Director, National Airspace System Security and Enterprise Operations

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Aviation Administration

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Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024


The Air Traffic Organization are the 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers, and support personnel whose daily efforts keep aircraft safe, separated, and on time. Technical Operations Services ensures a safe and efficient National Airspace System (NAS) through the effective management of air navigation services and infrastructure.

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  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    07/10/2024 to 08/08/2024

  • Salary

    $149,700 - $210,700 per year

    Base salary is set within the range based on qualifications, experience and peer salaries. Locality pay is added for a total salary of up to $221,900

  • Pay scale & grade

    EV 02

  • Help


    1 vacancy in the following location:

    • May be filled in various FAA duty locations 1 vacancy
  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

    50% or less - The job may require up to 50% travel.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    Yes— - Fully-Paid PCS - Permanent Change of Station - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation will be paid (actual expenses). Relocation expenses paid are subject to applicable taxes.

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service

    Senior Executive

  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0340 Program Management

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance

    Top Secret

  • Drug test


  • Announcement number


  • Control number





The Director National Airspace System Security and Enterprise Operations serves as the Cyber Security Executive accountable for ensuring that Air Traffic Organization (ATO) systems and services are protected from cyber security incidents. The Director ensures a safe and efficient NAS by effectively managing air navigation services and infrastructure, including the round-the-clock everyday operational management of the NAS.

The Director oversees and has authority over approximately 435 personnel, including 30 senior managers, and administers a budget of approximately $100M.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Oversees ATO-wide cybersecurity, including NAS Information Systems Security (ISS) strategic planning and implementation, independent ISS assessments, and security authorizations. Ensures the integrity and security of critical NAS systems and services through operational monitoring and cyber detection. Performs operational oversight, monitoring, and certification of satellite-based systems and services used in the NAS at the domestic and international levels.
  • Ensures that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) services and networks meet operational requirements for the NAS and the supporting administrative and mission-supporting telecommunication services.
  • Oversees comprehensive information security reviews, assessments, and audits. Directs the support, validation, monitoring, and identification of risks regarding ATO systems and services and compliance with FAA, Department of Transportation, and United States Government cyber security policies and standards.
  • Oversees local, regional, and enterprise-level tactical and strategic event management, incident response, and maintenance of real-time situational oversight of NAS systems, infrastructure, and services. Directs real-time monitoring, response, and support of major events, disasters, and emergency responses at the national level.
  • Provides the policies, management, visibility, and processes for the Technical Operations lifecycle management support for NAS systems through initial acquisition, solution implementation, receiving and installing equipment, maintenance, and final disposition.
  • Interacts, communicates, and collaborates with senior executives and managers with FAA senior executives and managers, key representatives of Congress, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, the aviation industry, Department of Transportation security officials, and key Executives from the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, as well as with heads of various other domestic and foreign public to develop strategies and solutions to assess and remediate security threats at enterprise levels.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.


As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume 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.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following have been determined to be selective factors for this position. This means possession of these criteria is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess these criteria are ineligible for further consideration.

  1. LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience in achieving operational results? If so, 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. LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading people? If yes, 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. LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience building relationships? If yes, 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. LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading strategic change? If yes, 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.
  5. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Experience leading, overseeing, and providing strategic direction for a large technical or operational company or organization responsible for the development of cybersecurity
    programs and policies to secure and protect critical infrastructure from cybersecurity threats.


An education requirement has not been established for this occupational series.

Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

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.

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. www.faa.gov/jobs/workinghere/financial-disclosure-requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

PCS entitlements will be paid if relocation is required by the agency.

Negotiable Duty Locations are limited to one of the following:

1. Atlantic City, NJ

2. Washington, DC

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


Required Documents

1. A resume that does not exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrates you possess the required leadership and technical requirements. 2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if you are claiming noncompetitive eligibility as a current/former FAA Executive or current/former member of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent system. 3. A Senior Executive Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) certificate if you are claiming noncompetitive status based on your completion of an SESCDP program. Note: Please do not submit additional materials (e.g. ECQ written narrative statements, DD Form 214, performance plans/evaluations, letters of recommendation), they will not be considered as part of the application package.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the leadership and technical requirements. Uploaded resumes must be attached to your application in USAJOBS and submitted in Word (or Word compatible) or PDF format. You are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective executive resumes, found here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf.

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.

SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.
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Agency contact information

Steve Yu
1 (202) 267-3050
1 (202) 267-5748
Federal Aviation Administration
Executive Resources Division
800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591
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Next steps

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 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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 the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. 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 Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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