Director, Office of Hazardous Materials

Washington, D.C
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 21, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety serves as the leader for the identification, development, implementation, maintenance and oversight of security processes across the organization to reduce risks posed by espionage, sabotage, theft, vandalism, terrorism and other criminal acts. We ensure agency compliance with public laws, national directives, and the Department of Transportation, while striving to continually provide quality services to the flying public and FAA employees.

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The Director provides advice and guidance to the Associate Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety on all aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Hazardous Materials Safety Program (HMSP). The Director provides strategic direction and executive leadership in the implementation of an integrated safety oversight program. The Director supports the mission and objectives of the FAA using safety management practices, Safety Management Systems (SMS), performance based standards, and safety oversight predictive analytics. The Director provides executive direction for the oversight of aviation operations of certificated entities under 14 CFR relating to cargo and passenger risks of hazardous materials transported by air for any entity in the aviation system within the United States that may introduce a risk associated with hazardous material.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Leads a geographically dispersed organization in implementing FAA's aviation safety responsibilities managing aspects of HMSP. Executes oversight responsibilities of the HMSP with a focus on the principles and required or voluntary implementation of safety management systems and safety risk management.
  • Provides executive leadership in support of all the FAA policies, orders, regulations, practices and business processes regarding the safety oversight of air operations certificated by the FAA.
  • Represents the interest of the FAA and the HMSP related to the implementation of the FAA Integrated Oversight Philosophy (IOP) Agency Implementation Plan, and with the Executive Cargo Safety Team, the FAA Safety Management Committee, the Executive Risk Based Decision Making Team and the Executive Safety Management Committee.
  • Oversees the development and execution of the stakeholder engagement strategy with the greater aviation community, and the development of agreements with various stakeholders, including FAA Lines of Business & Staff Offices, U.S. government agencies, foreign States, trade associations and industry, in relation to aviation safety and policies of the FAA.
  • Establishes policies, processes, procedures, and guidance by predicting, prioritizing, and managing safety risk, through certification of entities under 14 CFR as well as oversight of entities that interface with operators based on risk management principles.
  • Exercises direction over all operational safety oversight activities of the Part 121, 135, 129 air carriers, and all non-certificated entities that have a role, directly or indirectly, in the safe transport of hazardous material by air, both globally and domestically as set out by the FAA.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.


As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience in achieving operational results? If so, provide examples of ways you have exercised leadership to deliver significant results. Explain how you established goals, assessed outcomes, and improved products and services. Indicate how you identified and met customers' requirements and addressed the needs of stakeholders. Include examples of complex problems you solved or difficult obstacles that you overcame as a leader. Your description should include (1) the size and complexity of organizations you have led, (2) the scope of programs you have managed, and (3) the impact of your results on customers and other stakeholders.

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading people? If yes, describe the size of the organization and number and types of positions you have managed. Discuss ways that you have established and maintained positive work environments and prevented or eliminated discrimination or harassment. Describe ways that you have mentored and developed employees and built individual and team performance. Discuss how you have established and led teams to deliver products and services. Include in your description experience in leading others in a matrix environment across organizations.

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience building relationships? If yes, describe (1) the types of individuals with whom you routinely collaborate; and (2) the purpose and outcomes of the communication. Discuss your experience in communicating and cooperating with others to achieve goals. Provide examples of how you have built relationships to achieve consensus and how you were able to obtain the cooperation of others with competing priorities and perspectives. Describe how you effectively communicate information within and outside of your organization.

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading strategic change? If yes, describe examples of strategic changes that you led for your organization; describe the entities that the change affected (agency, industry, organizational components). Discuss obstacles you encountered and how you overcame them to the benefit of the agency. Include in your description ways that you applied long range vision, developed strategies, and applied innovative ideas and techniques.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Demonstrated experience with administering a federal or corporate aviation hazardous materials safety compliance program that includes risk mitigation, voluntary reporting, and self-correction.


An education requirement has not been established for this occupational series.

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Additional information

Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Veterans preference does not apply to the FAA Executive System.
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.

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.

Interested candidates MUST be able to obtain and maintain an active Top Secret (TS) Clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access based on the favorable adjudication of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). Selectee must maintain a current TS/SCI by successfully completing a 5-year periodic reinvestigation.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. A resume
2. An attachment addressing the Leadership and Technical Requirements if you do not address them in the answer blocks within the application
3. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if you are claiming noncompetitive eligibility as a current/former FAA Executive or current/former member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent 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.

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