Federal Aviation Administration Foreign Affairs Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

Federal Aviation Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment (APL); Office of International Affairs (API); Europe, Africa, and Middle East Staff (AEU-10)


The incumbent serves as the FAA desk officer and a focal point on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices and procedures in his/her geographic area of responsibility. The incumbent works with subject matter experts and the assigned FAA senior representative to proactively implement the key focus areas of the FAA Global Leadership Initiative by: (1) developing initiatives that advance U.S. standards, policies, and procedures to achieve a more safe, efficient and sustainable global air transportation system and competitive marketplace; (2) formulating strategies to help achieve a common system of air traffic control and air navigation for both civil and military aircraft; (3) identifying and executing bilateral arrangements that codify U.S. and foreign commitments to harmonize standards, and/or adopt U.S. practices through targeted technical assistance and cooperative arrangements; (4) collaborating with FAA Lines of Businesses (LOBs) to advance the international component of FAA programmatic initiatives as the international standard and to ensure interoperability; and (5) working with ICAO regional bodies and entities, other designated regional bodies, as well as identified critical states and partners, to formulate FAA initiatives of appropriate scope and scale to U.S. interests that efficiently leverage the FAA presence and efficacy in the world.

As a core function, the incumbent supports the FAA's international mission through the following activities: (1) Develops and/or coordinates, as appropriate, briefing and background papers on technical, policy and political aspects of international aviation issues, in preparation for and in support of anticipated meetings, travel, or decision-making by senior FAA officials. Arranges the necessary logistical support for such events and ensures appropriate FAA representation. (2) Develops international agreements, coordinates program requirements, and arranges for the resources (personnel, equipment, funding) required to execute agreed upon FAA responsibilities associated with international technical assistance; (3) Collaborates and builds relationships with other LOBs and Staff Offices, FAA senior representatives; the Department of Transportation, other U.S. Government agencies, such as the Departments of State and Commerce; aerospace industry associations, representatives of U.S. Embassies and foreign governments, including civil aviation officials in those countries; and representatives of international and regional groups such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its regional organizations. Develops integrated strategies to achieve objectives within the assigned geographic portfolio. (4) Collects, analyzes, and distributes critical information and intelligence in his/her area of responsibility; (5) Contributes to the FAA's strategic planning by formulating FAA initiatives of appropriate scope and scale to U.S. interests that efficiently leverage the FAA presence and efficacy in the world.

As assigned, the incumbent serves as back-up to counterpart employees in the staff for the performance of the above duties for countries other than those for which he/she has primary responsibility.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.


To qualify for this position at the FV-I, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess (52 weeks) one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG/GS-10-12 of FV-H in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Examples of Specialized Experience:

  1. Coordinating with representatives from federal government agencies, civil aviation representatives, foreign government and embassy officials, or international aviation groups to develop aviation safety, air traffic control or air navigation agreements.

  2. Developing presentations, briefings, issue papers, reports, speeches and other correspondence on a variety of international program activities for management's review and delivery at major international meetings.

Qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must demonstrate in their application possession of one of the following: (A) Degree - major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods; (B) EXPERIENCE - four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs; OR (C) COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Office of Civil Rights (ACR)


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Other Information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Travel may be required. 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.


  1. 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 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.

  2. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); 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.

  3. INTERVIEW: The selecting official may choose to interview some, all or none of the referred candidates. (As part of the interview process , candidates will be requested to participate in a 30-minute writing sample exercise).

  4. This vacancy is also being announced under Vacancy Announcement #AWA-AEU-17-0003CB-49825 for current/former Federal employees and EVHO candidates. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

  5. This announcement will close upon the receipt of the first 100 applicants.


This vacancy has Quality Ranking Factors (QRF). A QRF is an additional special requirement that could be expected to significantly enhance the effectiveness of the person selected for the position but, unlike selective placement factors, are not essential for satisfactory performance. Applicants who possess Quality Ranking Factors are considered to be well-qualified candidates.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $77,394.00 to $119,947.00 / Salary listed above includes 24.78% locality rate for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Series & Grade: FV-0130-I/I

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453235600

Job Announcement Number: AWA-AEU-16-0003CB-49824