Careers

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service for the mid-Atlantic region. The organization consists of more than 1,500 employees in a structure that includes central administration, airports management, and police and fire departments. In addition to operating Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports, the Airports Authority is responsible for capital improvements at both airports, management of the Dulles Toll Road and the design and build of the Dulles Metrorail.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is accepting applications for all open positions. To find out more about working for the Airports Authority, click on the topic links or call our 24-hour Job Information Line at (703) 417-8366. Thank you for your interest in an Airports Authority career.


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Airports Authority Benefits for Employees

The Airports Authority's total compensation package offers comprehensive benefits that complement your salary


The benefits you receive depend on your employment category.

Career Employees

Health Insurance

The Airports Authority offers two types of health plans to protect you and your family from high-cost health care expenses. You may elect a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. Both plans include prescription drug benefits and no-cost preventive care.


Dental Insurance

Coverage includes preventive, basic and major restorative services, as well as orthodontics. You can choose dental insurance separate from health insurance.


Retirement Benefits

Defined Benefits Plans

The Airports Authority offers two defined benefit (pension) plans: the Retirement Plan for General Employees or the Retirement Plan for Police and Firefighters. Employees are automatically enrolled in the appropriate plan and are covered as of their date of hire. After five years of service, you may receive a monthly pension at retirement age. The Airports Authority pays the entire cost of the General Plan. The Police and Firefighters Plan has a 1.5% pre-tax contribution by employees.

Retirement Savings Plan

The Retirement Savings Plan helps employees save for the future with two plans: a 457 Plan for employee contributions and a 401(a) Plan for Airport Authority matching contributions. You may contribute to the 457 Plan, up to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual limit, a portion of your pay on a tax-deferred basis through payroll deduction. If you save money in the 457 Plan, the Airports Authority will match up to 3% of your contributions. Matching contributions are deposited into the 401(a) Plan. Participants can invest the contributions, both their own contributions and the employer match, in a variety of investment options.


Life Insurance

These benefits protect your survivors if you should die on or off the job from accidental or natural causes. Basic Life insurance is paid for by both you and the Airports Authority. Supplemental Life insurance and Dependent Life insurance are available and paid for by the employee.


Long Term Disability (LTD)

LTD replaces a portion of your income if you become ill or injured and are not able to work as a result. The plan is offered with a 90-day waiting period at no cost to the employee. Or you may choose to purchase a benefit with a shorter waiting period of 60 or 30 days.


Leave Programs

The Airports Authority offers employees annual leave and sick leave. Within specific guidelines, you may use your leave for vacation, illness or injury and to care for family members. The Airports Authority observes 10 federal holidays. The Airports Authority also offers leave for on-the-job injury and illness, court appearances and military service. Employees may choose to participate in a donated leave program.


Tax-Advantage Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

You may contribute to these accounts that allow you to pay for eligible expenses tax-free:

  • Health Care FSA - Up to $2,500* per year to pay for health expenses not covered by insurance
  • Dependent Care FSA - Up to $5,000* per year to pay for day care expenses while you work
  • Mass Transit FSA - You may be eligible for up to $120 in a mass transit subsidy that is paid for by the Airports Authority. You can also contribute tax-free money (for a total of $130* per month) to pay for mass transit, carpool and/or vanpool costs to commute to work.
  • Parking FSA - Up to $250* per month to pay for parking at work, carpool or vanpool lot, Metro station and other work-related parking.

*These maximums are established by the IRS and are subject to change each year.


Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

You may be reimbursed for as much as 100% of tuition expenses, up to $5,000 per year, related to attending credit-bearing job-related courses at any accredited college, university or state-licensed trade or technical school. Courses can be taken individually or as part of a degree program.


Wellness Programs

The Airports Authority cares about the health and wellness of its employees. You can receive wellness incentives or reimbursements when you take certain wellness actions such as joining a fitness or weight management center, wellness coaching or free on site flu shots.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employees and their family members can get free and confidential help with life's challenges through the EAP. EAP is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and can direct you to helpful services in your community.


Non-Career Term Employees

Health Insurance

The Airports Authority offers two types of health plans to protect you and your family from high-cost health care expenses. You may elect a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. Both plans include prescription drug benefits and no-cost preventive care.


Dental Insurance

Coverage includes preventive, basic and major restorative services, as well as orthodontics. You can choose dental insurance separate from health insurance.


Retirement Savings Plan

The Retirement Savings Plan helps employees save for the future with a 457 Plan. You may contribute to the 457 Plan, up to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual limit, a portion of your pay on a tax-deferred basis through payroll deduction. Participants can invest the contributions in a variety of investment options.


Life Insurance

These benefits protect your survivors if you should die on or off the job from accidental or natural causes. Basic Life insurance is paid for by both the employee and the Airports Authority. Supplemental Life insurance and Dependent Life insurance are available and paid for by the employee.


Long Term Disability (LTD)

LTD replaces a portion of your income if you become ill or injured and are not able to work as a result. The plan is offered with a 90-day waiting period at no cost to the employee. Or you may choose to purchase a benefit with a shorter waiting period of 60 or 30 days.


Leave Programs

The Airports Authority offers employees annual leave and sick leave. Within specific guidelines, you may use your leave for vacation, illness or injury and to care for family members. The Airports Authority observes 10 federal holidays. The Airports Authority also offers leave for on-the-job injury and illness, court appearances and military service. Employees may choose to participate in a donated leave program.


