Chief of Staff, Air Traffic Organization

Washington, D.C
May 14, 2022
May 21, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Chief of Staff (CoS), serves as the principal advisor to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO), and the Air Traffic Organization's (ATO) Officers Group on the establishment of ATO policy, management oversight, and coordination of ATO operations and programs. The CoS is responsible for coordinating internal and external communications and correspondence across the agency, the U.S. Government and with industry stakeholders. The CoS synchronizes communications and collaborative activities with industry, Congress, and the media as well as prioritizes and allocates resources to provide briefings to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the White House and Congress. The CoS serves as the primary liaison and senior policy maker in the FAA to accomplish the FAA's statutory requirements to support law enforcement, Homeland Security, and national security activities. The CoS manages a budget of $1M for the immediate office of the COO, oversees, and has direct line authority of approximately 6 staff members including two senior advisors.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Provides executive leadership, direction, and guidance to ATO on complex programs and policies.
  • Advises and supports the COO and DCOO on a variety of communication activities to promote key achievements, bolster a sense of community, and contribute to the overall mission of the ATO and FAA.
  • Collaborates with the FAA Administrator's Office, the COO, and DCOO to provide ATO's official position correspondence, Congressional testimony and reports, and other critical external responses.
  • Works in partnership with ATO and FAA executives, other Federal agencies, representatives of the aviation industry, and members of Congress on all matters pertaining to the ATO mission.
  • Represents the COO in the ATO's engagement in a broad range of critical security arenas, such as the air traffic management aspects of air defense plans, by working closely with the North American Aerospace Defense Command and other national defense and homeland security entities. Exercises delegated authority to make commitments on behalf of the COO and DCOO on matters that impact the NAS.
  • Ensures business and administrative processes, budget activities, and performance expectations are aligned and consistent across the ATO and supports the mission with its $2.58B budget. Advises the COO with allocation and execution of resources to improve service value and achieve performance targets.
  • Leads a range of key ATO strategic initiatives that support the White House, DOT, and FAA strategic plans and goals.


Conditions of Employment

  • Review the Additional Information Section of this vacancy announcement for important information regarding your COVID vaccine status.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.


As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.
  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT : Do you have experience in achieving operational results? If so, provide examples of ways you have exercised leadership to deliver significant results. Explain how you established goals, assessed outcomes, and improved products and services. Indicate how you identified and met customers' requirements and addressed the needs of stakeholders. Include examples of complex problems you solved or difficult obstacles that you overcame as a leader. Your description should include (1) the size and complexity of organizations you have led, (2) the scope of programs you have managed, and (3) the impact of your results on customers and other stakeholders.
  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT : Do you have experience leading people? If yes, describe the size of the organization and number and types of positions you have managed. Discuss ways that you have established and maintained positive work environments and prevented or eliminated discrimination or harassment. Describe ways that you have mentored and developed employees and built individual and team performance. Discuss how you have established and led teams to deliver products and services. Include in your description experience in leading others in a matrix environment across organizations.
  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT : Do you have experience building relationships? If yes, describe (1) the types of individuals with whom you routinely collaborate; and (2) the purpose and outcomes of the communication. Discuss your experience in communicating and cooperating with others to achieve goals. Provide examples of how you have built relationships to achieve consensus and how you were able to obtain the cooperation of others with competing priorities and perspectives. Describe how you effectively communicate information within and outside of your organization.
  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT : Do you have experience leading strategic change? If yes, describe examples of strategic changes that you led for your organization; describe the entities that the change affected (agency, industry, organizational components). Discuss obstacles you encountered and how you overcame them to the benefit of the agency. Include in your description ways that you applied long-range vision, developed strategies, and applied innovative ideas and techniques.
  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT : Demonstrated operational experience evaluating air traffic programs to develop and articulate innovative solutions to senior aviation industry stakeholders or senior federal officials that impact the National Airspace System (NAS) and Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen).


An education requirement has not been established for this occupational series.

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Additional information

Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Veterans preference does not apply to the FAA Executive System.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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