Director, Surveillance Services

Washington, D.C
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director, Surveillance Services oversees an organization responsible for implementing systems and services that provide critical surveillance data used to separate air traffic and provide situational awareness for airspace users. The incumbent is responsible for sustaining systems that support current, tactical air traffic operations and for executing new NextGen foundational surveillance technologies. The Director leads efforts to keep critical sustainment and replacement programs on track and develops and deploys surveillance and broadcast services and related technologies. The Director executes the duties and responsibilities of this position via three (3) multi-layered, geographically dispersed organizations comprised of over 70 employees and manages an annual budget of approximately $250M.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provides authoritative guidance on matters concerning National Airspace System (NAS) surveillance systems including developing national policies to incorporate greater efficiency and new surveillance technologies with existing surveillance capabilities and for the purpose of sustaining and maintaining FAA legacy surveillance and broadcast assets.
  • Directs the establishment of a national surveillance services portfolio approach, completes major acquisition milestones and deliverables such as Investment Analysis Readiness Decision and Life Cycle Cost Estimates.
  • Oversees and facilitates interagency and international workgroups to foster more effective collaboration, planning and harmonization among surveillance programs and across Air Navigation Service Providers.
  • Interacts with officials within the FAA, key representatives of Congress, and various government stakeholders including the Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Office of Management and Budget to advocate for issues related to the Office of Surveillance Services.
  • Aligns business and administrative processes, budget activities and performance expectations and allocates resources and programs to support the ATO mission.


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 clearly articulate and describe within your five ( 5 ) p a g e resume 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.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following have been determined to be selective factors for this position. This means possession of this criteria is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess these criteria are ineligible for further consideration.
  • 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 providing leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the development and implementation of systems and services that provide critical surveillance data to airspace users and deliver NextGen benefits to support the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System.

  • Education

    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.

    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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