Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports

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Washington, D.C
Jan 23, 2023
Jan 31, 2023
Full Time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks an innovative change agent with substantial experience in national airport policy. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports is responsible for ensuring a safe and efficient system of airports, the adequacy of substantive aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking actions relating to certification of airports, the administration of airport grant programs, environmental and social requirements and compliance-related policies. The incumbent oversees a budget of approximately $7B and provides Executive leadership and direction over a geographically dispersed workforce of approximately 600 employees to include 14 Executives and approximately 67 senior employees drawn from a variety of disciplines and professions.

Specifically, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports:
  • Formulates and articulates the strategic vision for the organization in alignment with the agency's strategic objectives and utilizes technical and personnel resources to efficiently and effectively accomplish the strategic plan. Ensures a viable planning structure and system of priorities are in place to meet the Office of Airports (ARP) requirements and objectives.
  • Directs FAA planning and execution of programs emphasizing the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, fiscal responsibility and economic and environmental sustainability, with due consideration of state and local government priorities as well as the rights of private landowners and commercial stakeholders.
  • Oversees broad, emerging, and critical large-scale airport-related programs, initiatives and/or special studies per legislative, Presidential, and/or Department priorities; recommends legislative changes or systemic changes in regulations that ensure aviation safety and promote an efficient aerospace system.
  • Oversees the development of performance measures to gauge if ARP programs are meeting established goals and objectives. Ensures performance measures are meaningful, credible and practical.
  • Directs program evaluation to determine the degree to which ARP effectively responds to expanding program requirements, emerging and evolving airport technologies, airport infrastructure systems, environmental laws and regulations, and funding alignment.
  • Maintains close and continuing contact with representatives of Congress, national military services, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, the aviation industry, airport sponsors, airport management, and various other domestic and foreign public and private organizations concerned with airport planning, programming, management, standards and operations to present and defend Department of Transportation/FAA positions on airport-related matters.
  • Promotes, supports, and participates actively in the FAA Equal Opportunity Program and helps identify and resolve EEO issues or complaints.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing 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 is directly related to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.

Leadership Requirements
1. 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. 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. 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. 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. Experience overseeing the planning and development of a national airport system with various considerations including environmental review and noise compatibility, airspace protection and safety risk management.


There is not a positive education requirement 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.

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.

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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