Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 04

Position description

The incumbent serves as the FAA desk officer and a focal point on U.S. civil aviation policies, practices, and procedures in his/her geographic area of responsibility.


Plans, develops, evaluates and recommends programs and policies for meeting agency strategic goals and operational responsibilities within assigned regional area of responsibility (AOR); works with subject matter experts and the assigned FAA Senior Representative to develop analysis to support proposed agency policies, positions and specific programs directed toward accomplishing FAA international objectives to achieve a safer, more efficient and sustainable global air transportation system, and to harmonize standards and regulations to the extent possible.

Serves as a subject matter expert on civil aviation within his/her area of responsibility; collects, analyzes, and distributes critical information and intelligence as appropriate; analyzes their impact on civil aviation interests and agency/U.S. Government (USG) priorities; develops and communicates recommended courses of action to API management and appropriate offices within the FAA and the USG.

Collaborates and builds relationships with FAA lines of business and staff offices, FAA senior representatives, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other USG agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Homeland Security, as well as with aviation industry associations.

Consults with representatives of foreign embassies and foreign governments, including civil aviation officials within AOR, and representatives of international and regional groups such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), the Central American Air Navigation Services Organization (COCESNA), the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS), etc.

Develops recommendations on potential FAA involvement in cooperative and technical assistance programs and projects in the region.

Seeks internal and external support and resources (including personnel, equipment, and funding) required to execute FAA cooperative and technical assistance programs with international partners.

Develops international agreements necessary for the implementation of agreed cooperative or technical assistance projects. Coordinates international agreements with other FAA offices, the Department of State, and the international party. Administers signed agreements in accordance with established procedures. Serves as point of contact for changes to international agreements within AOR.

Plans and coordinates visits by foreign officials to FAA offices and facilities. Ensures compliance with all necessary procedures, advises agency offices on strategic value of visitor requests, ensures all preparations for foreign visitors have been carried out, prepares briefing materials, and participates in meetings with foreign visitors as appropriate.

Plans, coordinates, and develops briefing, background and issue papers on technical, policy and political aspects of international aviation issues, in preparation for and in support of anticipated meetings, travel, or decision-making by senior FAA officials. Plans and coordinates special studies/speeches and arranges the necessary logistical support for such events.

Coordinates correspondence and inquiries from Congress, the public, and foreign governments and their representatives on a wide variety of FAA international program activities. As assigned, serves as back-up to colleagues within regional office to carry out above duties within other AORs. As assigned, assists colleagues in other AORs during periods of high workload.

Other duties as assigned.


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)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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; (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.


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 in coordinating with representatives from federal government agencies, civil aviation representatives, foreign government and embassy officials, or international aviation groups to develop policy-related documents.

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.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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