Federal Aviation Administration Senior Foreign Affairs Specialist in United States

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Office of the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, Office of International Affairs (API-1), Asia-Pacific Office (APC-1)


The incumbent is the top agency focal point on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices and procedures in his/her area of responsibility. He/she must coordinate and manage aviation-related activities within their geographical portfolio with other U.S. Government agencies and industry and with foreign civil aviation authorities and international aviation organizations. The incumbent proactively implements 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, 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 adoption of U.S. practices through targeted technical assistance and cooperative arrangements;
  4. Collaborating with FAA LOBs to advance the international component of FAA programmatic initiatives as the international standard and to ensure interoperability; and
  5. Working with International Civil Aviation Organization 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 by:

  1. Building critical communications networks and relationships with foreign governments, air navigation service providers, and aviation industry representatives;
  2. Collecting, analyzing and distributing critical information and intelligence in his/her area of responsibility and using this information to assist FAA decision makers in effectively developing and implementing the FAA international strategic plan.
  3. Contributing 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.

The incumbent also supervises the hiring, workload and expectations of local foreign service employees in the FAA office. As a senior official posted overseas, the incumbent is expected to interact daily with the U.S. Embassy and to participate in a number of Embassy functions, including membership in various committees. Other duties may include attending Embassy meetings, participating in briefings for members of the American business community, or fulfilling additional activities as directed by the Embassy leadership.

Supervisory Status


Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation benefits will be paid (actual expenses).
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO - Merit Promotion; Status Candidates; CTAP and ICTAP Click here for definition of EVHO.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Pre-employment Physical is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This is an international assignment.
  • Extensive travel is required.
  • Employee must obtain a Medical Clearance from Department of State to post.
  • This position is covered by DOT's Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirement

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position 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; OR (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.


Applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-14/FV-J) in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

  • managing and coordinating aviation-related activities with U.S. Government agencies, foreign civil aviation authorities and international organizations; and/or
  • providing advice and guidance to high level officials on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices and procedures; and/or
  • working collaboratively with international aviation partners (i.e. , U.S. aviation industry representatives, embassy officials, foreign government officials) to promote safety and efficiency in global air transportation systems.

In addition, this experience must have included either: (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in (A) above; or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as: (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation; or (3) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of international aviation.

QUALIFYING WORK EXPERIENCE: 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. Applicants MUST address each knowledge, skill and ability (KSA) in their application/resume. Information provided in these responses will be heavily relied upon. Failure to do so may result in being disqualified.

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.

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.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • Selective Placement Factor: Skill in working in the international arena on behalf of or with the FAA or other U.S. Government organizations.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.


This position has a positive education requirement.

Applicants who are not currently in the 130 occupational series (Foreign Affairs Specialist) in the Federal Government, and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, you will be required to submit an official transcript. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

College Transcripts: Applicants MUST provide a copy(ies) of their unofficial or official transcripts(s). If selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges/universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence at the time of application. For additional information, visit: .http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

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

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.


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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) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm.

3) This Level 3 (Critical-Sensitive) position requires favorable adjudication of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

4) This is an international assignment with an initial tour of duty of 24 months and may be extended. This temporary assignment may be terminated at any time at the discretion of management. Please reference FAA Human Resource Policy Manual (HRPM) EMP 1.16 "Return Rights for International Assignments" for additional information at https://employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/programpolicies/policyguidance/hrpolicies/hrpm/empsup/emp-1-16/.

5) 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; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

6) Some, all or none of the referred candidates may be interviewed. As part of the interview process, candidates will be requested to participated in a 30-minute writing sample exercise in English.

7) This position is also being announced under vacancy announcement number AWA-APC-17-CH-53707 for All U.S. citizens. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474573300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $108,523 to $168,155 / The salary listed above includes the 18.06% locality payment for US Employees on International Assignments.

Pay scale & grade: FV K

Series: 0130 Foreign Affairs

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: AWA-API-17-0015CH-52059

Control number: 474573300