Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Executive Director, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Thanks to the work of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), over the past 50 years, aviation has become central to the way we live and do business, linking people from coast to coast and connecting America to the world. In fact, FAA has created the safest, most reliable, most efficient, and most productive air transportation system in the world.

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The Deputy Executive Director for the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention participates fully with the Executive Director in carrying out the management and coordination of the accident investigation program, data analysis and safety management system programs, along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA safety recommendation programs. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director serves in the full capacity of the Executive Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

Represents the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and is the principal staff element of the FAA with respect to advising the Associate Administrator on accident investigation matters. Monitors, conducts and maintains liaison with all internal FAA elements and with external public, private and domestic or international safety elements concerning accident investigation matters.

Responsible for the oversight of accident/incident investigations and special safety problems or trends to identify safety issues and make recommendations to reduce the likelihood of recurrence of accidents or incidents to enhance aviation safety in air commerce.

Provides broad policy and program direction for the development of an Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program that transitions the FAA from a diagnostic to a prognostic approach to safety analysis through promotion of a broad multidimensional Government-Industry effort to develop state-of-the-art incident analysis methodologies, analytical tools and sharing capabilities.

Provides broad policy and program oversight for maintenance and enhancement of the ASIAS automation infrastructure and architecture, including establishment of the capability to identify trends in specific metrics as well as extending existing capabilities for managing textual data, air traffic radar data, data based on statistically sound surveys and other relevant performance data.

Aligns at a national level, the AVS research and engineering and development programs with and across other Government-Industry safety initiatives; e.g., Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, Department of Defense, MITRE, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Provides broad policy and program direction for the development and implementation of an AVS Safety Management System that defines and governs the AVS internal management and external regulatory missions, including the development of implementation strategies, plans and programs.

Provides the AVSMT, FAA and industry stakeholders advice and expertise required both to identify emerging systemic safety hazards and risks and develop action plans to mitigate those hazards and risks.

Provides direction in the development and administration of a budget of over $50M consisting of Operations funding in addition to Facilities and Equipment (F&E;) funding. Provides assistance and guidance regarding the formulation and development of the organization's budgetary policies and procedures, and presents justification to the Associate Administrator for the monetary needs of AVP programs and activities.

Provides leadership and technical direction to multiple divisions of complex aviation safety programs including, but not limited to, Accident Investigation, Safety Analytical Services, Safety Management and Research Planning, Management Services and Safety Recommendations. Supervisory structure of subordinate unites include level three managers (K/L band) who manage subordinate organizations. Organization consists of approximately 80 technical, professional and support employees.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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  • Requirements


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.

As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.


Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. Veterans preference does not apply to the FAA Executive System. 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.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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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

Top Secret

Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

A resume An attachment addressing the Leadership and Technical Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) if you are a Federal employee

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

A resume and narrative addressing the requirements listed in this announcement should be submitted online via the Apply Now button on this announcement. Uploaded resumes and narratives must be submitted in Word (or Word compatible) or PDF format. All documents must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration for the position.

THESE DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO YOUR APPLICATION IN USAJOBS You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.

In addition to submitting a resume, applicants should address each of the leadership and technical requirements individually, describing work accomplishments that relate to each requirement. Leadership requirements reflect the FAA Executive Success Profile, which describes the behaviors and characteristics required of all FAA executives. Refer to the Executive Success Profile for examples of competencies that are associated with each leadership dimension. It is important that you describe actual accomplishments, rather than discussing your philosophy of the leadership dimensions. You are encouraged to use the "Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR)" model to address the requirements.

If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) or an FAA Executive System (FAES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES or FAES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, you only need to submit a resume and narrative statement covering each of the Technical Requirements listed above. You do not need to submit a narrative on the Leadership Requirements. SES CDP graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.

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Agency contact information
Shara DeMarco

(202) 267-0891


(202) 267-5748




Federal Aviation Administration Executive Resources Division 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523 Washington, DC 20591 US

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Next steps

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/516388000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/08/2018 to 12/07/2018

Service: Senior Executive

Pay scale & grade: EV 02

Salary: $127,900 to $180,000 per year Salary will be set within the range based on qualifications, experience and equivalent peer salaries in the organization. Locality pay will be added.

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time