Aeronautical Information Specialist

Silver Spring, Maryland
May 14, 2021
May 22, 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 determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis.

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The incumbent serves as a recognized senior technical specialist and agency expert in planning, organizing and evaluating the Directorate's programs concerning Aeronautical Information Services to ensure adequacy, standardization and conformance to policies and standards. The specialist provides advice and counsel to staff and organizational leadership on matters related to the development, coordination, integration, and delivery of Aeronautical products and services.

Assignments are made in terms of broadly defined mission objectives. The incumbent, who is considered a principal technical specialist within and outside the Directorate, may be required to perform duties as they relate to one or more of the following program areas: Development, maintenance and revision of terminal/enroute instrument flight procedures (IFPs); design, compilation and maintenance of aeronautical charts, related products, and aeronautical information; Ensure IFPs are coordinated and integrated in the NAS and provide for safe operation of aircraft; Collect, evaluate and verify aeronautical data and/or information; Provide subject matter guidance on automation applications as used by the Directorate; Ensure the construction and publication of all aeronautical charts, products, and aeronautical information that support commercial, military and general aviation meet operational requirements; Resolve highly complex verification problems related to interactions between all functional areas of the Directorate and it's user agencies/ organizations; Initiate Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs).

Typical assignments include the following: Serves as a project manager for multidisciplinary charting and production activities; Chairs working groups; Establishes and implements top level production strategies and program objectives; Establishes baseline performance measures for assigned projects, prioritizes work, and determines resource needs and allocation; Manages extensive projects to assess new technologies and tools for applicability to aeronautical products and information; Isolates and defines unknown conditions, resolves critical and novel problems; Addresses novel problems by planning and carrying out major studies or evaluations; Develops and establishes new methods, applications, approaches, tools, agency policies and guides; Develops effective project plans and processes governing the operation and execution of all activities; Improves on the dissemination of aeronautical data and/or information; Advises on the development of automation applications and processes by identifying requirements, recommending priorities, and suggesting adaptations and improvements to systems; Soliciting, collecting, acquiring, evaluating, selecting, compiling, and presenting highly complex broad-range navigational and operational data and/or information related to the National Airspace System; Advises, coordinates, and assists with efforts to identify and assess existing or potential issues and problems relating to organizational programs, products and services; Analyzes and evaluates the objectives, planning, policies, work and progress, of assigned programs; Presents results of analyses and evaluations to colleagues, executives and senior level management; Develops recommendations to improve the efficiency of products and services; Ensures uniformity and consistency of performance and adherence to national and regional policies, specifications, standards, systems, and procedures; Identifies, defines, and organizes tasking's for multiple work activities; Initiates Aeronautical Information Safety Alerts and/or Change Notices and coordinates distribution; Performs review/approval of new/revised instructions, criteria, procedures and programs for design, development and maintenance of IFPs; Oversees the development/execution of short/long-range plans and makes arrangements to obtain vital information required to fulfill the needs of the organization.

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)
  • Successful completion of security investigation may be required.
  • Please Review Required Documents & Additional Information.


Reference - OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions in conjunction with Individual Occupational Requirements for 1361: Navigational Information Series.

TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FG/GS-14 (FV-J) LEVEL, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the FG/GS-13 (FV-I) level. 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 includes but is not limited to: Experience collecting, verifying, and publishing aeronautical information/data such as airport, navigational aid, airway, or fixes. Experience entering and managing aeronautical information/data in Aeronautical Information Services data tools such as NEAT, AirNav, NASR, TARGETs, OAS, and/or OE/AAA. Experience using the Aeronautical Information Services Portal to manage and prioritize changes to AirNav, NASR, TARGETs, OAS, and/or OE/AAA. Experience with 28-day and 56-day ICAO AIRAC production cycles. Experience with customer service oriented skills. Experience and/or knowledge of AJV-A portfolio of products and how aeronautical data supports those products.

Applicants should provide examples of Specialized Experience in their Work History.

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


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Information Regarding KSA's:

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 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.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), Demonstrated Abilities and Other Factors 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.

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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.

FAA employees, their spouses and minor children may not hold stock or any other securities interest in an airline, aircraft manufacturing company, or in a supplier of components of parts to an aircraft manufacturing company. This prohibition is effective on the date of your appointment. If selected, your acceptance of the agency's final offer means you agree to comply with this prohibition. Questions may be directed to an agency ethics official at .

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

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.

  • Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications cannot be accepted.
  • Some, none, or all candidates may be interviewed.
  • Positions to be filled within AJV-A320 in either Silver Spring, Maryland and/or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 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.
  • To confirm receipt of emailed documents, please call Jeff Westlake at (405) 954-7947
  • Additional information regarding living in Oklahoma can be found at

  • 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

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Supplemental documentation, e.g. Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50), transcripts will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or emailed to on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

    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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