Air Traffic Control Specialist

Vint Hill Farms Military Installation, Virginia
Apr 08, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time


Serve as an Air Traffic Security Coordinator, in the Domestic Events Network, located at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center, and is directly involved in the day to day operation of the National Airspace System (NAS) and is responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of domestic, military and international air traffic. Orgs. must be staffed 24/7/365 and be able to support no-notice, sustained 24/7 surge staffing due to the work to national defense and homeland security.

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Performs complex, specialized air traffic control assignments.

Responsible for planning and coordinating with counterparts in the Federal, state, local, military, public and private organizations exchanging information on real-time aviation security-related issues.

Coordinates intelligence reporting and its nexus to the operational aspects of the NAS.

Maintains close liaison with homeland security/national defense at operations decision making levels.

Applies experience and expert technical knowledge of air traffic control procedures and operations; as well, technical knowledge of the aviation security and military operations related to national security and operational events and or issues.

The ATCS is the subject matter expert regarding air traffic control procedures and requirements.

Serves as the focal point for all active security measures and adjustments in the NAS.

Develops, coordinates, and executes detailed plans for security of air traffic and air navigation aids.

Implements and integrates national security measures on a tactical dynamic basis taking action to cancel or modify as appropriate.

Monitors and analyzes active security measures, optimizing timely coordination to ensure minimal impact to the NAS.

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

Develops alternate security measures when national initiatives are not appropriate or sufficient. Identifies and resolves highly complex issues and problems related to the security of the NAS.

Reviews operational security initiatives and provide recommendations to the Director, System Operations Security.

Maintains active awareness of the presidential airspace security initiatives.

Uses expertise at the national level in a major air traffic control staff function or major national program as a senior project manager or team leader for large, challenging activities.

Provides real-time coordination of the President of the United States (POTUS), Vice President of the United States (VPOTUS), First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), or USSS supported VIP movements; and real time coordination for prohibited area access and the monitoring of special interest flights identified by the FAA, the Department of Defense, Department of State, Homeland Security or other national security agencies.

Coordinates and implements agency continuity of Operations (COOP)/Continuity of Government (COG) initiatives upon activation.

Serves as the final authority regarding NAS operations involving COOP/COG activities; as such, provides tactical coordination of classified operations in the NAS.

Provides advice and technical guidance on interdiction issues and law enforcement air operations in order to ensure compliance with air traffic control plans, policies and procedures.

Provides guidance on operational capabilities and limitations of the FAA.

Addresses air traffic control procedures to effectively accomplish the global mission, both in peacetime training and actual tactical operations incident to war or threats of war.

Provides expert guidance on aviation security and air traffic control techniques, procedures and processes as well as developing complex reports and presentations on operational issues.

Represents the FAA at the national level as the agency focal point for major projects or programs.

Recommends organizational positions on major programs and issues to agency management.

Prepares and reviews reports or policies for internal and external distribution.

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-J or FG/GS-14) 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.

Specialized Experience at the next lower level, FV-J:

-Experience with air traffic management including the separating and controlling of air traffic in an air traffic facility/specialty, specifically Terminal or En Route radar.

-Experience in aviation security operations in support of national defense and homeland security.


*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.**

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; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

** 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. **

In accordance with HRPM EMP 1.29/1.29a, this position MAY be a Career Enhancement Program/Career Progression (CE/CP) assignment. The selectee(s) may be eligible for pay retention. Career Diversity is not enhanced when an employee is assigned to a staff or supervisory position in which they previously held on a permanent basis. CE/CP selectees will be required to certify eligibility. Pay retention is not guaranteed.


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 theuse 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 4 (Special Sensitive; TS/SCI) 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 not covered by PL 92-267 for early retirement purposes, and is therefore, not eligible for "good time" credit.

5. This announcement is also open to current permanent FAA employees assigned to the Air Traffic Organization and to the FAA Academy Air Traffic Division (AMA-500 ).

6. Some, all, or none of the referral candidates may be interviewed.

**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 not 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).

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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