Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety

Washington, United States
May 05, 2023
Jun 06, 2023
Full Time

The Office of Aviation Safety (AVS) manages the certification of aircraft and the people who fly and maintain those aircraft, as well as others working in safety-related positions. AVS also oversees civil flight operations and develops safety regulations with the help of more than 7,400 employees across the globe.


The Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety is the key advisor to the FAA Administrator on aviation safety. The incumbent sets, oversees, and enforces safety standards for all sectors of the aviation industry, impacting every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety. The Associate Administrator executes the work of the Office of Aviation Safety through a geographically-dispersed workforce of approximately 7,400 employees and is responsible for an approximate $1.8B budget.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Develops FAA safety strategic management initiatives, goals, and short and long term direction and implementation plans. Leads and communicates the status, safety strategies, critical issues, complex challenges and emerging developments, products, technologies, and innovations. Ensures that strategies are developed based on data-driven decision making that advances and improves the mission of FAA and AVS operations and stakeholder products and services.
  • Oversees the adequacy of substantive aspects of FAA rulemaking actions, directives/guidance, and responses relating to the safety of flight; certification and competence of airmen, air carriers, and air agencies; certification and airworthiness of aircraft; aircraft and airmen registry; physical fitness of airmen and other persons associated with safety in flight; airmen medical certification systems, aviation medical research, designated aviation medical examiner system, aeromedical education, and medical accident investigations; National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident and incident investigation, NTSB recommendations, reporting programs for accidents and incidents, and NTSB hearings.
  • Influences the development and harmonization of international safety standards, procedures and practices. Partners with other civil aviation authorities and regional organizations to promote and improve FAA's position in global aviation leadership. Advocates compliance with international safety standards.
  • Champions unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activities to enable the safe and efficient use and integration of UAS globally. Advocates for the development and alignment of UAS regulations and policy harmonization across the agency, broader U.S. Government, global aviation community, Air Navigation Service Provider counterparts and others on a bilateral, regional and global basis.
  • Provides global leadership for Aerospace Medicine in the 21st century. Manages a broad range of medical programs and services (e.g., pilot medical certification, aerospace medical training, medical clearance of air traffic control specialists, aviation industry drug and alcohol testing).
  • Ensures FAA serves as the industry leader in safety investigation, analysis, and information sharing. Prescribes procedures and responsibilities for aircraft accident and incident notification, investigation and reporting. Oversees the FAA's accident, incident and occurrence response programs. Directs investigations and activities related to the NTSB.
  • Maintains close and continuous contact with representatives of Congress, national military establishment, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, aviation industry stakeholders, and the general public, as well as various other domestic and foreign public and private aviation organizations. Handles media inquiries related to, and develops communications strategy for, aviation safety matters. Presents and defends DOT/FAA positions with respect to Aviation Safety programs and policies.


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 leading a large, complex, and technically oriented civil aviation organization.
  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior leaders and stakeholders to identify, develop, and promote aviation safety technology programs and operations on a global scale.


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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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


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Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

1. A resume that does not exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrates you possess the required leadership and technical qualifications.
2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if you are claiming noncompetitive eligibility as a current/former FAA Executive or current/former member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent system.
3. A Senior Executive Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) certificate if you are claiming noncompetitive status based on your completion of an SESCDP program.
Note: Please do not submit additional materials (e.g. ECQ written narrative statements, DD Form 214, performance plans/evaluations, letters of recommendation) they will not be considered as part of the application package.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the leadership and technical requirements.

Uploaded resumes must be attached to your application in USAJOBS and submitted in Word (or Word compatible) or PDF format.

You are strongly encouraged to review OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective executive resumes, found here:
You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.

SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.

Agency contact information

Kimberly Brooks


1 (202) 267-3901


1 (202) 267-5748



Federal Aviation Administration
Executive Resources Division
800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591

Next steps

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.