Community Planner

Herndon, Virginia
May 28, 2022
Jun 02, 2022
Full Time

Is a recognized subject matter expert in a specialized area and provides leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under the minimal direction of a manager or executive. Analyzes and interprets criteria related to all aspects of airport and aviation planning.

Reviews, provides technical guidance and accepts airport master and system plans prepared by airport sponsors, State aeronautical agencies, and metropolitan planning agencies.

Serves as an ADO resource and liaison between ADO and RO personnel on all airport and aviation planning issues. Provides advanced technical guidance for the preparation and coordination of local, metro, and state system airport demand forecasts and Airport Layout Plans. Reviews and approves local airport demand forecasts and Airport Layout Plans.

Serves as the ADO point of contact for all forecasting and capacity reviews internally with peers and supervisors as well as externally with stakeholders.

Develops the ADO Airports Capital Improvement Program (ACIP) and may administer the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program.

Collaborates with ADO environmental specialists in the collection of data and develops documents required for satisfying requirements of National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental programs. Provides technical guidance and reviews airport sustainability programs.

Provides detailed level assistance to ensure land use compatibility including consultation in the development of zoning requirements on and off airports. Ensures planning results are in compliance with applicable Grant Assurances.

Develops the ADO input to the National Plan of integrated Airports System (NPIAS) and conducts reviews to ensure that FAA guidance is being met during the initial submittal of NPIAS entry/removal requests.

Provides technical review and analysis of all land documentation in coordination with the compliance specialist. This includes land use compatibility plans, change in land use requests, land release, and land acquisition. Performs in depth review of appraisals submitted by sponsors to ensure that land acquired under a project is properly configured, has good title and cost is reasonable. Ensures conformance with the Uniform Relocation Act.

Prepares correspondence for review by management. Correspondence may include Congressional responses, briefing papers, approval letters, and guidance to sponsors associated with all aspects of airport development.

Provides advisory and advanced technical guidance to the ADO and to the public on all aspects of project implementation including airport planning and programming, airspace, airport design standards, and contract administration.

Participates in community activities, such as Advisory Committees, public workshops, and public meetings or hearings. Possesses advanced experience in coordinating public outreach meetings.

Provides technical guidance and reviews planning consultant contracts, including determination of reasonableness of cost, to ensure that selection is in accordance with professional services procurement requirements.

Approves payments on AIP funded projects.

Reviews benefit/cost and life-cycle costs analyses. Prepares ADO recommendation related to project support and prospective funding.

Reviews and makes recommendation for modification of standards requests to management and/or RO. Forwards recommendations to RO for approval.

Reviews project justifications and eligibility analyses to ensure projects are ready for grant funding. Serves as the liaison for communications with the RO.

Maintains project status using the Office of Airports database system (SOAR). Possesses an advanced understanding of grant project management and associated financial reports.

Serves as an ADO resource for the final review of planning projects and submittal of recommendations to management for grant financial completion, including eligible final payment or recovery as appropriate.


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.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.


In addition to the basic requirement listed below in the EDUCATION section, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is: 1) Experience developing or approving airport layout plans; 2) Experience developing or reviewing planning consultant contracts and scopes of work; 3) Experience in providing advisory and technical guidance to the public on airport planning, airspace, programming, airport design standards, contract administration, and in general, on all aspects of airport project implementation; 4) Experience providing technical guidance to staff and representing management at technical meetings.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA , in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s) if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

To qualify for this position you must have a degree in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance or engineering.

NOTE: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning or engineering acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner or professional engineer. OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript by the closing date. If selected, an official transcript will be required. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to (206) 231-4153 (please include announcement number on each page). Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

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.

Current Federal Employees with no break in service are entitled to payment of up to $27,000 for PCS expenses. Former Federal employees and new employees with no prior Federal service are entitled to payment of up to $10,000 for PCS expenses.

If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

Applicants should include examples of their specialized experience in their work history.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Regional ARP Except AEA.

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