This is a dynamic “hands on” leadership opportunity. Candidates should be highly energetic and passionate about leadership and the profession. The Assistant Airport Police Chief is exempt from civil service. All appointments are contingent upon approval of exemption from civil service and confirmation by the Mayor and City Council. As one of three Assistant Airport Police Chiefs, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Assist the Airport Police Chief and the Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security in developing policy and procedures;
Through subordinate supervisors, plan, direct, coordinate and manage operations of the Airport Police Division at LAX and VNY airports to ensure compliance with the Airport Security Program, Transportation Security Administration mandates and directives, pertinent airport rules and regulations, international, federal, state and local laws and ordinances;
Conduct field inspections of personnel, equipment, facilities and activities of all law enforcement and security units;
Review and evaluate reports regarding terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques and make recommendations to the Airport Police Chief and Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security;
Recommend personnel for employment, retention, promotion and demotion;
Review recommendations for employee discipline and recommend discipline to be imposed to executive management and LAWA Human Resources Services;
Investigate and respond to employee grievances through established policies and procedures;
Represent the department on labor negotiations and employee relations matters;
Make recommendations pertaining to investigations involving resolution of security investigations and issues;
Initiate and review the preparation of training programs and manuals of procedure for sworn and civilian employees;
Work closely with the Airport Police Chief and the Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security to develop appropriate policies, procedures and staffing levels for LAX and VNY airports;
Assign or review the assignment and/or deployment of employees in the Law Enforcement & Homeland Security Section at LAWA who are engaged in aviation law enforcement, security services, emergency operations and Homeland Security;
Act on behalf of the Airport Police Chief when he is unavailable;
Lead, coach, instruct and motivate employees;
Appear before the Board of Airport Commissioners, the City Council and industry leaders to discuss safety and security concerns at LAX and VNY airports;
Establish high performance expectations for your section within the Airport Police Division and effectively communicate and follow through with such expectations;
Review and evaluate pertinent information, reports and security related documents, terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques, and make recommendations to the Airport Police and the Chief Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security regarding current threats to the aviation community and appropriate counter measures;
Assist and/or direct the preparation of annual and monthly reports and other reports of the Division’s activities and other law enforcement, safety and security requirements;
Determine the budgetary needs of the division and prepare or direct the preparation of budget estimates;
Administer divisional expenditures in accordance with budgetary allowances, including requesting and reviewing requests for personnel, materials, equipment and supplies;
Dictate correspondence concerning a wide variety of law enforcement and aviation security activities;
May occasionally be assigned other duties for training purposes or to meet technological changes or emergencies;
May perform other related duties as assigned.
The successful candidates must possess superior leadership skills with at least two years of full-time paid experience as an Airport Police Captain or as a commanding officer (Captain or above) managing the internal inspection process, patrol, traffic, safety, or security activities and operation of a law enforcement agency. Experience or background in Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT), Homeland Security, terrorism and/or counter-terrorism may be required for some assignments.
The ideal candidate will be politically astute, think strategically about the contemporary use of technology, be highly experienced in managing critical incidents and working with the Incident Command System, have experience in change management and a proven record in employee/labor relations, the ability to establish and maintain smooth and effective working relationships and the ability to resolve conflicts. Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly establish relationships with members of the Airport Police Division are highly desirable. Familiarity with airport security programs, aviation law enforcement, emergency operations, homeland security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandates and directives, knowledge of pertinent airport rules and regulations, international, federal, state and local laws and ordinances is required. Candidates with strong management experience working for a large operating police division in an airport environment are especially desired and encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should also demonstrate the ability to:
Exercise sound managerial judgment with initiative and originality in the development of new and revised solutions to complex organizational problems.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Effectively manage budgets.
Develop future leaders.
Plan, organize, coordinate, and provide the necessary technical and professional leadership for a large staff in carrying out law enforcement security, traffic or safety related functions and operations of LAWA.
Identify and choose appropriate courses of action from multiple alternatives and be able to anticipate the impact of such decisions.
Maintain cooperative relationships and deal tactfully and effectively with local, state, and federal agencies, and other government organizations involved in law enforcement security issues.
Represent the Department before the Board of Airport Commissioners, City Council and industry leaders on security and safety matters pertaining to the Airports.
Establish and maintain a work environment that enhances both employee morale and productivity.
Additional Salary Information: A highly competitive compensation package will be presented to selected candidates. The City of Los Angeles offers an excellent benefits package including an automobile and a generous retirement plan.
About Los Angeles World Airports
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) serves as the aviation authority for two of Southern California’s most critical infrastructures: Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) airports.
LAWA is a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners. The Board is composed of public-spirited business and civic leaders appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the City Council. A professional executive and administrative staff carries out the policies of the Airport Commission. Approximately 3,900 employees support the operations of the two airports that make up LAWA. Within the Airport Police Division, there are over 500 sworn and over 600 civilian security and administrative personnel.
LAX and VNY each face unique challenges and circumstances that require an adaptive and flexible security and policing strategy. LAX, in particular, has been a terrorist target for decades and its high volume of passengers, vehicles, and air traffic create complex security concerns unlike any other airport in the world. The Airport Police Division prides itself on developing close partnerships with other federal and loca...l enforcement agencies to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive approach to ensuring the safety and security of LAWA’s airports.