Chief of Airport Planning (Dir of Sustainability/Environmental Programs)

Emergency Appt | Location: Westchester/ Venice (LAX-Hyperion)

contact information

Veronica Rivera

job description

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles with over 3,600 employees. The department operates, maintains, and develops Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Palmdale Landholdings (PMD).  LAWA is governed by the Board of Airport Commissioners, a seven-member Commission appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.  LAX served more than 88 million passengers in 2019.

LAX is undergoing one of the greatest airport transformations in the country and is embarking upon a major capital improvement program, which will improve the traveling experience and enhance access to the airport.  Projects include  runway and airfield improvements, terminal renovations, construction of a new automated people mover system, and a consolidated car rental facility. In conjunction with this airport modernization, the implementation of the airport’s Sustainability Action Plan is a high priority for LAWA.

The Opportunity

LAWA seeks a talented, energetic, and a committed individual who will work collaboratively in a results-oriented organization to serve as an Emergency Appointed Director of Sustainability and Environmental Programs (civil service classification is Chief of Airport Planning). This position will effectively lead and manage the Environmental Sustainability and Compliance Group within the Environmental Programs Division. Under the direction of the Chief Sustainability and Revenue Management Officer, this position will manage the unit charged with implementing LAWA’s vision, short and long term goals and strategies pertaining to sustainability and environmental programs and compliance at LAWA. This position will lead the implementation of the Sustainability Action Plan, work collaboratively with other divisions on environmental compliance issues and conduct planning, audits and other studies pertaining to resiliency and sustainability at LAWA.

The Position

This position supervises and performs duties that require higher-level technical expertise in the areas of sustainability, regulatory compliance, and planning. Duties include interface with other LAWA divisions, agency coordination, policy development and stakeholder engagement and outreach.

Work also includes preparing Board reports and presentations, advising Executive Management and various divisions, on water and energy conservation, recycling, clean fleets and maintenance of the LAX/El Segundo Dunes, sustainable building design and construction and compliance and sustainability best practices, protocols, regulations and implementation strategies. The position will also manage the Airport Carbon Accreditation applications for LAX and VNY, work closely with AQMD on the implementation of the Air Quality Implementation Program and MOU, manage greenhouse gas and other emissions reductions programs, work with major stakeholders on issues such as Ground Service Equipment, Renewable Energy, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Requirements, waste reduction, water and air quality programs, petroleum storage tank, stormwater and hazardous material programs as well the Title V permit.

Duties also include organizing and supervising staff, reviewing and coordinating comprehensive planning efforts, budget development and administration. A main component of this position will be to coordinate and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including groups within LAWA, other City departments, external agencies, political offices, community groups and various committees that interact with LAWA.

Candidates should be familiar with the development of Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Information, consultant and contractor selection, development of cooperative agreements, memorandums of understanding or other agreements. This position will represent staff at meetings, both internal and external, and will coordinate and disseminate information to various departments and stakeholders. Candidate will work with executives and staff to advance project approvals, represent LAWA on key external committees pertaining to sustainability and environmental compliance and at meetings, forums and venues in the region.

Ideal Candidate

  • Have the skills necessary to inspire teamwork and adapt to rapidly changing environments and issues
  • Demonstrate strong leadership abilities and interpersonal skills
  • Possess a passion for and commitment to sustainability and environmental compliance
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills, coupled with analytical skills to compile and analyze complex data
  • Have strong planning and conceptual skills
  • Be highly collaborative and have an open and adaptive management style
  • Demonstrate and motivate staff to provide high levels of customer service to stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Understanding of applicable laws, rules and regulations governing sustainability, environmental regulation and compliance
  • Be able to make presentations before the public, government bodies, and other agencies

Position Requirements

This position requires five years of full-time paid senior-level managerial experience in the development, implementation, and management of sustainability programs and policies, regional and cross-jurisdictional sustainability planning and compliance; coordination and interface experience with stakeholders and agency partners. Experience in the industry could include environmental agency, planning agency, elected office (with focus on transportation policy), private environmental, engineering or planning firm, or non-profit group. Should have familiarity with roles and responsibilities of regional environmental agencies, and local stakeholders.

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How to apply

Screening will be conducted to select the most qualified candidates for interview. To be considered, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line: Director of Sustainability and Environmental Programs, no later than February 18, 2022. Attention: Veronica Rivera