Deputy Director of Human Resources at Philadelphia International Airport/Northeast Philadelphia Airport in Philadelphia, PA

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Deputy Director of Human Resources



The Philadelphia airport is a dynamic place to work. It is the only major airport serving the 6th largest metropolitan area in the United States and is one of the busiest airports in the country, proudly serving over 34,000,000 passengers annually.  The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Airport (PNE), PHL's general aviation reliever airport, are an enterprise fund of the City of Philadelphia, and completely self-sustaining.

With over 200 employers and 20,000 badge holders, the Philadelphia Airport has won numerous awards for quality, diversity and innovation and is recognized nationally for its outstanding, food, beverage, and retail airport programs.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative officer, The Deputy Director of Human Resources is the leader of the human resources function, a vital role and an important part of the effort to build the future of the Philadelphia Airport.

If you are an experienced human resources leader who can build consensus and have had success enhancing employee engagement and managing human resources, contact us to explore whether the Deputy Director of Human Resources  position is right for you. 


Reporting to the CAO, the Deputy Director of Human Resources leads the human resources team in the delivery of personnel related services to employees, the design and implementation of initiatives that enhance employee engagement and motivation, and the assurance of compliance with PHL, city, state and federal employment laws, regulations, and policies.   The Deputy Director supports the executive team in meeting PHL goals and objectives by providing advice and counsel on personnel actions and issues and recommending and implementing employee programs that align with the mission and strategy.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement human resources programs that support the mission of PHL,
  • Manage employee relations. Provide advice and counsel to senior staff on initiatives, employee relations issues, good practices and compliance.  Help to resolve employee relations issues.
  • Stay abreast of city, state and federal employment laws, maintain and write policies that are compliant, and ensure that practices at PHL are in accord with laws and policies.
  • Direct the day to day work of the human resources staff and provide mentoring and development. Maintain HR departmental metrics.
  •  In collaboration with the Communications Department, keep employees informed of PHL’s direction, important events, and decisions.
  • Develop and manage the performance management process to support PHL’s mission and goals and improve overall employee performance. 
  • Oversee compensation, benefits, recruiting and training and development.
  • Use technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of HR.


  • Business Acumen
  • Communication
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Global & Cultural Awareness
  • HR Expertise
  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Relationship Management
  • Civil Service and Labor Relations

Supervisory Responsibility

This position manages all employees of the HR department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring for the department.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 10 years' human resources experience in employee relations, OD/training, compensation, recruiting, and generalist work or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 2 years’ experience managing others and leading
  • Knowledge of employment legislation and regulations.
  • Ability to translate organizational priorities into people initiatives
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.

Preferred Education and Experience

  1. Master's degree.
  2. SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SPHR credential.


New hires must establish and maintain residency in the City of Philadelphia within 6 months of appointment and for the duration of employment in this position.


Security Requirement:

Must pass and maintain SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) and AOA (Airfield Operations Area) clearance at the time of appointment and during tenure of employment.



The Philadelphia Airport is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The Philadelphia Airport does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.


To Apply:

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Stephanie Gosnell at


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