The Allegheny County Airport Authority [ACAA] invites you aboard our mission to create meaningful travel experiences in the aviation industry. As Pittsburgh’s gateway to the world, both Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport serve as beacons of change and connectivity for our region. As a member of our crew, you will directly serve, inspire, and advance our community in significant ways that impact the daily lives of others and the future of our organization. Whether you have a passion for travel, an appreciation for aeronautics and aviation, or an unparalleled love for the city of Pittsburgh, ACAA provides the opportunity for the next chapter of your career to take flight.
Our culture is one that emphasizes high performance, innovation, and learning. We know that those things only happen when everyone who works in an organization is properly empowered, equipped, and enabled in their roles to make an impact. At ACAA success is a shared responsibility, and we look forward to supporting and developing the unique strengths you could bring to our team.
ACAA’s Security Assistant will report to the Airport Access/ID Office Administrator and assumes responsibility for interacting with PIT stakeholders and customers to process various security-related background checks including fingerprinting and issuance of employee identification media. The person who takes on this role will help to create a Smarter Airport and to realize ACAA’s leadership in global aviation.
Here is how the Security Assistant will help:
• Assist with daily Airport ID Badge Office activities in compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations and ACAA policies & guidelines.
• Administer training, testing, fingerprinting, and/or badging for airline, tenant, ACAA, or other employees who require access to secured areas, driving on the Air Operations Area (AOA), or others.
• Ensure protection of personal information presented during the badging application process from unauthorized use.
• Furnish any locks, keys, or cores, and coordinate repairs with commercial locksmiths and carpenters.
• Ensure compliance with TSA mandated requirements for processing airport ID media applications through verification of identity and employment authorization documents.
• Perform extensive data entry in security systems, billing and computer programs.
• Maintain digital records of applications, renewal forms, key or door requests, fee collections, security liaisons, and all training records.
• Coordinate and conduct periodic ‘security non-compliance’ inspections of Authority tenants and test employees on their adherence to SIDA rules and regulations.
• Conduct mandated audits of issued badges and/or AOA access keys with tenants, airlines, and contractors.
• Create, administer, and maintain record of vehicle, escort, and sterile area passes.
• Maintain inventory of ID Badge Office materials/supplies.
• Assess, bill, and collect fees for fingerprinting, late/lost ID’s, vehicle passes, damaged proximity cards, etc.
• Assist with access control processes and procedures such as door assignments, surveillance, badge status, etc.
• Provide assistance and/or training to airport security liaisons, as needed.
• Perform other related duties as assigned or required.
The successful candidate for the role of Security Assistant will demonstrate the following key competencies needed in our culture:
• Communication - Proactively conveys a clear, convincing, and timely message; Communicates effectively using two-way communication through strong verbal, written, and listening skills
• Strategic Thinking - Thinks “big picture”; Forward thinking and adept at seeing future outcomes and results; Commits to a course of action to accomplish individual, team and organizational goals
• Team Builder - Recognizes the value of team-work and being an effective contributor to the team that drives desired results
• Customer Centricity - Aware of customer needs and the prioritization of our customers both internal and external; Makes decisions with customer in mind; Builds strong customer relationships
Requirements to apply for role of Security Assistant are:
• Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Aviation Management or a related field.
• One year of related experience.
• Possess, or obtain prior to employment, a valid driver’s license. Note: License must be maintained throughout employment.
We also expect that candidates will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities in most cases:
• Considerable ability to learn and operate digital systems, to be detail oriented, and to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
• Considerable ability to maintain confidentiality and follow all rules and regulations pertaining to safeguarding Sensitive Security Information (SSI).
• Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.
• Ability to maintain adequate filing system.
• Ability to quickly learn and be proficient in the use of the ACAA’s proprietary security and learning management systems.
• General knowledge of the Airport Security Program (ASP) and Federal Security Regulations.
• Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of the Authority's Ethics Policy.
• Travel 5%.
Don’t meet every requirement?
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs if they don’t meet every single qualification. As a Smarter Airport, we recognize that talent is not always related job history and skills come from valuable experiences that aren’t always shown on a resume. If you are excited to make a positive change for our region, but your experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for our organization, whether it be this role or another.
Caring For Our Crew
At ACAA, we’ve got you covered. That applies to how we equip, empower, and enable our people to do their jobs. It also applies to our benefits, which are broader and more valuable than what many other employers offer:
• We offer two plan options for healthcare coverage from high-quality insurance carriers, as well as an ACAA-funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) that will help offset the cost of many medical expenses.
- ACAA employees pay almost $1,200 less per year in healthcare payroll contributions than the average employee in other companies, according to market surveys.
- When HRA funding is included, the health-plan deductibles paid by ACAA employees are about $1,200 lower on average than the costs paid by employees of other companies.
- ACAA does not require that employees meet a separate deductible for pharmacy expenses before prescription-drug coverage kicks in.
• ACAA’s dental plans (included with healthcare coverage) offer an option covering children’s orthodontia.
• Employees also can take advantage of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to help pay for health care and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
• All eligible full-time ACAA employees participate in the Allegheny County Employees Pension Plan, a defined-benefit plan that vests after 10 years of service.
• Employees also may participate in a Deferred Compensation Plan, which allows them to contribute part of their pay on a pre-tax basis into long-term retirement investments.
• A robust Employee Assistance Program (including access to free counselling sessions, financial guidance, and care coordination), life insurance options, a wellness program, and eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program round out ACAA’s exemplary benefits.
About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Allegheny County Airport (AGC), is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves nearly 10 million passengers annually on 17 carriers and was named by Fast Company magazine as One of the Most Innovative Companies in the World as well as a finalist in its World Changing Ideas awards, both in 2020. PIT’s first-of-its-kind microgrid – which completely powers the airport campus through natural gas and solar energy – has won numerous awards for resiliency and sustainability.
PIT is in the midst of an ambitious terminal modernization that will make the passenger experience more efficient and deliver real opportunity for the region. The $1.4 billion new terminal program will construct a smarter, greener airport, inspired by the best of our region. The updated terminal lands in 2025 and will be the first airport terminal in the U.S. to be built from the ground-up post-pandemic, designed and constructed with the highest public health standards in mind.