Strategic Planning Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Full Time


The incumbent is a recognized subject matter expert in a specialized area and provides leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under the minimal direction of a manager in the Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, Strategic Planning Division Manager. May act as a principal specialist to develop new and innovative approaches, methodologies, and/or techniques or as a team leader to define and direct challenging projects/programs/activities.

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Performs as a contributing specialist on large complex work activities and national and international aerospace transportation-related issues, programs, and policies that are global in applicability. Analyzes issues, advise management, and support the development, facilitation, coordination and implementation of cross-cutting aviation policies, goals and priorities. These coordination and planning tasks contribute to agency planning and performance reporting requirements, including but not limited to agency business planning, performance reporting, enterprise risk management, and strategic priorities.

Exercises judgment, analysis, and reporting skills in proposing and developing meeting agendas, facilitating team discussions, and coordinating across the agency's strategic and business planning functions, as well as assuring proper record keeping. Applies experience and expert knowledge that are applicable to his or her discipline to conduct functional activities for projects/programs that often require the development of new and innovative approaches. The role calls for an ability to identify and resolve challenging problems or issues that often cross organizational boundaries and impact on the accomplishment of strategic objectives.

Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues but often require the development of new approaches.

Often asked to develop new policies, procedures, and approaches that take into consideration FAA policies. Government-wide rules and regulations, and external concerns.

Assignments generally require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines providing oversight for agency performance and business planning. Acts as a point of contact to provide advice and guidance on the application of FAA planning policies and procedures. May be called upon to communicate FAA positions on policies and procedures internally and externally.

Ensures that other FAA plans, including Business Plans, are aligned with FAA strategic priorities and with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Strategic Plan. Exercises responsibility for analyzing issues concerning, advising management regarding, and reporting on FAA performance accomplishments, measured against goals and targets, to support FAA compensation programs. Works directly in the business planning systems by preparing and reviewing management reports, and developing and recommending improvements to systems and processes to improve operational efficiency.

The position calls for knowledge of FAA's policies and objectives to identify, define, and organize resources for large projects/programs/work activities. Acquires and allocates resources to accomplish activities within established schedules and budgetary requirements.

Contacts are internal and external. Often represents the major subdivisions within the FAA as a principal point of contact to provide advice and guidance on the applications of policies and procedures. The incumbent formulates and delivers recommendations to senior managers and executives on major projects/policies/issues.

Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues but often require the development of new approaches. The incumbent will often be asked to develop new policies, procedures, and approaches that take into consideration FAA policies, Government-wide rules and regulations, and external concerns. The incumbent will create new solutions and policy interpretations as situations require.

This role calls for providing expert guidance and instructions both internally and externally to address diverse, complex issues which often cross multiple projects, programs and/or functional areas. The incumbent develops and recommends approaches to address current and anticipated problems and issues, and works with the senior management to identify and resolve problems.


Travel Required

Not required - The job does not require any travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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)


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. This experience 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.

Specialized experience is defined as: Experience analyzing, evaluating, and developing an agency's or organization's strategic or performance plans, as well as producing performance measures, goals, objectives, strategies and/or mission related programs.


Experience that includes the development, proposal, analysis, or evaluation of an agency's mission, goals, objectives, strategies, and/or programs, as well as related creation of outcome-based performance measures, goals and/or conforming plans.

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.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

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.**


The incumbent will apply significant knowledge, analysis, evaluation, and professional discretion are used in selecting the most appropriate approach to a particular challenge, and working with management to jointly solve problems. The incumbents work is reviewed intermittently, including at major milestones and at completion, for policy and strategy compliance, as well as alignment with the requirements of particular projects or other work activities. High-quality work products are expected due to projects having high-visibility at the top agency and department levels.

Work accomplished by the incumbent is typically reviewed only at completion for success in achieving planned results. The incumbent will have broad discretion to ensure the alignment of organizational goals and policies and the requirements of the projects and/or other work activities.


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.


1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: .

2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, 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 section, 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.

3. AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.

4. This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

This is 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

(1) resume with complete work history; and

(2) a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).

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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 .

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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