Executive Director, Total Rewards and Worklife

Washington, D.C
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 08, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks a dynamic leader with substantial experience developing the direction of and implementing agency-wide compensation, worklife, performance management and employee engagement strategies for a large, complex organization. The Executive Director, Total Rewards and Worklife directs the framework and communications strategies to support these programs and ensures they are competitive, cost-effective and complies with Federal laws and regulations. The Executive Director executes the duties and responsibilities of the position via a staff of approximately 45 employees and the administration of a $2.6M budget.

Specifically, the Executive Director, Total Rewards and Worklife:
  • Formulates and articulates the strategic vision for the organization and utilizes technical personnel resources to efficiently and effectively accomplish the strategic plan.
  • Leads the planning, development, and implementation of all facets of national programs, standards and initiatives for the FAA's compensation, performance management, employee engagement, worklife, child care and workers compensation programs.
  • Serves as an expert consultant to senior leadership in support of compensation programs and provides expert analysis and information for the Workforce Council; i.e., FAA's compensation committee. Administers and implements compensation policies, procedures and programs for unionized and nonunionized employees, including pay, allowance sand differentials, absence and leave, work schedules and hours of duty.
  • Provides executive leadership in the creation of an engagement culture. Develops and engagement strategy that includes designing, measuring and evaluating proactive workplace practices that help attract and retain talent with skills and competencies necessary to execute the Office of Human Resource Management's mission and strategic objectives.
  • Plans, directs, designs and administers performance management programs, systems and activities for multiple personnel and pay systems. Directs innovative automation and technology strategies for performance management tracking.
  • Directs the development and implementation of corporate, worklife programs that are innovative, meet the needs of FAA employees and family members and are designed to foster employee engagement


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.
  • Top Secret Clearance 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 designing, administering and evaluating strategic compensation programs resulting in innovative and contemporary employee compensation programs.
2. Experience overseeing performance management systems and worklife programs including employee engagement for a large, complex organization.


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. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

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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