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Senior Project Director

Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Tampa, Florida
Starting salary is $114,665 and up based on experience.
Closing date
May 31, 2023


Tampa International Airport is widely regarded as America’s Favorite Airport and was recently named the #1 Large Airport in North America by J.D. Power. As the premier gateway for the West Coast of Florida, TPA serves more than 23 million passengers annually and serves as a top economic engine for the Tampa Bay region and the state of Florida.

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which operates and maintains TPA and the county’s three general aviation airports, is always seeking the very best people to serve its passengers, community, and fellow employees. Named a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in Tampa Bay for five straight years, the Authority has more than 650 employees in more than 20 departments, representing a talented, diverse, and engaged workforce. The organization offers excellent health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, competitive pay, paid parental leave, Health and Dependent Savings Accounts, wellness reimbursement, training opportunities for career advancement, and much more. The Authority holds strong to its mission of serving the region and operates daily on five values: Teamwork, Excellence, Vision, Hospitality, and Community.

The Authority has a robust capital development program that ranges from $60 million to $100 million in annual spending on routine maintenance, rehabilitation, and upgrades. In 2014, the Authority launched a three-phased $1.6 billion master plan expansion program. Phase 1, completed in 2018, included a consolidated rental car center, a 1.5-mile automated people mover, expansion of the Main Terminal, concessions redevelopment, roadway improvements, and a new taxiway bridge. Phase 2, which is underway, includes expanding the Blue and Red Curbsides, a new Central Utility Plant, Taxiway and Bridge, Roadway Widening, and SkyCenter, a new 9-story state-of-the-art office building. Levels 3, 4, and 5 in SkyCenter are home to over half of the Authority employees. Phase 3, which includes new Airside D, a 16-gate international terminal, is just getting underway, with completion anticipated for 2028.

The 2022 TPA Master Plan update will be completed in early 2024.  This robust plan outlines a capital development program to advance TPA for the next 20 years of growth.   

Join an award-winning team and see why Tampa International Airport and the Aviation Authority are among the most beloved institutions and workplaces in the Tampa Bay area.



Under the general supervision of the Manager of Planning and Design and within the HCAA Planning and Development Department, this position represents the Authority in the administrative, operational, and technical details of ongoing design activities. It provides oversight of project-related communication between Authority staff, design consultants, the Authority's Consulting Engineer, tenants, and airport users on airport development projects. This position oversees the planning and design elements of capital improvement projects. The position is responsible for ensuring that, from an operational and functional aspect, all design elements are fully coordinated with Airport stakeholders, including meeting all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulatory and operational requirements, at a minimum. This position ensures that the design of all projects is proceeding according to the Authority's goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and processes and that all schedule and budget requirements are met.






  • Starting salary is $114,665 and up based on experience.



  • This hybrid position requires you to work at least three (3) days or more on-site in the office base on business needs.



  • Develops project management plans for airport development projects, including defining the scope of work, project budgets, and schedules.
  • Manages capital improvement projects and other assignments, including coordination and oversight of Architectural/Engineering (A/E) and Design-Build (DB) firms and coordination with key stakeholders, including other Authority Departments and tenants.
  • Monitors, controls, and reports on project budgets and schedules and prepares project management plan updates as required to manage the project. Reviews and approves A/E and DB design invoices. Prepares and reviews project status reports with department management.
  • Reviews and approves design progress deliverables, including drawings and specifications, at designated intervals (e.g., 15, 30, 60, 90, and 100%). Leads design coordination and review meetings. Ensures the Authority’s design criteria are implemented in the project’s design.
  • Interprets design questions from contractors and Authority construction personnel.
  • Participates in construction progress meetings.
  • Oversees any redesign activities and participates in the final inspection and acceptance of the project.
  • Coordinates with design consultants to obtain required permits and design approvals as needed.
  • Coordinates and establishes effective working relationships with other Authority departments, coordinates with governmental and code agencies and assists in design administration duties.
  • Holds project team meetings with stakeholders during the design process and keeps stakeholders updated and informed as the project moves through the design phase of each project.
  • Performs review of tenant work permit plans and specifications.
  • Supervises and manages direct reporting staff, complete performance appraisals, coaches, and counsels as necessary.



  • In the event of an emergency or disaster that impacts the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA), an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department or the HCAA Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Such assignments may be before, during, or after the emergency/disaster.
  • Complies with all HCAA Policies, Procedures, and Standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, or a related field.
  • Eight (8) years of progressive experience in project management.


  • Architect License - Preferred
  • Engineering License (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical) - Preferred


  • Extensive knowledge of project management methods and practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local codes, laws, regulations, and ordinances about public infrastructures, building and zoning codes, safety codes, environmental permitting, and real estate.
  • Extensive knowledge of the development of plans and specifications.
  • Considerable knowledge of civil and architectural, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering disciplines related to facilities projects.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable State and County policies, rules, standards, and practices as applicable to procurement and contracts.
  • Considerable knowledge of department policies and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of project programming, scheduling, and estimating.
  • Considerable knowledge of Consultant's Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), consultant rates, fees, and cost structures.
  • Considerable knowledge of budgeting and fiscal policies.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer applications for engineering and architectural modeling, design, and drafting.
  • Skill in visualizing spatial relationships and physical requirements.
  • Skill in contract negotiation.
  • Skill in engineering and/or architectural design.
  • Ability to recognize and resolve potential engineering, architectural, and construction problems and site development issues.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


  • Bending - Occasionally
  • Climbing - Occasionally
  • Crawling - Occasionally
  • Driving - Occasionally
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination - Occasionally
  • Grasping - Occasionally
  • Handling - Occasionally
  • Hearing - Frequently
  • Kneeling - Occasionally
  • Reaching - Occasionally
  • Repetitive Motions - Occasionally
  • Sitting - Occasionally
  • Squatting - Occasionally
  • Standing - Frequently
  • Typing - Constantly
  • Walking - Frequently
  • Carry up to: 30lbs. - Occasionally
  • Lifting up to: 30lbs. - Occasionally
  • Pulling up to: 30lbs. - Occasionally
  • Pushing up to: 30lbs. - Occasionally


  • Adverse Weather Conditions - Occasionally
  • Atmospheric Conditions - Occasionally
  • Computer Monitor - Constantly
  • Dust/Fumes/Gases - Occasionally
  • Extreme Temperatures (Hot/Cold) - Occasionally
  • High-Pitched/Loud Noises - Occasionally
  • High-Stress Level - Occasionally
  • Humidity - Occasionally
  • Moving Mechanical Parts - Occasionally
  • Needles Or Other Sharp Objects - Occasionally
  • Potential Electrical Shock - Occasionally
  • Toxic Chemicals - Occasionally
  • Toxic Fumes - Occasionally
  • Unprotected Heights - Occasionally
  • Vibration - Occasionally
  • Working at High Altitudes Or Heights - Occasionally
  • X-Ray/Electro-Magnetic Energy - Occasionally




To be a major driver in the economic growth of the Tampa Bay Region. We will be leading-edge innovators to create global access and extraordinary customer experiences through our people and facilities to build prosperity for our stakeholders and the region.


To be a vibrant aviation gateway for Tampa Bay, providing access and economic opportunity for our stakeholders.


The Aviation Authority-Tampa International Airport provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership, or non-membership in an employee organization, or based on personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.


The Aviation Authority-Tampa International Airport is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

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