Supervisory Aviation Safety Specialist (Branch Manager)

Washington, D.C
Feb 23, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time


Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.

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Serves as a Branch Manager in the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR), Organizational Performance Division, AIR-300. Directly supervises multiple employees engaged in mainly Professional, Technical and Engineering work.

AIR-300 monitors and assess the operational performance of AIR to reduce risk to the National Airspace and integrate quality and safety in AIR operations. AIR-300 is responsible for monitoring and assessing AIR's organizational health; manage AIR's strategic priorities; conduct targeted studies for improvement of AIR's efficiency and effectiveness; facilitate AIR's Quality Management System certification; coordinate AIR audit activities of other governmental oversight offices; and institutionalize change management within AIR.

The Branch Manager supports the Division Director and Deputy Director to: 1) Execute daily operations; 2) Align Branch resources, activities and stakeholders with Aviation Safety (AVS) objectives; 3) Develop Branch/Section personnel and resources consistent with AVS's future needs; and 4) Foster a work environment and culture that emphasizes employee engagement, risk-based decision-making, innovation, collaboration, communication, accountability, diversity and inclusion throughout the Branch.

Specific duties include:

Direct Report Supervision : Plans and communicates the organization's vision and objectives, sets priorities; assigns tasks and responsibilities; monitors and evaluates performance; approves leave; executes personnel actions and/or corrective or disciplinary actions. Works to prepare employees for future opportunities across the division, with focus on continuity of operations and long term organizational success. Coaches, mentors, and develops employees to perform current work and support career progression for the future. Ensures employees have technical skills to accomplish their assigned tasks.

Team Environment : Monitors organizational health and regularly seek input and feedback from employees. Establishes and enhances practices to encourage diversity and inclusion, communication, collaboration and innovation in the resolution of issues. Communicates and regularly reinforces connectivity between subordinate employee activities and broader AIR mission. Defines and assigns accountability for key internal performance objectives. Engages personnel in monitoring key performance indicators and making adjustments necessary to achieve key performance objectives. Work with employees to identify resource needs and advocates for resources on behalf of the team.

Operations Monitoring : Engages employees in documenting, refining and assuring compliance with processes governing all activities. Assess the productivity, quality, effectiveness and efficiency of Field Operations processes. Monitors and approves expenditure for funds. Reviews and approves time and attendance and assures accurate labor distribution reporting. Assigns, communicates and clarifies context for tasks and responsibilities. Oversees daily operations to ensure timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, productivity and compliance with policy in attaining organizational goals. Facilities coordination and effective communication across FAA organizations, the aviation industry, other civil aviation authorities and union representatives to accomplish work.

Operational Program Management : Responsible for overall management responsibilities associated with the planning and direction of programs. Develops and implements plans and techniques to improve program and policies to align to AVS strategic goals. Oversees the management of data systems, administrative processes and data gentry necessary to support office and Branch performance metrics and dashboards used by the management team to manage Branch performance. Oversees procurement and management of building operation and security, as applicable.

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)


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-J, FG/GS-14. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is described as:
  • Experience applying Federal safety laws and regulations;
  • Experience contributing to and supporting development of strategic plans and techniques in attaining organizational goals;
  • Experience in using workforce planning and employee development strategies to enhance organizational performance;
  • Experience in influencing regulated entities to assume greater responsibilities for compliance and safety;
  • Experience applying expert knowledge to managing program/projects; allocating staff, establishing schedules, milestones and priorities; and, identifying deliverables to accomplish goals and objectives.

In addition to the above minimum qualifications, this vacancy also includes a Quality Ranking Factor (QRF). Those meeting the QRF, will be placed in a Well Qualified category. This QRF can be found in the "Other Factors" section of this announcement.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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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.

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 Abilities (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 KSA.

In lieu of providing a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA 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.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSA listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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

Drug test required

Required Documents

Applicants must submit an electronic application via Aviator and supporting documents (e.g. SF-50, DD214) by fax or uploaded to Aviator application by the closing date of this announcement.

Failure to submit the application and required documentation by the closing date will be ineligible for 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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