Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist

Federal Aviation Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 19

Position description

The incumbent will serve as the Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist for the International Division, AUS-200.

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The incumbent will serves as the Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist in the International Division, AUS-200, and provides leadership and core support for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office to meet its international responsibility. The incumbent will lead the strategic direction, project management, and coordination of UAS international activities performed across the agency and with external partners to achieve U.S. and the Federal Administration Aviation's (FAA) strategic goals and objectives in the international arena. The incumbent exercises authority for the full range of managerial responsibilities over the division.

The incumbent has authority, responsibility, and accountability for the leadership of shaping international standards and recommended practices across all aspects of UAS integration and international engagement. The incumbent must keep current on the full range of U.S. programs, plans, and policies for UAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS) as well as keep abreast of the latest UAS international trends and developments. May represent the US/FAA in international standard-setting forums such as at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Provides overall leadership and direction to the UAS International Division, as well as subject matter experts and liaisons within and outside the agency, assembled as needed to address the full range of international technical and policy areas of interest. Manages the process for developing and coordinating unified positions and strategies internationally for UAS, partnering with all appropriate offices of responsibility (OPR) and ensuring their subject matter expertise input.

In partnership with other FAA international offices, leads the process for developing and executing a UAS international engagement strategy. Ensures effective communications with industry and FAA stakeholders, relevant U.S. government agencies, and foreign civil aviation authorities in support of UAS international objectives.

Monitors UAS international program to ensure that activities effectively support strategic goals and priorities; identifies in advance potential obstacles and/or major developments within the international community or aviation industry that could impact the implementation of the UAS international strategy. Seeks solutions to obstacles and uses knowledge of international developments to inform UAS strategic direction and agency decision-making.

Works closely with AUS senior leadership, the office's other technical and administrative divisions and branches, and across the agency's technical and international offices. Provides advice to senior management on international strategy and policy options. The incumbent reports directly to the AUS Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director and as delegated, has authority to make on customer requirements. Oversees the overall planning, direction, and execution of a program, or several program segments, including the development of assignment of goals and objectives. Ensures the division provides the necessary technical and non-technical requirements for the work to be accomplished.

Monitors and evaluates performance. Executes personnel actions and/or corrective/disciplinary actions. Works to prepare employees for future opportunities across the division, with focus on continuity of operations and long term organizational success. Coaches, mentors and develops employees to perform current work and support career progression for the future. Ensures employees have technical skills to accomplish their assigned tasks. Applies EEO concepts to managerial responsibilities and demonstrates ability to treat all employees in a fair equitable manner.

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.
  • Please Attach Transcripts (See Required Documents)
  • A one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.


To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference - U.S. Office of Personnel Management the Individual Occupational Requirements for Foreign Affairs Series:

Basic Requirements:

  1. 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.


  2. Combination of education and 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.


  3. 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.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-J, FG/GS-14 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience may include but not limited to: Experience in an international standard setting forum and meeting strategic goals and objectives. Experience leading highly matrixed teams and achieving results.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their resume.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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