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Job Title:Research Director, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Aviation Administration

Job Announcement Number:EXE-ANG-13-2-29583

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$121,300.00 to $170,600.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlantic City, NJ


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The Next Generation of Flight is Underway - and you can be part of it! We need you and your fresh ideas to shape the air transportation system of tomorrow, and the way America flies. Come be a part of the new generation in aviation, an industry that is absolutely critical to this nation's economy and security.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a fundamental transformation of our nation's airspace system. It uses 21st century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky and on the runways, further improve safety, and protect the environment. For more information on NextGen, watch this brief introduction : NextGen Introduction

About the FAA         Employment Information

Amendment Date: 01/11/2013
Amendment Note: Amended to change the position title.

Business Component: NextGEN

Additional Salary Information: Salary will be set within the range based on qualifications, experience and equivalent peer salaries in the organization. Locality pay will be added to the base, not to exceed the current statutory pay cap of $179,700.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation benefits will be paid (actual expenses).


  • U.S. Citizen


The William J. Hughes Technical Center is the nation's premier aviation testing and research facility. The Technical Center is a complex scientific and engineering organization with a direct reporting relationship to the Assistant Administrator for NextGen that encompasses applied research, development, test and evaluation, operational, and support functions. The Technical Center is comprised of experimental and standard technical facilities, laboratories and environments for the use and benefit of agency research and development programs.

As Technical Director of the WJHTC, you will serve as the senior technical advisor to the Technical Center Director and assist him/her in providing technical direction and guidance to the senior leadership team at the Technical Center. You will also build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders that lead to commitments on the part of the agency and its customers/stakeholders toward activities that help shape the future of our nation's Air Transportation System.

Specifically, you will provide senior technical direction and guidance for all technical functions performed at the William J. Hughes Technical Center; promote the development of policies and procedures that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of overall research, development and testing at the Technical Center; provide guidance in the formulation, validation, execution and performance review of Technical Center research and development and NextGen programs; and ensure that controls and review processes are sufficient to facilitate the coordinated achievement of program goals and objectives.

In addition, you are responsible for the effectiveness and technical quality of all engineering programs and activities at the Technical Center; this includes oversight of the Technical Center's technical credentialing activities, including continuing engineering and other technical education, personal credentialing in Test & Evaluation, system engineering, program management, and the technical Pathways program. As the Technical Director, you will also provide expert technical advice and input to the Research, Engineering & Development Executive Board (REB), the Research, Engineering & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), and guides the formulation of the National Aviation Research Plan (NARP). These congressionally mandated activities provide integrated plans for the FAA's research and development programs that support both the day-to-day operations of the national air transportation system and the future vision of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.


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.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


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 below. 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.

Leadership Requirements:
1. Achieving Operational Results: Provide examples of ways you have exercised leadership to deliver significant results. Explain how you established goals, assessed outcomes, and improved products and services. Indicate how you identified and met customers' requirements and addressed the needs of stakeholders. Include examples of complex problems you solved or difficult obstacles that you overcame as a leader. Your description should include (1) the size and complexity of organizations you have led, (2) the scope of programs you have managed, and (3) the impact of your results on customers and other stakeholders.

2. Leading People: Describe the size of the organization and number and types of positions you have managed. Discuss ways that you have established and maintained positive work environments and prevented or eliminated discrimination or harassment. Describe ways that you have mentored and developed employees and built individual and team performance. Discuss how you have established and led teams to deliver products and services. Include in your description experience in leading others in a matrix environment across organizations.

3. Building Relationships: Describe (1) the types of individuals with whom you routinely collaborate; and (2) the purpose and outcomes of the communication. Discuss your experience in communicating and cooperating with others to achieve goals. Provide examples of how you have built relationships to achieve consensus and how you were able to obtain the cooperation of others with competing priorities and perspectives. Describe how you effectively communicate information within and outside of your organization.

4. Leading Strategic Change: Describe examples of strategic changes that you led for your organization; describe the entities that the change affected (agency, industry, organizational components). Discuss obstacles you encountered and how you overcame them to the benefit of the agency. Include in your description ways that you applied long-range vision, developed strategies, and applied innovative ideas and techniques.

Technical Requirements:

I. Knowledge and extensive experience working with Aviation and/or Aerospace.

2. Experience in technical direction of a large, complex scientific or engineering workforce.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


FAA Employees enjoy competitive salaries and standard Federal employment benefits: Health Insurance: Employees may enroll in one of several health plans offered to Federal employees. Life Insurance: Low-cost term group life insurance is available. Holidays and Leave: Executives and senior professionals/chief scientists are paid for 10 Federal holidays and earn 13 days of sick leave and 26 days of annual leave each year. Retirement: Employees new to Federal Service are enrolled in a three-tier system that includes Social Security, a basic pension plan, and the Thrift Savings Plan (the Federal government's version of 401k).


Travel may be required.
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.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Direct deposit of pay is required.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLACitizenshipFinancial Disclosure


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.



A resume
An attachment addressing the Leadership and Technical Requirements


Deloris Martin
Phone: (202) 267-3901
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
Executive Resources Staff (AHP-20)
800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC


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.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

Control Number: 334811600
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