Deputy Vice President, Program Management Organization

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


The Air Traffic Organization 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 (NAS).

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The Deputy Vice President provides advice and guidance to the Vice President on the execution of the advancement of the NAS programs from concept to operation, ensuring and advancing cutting edge initiatives that increase the speed and efficiency of software deployment while better meeting user needs. The Deputy Vice President also provides advice and guidance regarding significant business process re-engineering activities for other FAA lines of businesses and the development and implementation of avionics standards and systems that ensure globally interoperable air navigation solutions. The Deputy Vice President administers a budget of approximately $900M in the execution of duties through a multi-layered team of approximately 1,050 employees.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Ensures successful enterprise, air traffic, and surveillance systems and mission support program implementation by ensuring the PMO acts as the bridge between strategic operational requirements and tactical program implementation to improve the safety efficiency of the NAS. Provides corporate oversight on PMO programs, supports program integration and analysis, and manages financial services/integration solutions for the PMO.
  • Oversees the implementation and execution of systems that support aircraft separation services with accurate, capable automation and services that support decision making for traffic flow managers. Maintains systems that support today's tactical air traffic operations and executing new automation tools.
  • Directs 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. Supports the transformation of the network of information, systems and services from the legacy "hard-wired", point-to-point, closed set of computers and sensors to a flexible network of information, systems and services.
  • Oversees all service life extensions to legacy components of the NAS (sensors, communications, and navigation aids). Oversees the management of second-level hardware and software engineering at NAS facilities to sustain, maintain, and implement new functions for air traffic automation systems and other capabilities.
  • Oversees the management of a portfolio of approximately 150 FAA programs by directing the establishment of program goals, long-term NAS sustainment and modernization strategies, and preparing program budget request and justification for Congress and other external stakeholders in coordination with the Office of Finance and Management (AFN) and other FAA Lines of Business in accordance with FAA policies and procedures.
  • Leads the development and implementation of avionics standards and systems that ensure globally interoperable solutions for NextGen by collaborating with FAA operations and aviation users.
  • Interacts with senior executives and managers within FAA, key representatives of Congress, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, international aviation stakeholders, the general public, and the aviation industry during formal and informal meetings, briefings, and functions to address and resolve significant issues and to defend the PMO's, the ATO's, and the FAA's position on FAA infrastructure systems.
  • Manages a Facilities and Equipment annual budget of more than $1.2B to support the acquisition and implementation of modernization technologies.

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.
  • 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 providing leadership, strategic direction, and oversight of a multi-layered organization that delivers aviation systems, products, and services on-schedule and within budget for a variety of stakeholders.


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.

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.

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 .

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.