Assistant Chief Counsel for Airports & Environmental Law

Washington, D.C
Aug 18, 2022
Aug 25, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Assistant Chief Counsel oversees all aspects of legal services supporting the Agency's activity on airports, airspace design, commercial space and environmental compliance programs including these relationships with state and local governments as well as provides executive leadership and oversight of the FAA's legislative program.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Oversees all legal aspects of FAA's Airports & Environmental Law management programs in both headquarters and the regions, including litigation, training, policy direction, and evaluation of services provided by those offices.
  • Directs planning, policy development, and execution of all legal aspects relating to Airports & Environmental Law programs. Directs and coordinates legal sufficiency review of programs and policies to ensure program activities are consistent with the priorities of the FAA Administrator and Chief Counsel.
  • Renders opinions and interpretations of FAA's airports and environmental authority and policies consistent with government statutes, Executive Orders, and applicable Department of Transportation and FAA policies.
  • Implements legal aspects of airports management, related strategic and organizational initiatives, and goals to include tracking and monitoring their completion. Provides expert legal advice regarding all aspects of Agency policies relating to Airports, including the Airport Improvement Program, Passenger Facility Charge Program, Airport Compliance Program, airport noise and access restrictions, and other airport policy initiatives.
  • Implements legal aspects of environmental management, related strategic and organizational initiatives, and goals to include tracking and monitoring their completion. Provides expert legal advice regarding all aspects of Agency policies relating to assessments of the environmental impact of airport development projects; airspace redesign, performance based air traffic procedures, and military special use airspace; and commercial space launch site (spaceport) and launch/reentry operator license.
  • Establishes objectives and strategies for subordinates in support of the Airports & Environmental Law Division goals of the FAA. Directs the work of subordinate managers and staff attorneys working within the Airports & Environmental Law Division.
  • Oversees the FAA's legislative program, coordinating agency legislative policy (including implementation) and the agency's representation on legislative matters, including pending bills, resolutions, hearing preparation, drafting of Congressional witness testimony, Administration legislative proposals, executive orders, and proclamations.


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.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


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 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: Experience directing and leading a legal entity charged with developing and resolving judicial cases related to federal airports or environmental law, and engaged in airports or environmental litigation.


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.

This position has a positive education requirement: In order to qualify for this position, candidates must have at least a Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S jurisdiction and be an active member of that bar. You must provide a copy of your official (or unofficial) transcript and an official certificate demonstrating you are an active member in good standing of a state bar at the time of application and by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit an official transcript.

Failure to submit required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in loss of consideration.

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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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