Supervisory Aviation Technical Systems Specialist

El Segundo, CA, United States
Sep 11, 2023
Sep 26, 2023
Full Time

Serves as Manager, Office of Airports, Airport Planning and Programming Branch, WP Region. The incumbent provides principal support to the Director, Airports Division and Deputy Director, Airports Division and Airports District Offices (ADOs) in the administration of all airport planning, environmental and financial programs.


Responsible for long-range system planning to ensure future airport needs are met. This requires effective use of resources and consultation with ADO managers and other stakeholders. Defines, plans and organizes assigned budget, staff and other resources to accomplish organizational objectives for units/projects/programs more than one or requests organizational additional unit/project/program. Manages budget and either aspects of reallocates the budget resources planning process, including projecting short-term and long-term future needs and justifying resource requirements.

Applies an advanced knowledge of the technical aspect of the work directed, and an advanced knowledge of budget, human resource and other administrative policies and procedures and an an advanced understanding of the objectives of the major subdivision. Contacts are primarily within the organizational unit, major subdivision and the LOB/SO with subordinates, peers and higher level managers to discuss the status of projects/programs and to plan for the future. Maintains close and continual contact with key and representative within the FAA, state and local levels and with intergovernmental offices on complex technical, planning, environmental and financial issues.

Work usually includes a mixture of routine and complex projects/programs based on the objectives of the major subdivision/LOB/SO. Managerial duties typically affect employees and managers in more than one organizational unit/project/program and include; planning, communicating the organization's vision and objectives, setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating performance, coadching and developing employee capabilities, approving leave and taking, recommending. manages the regional planning and programming effort, along with PFC review/approval. Provides oversight and evaluation of ADO program accomplishments in the areas of planning, environmental, and financial programs. Identifies problem areas and initiates action to resolve issues as appropriate.

Provides guidance, technical assistance and oversight of all regulatory requirements under FAA Order 5100.38, AIP, FAA Order 5090.5, NPIAS and ACIP; FAA Order 5020-1, Noise, FAA Order 5050.4, NEPA, FAA Order 5500.1, PFC program, along with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Part 158 PFC Legislation. Assists in determining program needs and makes recommendations for a new or amended policies, orders, advisory circulars and procedures for optimizing airport safety, capacity, efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Ensures compliance with Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant assurances for all airports in the region. This includes working with ADOs, state city, and county airport stakeholders and the public on compliance complaints and issues to facilitate informal resolution. This also includes supporting Headquarters on the resolution of formal compliance complaints, technical review of all compliance guidance developed by Headquarters, supporting the ADOs to address any compliance issues that arise in the field and ensuring appropriate land use inspections are performed.

Optional responsibility will be determined by the incumbent's Airports Regional Office.

Optional responsibility: Implements and oversees the Regional Safety Management System (SMS) program. This includes working with Regional Airports Division employees and ADOs to implement Office of Airports SMS program guidance as issued by Headquarters; ensuring subject matter experts on SRM panels as appropriate; maintaining regional guidance to include training and national coordination of the SMS process; working with other FAA offices in the implementation of SMS Agency wide.

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.


To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV J, FG/GS 14. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For additional information please view the complete OPM qualification standard for Supervisory Aviation Technical Systems Specialist:

Specialized experience: Direct technical or management-level involvement in processes related to civil airport planning, environmental review of civil airport infrastructure development and or civil airport capital financial processes.

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

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in work history.

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 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.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); Demonstrated Abilities; Leadership and Management Dimensions; or Other Factors 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.

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.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

Responsibilities cont....,

Optional responsibility: Implements and oversees the Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) program. This includes working with Regional Airports Division employees and ADOs to implement Office of Airports Geographic Information System guidance as issued by Headquarters; maintaining regional guidance to include training and national coordination of the Geographic Information System projects; working with other FAA offices in the collection maintenance and dissemination of Airport Geographic Information.

Optional Responsibility: Implements and oversees the regional airspace evaluation program for airports. This includes working with regional office employees, ADOs and other airport safety stakeholders such as airport operators, air carriers, FAA offices, airport vendors, and consultants regarding airport design standards relating to the protection of airspace on airports. This also includes the technical review of all standards and guidance developed by Headquarters; regional implementation of those standards and guidance; and providing guidance and support to the ADOs, as needed, to address any airspace issues that come up in the field.

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., transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to (424) 405-7365 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

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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Amendment Date: 09/18/2023

Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended.

Agency contact information

Laila Dennis


1 (424) 405-7336


1 (424) 405-7365



Federal Aviation Administration
AWP Regional HR Services Branch
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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