Director, System Operations Security

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Air Traffic Organization are the 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel whose daily efforts keep aircraft safe, separated and on time. The System Operations Services deliver the critical operational benefits to keep the National Airspace System functioning efficiently and safely.

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The Director, System Operations Security is responsible for managing all programs related to air traffic national security programs and leads in protecting the United States and its interests from security threats involving the Air Domain. The Director administers a $6.4M budget in the execution of duties and responsibilities through a workforce of approximately 70 employees drawn from a variety of disciplines and professions.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Directs the use of ATO's Air Traffic Management capabilities to deter, detect, respond to, defeat, mitigate and recover from threats, such as hostile aircraft involving the Air Domain. Manages the mitigation of impacts caused by the threats and associated response measures on the safety and efficiency of the NAS to include the issuance of Temporary Flight Restrictions and waivers and the negotiation of impact reductions with other agencies.
  • Manages ATO's sensitive and classified national defense, homeland security, and emergency operations related missions involving the Air Domain.
  • Establishes policies, plans and procedures that enable effective ATO national defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and emergency operations efforts.
  • Manages the ATO's National Response Framework related efforts, including crisis management support of the agency's leadership; coordination and execution of national ATO emergency operations; the development of interagency contingency plans; and the deployment of ATO personnel to key crisis management nodes such as State Emergency Operations Centers and Federal Government Joint Field Offices.
  • Leads all counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) policy, intra and interagency coordination and maintains operational oversight of counter UAS missions for the ATO.
  • Communicates and collaborates with stakeholders to effectively advocate air transportation security issues by interacting with officials within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ATO, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies in the Federal, State, local, and international arenas. Represents the FAA in meetings, committees, groups and forums by serving as an authority on air transportation security matters. Exercises delegated authority to make commitments on behalf of the FAA on matters directly affecting air transportation security issues.

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 an organization responsible for national security and emergency response to protect the United States and its interests from threats and hazards associated with Air Traffic Management.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Demonstrated leadership experience leading and managing the safe-handling, safe operation or protection and control of classified or sensitive information in support of the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System.


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.

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 individually addressing the Leadership and Technical - Requirements (unless provided in the designated space in the application tool)
3. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if asserting noncompetitive eligibility as a current/former FAA Executive, member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent system.
4. A Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) certificate if you are claiming noncompetitive status based on your completion of an SESCDP program.
Note: Please do not submit additional materials (i.e. DD Form 214, performance plans/evaluations, letters of recommendation, etc.) they will not be considered as part of the application package.

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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