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United Airlines Manager - California Air Compliance and Strategy in San Francisco, California

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Manager - California Air Compliance and Strategy

Primarily responsible for local, state and federal air quality compliance management for United's California facilities. Work with local and state officials, including South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to monitor and influence regulatory changes that support our operations. Directs air quality compliance obligations at the LAX airport, SFO airport, Maintenance Base (SFMC), and other California airports, including programs associated with the LAX and SFMC Title V major source facility permits, federal and California greenhouse gas tracking and Cap and Trade regulations under AB32, Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) NOx cap and trade program, federal/regional chemical tracking requirements, and other regional air district requirements. Manage compliance and monitor emerging regulatory changes associated with statewide Ground Support Equipment (GSE) fleet based rules, CARB mobile source rules and California Airport environmental policies related to GSE. Maintain relationships with Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) and San Francisco International Airport executive management and work strategically with them to position United to win California. Directs and engages appropriate environmental professionals (vendors and consultants) on a variety of air quality-related issues.

Job overview and responsibilities

Direct mandatory recordkeeping and compliance monitoring for United's California air quality program that includes the Title V permits at SFMC and LAX, the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) program at LAX, renewable annual permit program as well as higher risk processes that emit toxic air contaminants such as chrome plating, thermal spray, and related processes.

Train internal stakeholders in recordkeeping to ensure adequate process controls are maintained to demonstrate, and for United VP's to certify compliance.

Prepares and implements, where necessary, specific training courses for targeted work areas.

Work with local and state officials, including SCAAQMD, BAAQMD, and CARB, to influence regulatory changes that support our operations by analyzing financial impacts and developing optimal regulatory outcomes and lobbying for them.

Conducts the required due diligence in preparation for required Title V and Aerospace NESHAP compliance status reports that are then signed by the Responsible Official.

Directs others to procure permit information and completes any recurrent and new reports associated with air.

Monitor new and existing local and state requirements impacting California Facilities throughout the state. Perform emission trending analysis and monitor overall emissions profile of facilities.

Serve as subject matter expert and point of contact for all CA air quality inspections/audits and process changes. Modify existing air permits as necessary based on facility changes.

Collaborates with Sr. Manager, Global Air Quality and United’s GSE division to assure compliance with regulations by strategizing which equipment to retain at the station.

Directs compliance with the federal and state refrigerant regulations for both stationary and mobile sources for United CA operations.

Manage company compliance with various statewide airport ground service equipment (GSE) fleet based rules, including the In Use Off Road Diesel Engine Regulation (ORD), In use Large Spark Ignition Rule (LSI), On-Road Truck and Bus Rule, the Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP), the Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for Portable Equipment and LAX GSE Policy.

Strategize to reduce compliance burdens by collaborating with United stakeholders and developing improved reporting and monitoring tools with equipment manufacturers and United Information Technology group.

Work with local station management and corporate GSE to maintain adequate records to file required reports, complete fleet average calculations, and meet permit and regulatory conditions. Monitor local and state policy and regulatory changes impacting the Company GSE fleet.

Review chemicals for state regulatory agency rule compliance and ensure adequate tracking of chemical purchase and usage to comply with facility air permits, including usage limitations, analysis of Volatile Organic Content and other requirements under South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 109 and BAAMQD rules, including off-site receptor risk modeling.

Establishes individual and facility environmental goals that align with departmental goals.

Develop individual career development and training plans with leader.

Use technical knowledge experience to provide thoughtful decision making and guidance in strategic implementation of United’s approved projects. Be solution-oriented and committed to a creating and sustaining a culture of continual improvement and innovation. Model integrity, possess self-awareness and foster an environment of accountability. Be accountable for providing transparent communication to stakeholders, team members and leadership.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences/policy, engineering, or related area

  • At least 4 – 6 years environmental experience with a focus in air emission issues

  • Knowledge of Clean Air Act and other environmental regulations aviation industry

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrates strong people, planning and organizational skills

  • Proficient computer skills including air mathematical modelling, WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK, and PowerPoint


  • Knowledge of airline/aerospace practices and operational procedures

  • Airline or airport experience. Experience working with Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and other regulatory agency officials. ​​​​​​​

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 27 Environmental

Function: Safety / Security / Environmental Compliance

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled