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  • Project Manager, Environmental Planning

    Allegheny County Airport Authority
    Job Description

    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.


    Job Summary

    The ACAA’s Project Manager, Environmental Planning will report to the Director, Planning and assumes responsibility for environmental and regulatory issues associated with airport infrastructure project development and operation.


    Here is how the Project Manager, Environmental Planning will help:  

    • Working with our approved consultants, plan and supervise short and long-term environmental projects, ranging from small to large complex tasks in connection with the design of the Airport’s terminal, concourses, hangars and support facilities.
    • Research, collect, analyze, and document environmental, operational, and land use data in support of airport planning, environmental, and sustainability studies.
    • Assist with preparing for and coordinating team meetings, client meetings, public workshops, and agency meetings.
    • Manage and lead professional and paraprofessional environmental and planning contractors.
    • Provide weekly/biweekly updates to the Director of Planning on project activities, progress and/or problems.
    • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for ACAA projects.
    • Prepare clear and concise technical reports, and complete projects accurately and on schedule and budget.
    • Interpret contracts, bid/proposals, specifications and other technical documents.
    • Review and approve the work of consultants, contractors, and other project service providers.
    • Recommend design modifications necessary to conform with regulatory and project requirements. 
    • Provide professional and technical assistance to other project managers, contract officers and others during various phases of project design to help evaluate proposals and make recommendations for contract approvals/changes.
    • Represent Engineering, Planning and Capital Development as the technical resource for coordination and interface with external organizations or agencies.
    • Perform additional duties as assigned.


    The successful candidate for the role of Project Manager, Environmental Planning will demonstrate the following key competencies needed in our culture:

    • Communication - Able to clearly articulate goals and objectives to the team; Listens for understanding first with peers, superiors and subordinates; Listens for understanding first with peers, superiors and subordinates
    • Strategic Thinking - Able to problem-solve for short-term (quarterly) challenges to accomplish key goals; Able to develop plans to achieve efficient, on-time results
    • Team Leadership - Lead and anticipate the pace and process of change effectively; Drive talent development as a team and individually; Takes accountability for team results; Recognizes and rewards excellence on the team
    • Customer Centricity - Motivates team to identify new ways to improve customer experience; Identifies systemic improvements that could positively impact customers



     Requirements to apply for role of Project Manager, Environmental Planning are:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a field that provides a strong foundation for environmental planning, such as environmental studies, environmental policy, urban planning, environmental engineering, geography, biology.
    • 3-5 years of increasingly responsible experience in environmental planning or related field.
    • Airport or DOT experience is highly preferred.


    We also expect that candidates will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities in most cases:  

    • Broad knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of daily architectural design tasks with background preferably in airport related work and/or industrial/commercial design.
    • Knowledgeable of applicable building codes, engineering codes, the NFPA code and ADA regulations.
    • Extensive organizational and architectural technical skills.
    • Knowledgeable of, and proficient with programs including AutoCAD, Revit and Sketch Up
    • Able to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.


    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.




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