Tax-Advantage Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

You may contribute to these accounts that allow you to pay for eligible expenses tax-free:

  • Health Care FSA - Up to $2,500* per year to pay for health expenses not covered by insurance
  • Dependent Care FSA - Up to $5,000* per year to pay for day care expenses while you work
  • Mass Transit FSA - You may be eligible for up to $120 in mass transit subsidy that is paid for by the Airports Authority. You can also contribute tax-free money (for a total of $130* per month) to pay for mass transit, carpool and/or vanpool costs to commute to work.
  • Parking FSA - Up to $250* per month to pay for parking at work, carpool or vanpool lot, Metro station and other work-related parking.
*These maximums are established by the IRS and are subject to change each year.


Wellness Programs

The Airports Authority cares about the health and wellness of its employees. You can receive wellness incentives or reimbursements when you take certain wellness actions such as joining a fitness or weight management center, wellness coaching or free on site flu shots.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employees and their family members can get free and confidential help with life's challenges through the EAP. EAP is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and can direct you to helpful services in your community.


Non-Career Full-Time Temporary Employees

Leave Programs

The Airports Authority offers employees annual leave and observes 10 federal holidays. The Airports Authority also offers leave for court appearances and military service.


Mass Transit Flexible Spending Account

You may be eligible for up to $120 in a mass transit subsidy that is paid by the Airports Authority.


Non-Career Part-Time Temporary, Summer Intern and Casual Employees

Mass Transit Flexible Spending Account

You may be eligible for up to $120 in a mass transit subsidy that is paid by the Airports Authority.


Leave Program

The Airports Authority offers employees leave for military service.


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Onboarding Process

Supporting your transition into the Airports Authority


Welcome

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority). You are now part of an organization that continually strives to improve its efficiency, customer focus, and level of service at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports, as well as the Metrorail Project Office and Dulles Toll Road. Our mission is to be the best managed airports in the United States.


Employee and Payroll Forms

Onboarding forms will be emailed to you in advance of orientation. They are designed, along with other onboarding components, to support your transition into the organization. Please print, complete and bring the forms with you to your orientation.


Benefits Forms

Benefits information, for eligible employees, will be emailed to you in advance of orientation and a copy will also be provided during orientation. Eligible employees may enroll in benefits through the Employee Self-Service portal within their first 31 days of employment.


Badge Form

Airports Authority employees who have access to security controlled areas of the airport must obtain an identification badge as part of the airports compliance with the Transportation Security Administration’s regulations and requirements. Even though you need to obtain your badge as soon as possible, you may not obtain your badge prior to your start date. Instructions on how to obtain your badge, once you begin work, are as follows:

  • Download the applicable Badge and ID Application Information, DCA (Reagan National / Corporate Office) or IAD (Dulles International). Complete the form online and print it as a two-sided document.
  • Sign-it and obtain a signature from a Signatory Authority (your supervisor can guide you).
  • Print and complete the Fingerprint Application Form from the same page.
  • Bring both forms, along with two forms of identification, to the Fingerprinting office and complete applicable training.
  • Once you have completed training, proceed to the Pass and ID office and present your documents to the agent. You will have your picture taken and be issued a badge.

Orientation

Orientation is part of the onboarding process and generally occurs on the employee’s first day of work. Topics covered include the following:

  • Overview of the Airports Authority and Human Resources Basic Information.
  • Time & Attendance and Self-Service Training.
  • Ethics Training.
  • Police Department Information.
  • Emergency Preparedness Information.
  • Technology: Computer Use and Security Information.
  • Collection of Payroll Documents and review of identification for the I-9 Form.

Supervisory Checklist

Your supervisor uses a Supervisory Checklist to support you through your first year.

We value you as a new employee and look forward to working with you.


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Summer Intern Program

Becoming a Summer Intern at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


Introduction

The Summer Intern Program provides short-term assistance to Airports Authority Offices and allows Summer Interns opportunity to gain on-the-job experience. In addition to the work they produce, Summer Interns are a potential recruitment source for full-time positions.

Airports Authority Summer Interns are hired from local and non-local universities.


Employment Period

The 2016 program runs from May 16 through August 5


Positions

The positions are divided among most Office functions. Accordingly, your major (pre-major) must align with one of the following fields/functions:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Business Administration/Economics/Mathematics/Property Management
  • Aviation Management
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Communications/Public Relations/Journalism/Marketing
  • Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Construction, GIS, Electrical or Environmental)
  • Architecture (facilities/infrastructure)
  • Computer Science/IT (Computer Security, Web-browsing/Facebook/Twitter, Architecture Modeling, Software Engineering, Radio Frequency)
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Human Resources (HRIS and Risk Management)

Positions are located at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, or the Metrorail Project Office (Herndon, VA) based on the functional area.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited college/university at the time of application.
  • Have a major (pre-major) that aligns with one of the functional areas indicated in the “Positions” section above.
  • Provide your own housing and transportation.

Pay and Work Hours

Summer Interns are paid at a rate of $12.37 per hour and are eligible for the Commuter Transit Subsidy benefit, which allows for a predetermined monthly subsidy when using public transit. Summer Interns may not work more than 40 hours per week.


Background Check

Selected Summer Interns are required to undergo a background check. Those who pass successfully are made Final Offers.


How to Apply

Online Applications for summer 2016 were accepted from January 11 through February 12, 2016. The application period has closed for 2016.


Evaluation Process

Once the application process is completed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be done to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. You must complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Your resume and application are then compared to your assessment questionnaire responses. If a determination is made that your application does not support your assessment questionnaire, your application will not receive further consideration for this announcement. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be screened for further consideration.

For questions regarding the Summer Intern Program, please contact the Program Manager:

Deborah (Debbie) Williams
deborah.williams@mwaa.com


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