Director, Office of Airport Planning and Programming

Washington, D.C
Mar 30, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director of the Office of Airport Planning and Programming is responsible for national airport planning, environmental and social requirements, airport grants, property transfers, and passenger facility development. The incumbent advises on the adequacy of agency policies, criteria, systems, procedures, public rules and regulations, and program plans relating to these matters. In the discharge of the above responsibilities, the incumbent exercises executive direction over two divisions; i.e., Airports Financial Assistance Division and Airport Planning and Environmental Division, a geographically dispersed workforce of approximately 40 to include two Executives and forecasts and executes a budget of approximately $3B in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Funding.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Formulates and articulates the strategic vision for the organization and utilizes technical and personnel resources to efficiently and effectively accomplish the strategic plan. Provides direction to the professional and technical staff organized into subordinate organizations with continuing responsibility for ensuring program development is consistent with the Agency's mission, vision, values, and goals.
  • Develops and issues, biannually, the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) to Congress, through the Secretary of Transportation, that outlines the plan for developing public use airports in the United States and estimates the costs associated with establishing a system of airports that adequately meet the needs of civil aviation in addition, supports the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Postal Service.
  • Oversees the Airport Improvement Program, Passenger Facility Charge Program, and conveyance or lease of Federal land and surplus property for airport purposes.
  • Directs the development of eligibility criteria governing Airport Improvement grants and entry criteria for the NPIAS.
  • Oversees the preparation of guidelines for coordination and implementation of intermodal transportation planning relating to the Airports program.
  • Directs the development of guidance for airport planning and planning support, including master and system planning.
  • Represents the Office of Airport Planning and Programming at meetings of organizations concerned with matters within the purview of the office. Establishes and maintains liaison with senior executives and officials within FAA, other Federal agencies, state and local governments and the aviation industry to present and negotiate FAA policy and requirements and ensure effective coordination of airport planning and development.
  • Sets a positive culture for the organization that results in the empowerment of staff development and growth.


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.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.


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 that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.


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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