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Date:  May 4, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62707-8415

Job Requisition ID:  2874

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  05/17/2021 
Salary:   $4,190 - $7,315 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  NR916 




Technical Applications PM1080 (rev 3/8/21) must be received by the Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 113, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL  62764 (Fax# 217/557-3134) or emailed to DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov by the closing date listed above.  The previous application form revised 10/16/20 will be accepted until May 8, 2021. Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to download the Technical Application PM1080.

Please indicate IPR#44702 on the Technical Application PM1080.

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire an Airport Cerification Specialist.

The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.

Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs. 

Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; tuition reimbursement; flexible schedules; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.

We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities

This position is responsible for coordinating and managing the Division of Aeronautics' Landing Area Certification Program, reviewing and processing applications for the landing facility, conducting legal research, scheduling public notifications and hearings, creating summaries and analyses of hearings, tracking status of certifications, managing the billing and complia·nce Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 5010 Airport Safety Data Program contract, and assisting with safety seminars.

This position reports to the Bureau Chief of Aviation Safety and Education. There are no subordinates reporting to this position.
This position operates within an environment where the incumbent provides technical expertise in the review and processing of applications and rescissions for all landing facilities in Illinois. This includes administering decisions in airspace cases via an FAA intranet-based data program and coordinating with the proponent and the FAA through preparation, submittal, problem resolution, and issuance of airspace determination documents. In addition, the incumbent writes legal notices and orders for publication for the certification of landing facilities and adoption by the department and in accordance with Air Transportation 620 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 5 Illinois Aeronautics Act and the Illinois Administrative Code, Title 92, Part 14, Illinois Aviation Safety Rules. S/He is also responsible for scheduling and planning public hearings on such matters, producing and issuing operating certificates for all the approved landing facilities, and coordinating communication of the updates to the Illinois Hospital Heliport Directory and Illinois Airport Directory.

Typical problems encountered by the incumbent include verifying information on applications, handling airspace conflicts, and ensuring required safety clearances. The greatest challenges include reviewing information being considered for state and federal law, obtaining airspace approval from the FAA in a timely manner, scheduling publication and hearing dates, and analyzing and summarizing the results of hearings. for the Bureau Chief of Aviation Safety and Education and the Office of Chief Counsel.

The incumbent is responsible for ensuring landing facility information is correct, federal airspace approval has been secured, and proper legal processes have been followed. This process requires a thorough knowledge of the department's rules, regulations, and policies and the National Airspace System (NAS). S/He is responsible for the administration and accuracy of the FAA's Airport Master Records Program 5010. This accountability

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includes the review and timely submission of airport data inspections performed under the FAA's Airport Master Records Program 5010 to ensure compliance with the obligations of the Division of Aeronautics' contract. The incumbent assists Flight Safety Coordinators with the planning and preparation of seminars. This includes coordinating seminar activities with the FAA and the FAA Safety Team, preparing awards and other seminar materials, and presenting topics on airspace and airport activities that effect the Illinois aviation community. The incumbent assists with administrative duties as assigned.
The incumbent has complete freedom to act within his/her jurisdiction, subject to the approval of the Bureau Chief of Aviation Safety and Education. Generally, the incumbent works independently on assignments with minimal supervision. S/He is constrained by all departmental and applicable state and federal guidelines.
The incumbent's internal contacts include but are not limited to Flight Safety Coordinators, Office of Chief Counsel staff, and other department personnel. External contacts include the FAA, other state agencies, tax assessment units, local zoning authorities, the print media, and the general public. This position requires occasional statewide travel which may involve overnight stays.
The effectiveness of this position can be measured by the accurate and timely preparation and submission of all documents involved in the certification of Illinois landing facilities, the timely submission of FAA Airport Master Records Program 5010 inspections and airport sketches to the FAA in accordance with contract obligations, and the ability to maintain an accurate and comprehensive database system of all Illinois landing facilities.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Provides the Bureau Chief of Aviation Safety and Education with prompt and accurate information regarding applicants' proposals for landing facilities.
2. Ensures proper coordination with the FAA, Flight Safety Coordinators, Division of Aeronautics, Office of Chief Counsel, other departmental personnel, and local zoning authorities.
3. Prepares legal notices and orders for publication.
4. Schedules appropriate notifications, orders, and public hearings.
5. Prepares certificates of approval for landing facilities for adoption by the department.
6. Assists with planning and preparation of safety seminars.
7. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

• Education and Experience:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree majoring in Aviation Management or Aviation Safety Management, OR
  • Completion of two years of college plus one year of experience working with aviation regulations and procedures, OR
  • Five years of experience working with aviation regulations and. procedures

• Occasional statewide travel which may involve overnight stays
• Valid driver's license

Position Desirables

• Experience using Microsoft Office suite, specifically Excel and Word
• Ability to maintain harmonious relationships with employees, agency officials, and the general public
• Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to make presentations to the public

Work Hours:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

Work Location:  Springfield - 1 Langhorne Bond Dr 

Office: Office of Intermodal Project Implementation/Bureau of Aviation Safety and Education

Agency Contact:  DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov

Job Function:  Transportation 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition

We are currently transitioning our application process away from paper process to an electronic application process.  This position has not been transitioned please follow the directions below when applying to this position.


Please visit the IDOT website at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to obtain the required bid forms and application forms.