Supervisory Hazardous Materials Aviation Safety Advisor

FAA Nationwide-Selectee Remains in Current Duty Location; 1 vacancy , United States
May 13, 2023
May 31, 2023
Full Time

The position is within the Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, ASH-1, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, AXH-1, Safety Management System (SMS) Division.


The Supervisory HazMat Aviation Safety Advisor is responsible for the strategic direction to design, develop, and implement internal and corporate-level Safety Risk Management (SRM) functions in accordance with FAA Order 8040.4, Safety Risk Management (SRM) Policy within AXH and ensures AXH policies are aligned and inter-operable with FAA Order 8040.4. The incumbent will develop, organize, and operate the SRM function of the ASH SMS within AXH so that newly identified hazards and ineffective controls for the most significant system-wide safety issues are analyzed and mitigated, and safety performance is measured and monitored in a standardized, repeatable process. Directs the development of SRM templates and tools to assist AXH's efforts to identify and assess hazards in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Directs the work of subordinate employees and/or managers for multiple organizational units/projects/programs and across multiple functions and/or disciplines within a major subdivision. Work includes complex projects/programs based on the objectives of the major subdivision, the LOB/SO, and frequently the FAA. Managerial duties typically affect managers and employees for more than one organizational unit/project/program, and include: strategic planning; communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance of organizational units, managers, and employees; coaching and developing staff and organizational capabilities; approving leave; and taking or approving corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.

Applies technical knowledge of safety risk management and safety assurance methodologies to analyze safety information to identify safety hazards, analyze and assess risk, and devise risk control approaches related to safety performance and the safe integration of hazardous materials transportation by air. Facilitates internal AXH and/or cross-LOB SRM Teams, as needed. Formulates and recommends organizational positions in writing and/or presentation on internal and/or external programs/policies to ASH and AXH senior management. The incumbent serves as the ASH/AXH representative on the FAA Safety Collaboration Team (SCT) and negotiates AXH involvement in cross-LOB safety risk assessments, as needed.

Works closely with other AXH Divisions to ensure work activities align with organizational objectives and policies. Ensures an aligned AXH-wide approach to assist aircraft operators analyze hazards, perform SRM on items carried in aircraft cargo compartments, and develop/implement appropriate risk mitigation measures specific to their aircraft types and operations as part of their 14 CFR Part 5, SMS. Communicates policy updates with applicable AXH Divisions affected by activities and builds cooperative, ongoing working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to advance the mission of AXH and the FAA.

Supports the AXH mission and objectives by directing and leading AXH work related to Safety Management Systems (SMS) in the Safety Management System Division. Exercises managerial direction and leadership over all staff responsible for the coordination and completion of the Division's assigned SMS responsibilities.

Ensures that subordinate staff and SMS resources are focused on the areas of greatest risk to the aviation system and continually applies safety risk management (SRM) to identify system level hazards through application of SMS and collaborative meetings with AXH managerial colleagues and staff.

See Additional Information section for additional responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This vacancy announcement will close on 05/23/2023 or until 50 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.


To qualify for the FV-K level applicants must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-J or FG/GS 14).Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience:

Specialized experience is experience leading SRM teams through the SRM process to identify hazards, analyze and assess the associated risk, and design safety risk mitigations. Experience leading the design, development, and/or implementation of an aviation Safety Management System (SMS).

Applicants should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history.

Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each Management Dimension and Technical Requirement.

In lieu of providing a narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension and/or Technical Requirement, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.


Education cannot be substituted for experience.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

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.

Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

Responsibilities cont.....,

Provides advice, guidance, and assistance as a technical expert on SMS issues to subordinate staff and stakeholders. Performs strategic planning and analytical reporting to others as directed. Keeps AXH Senior Management informed of overall program progress and unusual or potentially controversial issues and proposed approaches to address and resolve those issues. Defines, plans, and organizes expenditures and resourcing to accomplish Division objectives to include reporting as required; obtains prior approval from management when needed. Applies an advanced knowledge of the technical aspects of the work directed and advanced knowledge of budget, human resources management, and other administrative policies and procedures, and an advanced understanding of the objectives of the major subdivision.

Work is typically governed by established policies, procedures, and organizational objectives that frequently leave room for discretion. Resolves all but unique problems without the intervention of higher level management. Regularly called upon to identify problem areas and to develop and recommend new policies and procedures for resolution.

Work is typically governed by established policies, procedures and mission objectives which leave considerable room for discretion. Provides guidance to subordinate employees for preventing and resolving problems without the intervention of higher level management except where LOB/SO or FAA-wide interests are at stake. Develops and approves solutions to current and anticipated problems which cross organizational lines and disciplines. In doing so, considers technical, budgetary, regulatory, and political issues that involve other organizations inside and outside the FAA. May participate in developing solutions to FAA-wide problems.

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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Only supplemental documentation (e.g. transcript, certifications, SF-50, and/or veterans' documentation) will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed before the closing date of the announcement. All submitted documents must reference the announcement number.

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Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, illegible or missing documents.

Please DO NOT email your application documents. We cannot accept documents received via the email system. Documents sent via email will NOT receive consideration.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

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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

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.


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Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Amendment Date: 05/23/2023

Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended.

Agency contact information

Angela Jackson


1 (424) 405-7325


1 (424) 405-7365



Federal Aviation Administration
AWP Regional HR Services Division
777 S. Aviation Blvd. - Suite 150
El Segundo, CA 90245

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

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