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Aviation Safety Program Compliance Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

The Specialist supports the ODA Office by providing program support and assistance in analyzing and identifying safety compliance issues. As a specialist for investigating, researching, developing, and evaluating technical issues to effectively meet operational requirements and program goals. Performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments under the limited direction of a manager. Assignments may require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines.

The Aviation Safety Program Compliance Specialist provides program compliance and enforcement support, including extensive research, analyzing and evaluating technical issues to improve programs and policies. Investigates compliance issues to develop, integrate, and implement solutions to diverse, complex problems for meeting operational requirements and program goals related to Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Office. Performs multiple and varying complex work assignments under limited direction of a manager, project/ program manager, team leader, or more experienced technical specialist. Assignments may require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines.

Applies technical knowledge on matters pertaining to aviation safety statutory and regulatory requirements to support the implementation of key policies and safety performance activities of collaborative teams comprised of FAA employee groups, representatives from the aviation industry, and other resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Conducts regulatory compliance reviews, outreach, staffing support, writing, research, and other functions to facilitate timely submission of AVS deliverables. Works with team members or as a contributing specialist to accomplish large work activities within the established schedules. Performs research and analysis to support activities associated with identifying emerging and changing performance, risks, and development of performance strategies and metrics. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced technical specialist. Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention. Often develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations. Provides guidance to lower-level technical staff on how to solve difficult technical issues.

Defines, plans, and organizes assigned resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish small work activities within established schedules. As a team member assists in monitoring the execution of the program portfolio and its component projects, ensuring that it continues to meet its original objectives. Assists more experience specialist in the implementation of quality control programs. Uses qualitative or quantitative methods to assess the quality control of key safety system programs to assess and identify shortfalls and recommend solutions for preventive action, measure progress, continuous improvement.

Contacts are internal and external. May act as a key technical point of contact for assigned activities. Communicates overall results of a project or work activity to FAA management, the aviation and aerospace industries, and other external. Contributes to the preparation of management and technical reports, which include participation in technical working groups and ad hoc advisory committees to gather information. Uses established policies/procedures to provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches. Assignments typically require solutions that are to be derived by interpreting and extrapolating from situations that were faced in the past. Provides recommendations to improve work processes.


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)


To view the complete OPM qualification standard for the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Series, 1801, please refer to:

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-12. 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 may include but not limited to: Experience working as part of or with an Organizational Designation Authority (ODA) or Organization Management Team (OMT) on a wide variety of technical issues, policy issues, and tasks related to the principles and practices as it applies to aviation safety.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a Selective Placement Factor
for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): Skill in fulfilling the responsibilities of an ODA Holder, working with an ODA Unit, or conducting oversight of an ODA Holder in an aviation environment.

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 order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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.

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

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.

The announcement is an open continuous announcement. We will review and refer candidates to the hiring official periodically throughout the opening period.

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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.

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 initial 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (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.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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