Executive Director, Office of International Affairs

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Executive Director for International Affairs is responsible for achieving U.S. international aviation objectives and provides executive leadership and oversight in the development, implementation, and evaluation of program policies, goals, and objectives. The Executive Director executes the work of the organization via a staff of approximately 70 employees and the administration of an annual $16M budget.

Specific responsibilities include:

- Directs the staff and operations of the Office of International Affairs, including establishment, coordination, and implementation of policy to meet short and long-range goals and priorities throughout the FAA. Formulates global strategies that integrate plans, actions, and responsibilities of the Asia-Pacific, Western Hemisphere, and Africa, Europe and Middle East Offices.

- Advises and assists the Assistant Administrator in directing, coordinating, controlling, and ensuring the adequacy of national and international aviation policies, goals, and priorities.

- Coordinates FAA policy with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and relevant agencies such as the Departments of State, Commerce, and Defense.

- Represents the FAA with public and private sector agencies and officials on matters concerning international aviation policy planning and development.

- Reviews and analyzes proposed agency actions which significantly impact upon the national aviation system to identify social, economic, and other consequences of agency actions. Ensures consideration of all feasible alternative polices and plans.

- Represents the Assistant Administrator in all areas of international aviation and acts on all delegated matters.


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.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance.


As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must provide 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 Requirements
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 Requirements
1. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Experience leading the management and resolution of civil aviation matters related to U.S. and foreign civil aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and private industry regarding aviation safety, air traffic management, airports operations and/or commercial space transportation.

2. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Experience overseeing the processes for enacting legislation, issuing regulations, setting policy, or reaching decisions regarding aviation matters in the U.S. and internationally.


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. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

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.

We are seeking candidates who possess an enterprising mindset marked by energy and initiative toward the success of the Agency and transforming aviation. Effective, transformational leadership is key to the success in this position. We are seeking candidates who understand both the Headquarters and field operations, with the intent of growing their experience and preparing them for other opportunities within the FAA.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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