Aeronautical Information Specialist

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Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
Full Time

This position serves as an Aeronautical Information Specialist in the Office of Airports (ARP), Office of Airports Safety and Standards (AAS-1). Acts as an airport data program manager for surveyed and geospatial data included in the Airports Geographical Information System (GIS) for the Airport Engineering Division (AAS-100).

Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced technical specialist. Serves as a principal technical specialist and advisor for aeronautical information functions. Acts as an airports data program manager for integration of existing 5010 Airports Safety program data into secure GIS systems and web enabled national datasets that will serve as an authoritative source. Manages other critical airport data and associated Advisory Circulars and Orders (i. e. Advisory Circular 150/5300-19 and Order 5010.4A) and their impact to the GIS Program; manages updates to these Advisory Circulars and Orders; and implements their policy.

Manages and evaluates policy for collection of data used to produce aeronautical information services and products by the FAA and its partners. Manages national Airports GIS data, including development of procedures and validation testing, along with stewardship of the data. Serves as the principal technical specialist for Airports GIS metadata sets, updating metadata for national GIS datasets, and performing quality assurance on geospatial databases. Develops curriculum and delivers training for GIS, survey and geospatial analysis for FAA employees and industry on the use of Airports GIS and geospatial analysis, as well as the submission and validation of airport safety critical data.

Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies when developing, integrating, implementing, and evaluating standards to diverse, complex problems. Exercises a range of responsibilities including managing programs and initiatives under the Office of Airports (ARP); reviews and oversees tasks performed by contactors and consultants regarding airport data collection, verification and submittal efforts; provides direction in all phases of the program.

Demonstrates knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines by accomplishing management and development of data and information standards. Ensures compliance and alignment with the requirements of projects and/or other work activities. Collaborates with FAA lines of business to move all aeronautical information, such as 5010 and OE/AAA data sets to geospatial and temporal databases that seamlessly interact; coordinates with the regional offices on the development of the Airports GIS strategic plan and executes it accordingly. Coordinates with other lines of business on the aeronautical data integration of new entrants (such as UAS and commercial space) into the NAS and airports environment.

Leads or participates on teams and work groups, stewardship communities of practice (SCoP), Communities of Practice (CoPs) and Communities of Interest (COIs) within the Office of Airports and across other Lines of Business to collaborate on optimizing resources to best meet user needs. Represents the Office of Airports, in conjunction with other lines of business, in meetings with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to develop new standards for Airports data. Participates in program management reviews, and reports program status updates to management to achieve strategic goals.

Contacts are internal and external. Often represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact on projects, programs and other work activities. Communicates results to all levels internally (within an LOB/SO or across LOB's/SO's) and externally.


Conditions of Employment

  • Review the Additional Information Section of this vacancy announcement for important information regarding pre-employment COVID Vaccine requirement.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. This experience is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized experience is defined as:

Experience using computer added design and mapping applications such as ArgGIS to review attributes created by validated data, AND

Experience utilizing the requirements for the collection, survey, or analysis of aeronautical data applicable to aviation safety and related operations.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**

AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: 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. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.


Education cannot be substituted for experience.

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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.

If selected, you will be required to acknowledge/affirm that you are or will be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, and will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon entering on duty.


1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: .

2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, 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 section, 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.

3. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

4. This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

5. This announcement is also being advertised under VA #AWA-AAS-22-0002MP-75363. Please review both vacancy announcements before making application to determine your eligibility to apply.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1653.

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