Lead Air Traffic Assistant (Flight Data Communications Specialist)

Leesburg, Virginia
Apr 15, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time


Serves as a Flight Data Communication Specialist (FDCS) Team Lead in a Level 12 Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and is responsible for providing flight data processing and communications service for the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Duties and responsibilities include the following: relays Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) departure clearances, processes and monitors the input of proposed and active flight plans, assists customers in amending flight plan data; correcting flight plan formatting and route errors; develops and maintains bulk storage flight plans as required; prepares, transmits and coordinates alert notices and administrative messages; recover and manually processes and disseminates flight plan data and weather data during outages; receives, updates, and analyzes critical weather information and immediately notifies operational personnel; collects and disseminates flow control restrictions and other data related to flight safety; updates local automated information systems using voice recordings and manual data inputs; trains developmentals as required; performs other duties as assigned.

Serves as team lead for Flight Data Communications Specialist and performs varying assignments under minimal direction of a manager. Applies experience and advanced knowledge to plan and accomplish multiple, varying Flight Data assignments. Demonstrates considerable independence in planning time and coordinating only as needed with their manager. Often helps managers and other employees plan and identify resources to accomplish assignments, projects, and other work activities. May approve leave in accordance with instruction/guidance from management. Provides information to supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignment, employee performance, and personnel needs and reports to supervisor on performance, progress and training needs of employees, and on behavior problems. May serve as the Alternate COMSEC Responsible Officer (ACRO), Classified Information Security Manager (ACISM), and/or Classified Information Account Custodian (ACIAC).

Contacts are both internal and external. Internal contacts are with managers and other employees to share information, coordinate efforts, discuss the statuses of assignments, and identify resources needed to complete assignments. External contacts include members of the aviation community, including pilots, air traffic controllers, flight service specialists, dispatchers, and weather unit personnel to relay flight information.

Existing policies and procedures provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion for employee to select the most appropriate approach, or to recommend a new approach. Lead resolves most problems and work issues without assistance. Informs manager and other employees of problems/issues that require their attention and helps them develop and recommend solutions. Lead provides guidance to lower level employees for handling problems and issues. Work is reviewed periodically, normally through status reports and at completion, to ensure policy compliance and alignment with the requirements of projects and/or work activities.

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 at least 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade or pay band (FV-F or FG/GS-7/8) in the Federal Government that demonstrates knowledge of and skill in the use of FAA Air Traffic Control procedures.

Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work involving: (1) Civilian or military aircraft operations work, such as flight instructor, instrument rated pilot, flight engineer or air transport pilot; (2) FAA Certified Dispatcher for an air carrier; (3) Flight Information Expediter involved in determining flight times of airplanes and transmitting information to flight operations and command centers; (4) Civilian or Military Air Traffic Controller; and (5) Flight Data Processor; or Successful completion of an FAA or Military Air Traffic Control Training Program; or Possession of an FAA Control Tower Operator Certificate.

Additional examples of specialized experience include: experience using NAS computer systems such as the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, Flight Data Input/Output (FDIO) system, and Digital Altimeter Setting Indicator (DASI) system; experience operating air traffic control operational computer and flight data equipment; experience amending proposed flight plans for flow control restrictions, Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP), and Expect Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) restrictions/changes; or experience in positions such as a military or civilian air traffic controller, flight instructor, instrument rated pilot, command center operators (base ops), dispatcher for an air carrier, or as Flight Services Specialist.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this 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.

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.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative, 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 KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA 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.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: All persons appointed to Air Traffic Assistant positions are required to successfully complete a training program to gain specific job knowledge. Those failing to complete the program may be separated, demoted or reassigned.

Please ensure 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.

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 preemployment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.

This is 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
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To be considered for this announcement, you must complete the on-line application using the AVIATOR system by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.

If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application, e.g. transcripts, SF-50, or veterans' documentation, you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current 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 a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. 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 a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/ .

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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