Deputy Assistant Administrator for NEXTGen

Washington, D.C
Oct 23, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


The Office of NextGen leads the aviation community to evolve the National Airspace System for the future. NextGen leverages the power of partnerships to set the course and build the future. NextGen engages our stakeholders to realize aviation benefits.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks a recognized global leader and innovator with substantial experience leading a multi-layered organization responsible for fostering innovation and creating solutions for aviation and aerospace. The Deputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen oversees and directs the National Air Space (NAS) Modernization via a team of approximately 800 employees and a $2B budget.

Specifically, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen:
  • Oversees the development of an organizational operations strategy that aligns with the Department of Transportation and FAA Flight Strategic Plan, ensuring the strategy is developed based on data-driven decision making.
  • Leads NAS strategic planning including long term planning for the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Portfolio and implements and maintains strategies that maintain and improve the safety of the NAS.
  • Champions NAS Modernization progress by establishing plans to monitor and track execution of modernization plans and the evolution of programs in collaboration with executing organizations.
  • Influences the development of the National Aviation Research Plan and the support research, engineering and development activities. Ensures activities are well managed and sufficiently address national priorities.
  • Oversees William J. Hughes Technical Center services, including, testing, research and laboratory services. Advocates for the development of policies and procedures that ensures the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Technical Center operations.
  • Represents the FAA on NextGen matters to the Congress, senior leaders within the FAA and other stakeholders.
  • Actively promotes, supports, and participates in the FAA Equal Opportunity Program and helps identify and resolve EEO issues or complaints.

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.
  • Top Secret Clearance 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 is directly related to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.


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Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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 spaces 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 (e.g., cover letters, DD Form 214, performance evaluations, letters of recommendation). 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.

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