Job Overview


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

Business Component: Office of the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment Office of International Affairs

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).


The Director, Western Hemisphere Office is responsible for promoting U.S. interests and advancing civil aviation safety, security and efficiency. The person selected for this position will play a lead role in the development of international aviation policy and will serve as the chief advocate for the U.S. aviation interests in the region. The Director works directly with top U.S. and foreign civil aviation officials and serves as the agency's chief spokesperson at major international aviation forums to articulate and promote FAA policy. He or she builds international alliances, negotiates technical assistance agreements with foreign governments and other U.S. government agencies, organizes and leads FAA delegations to international aviation conferences, and achieves strategic change in international aviation consistent with FAA's Global Collaboration goal as outlined in Destination 2025. This is a great career opportunity for a strong, visionary leader with proven management and interpersonal skills, a broad knowledge of U.S. and international aviation, and the ability to affect the outcome of major international issues.

The Director reports to the Executive Director for International Affairs and exercises executive direction over the FAA Senior Representatives and support staff assigned to the Western Hemisphere Office. This position requires substantial international travel, amounting to approximately twenty-five percent of the Director's time during a typical year.


This is an international assignment located in Panama City, Panama and is subject to rotation. The initial assignment will be a two year tour, with the expectation that the successful candidate will serve two tours. The total of the tours and any extensions may not exceed 60 months, except when specifically authorized by the Administrator. PCS funds for relocation are authorized. FAA employees below the executive level who are selected and complete an international assignment have return rights to a position equivalent in grade or pay plan to that held on a permanent basis immediately prior to the international assignment. FAA executives who are selected and complete an international assignment have return rights to an FAA executive position at the Band 2 level in the same organization (Office or Staff) to which they were assigned immediately prior to accepting the international assignment. Placement assistance in an FAA position will be provided upon conclusion of the international assignment. A top secret security clearance is required prior to appointment to this position. The ability to read, write, and speak Spanish fluently is required.