Supervisory Aviation Technical Systems Specialist

Helena, MT, United States
May 27, 2023
Jun 17, 2023
Full Time

Serve as Assistant Manager for the Office of Airports (ARP), Helena Airports District Office (ADO) in the Northwest Mountain Region.


This position reports to the Manager of the ADO and serves as the frontline supervisor for the ADO technical staff, as well as the principal adviser to the ADO Manager. The Assistant manager is responsible for overseeing and supervising technical operations within the ADO, which includes 99 Federally funded airports throughout Montana and Idaho, including 17 Part 139 certified airports.

Supervises the work of a highly technically diverse workforce composed of civil engineers, environmental specialists, financial specialists and community planners. The selectee will be responsible for providing guidance and oversight of all these technical areas ensuring coordination and collaboration between the areas, as needed.

The selectee is responsible for oversight and supervision of ADO staff administering the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program ensuring, at a high level, the appropriate coordination (both internal and external) takes place. The AIP approaches $150 million dollars annually, and the Passenger Facility Charge Program entails more than $141.9 million dollars in annual collections. Both programs involve airport planning (airport master planning, state and/or metropolitan system planning) and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act. The AIP requires annual updates to the office of Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) and include primary and non-primary airports. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Parts 77, 139, 150, 157 and 158 apply as they pertain to the development of airports.

Collaborates with the other lines of business in the FAA, as appropriate, in addressing cross-organizational issues that arise. Selectee will be representing FAA and Airports in these instances.

The selectee will interface with others to achieve organizational objectives and exercise delegated authority in advising Federal, state, and local officials on laws, regulations, and innovative solutions regarding airport development and operations.

Implements, monitors, and evaluates ADO program goals. Makes recommendations to the ADO manager regarding the initiation, strengthening, or elimination of programs or major projects to meet established goals and regional and agency objectives.

Cooperates with officials on matters pertaining to problems and complaints of discrimination.

Coordinates all program activities with the ADO Manager, and promotes timely and responsive customer service.

Ensures airport development projects provide the protection and enhancement of the environment and sponsor compliance with terms of agreements entered into as a condition of receiving federal assistance.

Oversee the conveyance of surplus public property to communities for airport purposes,

Provides advisory service to the public on airport safety, planning, design, construction, environmental and maintenance matters.

Assures the uniform application of FAA airport planning, programming, design, construction and land acquisition standards and policy in federally-assisted airport development projects.

Leads the office in conjunction with the ADO manager, ensuring development of staff, handling of personnel challenges, and any other management responsibilities that arise.

Makes recommendations to the ADO manager regarding changes in office organizational structure for more efficient and effective work accomplishment. Makes recommendations and implements suggestions regarding programs to reduce resource usage and operating costs without adversely effecting overall operations.

Exercises the full range of supervisory responsibilities to include oversight of ADO technical operations; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance of staff; coaching and developing staff; approving leave; participates in employee selections and promotions; awards; and separations; and taking corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.


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.
  • Interviews may be conducted.
  • A Supervisory Probationary period may be required.


To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular technical knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes is experience with one or more of the following:
• Experience in leadership and providing direction to others and/or establishing common goals.
• Experience promoting teamwork.
• Experience in promoting airport safety.
• Experience in collaborative analysis of technical information for projects crossing multiple technical and operational disciplines or organizational lines of business.
• Experience applying technical guidance in airport layout and design.

Candidates must also meet the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for Supervisory Positions (located at the following web address: OR any federal Human Resources Office.)

Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision for a first level supervisory position.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

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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.

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 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 KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Technical Requirement or Leadership and Management Dimension in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose. 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.

All applicants are encouraged to provide NARRATIVES for each "Managerial Selection Factors" and addressed with description and/or level/percentage of experience. Please include specific examples and details which illustrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please include applicable date ranges.

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

The FAA is an excepted service agency. Basic Federal employee benefits remain the same as other Federal agencies.

This position requires completion & favorable adjudication of an Access National Agency Check with Inquiries (Tier 3) background investigation prior to appointment, unless waiver is obtained.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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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.

If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application, e.g. transcripts, SF-50, or veterans' documentation, you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS. Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to (425) 227-2199 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each of your faxed pages and redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security number and date of birth. You may upload documents to your on-line application or you may submit supporting documentation (excluding the on-line application) by mail or fax. If you choose to submit supporting documentation by fax, we cannot guarantee timely receipt or assume responsibility for the quality or legibility of the form. Illegible forms will result in disqualification. Supporting documents received after the closing date of the vacancy announcement will not be considered.

In addition,

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.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system

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.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

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.

Agency contact information

Kimberly Richardson


1 (206) 231-4044


1 (206) 231-4150



Federal Aviation Administration
ANM Regional HR Services Division
2200 S. 216th St.
Des Moines, WA 98198

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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Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

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.