Program Manager (Division Manager)

Washington, D.C
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

Serves as a Manager in the Office of Commercial Space (AST), Innovation Division (ASZ-300). ASZ-300 is a multidisciplinary organization that supports AST with conducting research and development to support innovation within AST and the industry overseeing the learning and development program for the AST workforce.

Responsible for coordinating the Division's ongoing work in the establishment and development of national policies, regulations, standards and procedures for the operation and competitive viability of the federal role in commercial space transportation.

Applies a comprehensive knowledge of policies, programs, Federal law and regulations to enhance AST's ability to leverage and apply external research to address FAA requirements and gaps to effectively support commercial space integration plans.

Provides management oversight and direction for analyses and recommendations concerning broad and complex strategic issues involving internal management systems and functional assignments.

Makes recommendations on operational topics and ensuring collaborative decision-making across the organization.

Applies a thorough understanding of the principles of management and strategic planning, and the ability to integrate the work of multiple organizational units/projects/programs to accomplish mission objectives.

Works under the broad program direction of the Executive Director (ASZ-001), with delegated authority to independently manage, direct and oversee the functions and activities of the office.

Establishes and maintains communication with senior level internal and external stakeholders and represents the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in a variety of matters involving technical and operational issues.

Managerial duties include communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities, coaching and developing staff; monitoring and evaluating performance of managers and employees; employee recognition and rewards, approving leave; and taking corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.

Communicates and reinforces diversity and EEO policies and programs in all areas of responsibility; and participates in the labor-management partnership process by fostering a work environment where are all employees are treated in a fair and equitable manner.

Applies a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of the work that is directed; a detailed knowledge of budget, human resource management, and other administrative policies and procedures to monitor, direct, and provide oversight of projects and programs.

Regularly reviews projects and programs to make sure they are aligned with long and short-term AST goals, objectives, and plans.

Establishes and refines division objectives to support those goals and plans.

Ensures that the broad technical staff has the required guidance to carry out policies, programs, and regulatory oversight functions.

Serves in a leadership position that influences a technical workforce by facilitating the integration of programs and policies; advocating the tactical use of concepts and technologies to advance the strategic goals of the organization.

Coordinates with multiple internal/ external customers, other lines of business, and industry on unique issues; and coordinates, monitors and tracks multiple activities and programs across the organization.

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.

Has broad discretion to ensure the alignment of all projects/programs with the tactical and strategic (short-term and long-term) objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/SO.


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)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Management may choose to interview all, some, or none of the referred candidates.


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-J or FG/GS-14) that 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.

  • Experience in program/project management and experience coordinating and resolving complex business, administrative or financial issues., AND
  • Experience providing oversight, direction, and evaluation of programs to ensure compliance with regulations, programs, procedures and safety standards governing commercial space transportation 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.

This Level 2 (Non-Critical-Sensitive; Secret) position requires favorable adjudication of a Access National Agency Check and Inquiries (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

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


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. If you are not fully vaccinated, your start date may be delayed until you are fully vaccinated or request and receive a legally required exception.

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 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 Leadership and Management Dimension and Technical Requirement.

In lieu of providing a narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension and/or Technical Requirement 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. 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.

Applicants may be asked to verify information they have provided on their application for employment with the FAA.

Please ensure that 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.

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the website: ?

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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