Executive Director, National Air Security Operations

Washington, D.C
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.

The salary range for this position is $132,552 to $199,300.00 per annum.

The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.

Total employer paid contributions are worth approximately $20,000 - $27,000 excluding paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and performance-based bonuses.

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As Executive Director, National Air Security Operations, you will direct and oversee all operations activities undertaken with Air and Marine Operations (AMO) strategic air assets in accordance with Federal law, department and agency regulations, and internal procedures. AMO currently employs P-3 long-range maritime patrol aircraft and Predator-B unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to execute the strategic component of its homeland security mission. As Executive Director, you will be responsible for developing agency and Department-level operations doctrine for CBP's strategic air assets, directing their deployment; coordinating, and prioritizing mission requirements consistent with agency and Office policies; determining the effectiveness of airborne detection, surveillance, disaster-response, and interdiction support systems; and coordinating operations with other Federal law enforcement and national defense organizations. You will also be responsible for developing the UAS capability requirements for the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), located in Riverside , California . The AMOC is a unique national asset responsible for coordinating law enforcement air operations across all of the country's borders. You will sponsor initiatives to improve strategic air capabilities within CBP, and represent CBP to the Department, other agencies, the Executive Office of the President, Congress, auditing and oversight offices, the public, and the media.

You will accomplish all assigned duties through regional directors, air branch directors, and Headquarters staffs. Primary customer organizations include the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Coast Guard, Joint Inter-Agency Task Forces, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Aviation Administration, and U.S. Border Patrol. Missions, capability demonstrations, and support agreements will also be coordinated with components of the Department of Defense, as well as state, local, and foreign governments.

As Executive Director, you will serve as the principal senior executive responsible for long-range planning, complex project oversight, and the overall acquisition strategy for AMO strategic capabilities. You will negotiate inter-agency agreements for CBP AMO to include mutual support for intelligence-gathering, surveillance, and interdiction missions; certificates of authorization for unmanned vehicle training, transit, and mission operations; and support for special operations and national events. You will continually review emerging threats and program enforcement.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals within the civil service. U.S. citizenship is required.

Selective Service: If you are a male and are hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.

Position Designation: This position is designated as Career Reserved


You must show in your résumé that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that apply to the SES, and the Technical Qualification listed below.

Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE : The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN : The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN : The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS : The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Technical Qualification - Mandatory

Expert knowledge of and ability to manage a large, complex air and marine law enforcement interdiction program to include: demonstrated military or civilian law enforcement experience in major aviation program acquisition and operations.

(Note: Aviation leadership experience is mandatory for this position. A combination of aviation and marine leadership experience, or experience with the Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System, is desirable, but not mandatory.)


Additional information

Relocation Bonus: CBP may authorize a relocation bonus (not to exceed 25% of basic pay) for an eligible selectee. A service agreement is required.

Relocation Expenses: We may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A security clearance is required.

Note: The Federal Government does not to deny employment to individuals who are currently or who have been unemployed, nor does it deny employment to individuals who have had financial difficulties through no fault of their own.

Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the Customs and Border Protection, Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.

Travel: Occasional travel is required.

Leave: You will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.

Probationary Period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Law Enforcement Retirement: This position carries secondary law enforcement coverage as provided in 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) for eligible law enforcement employees. Employees who reach age 50 with a minimum of 20 years of creditable law enforcement service are eligible for law enforcement retirement provisions. Employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of creditable service under law enforcement provisions are subject to mandatory retirement from this position. Federal employees who currently work in a primary law enforcement coverage position and do not have a break in service of more than three days, are eligible to continue coverage in a secondary capacity.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 922(G)(9)]. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 1001).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education, and you may undergo an interview and reference check. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selection to the appointing authority. You must meet all qualification requirements and have previously been certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) to be considered for this position.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
  • is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.
  • provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Political Appointee Employee Verification: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.

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.