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Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Human Resources


Airport Authority Careers




  • If you are interested in a job as a Federal Security Screener, visit the TSA website for more information or call 888-328-6172
  • If you are interested in a position with an airline or other airport tenant, please contact them directly. For your convenience, we have a complete list of airport tenants here.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For all current Authority job openings, please visit our employment site. You can bookmark it and check back frequently for the most up-to-date information about all our job opportunities!

Authority Information

Benefit Information

Health Insurance

The Authority offers two healthcare plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan both of which include medical and prescription drug coverage: PPO HealthCare Plan - which includes Medical and Prescription Drug Coverage. A high deductible plan is also offered in which employees pay a smaller premium in exchange for a larger premium. The employee’s portion is 20% and the Authority pays the balance of 80%.

Your health, dental, and vision benefits take effect the first day of the following month of hire. Note: Health Care waiver credit available for medical and RX. Monetary Stipend per pay period provided.

Dental Insurance

The Authority participates with Delta Dental for our dental coverage. Our coverage gives you and your family members the benefits of the following services: Diagnostic and preventative, basic, major, and orthodontic. There is no cost to the employee for this benefit.

Vision Insurance

The Authority participates with EyeMed for our vision coverage. Our coverage gives you and your family members the benefits of the following: annual eye exam, an allowance for eyeglass lenses, frames, and contacts. There is no cost to the employee for this benefit.

FSA Options

The Authority offers Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending accounts. HSA accounts are also available in conjunction with the high deductible insurance plan only.  Monies are withdrawn bi-weekly from paycheck.


Employees receive 11 paid holidays per year.

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day after Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve Day

Paid Leave

The Authority offers Vacation, PTO (paid time off), and STD (short term disability).


Vacation accrual begins at the time of hire.


Employees will receive a prorated PTO balance once they have completed six (6) months of service.

Short-Term Disability (STD):

The Authority provides short term disability to all employees who have completed six (6) months of service. In the event of accident or injury employees will receive a percentage of weekly payments.

Employee Retirement Plan

The Airport Authority at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a member of the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS). All new employees will be required to participate in a hybrid plan consisting of a defined benefit plan and defined contribution plan.

Employees are also required to participate in a retirement health care savings plan (HCSP). The HCSP is a tax free medical savings program that allows both employees and employers to invest money while employed for use of eligible medical expenses upon leaving employment with the Authority.

Employees have the option of participating in a voluntary deferred compensation plan (457B) with Nationwide.

Wellness Incentives

Employees may receive a wellness incentive, per pay period, to supplement medical and prescription premiums by completing an annual physical. A second wellness incentive can be received if you are a non-smoker or if you participate in a smoking cessation program.

The Authority offers discounted membership opportunities, for employees and their immediate family members, to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Department Highlight

Aircraft Rescue LIVE firefighting training!

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport continually strives to provide travelers with superior customer service and the infrastructure that supports the air transportation needs of millions of people in West Michigan; and it all begins with our employees. Employees are a vital resource to ensure we are providing the utmost in customer service for our customers as we continue to manage and grow the region’s air transportation network. We are actively committed to workforce diversity and to providing a work environment which promotes the professional and personal development of all employees. Encouraging workforce diversity is essential to the Authority’s ability to attract, recruit and retain qualified employees. We strive to create an environment that fosters greater innovation and creativity among employees and enhances communication and relationships with the community we serve. A career with the Authority brings opportunity for continued growth and development as well as job satisfaction. If you are interested in being a member of our dynamic team, take a closer look at our career opportunities.



At the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, our organizational VALUES play an important role in our work lives. We encourage our employees to support our values which help us provide outstanding service to our customers, visitors and passengers each and every day. Our values help us support our Mission which is to create an exceptional travel experience for our passengers, and growth and prosperity for all of West Michigan.

GFIAA values: Safety, Our Customers, Accountability, Respect, Integrity, New Ideas and Growth



Employee Highlight

Department Highlight

Field Maintenance 2018

Airport Field Maintenance

The Field Maintenance team is a dynamic and integral part of Airport Operations at GRR. This group maintains the runways in summer and in our sometimes brutal Michigan winters. Field Maintenance also assists in ensuring compliance with all appropriate FAA airport regulations. We are always seeking great talent to join our teams. This is only one of our great teams here at GRR! Consider us as you are looking for fantastic career opportunities for your future.

Authority Departments

Airport Authority Departments

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Police Department, Facilities Maintenance, Field Maintenance, Operations & Communications, and Administration

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