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Airway Transportation Systems Specialist (NAS Operations Manager - SOC NOM)

Warrenton, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

The incumbent is recognized as the principal technical expert for development of workable solutions for any unanticipated situations adversely affecting operationally critical systems of the NAS. Serves as senior project manager or team leader for large, challenging and complex work activities. Represents the FAA as a senior technical authority for major Agency activities, emerging technologies and customer concerns.

Responsible for establishing and managing program goals and objectives and formulating project plans; develops, interprets, recommends changes, and has broad discretion to insure compliance with Organizational objectives and policies; identifies, procures, distributes, and tracks resources needed to accomplish large work activities.

Works with customers at high internal and external organization levels to the FAA to resolve complex issues to insure the integrity of the NAS. Coordinates with multiple air traffic entities to shut down and restore facilities, systems, and services to prevent activities from disrupting air traffic operations. Quickly resolves restoration problems with minimal impact to the NAS.

Performs work providing Agency-wide leadership for highly complex and challenging technical activities. This may be accomplished using innovative concepts and approaches for problems that have resisted earlier efforts at resolution.

Maintains authority to commit the necessary resources to accomplish the agency's mission. Develops innovative approaches to attain Organizational objectives and optimize the use of resources. Works independently, monitors and evaluates trend data on a nationwide basis to develop workable solutions for sustaining the NAS. Keeps abreast of changes in technology and the new systems coming on-line. Provides recommendations to senior level managers for enhancement of systems and air traffic operations. Formulates Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for local use, dealing with Emergency and Safety situations at assigned facilities.

Incumbent has the authoritative responsibility for timely upward reporting of NAS information that could have an impact to operations for purposes of Situation Awareness (i.e. NOTAM, SAL Paging function). Understands the current state and dynamics of local operations and being able to anticipate future changes and developments. Integrates Operational Risk Management (ORM) into restoration, schedule maintenance activities, and all planned projects, ensuring that all customers and users of services are included and involved in ORM implementation and planning.

The incumbent is management's representative during non-administrative hours; formulates and recommends organizational positions on major Agency activities to senior managers. Technical decisions are considered authoritative in his/her area of expertise and are considered a technical expert within the FAA for an assigned system or specialty area.

Work directly supports the objectives of the agency and the safe and continual operation of the NAS. Contacts are both internal and external. Formulates and recommends organizational positions on major agency activities to senior managers. Represents the FAA as a senior technical authority for major projects and programs.

Works independently. Has broad discretion to ensure alignment with organizational objectives and policies. Develops innovative approaches to attain organizational objectives and optimize the use of resources. Identifies and justifies the resources needed to accomplish large work activities. Provides expert guidance and instruction to address diverse, complex issues that often cross multiple projects, programs, or functional areas. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Work is typically reviewed for success in achieving desired results.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license.


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 Valid Driver's License is Required.
  • SUPERVISORY ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED. If your selection for this position would be considered a promotion.


Candidates must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility that is appropriate to the position. Experience that demonstrates an extensive knowledge of, and experience in, technology system interrelationships within the National Airspace System (NAS), management of civilian or military automated aviation, navigation, or other electronics systems. Generally, experience at the next lower level of I/Level IV or equivalent, meets the minimum qualifications for this position as long as the experience provides the demonstrated abilities identified below:

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

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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.


You MUST provide a NARRATIVE statement for each Demonstrated Ability. The narratives should be clear and concise, providing a description of your education, training and experience that would describe the degree to which you possess each Demonstrated Ability. Candidates must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility appropriate to the position.

Notice: 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 at a later stage in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during that application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

Failure to submit demonstrated abilities statements will prevent you from receiving further consideration.

2. SUPERVISORY ENDORSEMENT. If your selection for this position would be considered a promotion then a supervisory statement endorsing your candidacy (Career Level IV to Career Level V) is required by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit the supervisory endorsement, will remove the applicant from further consideration.

3. Supervisory Endorsement is not required for ingrade/downgrade candidates.

5. Interviews: Interviews will be conducted IAW PASS-ATO Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Regional Tech Ops and AEA.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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