Associate Administrator for Security & Hazardous Materials Safety

Washington, D.C
Feb 05, 2023
Feb 13, 2023
Full Time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks an innovative change agent with substantial experience leading the security function of a large, complex workforce. Reporting to the FAA Administrator, the Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety is recognized as a critical safety and security operational leader and innovator who is responsible for building and leading the security operation for the National Airspace System, including the overall planning, coordination and implementation of national security policies and plans and national programs involving internal security, hazardous materials safety, investigations, manned and unmanned systems, intelligence operations, emergency planning and operations, and workforce services. The incumbent oversees a budget of approximately $118M and provides Executive leadership and direction over a workforce of approximately 550 employees to include 8 Executives and 55 senior security professionals drawn from a variety of disciplines and professions.

Specifically, the Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety:
  • Formulates and articulates the strategic vision for the organization and utilizes technical and personnel resources to efficiently and effectively accomplish the strategic plan.
  • Directs FAA planning, policy development, and execution of the programs that encompass the FAA responsibilities for internal, national, and manned and unmanned aviation security, agency crisis and emergency response plans and capabilities, intelligence operations, regulatory and misconduct investigations and the safe air transport of hazardous materials.
  • Plans, executes and manages broad, emerging, and critical large-scale security and hazardous materials safety programs, initiatives and/or special studies in accordance with legislative, Presidential, and/or Department priorities.
  • Directs program evaluation to determine the degree to which ASH effectively responds to expanding program requirements, the evolving threat landscape, and risks to the NAS, the FAA infrastructure and FAA personnel.
  • Serves as the FAA's Senior Agency Official with regard to security and hazardous materials safety matters. Represents the FAA during Congressional hearings, committee meetings, and inter and intra-agency forums to provide testimony, briefings, issue papers, and program status on aviation security issues including internal, national, and manned and unmanned aviation security, emergency response, investigations, and hazardous materials policies, procedures, and programs.


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) page 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.
  • 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 : Demonstrated experience setting the strategic direction for and leading programs that assess and/or respond to threats that impact the safety and security of the National Airspace System.


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.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized for new hires to Federal service.

A relocation incentive may be authorized for current federal employees.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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