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The Airport

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located near Greer, South Carolina, midway between Greenville and Spartanburg. The airport is the second busiest airport in South Carolina with nearly 1.1 million enplanements in 2017.

 

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, similar to many of the nation’s top 100 commercial service airports, is a political subdivision of the State of South Carolina that operates without taxpayer subsidy.

 

The Airport's Mission

We begin each day fully committed to finding new ways to achieve our mission to advance the economic prosperity of the region by providing a safe, convenient, user-friendly, and cost competitive air transportation system connecting the region with the nation and world.

 

The Airport's Values

SAFETY & SECURITY: We embrace them as our priority.

EXCELLENCE: We are committed to ensuring excellence in all we do.

INNOVATION: We embrace innovative solutions and are always ready for change.

INTEGRITY: We are dedicated to honest and ethical practices.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We accept responsibility for our actions.

TEAMWORK: We think and act like one team, bonded by mutual trust and respect.

 

There are six major airlines at GSP: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United. Combined, these airlines offer:

• An average of 50 nonstop daily departures

• Nonstop service to 16 major cities and 19 major airports across the U.S.

 

Over 100 million pounds of cargo are loaded on and off planes every year at GSP. The airport also handles over 1000 just in time cargo (hot shot) flights each year.

 

The Role 

This position will assist the of Director of Communications and Air Service Development in the development and execution of public relations initiatives that support the Airport District’s strategic business plan. These initiatives include but are not limited to media relations, social media, sponsorships, internal communications and special events.

 

Responsibilities (Essential Job Functions)

·       Create comprehensive public relations campaigns to generate maximum earned media coverage for GSP.  All campaigns will include both traditional and social media components.

·       Manage and direct the creation of multi-level social media campaigns

·       Evaluate story ideas to package and pitch to appropriate media outlets

·       Manage media inquiries and interview requests

·       Arrange media interviews for members of the leadership team

·       Develop and manage an Airport District Speaker’s Bureau including the use of a series of standard customizable presentations for use by the leadership team.

·       Maintain and manage development of websites for the Airport District and affiliated organizations.  Responsible for content, accuracy and implementation of new technology

·       Participate in and represents the airport at various events offered by chambers of commerce and convention bureaus in the Upstate region

·       Responsible for management and coordination of various community and public relations events and airport sponsorships Evaluate current and potential sponsorship opportunities and make recommendations to the Director of Communications and Air Service Development

·       Assign, manage and review the activities of the Communications s Specialist

·       Assist in overseeing external agency relationships as needed to execute the production of communications materials and collaterals

·       Work closely with the Commercial Business department to ensure the timely dissemination of information about new initiatives.

·       Monitor trends in the aviation industry and other areas that might ultimately affect the District, and then recommend ways to capitalize on that data to enhance the image of the District

·       Conceptualize fun and inventive campaigns to help support overall communications team initiatives

·       Function as secondary company spokesperson as requested.

·       Other duties as assigned

 

Education Requirements (Evaluation Factors: Skills, Education, Experience, and Ability)

·       BA Degree in Communications, Public Relations or a related field or equivalent work experience

·       Experience Requirements

·       Eight years’ work experience in the practice of Public Relations and or communications.

·       Proven track record of designing and executing successful public relations campaigns.

·       Experienced in media relations, experienced spokesperson.

·       Experienced in guiding, directing and motivating subordinates.

·       Demonstrated ability to coach, develop and encourage mutual trust, respect and cooperation among teams.

 

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·       Proficient in using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Email and web searches.

·       Strong verbal and written communication skills; capability for analytical thinking, dynamic presentation skills.

·       Detail oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Strategic and tactical thinker.

·       Skilled in utilizing social media to accomplish business goals.

 

Licenses Required

Valid Driver’s Licenses

 

Certifications Required

N/A

 

Latitude/Independent Judgment/Accuracy

Diligence must be exercised when handling confidential information

Reasonable care for equipment/process will prevent injury/damage

Responsible for own work, but must coordinate work with others

 

Working Conditions

·       Physical Demand – Little physical effort required.  Some light lifting, carrying, walking, standing, pushing, pulling, stooping and kneeling requirements necessary up to 20% of the time.  Sitting required 80% of the time.

·       Mental and or Visual Demands- Mental and visual demands vary with function performed.  Consistent mental attention needed to monitor work flow and respond efficiently.

·       Travel –Overnight/out of town travel required.

·       Attentiveness to work procedures will reduce potential risk of minor injury in certain work areas.

·       Exposed to normal office environment and limited industrial environment.

·       Accidents unlikely outside of minor injury such as abrasions, cuts or bruises.

 

Other Requirements

Must be able to complete and pass pre-employment/post offer checks to include, but not limited to, background, drug, references, education, and DMV, as required by the Federal Government, aviation-related authorities and the District.

 

The Airport District is a political subdivision of the State of South Carolina. The South Carolina Public Benefit Authority (PEBA) provides the Airport District with competitive retirement and insurance benefits. Competitive salary provided.

 

GSP Airport District is an equal opportunity employer.