Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description


As the Manager for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Global Initiatives Staff (API-20), the incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing strategic analyses and studies to achieve FAA's international mission and program objectives as it pertains to engagement with ICAO and the global aviation community.

Business Component:

FAA Washington Headquarters Region, Office of the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, Office of International Affairs, ICAO and Global Initiatives Staff, API-20

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As the Manager for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Global Initiatives Staff (API-20), the incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing strategic analyses and studies to achieve FAA’s international mission and program objectives as it pertains to engagement with ICAO and the global aviation community. The incumbent provides managerial leadership and program guidance for the staff in support of the FAA’s International Strategy and noted global and regional priorities. The incumbent directs and performs operational, economic, and policy analyses to achieve FAA international aviation objectives at ICAO Headquarters and monitors impacts within the ICAO regional offices. The incumbent is responsible for overall effectiveness of FAA engagement with ICAO, as well as FAA involvement and collaboration with U.S. and foreign stakeholders on global, cross-regional aviation initiatives. The incumbent ensures appropriate communication and collaboration of ICAO and global initiatives with internal API leadership and regional teams, FAA lines of business and staff offices, U.S. Government and industry representatives, and foreign civil aviation authorities as appropriate.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

FAA Employees - Agency Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0130 Foreign Affairs

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Conditions of Employment

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position applicants must demonstrate in their application possession of one of the following: (A) 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; OR (B) 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; OR (C)COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & 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.


Applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-14/FV-J) in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is 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.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

In addition, this experience must have included either: (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in (A) above; or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as: (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation; or (3) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of international aviation.

QUALIFYING WORK EXPERIENCE: Qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, 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. Applicants MUST address each knowledge, skill and ability (KSA) in their application/resume. Information provided in these responses will be heavily relied upon. Failure to do so may result in being disqualified.

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.

Demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

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 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, you will be required to submit an official transcript. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

College Transcripts: Applicants MUST provide a copy(ies) of their unofficial or official transcripts(s). If selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Experience in planning, developing, and implementing strategic analysis and plans concerning international aviation issues to achieve program objectives.

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