Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Aug 24

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


The position is located in the Aviation Safety (AVS) International Office and serves as the Manager, AVS International Office (AVS-5), reporting to the Associate/Deputy Administrator for Aviation Safety (AVS-1/2), managing and leading international programs with the supervision of staff, focusing on international activities, the AVS international strategic plan, and the management and coordination of programs and initiatives to further the organization's mission.

Supervises the AVS International Programs Office staff by assigning staff work and setting work priorities; setting clear expectations and timelines for work completion: ensuring proper resource allocation: developing employee performance plans and conducting performance reviews; providing constructive guidance and feedback; resolving problems in a mutually constructive manner; holding employees accountable for achieving performance objectives and recognizing superior performance.

Serves as the Management Liaison Official between the office of the Associate Administrator for AVS and the international divisions in the Aircraft Certification Service, the Flight Standards Service, the UAS Integration Office, and the international focal points in all other AVS Service Offices (S/Os). Work usually includes a mixture of routine and complex projects/programs based on the objectives of the major subdivision/LOB/SO. Managerial duties typically affect employees and managers in more than one organizational unit/project/program, and include: planning; communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and developing employee capabilities; approving leave; and taking, recommending or approving corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.

Manages the development and implementation of AVS international strategic goals, initiatives and associated business plan items; develops and implements guidance on roles and responsibilities for specific international functions within AVS. Develops coordinated AVS positions on international issues in support of broader FAA international initiatives and activities. Assembles and guides the wider AVS International Programs matrix team in their work to develop AVS strategic goals and implement AVS international programs. Uses assigned budget, staff, and resources to accomplish the International Office program objective. Manages budget and requests additional resources as needed. Contributes to organizational budget planning process and justifies short-term budgetary needs.

Serves as the AVS management focal point with senior leadership in other FAA organizations to discuss and coordinate AVS international strategic initiatives. Chairs the AVS International Programs Coordination meetings, and serves as the AVS member of the International Steering Committee and the International Advisory Board. Provides senior-level guidance and advice to the Associate/Deputy Associate Administrators on key international activities and emerging or complex issues that require immediate and executive-level attention.

Interfaces with the AVS Management Team (AVSMT) to discuss and recommend international initiatives for AVSMT approval, and provides coordination of all strategic decision-making with AVS S/Os related to international activities.

Applies advanced knowledge of foreign affairs, aviation safety and international engagement to execute AVS-wide international engagement strategies and policies. Uses detailed understanding of organizational objectives and detailed knowledge of budgeting, human resources, administrative policies, and program management practices to manage daily operations of the International Office.


Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

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)
  • Please Attach Transcripts (See Required Documents)
  • A one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.


To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference - U.S. Office of Personnel Management the Individual Occupational Requirements for Foreign Affairs Series:

Basic Requirements:

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-J, FG/GS-14 in the Federal Service. 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 may include but not limited to: Experience developing and implementing aviation safety strategic goals and initiatives and associated business plan items. Experience developing and implementing guidance on the roles and responsibilities for specific International aviation functions and leading and developing fully coordinated aviation positions on international aviation safety issues.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their resume.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Managerial Dimensions listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

All, some or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

Employees must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. See Required Documents.


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