Aviation Technical Systems Manager (Compliance Services Group Manager)

Washington, D.C
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 22, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Safety and Technical Training, Safety Directorate, Compliance Services Group (AJI-1300). This group is responsible for reacting to significant events in the National Airspace System (NAS) by disseminating timely, accurate, and unbiased information about the events.

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Apply detailed technical knowledge of National Airspace System (NAS) technical systems, operations and procedures and/or other types of air navigation services to serve as the primary point of contact for the conduct of safety investigations for reporting and investing significant aviation events, and for disseminating unbiased information regarding those events. He/she leads, directs and guides a large multi-level organization consisting of three subordinate team managers and a staff of geographically dispersed highly technical experts in NAS operations responsible for investing aviation events and who provide 24/7 support to the Joint Air Traffic Operations Command (JATOC). These are highly complex investigations and efforts that are critical to the safety of the NAS and the flying public.

Apply detailed knowledge of NAS systems and equipment to oversee and provide technical expertise to support and manage initial investigations of highly complex aircraft accidents, near mid-air collision reports. major service disruptions and incidents which receive significant media interest. He/she supports JATOC by coordinating and investigating the initial Safety response for significant incidents and for communicating with the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Watch Officer for sensitive information flowing to and from ATO senior leadership. He/she applies experience investigating and evaluating air traffic and technical operations events in the NAS to oversee complex aviation accident investigations and events. He/she applies detailed technical knowledge of the work being directed as it relates to installing and maintaining aviation electronic equipment such as radars and weather system equipment to investigate and evaluate air traffic and technical operations events in the NAS to develop final reports and to recommend actions that guide the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Deputy COO and the senior leadership of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Apply program/project management principles to lead and integrate the budget planning processes for large, complex projects and programs. He/she uses a detailed knowledge of resource management to manage, define, acquire, and allocate budget, staff, and other resources to accomplish objectives. Considers technical, budgetary, regulatory, and political issues that involve other organizations inside and outside the FAA and may participate in developing solutions to FAA-wide problems. Participates in strategic planning for the Directorate, and makes program and budget commitments for the Compliance Services Group.

Integrate the work of multiple organizations to meet strategic goals to exercise the full range of supervisory responsibilities over a large staff of employees through three senior Group Managers. He/she communicates organization's vision and objectives and sets priorities. He/she assigns tasks and responsibilities to subordinate supervisors; monitors and evaluates performance; effects hiring decisions; recommends pay increases; and is delegated authority to take conclusive personnel actions involving subordinates. Actively promotes, supports, and participates in the FAA's Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs.

Serve as the primary point of contact, he/she has the authority to make commitments, within guidelines, establishes new policies/procedures and makes exceptions within the assigned area of responsibility.

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.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Some, all, or none of the referred candidates may be interviewed.


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-K or FG/GS-15) 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 managing the investigation of aviation and technical operations accidents events; AND
  • Experience developing complex investigative reports and recommendations for use by FAA and ATO senior management.

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.*

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Leadership & Management Dimensions and/or Technical Requirements listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

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.

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 3 (Critical-Sensitive; Top Secret) position requires favorable adjudication of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

4) In accordance with HRPM EMP 1.29/1.29a, this position MAY be a Career Enhancement/Career Progression assignment. The selectee(s) may be eligible for pay retention, however, pay retention is not a guarantee. CEP/CP selectees will be required to certify eligibility. Upon completion of a temporary CE assignment, the employee will have rights to return to their home organization/location/position.

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

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

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).

For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit http://www.archives.gov/careers/jobs/forms/resume-guide.pdf.

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.

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