Aviation Technical Systems Specialist

Washington, DC; Oklahoma City, OK; Atlantic City, NJ, United States
Sep 12, 2023
Sep 22, 2023
Full Time

This position is located with one of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Technical Operations, Operations Support groups. Incumbent serves as a technical expert supporting one or more complex programs critical to the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System (NAS) and affecting all ATO operational units and the safety of the flying public.


The Aviation Technical Systems Specialist serves as a recognized expert and is called upon to provide leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under minimal direction of a manager. Has experience and expert knowledge of National Airspace System (NAS) equipment, systems and services, including their interrelatedness and functions, in order to design, develop, modify, or evaluate the NAS. Possesses knowledge of one or more specialties including, but not limited to, communications, surveillance, weather, navigation, enterprise systems/services, data systems/services, spectrum engineering, new entrant technologies, non-federal systems, NAS resiliency, NAS operational safety and quality programs, or supply chain management affecting the cross-functional missions of the FAA.

Recognized within the FAA and other government agencies as the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) technical expert and management representative for his/her specialty program. Provides expert direction, and instruction to provide in-service improvement, new NAS system development, and resolution of complex problems to meet cross-agency mission directives. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated ATO problems and issues; works with senior management to identify and jointly solve problems/issues. Translates strategy, policy, and tactical operational needs into technical requirements in order to support ATO projects and missions. Assignments may include the review, evaluation and advisement of classified and/or sensitive data that may directly affect national security.

Advises senior management on the development, implementation, and administration of policies, systems, and tools needed to manage and control national level programs. May be called upon to analyze statistical data, create reports, and participate in the preparation and issuance of managerial responses to labor union negotiations, inquiries, grievances and/or notifications, Agency or inter-Agency requests, and/or congressional inquiries. Supports and advises management in confidential matters working with labor unions in the impact & implementation of new NAS operations policies, procedures, and work instructions.

Contacts are internal and external. Serves as an agency management representative and cultivates positive relationships and professional partnerships with internal and external customers by maintaining open lines of communication, soliciting feedback, and by collaborating on problem resolution. Often represents FAA as the primary technical authority for major projects, programs, and other areas of FAA responsibility. Participates as an expert at meetings and conferences with other FAA officials, external agency officials, manufacturers, industry aviation organizations, and international groups.

Collaborates with FAA lines of businesses, other Government agencies, and industry to coordinate with all stakeholders on design standards, maintenance philosophy, and logistics associated with NAS systems and operational issues. Formulates and recommends organizational positions on major projects/policies/issues to senior management. Prepares, reviews, and approves a variety of organizational reports and/or policies for distribution.

Considers FAA policies, government-wide rules and regulations, and industry standards, when developing new policies, procedures, and approaches. Conceives, plans, and conducts studies involving complex and unique issues and establishes general principles, plans or courses of action for FAA mission support. Develops ATO plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated NAS systems or services problems and issues. Works with senior management to identify and jointly solves problems. He/she works independently, and has broad discretion to ensure alignment with organizational objectives and policies. Final work is reviewed for success in achieving desired results, not solely on technical merit.


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


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-J or FG/GS-14) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

  • Experience communicating, soliciting feedback, and collaborating with other offices/organizations to develop solutions for National Airspace Systems (NAS) systems/services problems.
  • Experience in an operational environment supporting one or more of the following NAS systems or programs: communications, surveillance, weather, navigation, enterprise systems/services, data systems/services, new entrant technologies, non-federal systems, NAS resiliency, NAS operational safety and quality programs and/or supply chain management.

In addition to the above, this position also has a Quality Ranking Factor (QRF). Applicants meeting the minimum response level to the QRF will be placed in a Well Qualified category. This QRF may be found in the Other Factors section of this vacancy.
  • Experience representing major organizations in key meetings, workgroups, and events to convey technical solutions and engage in decision-making.
  • Experience advising on technical matters to ensure timely engagement to meet operational needs.

You 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.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position. *

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

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


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. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

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.


1) 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 Leadership and 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.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm

3) This Level 2 (Non-Critical Sensitive) position requires favorable T3 (Tier 3) or higher (T5) investigation for Secret clearances, unless a waiver is obtained.

4) This is a temporary (reassignment or promotion) NTE 2 years; however, it may be extended or terminated at any time, at management discretion. Position may become permanent without further competition.

5) Employees whose current location is Oklahoma City, OK, Washington, DC or Atlantic City, NJ will remain in that Duty Location. All other employees outside the area will be required to relocate.

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.

ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

(1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); and

(2) resume with complete work history.

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.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/.

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

Courtney Heartwell


1 (202) 267-4135


1 (202) 267-8330




Federal Aviation Administration
HQ Employment Services Branch
800 Independence Ave, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591

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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