Foreign Affairs Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

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 performs a mixture of routine and varying assignments under the limited direction of the manager and the associated FAA Senior Representative based overseas.




The incumbent acts as the focal point for assigned activities with USG representatives, industry, and associations based throughout the United States and, on a limited basis, with government representatives and regional organizations associated with the assigned geographic area. The incumbent applies his/her experience, knowledge, and understanding of international aviation programs to accomplish assignments. Work is reviewed periodically during assignments and at completion to ensure timeliness and technical compliance with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

With guidance from the manager, the incumbent works with subject matter experts and the assigned FAA senior representative to contribute to the implementation of the key focus areas of FAA’s global leadership 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 Lines of Business 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.

With limited direction from the manager, 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 FAA Lines of Businesses (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. (4) Collects, analyzes, and distributes critical information and intelligence in his/her area of responsibility; (5) Assists in developing targets and initiatives for formulating FAA’s international strategy.

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.   


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.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.



Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-G or FG/GS-11) 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience: 

  • Experience assisting in planning, developing, evaluating or recommending policies for international related programs; OR
  • Experience developing presentations, briefings, issue papers, reports, speeches and other correspondence on a variety of international program activities for management's review and delivery at international meetings; OR
  • Experience 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.

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; (3) alphabetical, or (4) priority grouping 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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