Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

The incumbent assists in planning, developing, evaluating and recommending policies and strategies for meeting international civil aviation environmental objectives and operational responsibilities under the direction of the Senior International Advisor in the Office of Environment and Energy (AEE).


Consults and coordinates with FAA Lines of Business and Staff Offices, including the Office of International Affairs; other U.S. government agencies, such as the Departments of State and Defense; domestic and international stakeholder groups; representatives of U.S. Embassies and foreign governments; the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) and other international organizations.

Coordinates and contributes to briefing, background and issue papers, talking points, special studies and speeches in preparation for and in support of meetings, travel, and decision-making by senior FAA officials and arranges the necessary logistical support for such events. Assists in developing responses to correspondence and inquires received from Congress, the public, foreign governments and their representatives on a wide variety of FAA international environmental program activities.

Participates in technical and policy discussions at meetings of multilateral international working groups addressing aviation environmental issues. May serve as point of contact for such international groups within the FAA and with other U.S. government agencies. Supports the Senior International Advisor, the AEE Executive Director and other AEE senior staff at international and domestic meetings.


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.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position, applicants must demonstrate in their application possession of one of the following (A) DEGREE - Successful completion of a major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law, international relations, political sciences, 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 in working in a legislative body and/or representing aviation interests before legislative and regulatory institutions; OR (C) COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE - Successful completion of 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.


To qualify for this position at the FV-I, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to next lower grade level (FG/GS-12) or pay band level( FV-H) in the Federal Government. Which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of that position.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

  • Experience working with international aviation programs and policies;
  • Experience coordinating sensitive and complex issues with internal and external stakeholders; AND
  • Experience working collaboratively across FAA Lines of Business/Staff Offices while engaging with international aviation stakeholders.

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 following fields: international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; 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; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; or (4) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions or, trends in a foreign country.

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 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.

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