Airport Compliance Specialist

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Washington, D.C
Jun 21, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager and as a principal technical specialist or as a project manager or team leader for large work activates. Provides technical advice, investigates and provides support and assistance in adjudicating formal complaints and FAA-initiated investigations under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 16, Rules of Practice for Federally Assisted Airport Enforcement Proceedings, and monitors airport sponsor compliance with various Federal laws, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, and airport sponsor land and grant obligations.

Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of Federal law and FAA policy to specific airport circumstances and conducts extensive research and analysis of complex issues to determine if an airport sponsors' actions are consistent with its Federal obligations. Develops and provides policy guidance, procedures, and requirements for U.S. airports to comply with airport sponsor grant assurances. Provides assistance and support in preparing clear and focused administrative decisions, after conducting thorough investigations, within strict deadlines and provides corresponding findings and conclusions to support Director's Determinations and Final Agency Decisions.

Draws on experience to solve unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy interpretations as the situation requires in coordinating agency efforts to resolve issues resulting from FAA's land use compliance inspections. Provides support and assistance in reviewing aeronautical and non-aeronautical leases to ensure the provisions are consistent with sponsor grant assurances. Assists with reviews and analyzes requests for land releases, airport closures and replacement airports.

Conducts analysis to identify financial feasibility for complex projects involving the use of federally obligated land. Contacts are internal and external. Provides technical advice, guidance, and assistance to the airports division employees, government agencies, airport consultants, aviation industry representatives, airport sponsors, and the public on Federal regulations and FAA policy and goals related to the airport compliance program. Provides guidance to junior and entry level professionals on sponsor obligations and compliance policy.

Researches topics, trends, lessons learned, and analyzes data to pro-actively develop informational compliance briefings, presentations, and guidance for a variety of audiences. Provides in-house training to junior and entry-level professionals within the Division. Conducts peer review of administrative decisions and compliance policies before final legal/management review and issuance.

Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. Work activities typically impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions or LOB's/SO's and may impact on the objectives of the FAA.


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)
  • Travel may be to domestic and/or international locations.


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. This experience is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IS DEFINED AS: Experience working in airports leading and managing projects/programs in areas such as airport planning, engineering, airport management, public administration, airport compliance, and business law. AND;

Experience in leading investigations and writing reports on airport compliance, or other aviation regulatory functions, sufficient to substantiate and defend findings.


You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

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

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

AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process 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.


Education cannot be substituted for experience.

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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.


1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: .

2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, 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 section, 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.

3. This announcement is also being advertised under VA #AWA-ACO-22-0016MP-78870. Please review both vacancy announcements before making application to determine your eligibility to apply.

4. This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

5. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1653.

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