Technical Advisor

Des Moines, WA; Oklahoma City, OK; Kansas City, MO; Fort Worth, TX;Burlington, MA; Washington, DC; Los Angeles County, CA; Long Beach, CA, United States
Jun 07, 2023
Jun 21, 2023
Full Time

This position serves as a Technical Advisor and is responsible for managing various administrative and technical functions. The incumbent applies in-depth knowledge and is responsible for providing recommendations on key issues that directly impact Aircraft Certification; assists with overall office management; coordinates projects which cut across the Service/Office(s); and conducts special assignments.


The incumbent works in the development, implementation, and administration of policies, systems, and key management tools needed to manage and control AVS/AIR-wide programs. This requirement excludes the position from BU coverage, documenting the confidential working relationship between the incumbent and supervisor, which is the Division Director by meeting the Confidential Exclusion Criteria. The position is a recognized subject matter expert in a specialized area and provides leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under minimal direction. Work typically is reviewed at completion for success in achieving planned results. The primary role of the incumbent initiates and maintains effective communication with all stakeholders, including other subject-matter experts within AIR and other parts of the FAA.

The position conducts outreach, provides support, researches, writes, and provides other functions to facilitate AIR engagements by building cooperative, ongoing working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to advance the mission of AVS and the FAA. Work activities typically impact directly on the objectives of one or more organizational units, major subdivisions and often impact on the objectives of the FAA. In addition, the position works with senior management to identify and resolve problems and has broad discretion to ensure the alignment of organizational goals and policies and the projects requirements. Serves as a principal specialist to develop new and innovative approaches, methodologies, or techniques for challenging activities. Collaborates and engages in ongoing dialog to stay abreast of aviation safety and the FAA environment that might influence the AIR mission to provide administrative and executive support to aviation safety and the NAS.

The incumbent contributes to the preparation and dissemination of AIR written materials by drafting and editing talking points, fact sheets, briefing materials, and other materials for use in conducting, facilitating, and supporting internal and external outreach, briefings, events, meetings, and speeches. Ensures that information on activities are communicated in an effective and timely manner throughout AIR, by engaging with other personnel as well as planning, leading or facilitating internal and external meetings- Attends meetings where officials deliberate management's response to administrative proposals. Obtains advance information of management's position with regard to all-hands and other high-level meetings. Writes communications, presentations, messages and emails, on behalf of the Director or the Deputy Director, and other managers in AIR. Monitors AIR SharePoint and web sites, occasionally making management decisions on what to include and exclude. Acquires and organizes resources for projects they are leading and provides those individuals training and mentoring in completing the project.

Provides assistance formulating management policies of all types of work in AIR. May provide advice and support in the development of new or modified work methods, organizational structures, management process guidelines and procedures, internal controls and automated work processes for administrative support and business management functions. Develops and interprets information to assist management with decision-making, policy formulation or other managerial functions. Conducts research and evaluates current database systems (such as SharePoint/KSN) to identify operational issues as well as opportunities for improvement. Applies experience and expert knowledge that are applicable to his or her discipline to conduct functional activities for programs that often require the development of new and innovative approaches. identifies and resolves challenging problems or issues that often cross-organizational boundaries and impact on the accomplishment of strategic objectives.


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)


Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

At least one year of specialized experience, at the next lower level, may include:

-Experience and applied knowledge in developing and managing complex project plans and schedules

-Extensive experience with project management skills, coordinating or managing projects, teams and meetings

-Experience working across organizational lines to oversee programs/projects and reporting to Senior Management

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

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSAs): 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 KSA.

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

Your KSA 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. 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 considerati


Education not applicable.

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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.

FAA's CORE COMPENSATION PLAN This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at: .

This position is located in AIR-500. However, this vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other AIR Division Offices or Duty Stations. Duty station will determine locality pay."

Duty location/locality pay will be determined based on selection for one of the locations listed on this vacancy announcement.
  • Washington, DC - 32.49%
  • Burlington, MA - 31.05%
  • Kansas City, MO - 18.18%
  • Oklahoma City, OK - 16.50%
  • Des Moines, WA - 29.57%
  • Fort Worth, TX - 26.37%
  • Long Beach, CA - 34.89%
  • Los Angeles, CA- 34.89%

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

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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.


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  • 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

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Agency contact information

Jessica Richards


1 (817) 222-5814


1 (817) 222-5852



Federal Aviation Administration
ASW Regional HR Services Division
10101 Hillwood Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177

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.

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