaska and the United States, needs a new manager. And according to the Municipality of Anchorage, which owns and operates the airport, the right candidate will be well rewarded to the tune of nearly $100,000 in annual salary, along with benefits.

Alaskan aviation nuts -- and there's an army of you out there -- take note. Here's what you need to know in order to qualify for the position of Merrill Field manager:

The Merrill Field Manager plans, organizes, and directs the functions of the Merrill Field Airport to meet service demands and revenue requirements. Directs the daily operation and maintenance of the airport, and ensures that goals and objectives are met. Provides supervision for subordinate personnel. Ensures that airport programs and operations meet adequate standards of safety in accordance with applicable FAA regulations. Directs airport land acquisition and management policies. Coordinates with State and Federal agencies on matters pertaining to air space, improvement projects, safety, and project financing issues. Formulates long and short term strategic plans for airport capital improvements. Develops methods to improve efficiency of airport operations.

Merrill Field is home to the University of Alaska Anchorage school for aviation technology as well as a couple of flight schools, air taxi service operators, private businesses (like this publication) and legions of very large, menacing ravens come wintertime.

It's an "executive" position with the municipality, meaning you'll serve at the pleasure of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. The "supplemental questions" for the position are interesting revealing, and appear to weight the position toward applicants with years and years of middle management experience. Find out more here.

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