Supervisory Aviation Technical Systems Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Full Time


Serves as Deputy Director, Technical Operations of Service Area.

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 safe to relocate.

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Directs the work of subordinate employees and managers for multiple units and across multiple technical functions and disciplines. In conjunction with the director, oversees line authority over all engineering communications, navigational systems, modification, and restoration of complex technical systems and equipment in the NAS within a large, multi-state area in support of safe, efficient, and structured movement of aircraft within the NAS.

Manages subordinate technical organizations and staff which develop multi-disciplined, technical programs and standards associated with the NAS and equipment. Provides leadership, direction/guidance, and implements national policies, procedures, and practices relevant to the service unit. Managerial duties typically affect managers and employees for more than one organizational unit/project/ program, and include: strategic planning; communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance of organizational units, managers, and employees; coaching and developing staff and organizational capabilities; approving leave; and taking or approving corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.

Directs actions to improve services within the service area through oversight of standards development, technical systems procedures, and operational strategy. Oversees subordinate managers and staff in their review and evaluation of technical operations and management of the NAS. Evaluates management and reviews evaluations made by managers of others. Coordinates with the Director, to make selections for management positions and makes decisions on workplace issues presented by management. This includes grievances, serious complaints, and disciplinary cases not resolved at lower levels. Provides support and resources in developing staff and organizational effectiveness.

Applies detailed technical knowledge to ensure procedures and operations are directed toward continuous improvement of customer service, projects, and programs while ensuring they are aligned with ATO and FAA goals, objectives, and plans. Also exercises a detailed knowledge of budget, human resource management, and other administrative functions while actively promoting and supporting the FAA's EEO program. Treats all employees fairly and equitably without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Defines, acquires, and allocates budget, staff, an d other resources to accomplish objectives for multiple organizational units/projects/programs and across multiple functions and/or disciplines. Manages a budget of approximately $200-300 million and makes decisions to allocate resources among subordinate units/programs and acquires additional resources as needed. Integrates budget planning process to project short and long-term needs while ensuring the efficient management and safe guarding of organizational resources. Ensures internal controls meet FAA and ATO standards. Practices and applies activity based management to control and improve labor and overhead costs.

Contacts are routinely internal and external to the major subdivision. Internal contacts are with subordinates, peers, and higher level management to discuss the statuses and results of projects/programs and plan for the future. May represent the major subdivision, LOB/ SO, or the FAA externally as a primary point of contact for policies/ procedures or other project/program purposes. Has the authority, within guidelines, to make commitments for the major subdivision, to establish new policies/procedures, and to make exceptions.

Travel Required

50% or less - The job may require up to 50% travel.

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.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.


Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience, in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This specialized experience must be equivalent to the next lower level (FV-K or GS/FG-15). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in, or related to, the position to be filled. Specialized experience is: technical experience gained in positions within organizations that are responsible for design, development, operations, maintenance performance and evaluation of the NAS. This experience may be acquired through functions such as the acquisition and development of NAS programs and systems; the operations and maintenance functions in field facilities and the evaluation and performance functions in District Offices, regional offices and/or headquarters.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants should include examples of their specialized experience in their work history.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Management Dimensions 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.

Narratives for Leadership and Management Dimensions/Other Factors identified are mandatory. Failure to provide the Leadership and Management Dimensions narratives will prevent you from receiving further consideration.

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 narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each Leadership and Management Dimension. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your 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.

Quality Ranking Factor(s)(QRF's):

Well-qualified candidates will possess documented experience in the following areas:

1. Experience providing senior level expertise in the management of an aviation operational organization.

2. Knowledge of national policies, procedures, and practices governing technical operations such as installation, maintenance, and modification of all systems and equipment in the National Airspace System (NAS).


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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.

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.

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.

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirement: A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.

Interview Statement: Some, all or none of the candidates may be interviewed.

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

Emailed resumes or documentation will not be accepted. Documentation must be either uploaded or faxed to (404) 393-0636 and received by the closing date of this announcement. Faxed documentation must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date of the announcement.

Supporting documentation received after the closing date will not be accepted.

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.

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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