Director, Compliance and Airworthiness Division

Wallops Island, Virginia
Mar 12, 2023
Mar 20, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director, Compliance and Airworthiness Division is responsible for executive oversight of the issuance of all design approvals for domestic and foreign manufacturers, as well as production and original airworthiness certificates. The Director collaborates with all other AIR divisions and the Flight Standards Service to identify resolutions as safety issues may impact existing standards, policy, and delegation systems, including maintenance and operational aspects. The Director oversees and provides day-to-day direction to a staff of approximately 630 employees and administers an annual budget of approximately $115M.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Manages and administers all design, production, and airworthiness approvals of aircraft products and parts, including the initial evaluation, approval, and acceptance of relevant applicant processes for domestic and foreign manufacturers.
  • Leads all processes associated with the identification, evaluation, and risk management of product and parts level safety issues. In addition, this functional area includes engineering support for the Flight Standards Service with regard to field support and airworthiness needs.
  • Manages shared flight test expertise support for the divisions in certification, airworthiness, policy development and systems oversight. Oversees the safety of AIR's Flight Test Program utilizing the advice of the flight test safety officer. Authorizes participation of AIR personnel in the FAA Flight Program and serves as the primary focal point for the FAA Flight Program Executive with regard to AIR participants in the FAA Flight Program.
  • Creates and maintains a professional network by collaborating with other FAA lines of business, other Department of Transportation modals and Federal agencies, other civil aviation authorities, and aviation industry representatives to address issues impacting aviation safety.


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 this 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: Demonstrated leadership in the development or implementation of Federal aviation laws, regulations, and operating procedures.
  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Demonstrated leadership and experience in the design, production, and airworthiness approvals of aircraft products or parts to ensure continual operational safety.

  • 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.

    The Hiring Official and selectee will negotiate duty location. Available duty locations are Washington, D.C.; Burlington, MA; Des Moines, WA; Fort Worth, TX; and Kansas City, MO.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

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