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Job Title:  Director, Western Hemisphere Office
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  EXE-APL-13-2-31028

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
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Panama City, Panama  View Map
U.S. Citizens


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).


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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.


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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.

The ability to read, write, and speak Spanish fluently is required.

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:
Applicants should address each of the following requirements separately, describing all relevant experiences for each requirement. Applicants are encouraged to highlight examples of their experience with specific projects, issues, and initiatives, particularly concerning their international and/or Western Hemisphere experience.

1. Experience which has contributed to a broad knowledge of US and foreign civil aviation, including the policies and practices of the FAA, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and private industry regarding aviation safety, air traffic management, airports operations and/or commercial space transportation.

2. Substantial experience with the processes for enacting legislation, issuing regulations, setting policy and reaching decisions regarding major aviation issues in the US. In addition, international experience with these processes, particularly in the Western Hemisphere or ICAO, is highly desirable.

3. Demonstrated capability to represent the FAA effectively in senior-level meetings with a wide range of organizations such as Congress, other US agencies, the aviation industry, foreign governments, international organizations, labor unions and the news media. This requirement encompasses direct interaction with high level officials of these organizations to resolve complex and controversial aviation issues.

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


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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.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship


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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


Sarah Radcliff
Phone: 202-267-8077
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.

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