Air Traffic Control Specialist

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Vint Hill Farms Military Installation, Virginia
Oct 18, 2020
Oct 26, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), System Operations Services, Operational Readiness Directorate, Contingency Operations Group (AJR-X2). The mission of the Operational Readiness Directorate is to build contingency into the culture of the FAA. AJR-X2 executes this mission with the primary focus of rebuilding Operational Contingency Plans (OCPs) for all facility domains within the National Airspace System (NAS).

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The incumbent applies extensive technical knowledge of air traffic, NAS operations and procedures to coordinate and direct contingency planning for impacted facilities and their support network. Serves as the lead focal point for the Contingency Operations Implementation Team. As a recognized expert, the incumbent is responsible for the reviews and rebuilds of critical facility OCP's, to include basic and advanced plans in preparation for events ranging from planned equipment outages, severe weather effects, smoke detection/possible facility fires, to a catastrophic event that directly affects a facility for extended periods of time.

Work activities will influence all air traffic facility operational contingency planning and integration, along with stakeholder engagement as it relates to activities such as training, new requirements, lessons learned, and the establishment, standardization, implementation and sustainment of new tools to improve the response for contingency events. Provide comprehensive technical knowledge, analysis, and guidance on a wide range of highly complex issues associated with facility contingency planning and integration.

Design, develop and implement tactics, techniques and procedures for the planning and execution of OCP's. Responsible for the coordination, development, and standardization of training for the three deploying OCP Rebuild Field Teams, formulation of the rebuild waterfall calendar, and monitoring and adhering to all FAA policies, procedures and processes. Identifies, assesses, and analyzes significant processes and issues supporting FAA strategic plans and goals pertaining to the ATO as a whole. Applies experience and expert technical knowledge of the maintenance, equipment and facilities that support air traffic control operations.

Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) across multiple NAS platforms within the Systems Operations environment and the ATO. Applies experience and expert technical knowledge to the understanding of new and future systems operations technologies and processes. Possesses knowledge of various FAA contingency policies within the ATO and their application and impact on the NAS. Gathers analyzes and prepares technical data to develop, and summarize conclusions, recommendations for preparing and presenting findings in reports. Provides support and oversight in gathering technical requirements for the development of new capabilities to improve operational readiness. Analyzes, evaluates, organizes and presents conclusions developed from lessons learned gathered during exercises at field facilities and recommends solutions.

Applies knowledge of project management on a national level and provide oversight of projects related to operational contingency improvements.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

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.


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-I or FG/GS-13) 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 with Air Traffic, NAS operations and procedures in regard to coordinating and directing contingency planning.

Experience in a military or civilian air traffic facility that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the level of work of the specialization for which application is made. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules, and regulations.

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. *

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 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.

2. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the website: ?

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.This position is considered a career progression assignment in accordance with the following: Human Resources Policy Manual (HRPM) Volume 1, EMP - 1.29 - Career Enhancement Program (CEP); and EMP 1.29a - Career Enhancement Program - ATO Supplement.

5. This position is not covered by PL 92-267 for early retirement purposes, and is therefore, not eligible for "good time" credit.

6. Please ensure that you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

7. **Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, your report date to your official duty station/facility will be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. You may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.**

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
Sensitive Compartmented Information

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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