Executive Director, Career and Leadership Development

Washington, D.C
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


In the Office of Human Resource Management (AHR), we take care of the people who make it safe to fly.

We listen to FAA staff and help the FAA Administrator carry out many Human Resources programs to provide innovative people services and strategic solutions in a changing world.

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The Executive Director, Career and Leadership Development, is responsible for creating learning opportunities and enhancing the FAA's career and leadership development products and services for approximately 45,000 employees. Successes in this position have the potential to push the boundaries of the organization's performance and success. The incumbent executes the duties and responsibilities via a team of approximately 24 employees.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Advises FAA senior management on optimizing talent management and learning and development opportunities.
  • Ensures the agency's corporate learning program and strategy supports the overall strategic goals of the FAA, and keeps pace with technology progressions and innovative leadership development delivery models.
  • Develops strategies for employees' learning and development needs and expands the talent pipeline for future leaders.
  • Builds and employs training assessment requirements methods for identifying agency training needs, and uses those results to create and sustain all facets of professional, managerial and executive development curricula and programs, including FAA career development and succession planning programs and initiatives.
  • Defines and builds a robust and consistent evaluation approach for the quality and effectiveness of all career and leadership development programs based on type and purpose of the learning, and the needs of the FAA.
  • Maintains an innovative and effective e-learning (eLMS) system. Plans, justifies and acquires all eLMS hardware and automatic data processing support services.
  • Collaborates with the FAA and the Human Resource Management contract teams to manage several multi-million dollar contracts.
  • Oversees Congressionally-mandated advisory boards, commissions and committees in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
  • Provides Franchise Fund oversight for Human Resources and monitors both incoming proceeds from fee-for-service training programs and outflow of funds for contract payments.
  • Oversees outreach efforts to students across the country for the FAA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math/Aviation Education Program and Aviation Career Education camps to increase interest in future aviation careers.

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 leading a talent development/learning organization that aligns with the strategic goals of the organization.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

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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.

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

-A resume
-An attachment addressing the Leadership and Technical Requirements. Please address each Leadership and Technical Qualification in a narrative format detailing specific examples of how you meet each Leadership and Technical Qualification Individually.
-An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if you are claiming non-competitive status as a current/former FAA Executive, member of the Senior Executive Service, or other 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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