Air Traffic Control Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration - United States

Applies skill and experience with FAA air traffic operations and procedures to provide leadership on collaborative training development workgroups, and to meet milestones and deliverables in a timely fashion. This work crosses all operational ATO service units and directly affects the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS).

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The incumbent applies skill and experience separating and controlling air traffic and/or performing pre-flight, in flight, or airport advisory services and/or traffic management, and brings subject matter expertise as a requirements lead during initial design or maintenance redesign efforts for courses and material for the air traffic operational workforce.

Upon consultation with management, coordinates the release of bargaining unit, and other subject-matter experts to participate in collaborative training development projects. The incumbent may lead multiple project teams involved in developing top 5 training requirements, maintaining and revising legacy training for the air traffic operational workforce. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of and experience analyzing current and legacy air traffic control operational training courses to upgrade and redesign legacy and existing air traffic operations training courses and curricula to develop training applications that increase the use of technology.

Using skill and experience providing tactical and strategic support for facility programs such as training, quality assurance, or plans and programs, the incumbent oversees, evaluates, and anticipates training needs for the air traffic operational and traffic management workforce. Using skill and experience applying project/program management principles to formulate positions and establish and oversee financial, business, and planning activities to initiate training material and course task orders.

The incumbent uses experience compiling reports and recommending contract modifications or terminations to evaluate and monitor performance related to the development of en route and terminal course design guides. The incumbent ensures that instructors and training delivery personnel are aware of the new course content and is proficient in their application, thorough development of marketing, education, and training in support of new course content. Conducts studies to determine requirements for revision of existing courses and recommends the development of new training courses. Develops briefing packages on new regulatory changes that affect the air traffic operational workforce.

The incumbent's contacts are both internal and external to the ATO. Consults with representatives from academic institutions, the aviation industry, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). The incumbent's contacts are to develop and/or revise training workshops and briefing packages based on research and operational requirements and to design, develop, and integrate business approaches to maximize air traffic operations technical training. The incumbent often represents the AJI and FAA as a senior technical point of contact on specific training issues related to air traffic controller training and material. Periodically updates customers and stakeholders with regard to project status and maintains robust communications with training counterparts at the academy, lines of business, and affected bargaining units.

The incumbent works independently and has broad discretion to ensure alignment with the objectives and policies of the Team Manager. Develops innovative approaches to use resources and to meet organizational objectives. Develops plans, techniques, and policies that address current issues and anticipated problems. The Team Manager typically reviews work for success in achieving desired results.

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)
Some, all, or none of the referred candidates may be interviewed.
Positions are not covered by PL 92-267 for early retirement purposes, and are therefore, not eligible for "good time" credit.
Positions are also ineligible for true overtime.
Applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-13/FV-I) 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.

  • Experience in a military or civilian air traffic facility that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the level of work of the specialization for which application is made. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules, and regulations.
experience applying project/program management principles to formulate positions, establish and oversee financial, business, and planning activities to initiate training material and course task orders; or
experience separating and controlling air traffic or performing pre-flight, in-flight, or airport advisory services to serve as an authority/subject-matter expert on redesign efforts, courses, and material for the air traffic operational workforce; or
experience providing tactical and strategic support for facility programs such as training, quality assurance, or plans and programs to oversee, evaluate, and anticipate training needs for the air traffic operational and traffic management workforce.
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; priority 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.**

Education cannot be substituted for experience.

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Additional information
We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
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 the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include work history that describes how you meet the 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. 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:

3) In accordance with HRPM EMP 1.29/1.29A, this position MAY be a Career Enhancement Program/Career Progression assignment. The selectee(s) may be eligible for pay retention. Career Diversity is not enhanced when an employee is assigned to a staff or supervisory position which they previously held on a permanent basis. CEP/CP selectees will be required to certify eligibility. Pay retention is not a guarantee.

4) This Level 5 (Moderate Risk; Public Trust) position requires favorable adjudication of a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

5) Salary Ranges:
Washington, DC: $103,147 - $159,907 (includes 29.32% locality pay for the Washington, DC metropolitan area)
Oklahoma City, OK: $92,260 - $143,028 (includes 15.67% locality pay for the Oklahoma City, OK locality area)
6) If selectee's duty location is Oklahoma City, position will be included in the bargaining unit. If selectee's duty location is Washington, DC, position will be excluded from the bargaining unit.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required