Air Traffic Control Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 19, 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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This position is located in the Air Traffic Organization, Air Traffic Services (AJT), Operational Planning and Integration Directorate, AJT-3, Integration Group, AJT-3100. This Group is responsible for the operational integration of automated air traffic systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Commercial Space, new entrants and emerging technologies.

As an Air Traffic Control Specialist, he/she applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of air traffic control procedures, operations and staff programs to support the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and commercial space launch/reentry operations into the National Airspace System (NAS). He/she performs complex, specialized air traffic control assignments to provide national-level expertise in a major air traffic control staff function, such as , automation, airspace procedures or operations, to improve NAS efficiency by reducing delays, route deviations, fuel burn, and missions as UAS and Commercial Space vehicles are integrated into the (NAS). This work contributes directly to the accomplishment of air traffic and other Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) objectives and the efficiency and effectiveness of air traffic operations.

Applies experience separating and controlling air traffic in a terminal or en route air traffic facility to evaluate proposed technical changes to separation standards, procedures and/or the techniques available to controllers to separate aircraft. He/she applies comprehensive knowledge of staff programs, such as procedures or traffic management, to evaluate methods of integrating launch/reentry vehicles into the ATC operational environment mixed with UAS traffic. Possesses experience as a facility on-the-job training specialist to participate in the process of developing training recommendations for facility air traffic controllers on UAS policies and rules. Participates in the development of guidance for processing UAS authorizations and waivers. Evaluates methods of integrating launch/reentry vehicles that can meet the flight characteristics and performance requirements of operating aircraft in the airspace into normal operations and within Communication Navigation & Surveillance (CNS)/Air Traffic Management (ATM) procedures and infrastructure.

Assesses activities that effect facility airspace, and if necessary, analyzes proposed policies and programs related to the integration of Commercial Space and UAS operations. Identifies and proposes alternative strategies when necessary. Uses experience initiating traffic management instructions and restrictions, he/she evaluates proposed automated tools to provide air traffic controllers with live automated displays or real time knowledge of a vehicles position or status to implement Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) and Altitude Reservation (ALTRV) requests. As a senior point of contact to work groups evaluating decision support tools for improved planning and real-time information sharing that support launch and reentry vehicle operations. Identifies needs and capabilities for the integration of UAS in the operational environment.

Contacts are internal and external to the Directorate and include representatives from other FAA lines of business, facility managers, contractors (or their representatives), private industry, the public sector, and the Department of Defense. Often represents the Directorate as a senior point of contact on projects, programs, research and acquisition. Collaborates with labor representatives through participation on joint facility labor/management work groups. Maintains an active relationship with national labor representatives to ensure collaborative responses to operational issues.

Although broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for completing work objectives, he/she is allowed considerable discretion to develop new or innovative approaches. He/she draws on experience and knowledge to solve unusual problems.

Most work is performed independently.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Individuals who start their government service after November 22, 2021 need to be fully COVID vaccinated prior to their start date, except in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception.
  • 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.


To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference - U.S. Office of Personnel Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Air Traffic Control Series, 2152:

To qualify for this position at the J-band you must demonstrate in your application that you have experience as an air traffic controller in a military or civilian air traffic facility that demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the level of work of the specialization for which application is made. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules and regulations. Creditable experience must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the full range of duties of the position for which application is being made.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I / FG/GS-13. 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 may include but not limited to: Experience separating and controlling air traffic in a terminal or en route air traffic facility to evaluate proposed technical changes to separation standards, procedures and/or the techniques available to controllers to separate aircraft. Experience analyzing proposed changes to air traffic policies and procedures to identify problems and issues that impact the operational environment.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

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

If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list.

Pay Retention:

In accordance with HRPM. EMP 1.29/1.29A, this position may be Career Enhancement Assignment/Career Progression. The selectee(s) may be eligible for pay retention. Career Diversity is not enhanced when an employee is assigned to a staff or supervisory position in which they previously held on a permanent basis. CEP/CP selectees will be required to certify eligibility.

Security Investigation:

Selection and placement are contingent upon waiver or completion of satisfactory security requirement for secret clearance.


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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.

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 KSAs 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.

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

Drug test required

Required Documents

SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action.

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your online application. These documents must be uploaded or emailed to on or before the closing date of this announcement. All emailed 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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