Foreign Affairs Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 14

Position description

The incumbent serves as the FAA desk officer and a focal point on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices, and procedures related to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and FAA’s international strategy.



Plans, develops, evaluates and recommends programs and policies for meeting agency strategic goals and operational responsibilities, primarily those associated with ICAO Headquarters and regional offices. Works with subject matter experts and the assigned FAA Senior Representative to develop analysis to support proposed agency policies, positions, and specific programs directed toward accomplishing FAA international objectives to achieve a safer, more efficient and sustainable global air transportation system, and to harmonize standards and regulations to the extent possible.

Coordinates, collects, analyzes, and distributes critical information for impacts on civil aviation interests and agency/U.S. Government (USG) priorities; develops and communicates recommended courses of action to API management and appropriate offices within the FAA and USG.

Collaborates and builds relationships with FAA lines of business and staff offices, FAA Senior Representatives, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other USG agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, as well as with aviation industry associations. 

Consults with representatives of ICAO Headquarters and regional offices and other civil aviation officials including those in foreign embassies or governments.

Develops recommendations on potential FAA involvement in cooperative and technical assistance programs and projects in the region.

Develops international agreements necessary for the implementation of agreed cooperative or technical assistance projects. Coordinates international agreements with other FAA offices, the Department of State, and ICAO. Administers signed agreements in accordance with established procedures. Serves as point of contact for changes to international agreements with ICAO.

Plans and coordinates visits by foreign officials to FAA offices and facilities. Ensures compliance with all necessary procedures, advises agency offices on strategic value of visitor requests, ensures all preparations for foreign visitors have been carried out, prepares briefing materials, and participates in meetings with foreign visitors as appropriate. 

Plans, coordinates, and develops briefing, background and issue 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. Plans and coordinates special studies/speeches and arranges the necessary logistical support for such events.

Coordinates correspondence and inquiries from Congress, the public, and foreign governments and their representatives on a wide variety of FAA international program activities. 

As assigned, serves as back-up to colleagues and assists colleagues within the staff during periods of high workload to carry out above duties.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • 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.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.



Applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-12/FV-H) 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 experience: 

  • Coordinating with representatives from other 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; and
  • 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 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.

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.*

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.

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.**


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Foreign Education: For additional information, visit:


Degree: Successful completion of a major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law, 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.


Combination of education and experience: Successful completion of 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.


Experience: Four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above associated with internal organizations, resolving issues, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

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, if not currently employed in the 130 occupational series, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

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