Foreign Affairs Specialist

US Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 03

Position description

Due to the Pandemic and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis.


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The position serves as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the International Affairs Branch (AIR-042) within the International Office of Aircraft Certification Service (AIR).

The incumbent performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager or more experienced technical specialist. Acts as principal technical specialist or as a project manager or team leader for large work activities. Accomplishes mission objectives by integrating the work of multiple organizational units, projects, and programs. Promotes agency objectives in a culturally diverse environment based on experience and knowledge of socio-political trends and pressures that influence aviation development.

Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge to accomplish assignments, to develop plans and techniques, to improve program and policies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes or systems. The incumbent is responsible for the evaluation, development, management and coordination of bilateral aviation safety agreements with foreign governments. Provides leadership, direction and management in the implementation, execution, and review of matters pertaining to bilateral aviation safety agreements. Develops and implements a plan for revision and updating of existing bilateral airworthiness agreements. Develops, researches, and drafts factual and analytical materials relating to highly complex international programs. Develops policy and guidance documents that convey government requirements and/or guidance to internal and external stakeholders. Assists in development of performance metrics and analyzes the effectiveness of existing aviation safety policies.

Contacts are internal and external. The incumbent designs and manages bilateral system assessment or technical evaluation programs in collaboration with other Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) offices. Routinely confers with and advises high-level officials of foreign governments and aviation industry regarding FAA certification procedures and policies to facilitate and influence the reciprocal acceptance of aeronautical products.

Represents the agency, Department, or the U.S. Government at international meetings and conferences. Represent the office and/or agency in negotiating new agreements and advancing or defending sensitive agency issues or positions among the Departments of Transportation, State, and other U.S. Government agencies, as appropriate.

Establishes and maintains effective communications with industry and FAA stakeholders, relevant U.S. government agencies, and foreign civil aviation authorities in an effort to further the understanding and coordination of the Service's international objectives. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with management to solve problems. Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. The work activities typically impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions, the LOB/SOs and may have an impact on the objectives of the FAA.


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.
  • One position will be filled in either of the six duty locations.



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.


Combination of education and 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.


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.

In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must demonstrate in their application they possess one year (52 weeks) of specialized equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is described as experience developing policy and guidance documents that convey aviation requirements or guidance to internal and external stakeholders. 

This vacancy also has a Quality Ranking Factor (QRF); applicants who possess this factor will be placed in a Well Qualified category. The QRF may be found in the Other Factors section of this announcement.

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.

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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.

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