Deputy Director, Regional Operations

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

The incumbent of this position serves as the Deputy Director, Regional Operations for the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). As Deputy Director, the incumbent serves as principal management advisor to the OAS Director and fully participates in managing all of the regional/general aviation functions of the office including the investigation, analysis and drafting probable cause of regional and field aviation accidents, the preparation of safety recommendation, conducting special investigations, participating in public forums and symposium, preparing responses to proposed safety rulemaking, and responding to requests for technical support. To accomplish this, the Deputy Director assists the Office Director in planning, managing, directing and evaluating the operational aspects and work of the regional program, and the following responsibilities:
  • Implementing and exercising the Board's policy. Developing a strategic and/or annual operating plan for the implementation of short-term and long-term objectives as required by the Managing Director (MD).
  • Evaluating program processes and procedures and their overall effectiveness. Identifying program problem areas and soliciting recommendations concerning alternative actions from Regional Chiefs and senior technical staff.
  • Developing overall requirements and schedules to accomplish program objectives. Reviewing, approving and promulgating schedules and milestones for assigned activities.
  • Developing overall program review documentation and providing status response to the MD on a regular basis.
  • Conferring with U.S. and foreign government officials about accidents involving U.S. air carriers and US manufactured aircraft, engines, systems, and avionics in foreign countries and accidents in the U.S. Involving foreign registered air carriers or foreign manufactured aircraft, engines, systems, or avionics.
  • Exercising effective organizational management responsibilities: meeting and implementing Board goals, implementing program plans, guiding employees, and managing financial resources.
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with officials at the Federal and state level and with officials of airlines, manufacturers, operators, pilot labor organizations, aviation associations, and foreign governments.
The critical nature of the work of this position requires the incumbent to be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: NO
  • Direct Deposit for salary payment is required.
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1-year probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.
  • Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
  • This is a career reserved position in the Senior Executive Service (SES).


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).This recruitment follows the traditional method.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Applicants who have not been certified by the Office of Personnel Management as a member of the Senior Executive Service must submit a written narrative response to the following ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Each ECQ narrative should not exceed 2 pages. Your accomplishments should be written in clear and concise manner. Failure to address these specific qualification requirements in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined by OPM. Additional information on ECQs is available at:
The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): You must also provide a separate narrative statement to address each of the following technical qualifications. The technical qualification narrative must not to exceed 2 pages, and must completely describe your experience in support of each of the following qualifications. Failure to address these specific qualification requirements in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration.
  • Aviation knowledge sufficient to provide leadership in managing and directing a geographically dispersed organization with responsibility for aviation accident investigations and the formulation of improved safety practices.
  • Ability to effectively represent NTSB policies, procedures, reports, and recommendations, orally and in writing, involving highly visible and potentially controversial issues being considered by senior members of the Board, congressional staff, other senior federal officials and private industry.
  • Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the complex issues associated with general aviation accidents/safety investigations, including design, testing, engineering, and operations.

  • Note: The NTSB is authorized to investigate civil aviation accidents. The major portion of the work of this position requires knowledge of the protocols and procedures of civil aviation accident investigations. Applicants should demonstrate in the resume and narrative statements that he/she has the described experience and can successfully perform the work.


    There are no educational requirements for this position.

    Additional information

    NOTE: for Current and/or Former Political Appointees: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    Salary: NTSB structures its SES positions into tiers to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Tier 2 position. The minimum pay for this position is $135,465 and the maximum is $194,792. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. A variety of work life amenities are offered such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness benefits and transit benefits.

    Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) are not authorized for this position.

    If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Telework is available based on agency policy. You may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

    This position is not eligible for remote telework. The duty location is Washington, DC.