Vice President, Program Management Organization

Washington, D.C
Jun 06, 2021
Jun 14, 2021
Full Time


We are the 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel whose daily efforts keep aircraft safe, separated and on time. The Program Management Organization (PMO) implements and executes the technologies and services that connect ground systems and aircraft in the National Airspace System.

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The Vice President, Program Management Organization (PMO) provides vision, leadership and execution of National Airspace System (NAS) programs from concept to operation while providing technical support for air traffic control automation and decision support systems. The Vice President implements the majority of the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiatives and ensures visibility, alignment, and integration of innovative, complex interdependent initiatives and technologies by managing a portfolio of 150 Facilities and Equipment (F&E) and Operations programs. The Vice President provides program and acquisition management for the FAA infrastructure programs through a multi-layered team of approximately 1,044 employees.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provides leadership and direction to a large multi-layered organization, other VPs, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) concerning interfaces and requirements for testing and implementation of new services and systems.
  • Coordinates efforts to ensure the safe and efficient utilization of the NAS, and develops Air Traffic Organization's policies, technical standards and procedures that support the implementation of new technologies in the NAS.
  • Provides program and acquisition management for the Federal Aviation Administration infrastructure programs that transform, modernize, and sustain the NAS, including air traffic operation, mission support systems, and business support systems.
  • Oversees the development of effective, timely, and innovative solutions of evolving business needs through integrated resource management, acquisition support, program health management, and planning, analysis, and integration of PMO programs into the NAS.
  • Implements and executes systems that support aircraft separation services with accurate, capable automation and services that support decision making for traffic flow managers. Responsible for maintaining systems that support today's tactical air traffic operations, and for executing new decision support tools.
  • Manages the implementation and execution of systems and services that tie ground systems and aircraft together through communications, navigation, weather, and aeronautical information and flight services. Plays a fundamental role in supporting he transformation to the infocentric NAS envisioned for 2035 and beyond.
  • Oversees systems and services that provide new surveillance technologies and surveillance data that is critical to separate air traffic and provides situational awareness for airspace users.
  • Manages a Facilities and Equipment (F&E) budget of approximately $3.9B to support the acquisition and implementation of modernization technologies. Oversees and manages an annual Operations budget of approximately $917M to support business solutions and infrastructure programs.

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 senior level experience overseeing a multi-layered organization that designs, develops, implements, and sustains a portfolio of integrated aviation systems for senior level stakeholders.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Demonstrated leadership experience overseeing a large multi-layered organization responsible for the transformation of legacy aviation systems to a flexible network of information and aviation services.


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.

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.

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(

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.