Supervisory Aviation Technical Systems Specialist

El Segundo, CA, United States
Jun 05, 2023
Jul 07, 2023
Full Time

Serves as Deputy Director for the Airports Division, Western-Pacific Region responsible for planning, formulation, direction, implementation and evaluation of a variety of Airports programs/projects in the Region. This includes programs such as part 139 safety and certification, airport and system planning, capacity management, environmental approval, financial assistance programs (Airport Improvement Program and Passenger Facility Program),and grant obligation and compliance requirements.


In the absence of the Director, the incumbent assumes full responsibility and authority in the operation of the Airports Division's aviation programs. Serves as the first level supervisor for several Branch and Airport District Office (ADO) Managers. Most ADOs are located remotely and oversee multiple large hub airports with complex aviation issues.

Integrates work of multiple organizations to meet strategic goals of the organization and the FAA. Participates in strategic planning for the FAA, and makes commitments (program, budget, etc.) for a major organization. Provides oversight and ensures successful completion of complex and politically sensitive airport projects that involves extensive coordination with various internal and external stakeholders.

Exercises the full range of supervisory responsibilities to 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; approving leave; and taking corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate. Communicates and reinforces diversity and EEO policies and programs in all areas of responsibility. Participates in the labor-management partnership process. Promotes a fair and equitable work environment.

Monitors and implements the strategic plan for organizational projects/programs to ensure the successful completion of goals and initiatives, and provides leadership for strategic planning, integration of initiatives/activities, conducting operational and/or organizational analysis, evaluating studies, providing recommendations on operational topics and ensuring collaborative decision making across the organization.

Applies a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of the work that is directed; a detailed knowledge of budget, human resource management, and other administrative policies and procedures; and a comprehensive understanding of the objectives of the major subdivision, the LOB/SO, and the FAA. Defines and assigns tasks to accomplish objectives, and assists the Director with providing oversight and management to ensure that region-wide programs operate effectively and efficiently, comply with regulatory requirements, and promote the accomplishment of the FAA's goals and objectives.

Contacts are routinely internal/external to the major subdivision. May represent the agency and/or LOB/SO as the primary POC for policies, procedures, programs or projects. Communicates and makes presentations to diverse audiences including senior executives, front-line employees, aviation industry representatives, and the general-public. Maintains close and continuing contact with stakeholders including union representatives, higher-ranking managers and supervisors from other FAA organizations, airport owners/sponsors, airport consultants, aviation associations, and other governmental agencies including the Office of Inspector General, Federal Environmental Resource Agencies and State and Local Governments. Has the authority, within guidelines, to make commitments for the major subdivision, to establish new policies/procedures, and to make exceptions.

Utilizes technical knowledge of FAA Airports' policies, programs, Federal laws and regulations, to provide oversight, develop schedules, and make decisions on program and project implementation. Serves as the technical advisor to the Executive Director and in his/her absence serves as the technical advisor to the Associate Administrator for Airports. Possesses the ability to create positive working relationships to ensure coordinated responses with counterparts at the appropriate levels of the Airports organization, along with other organizations to enable problem solving at the lowest level.

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.
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.
  • Security Requirements: Non-critical sensitive: This position requires completion & favorable adjudication of a Tier 3 (T3) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained and approved.
  • This is not a remote position. The incumbent is expected to report to the assigned duty station for this position.


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-K/FG-15. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is experience leading and developing employees and directing technical or management-level involvement in processes related to transportation capital improvement program planning, environmental review of transportation infrastructure development, and/or surface transportation or aviation-related financial processes.

You should include relevant examples of specialized experience in your work history. Error or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Qualifications 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 Leadership and Management Dimension 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 Dimension.

In lieu of providing a Leadership and Management Dimension narrative response in the text box listed below each Dimension, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each Dimension. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your Leadership and Management Dimension 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.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Management Dimensions and Technical Requirements listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.


Education may not 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.

Responsibilities cont......,

Work is typically governed by established policies, procedures and mission objectives which leave considerable room for discretion. Provides guidance to subordinate managers and 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. Conducts succession planning to ensure the organization has qualified and well trained staff to take on leadership roles. Ensures staff has the appropriate leadership training and develops staff to take on leadership roles in the organization.

Individual and organizational performance is typically reviewed periodically through organizational performance measures to determine success in achieving planned results. Has broad discretion to ensure the alignment of all projects/programs with the tactical and strategic (short-term and long-term) objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/SO.

This position is also being announced under External Announcement Number: AWP-ARP-23-BLD3033-84798.

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

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.

Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current 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 a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link:

Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO) are those veterans who are honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active service. Applicants claiming eligibility for EVHO, MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

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: 06/14/2023

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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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.