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Job Title: Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist (General Manager)

Company: Federal Aviation Administration
Location: Des Plaines, IL

  • Duties


The incumbent of this position will provide support to the Director

regarding day-to-day operations, providing expert advice, technical

support, and coordination for technical operations involving the National

Airspace System (NAS) and Nextgen efforts. The incumbent will also assist

the Director in achieving and maximizing operational Air Traffic goals.

Providing technical support, aid in strategic planning, facility planning

and integrated consensus building across ATO Service Units.


This position serves as a General Manager (GM) of the Chicago District in

the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Air Traffic Service (AJT), Central

Service Area. The GM oversees and directs a highly technical workforce in

a complex, multi-disciplined organization responsible for the safe,

efficient, and structured movement of aircraft within the National

Airspace System (NAS). The GM applies extensive technical expertise in

NAS systems, equipment and procedures to coordinate air traffic

operations, technical workforce found in specific districts consisting of

numerous air traffic facilities of varying size, type, and complexity.

Manages and directs the highly technical multi-layered workforce found in

numerous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities of

varying size and complexity in a specific area. He/she has line authority

for overseeing and directing air traffic operations within his/her

assigned area, and serves as first level supervisor for Assistant General

Managers and Air Traffic Managers. Makes selections for all Air Traffic

Manager position in his/her assigned area and exercises operational

authority over Federal Contract Towers located in their respective area.

Serves as the second level supervisor for the area office immediate staff

and facility Operations Manager. Responsible for planning and directing

multiple activities and programs in a complex matrix organization within

an assigned area. He/she provides a single point of contact between the

field facilities in his/her Area, the Deputy of System Operations,

Regional Offices, Service Area Offices, Vice President for Terminal

Services and the customer community. He/she provides a seamless source of

information through 24-hour availability regardless of the issue or

magnitude of concern and provides a consistent response to the aviation

community on significant operational issues that arise in his/her

assigned Area.

Travel Required

25% or less – The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
  • Requirements

Conditions of Employment

o US Citizenship is required.

o Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/


o Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)

o Designated or Random Drug Testing required.



Candidates must show Specialized Experience, which is defines as:

  • Must have held an FAA 2152 FV-J/FG-14 or above regional or headquarters

position for at least 1 year (52 weeks);

  • OR
  • Must have been facility rated or area certified for at least 1 year (52

weeks)at an ATS facility;

  • Note: an employee who has been facility rated or area certified for at

least 1 year (52 weeks) in an ATS facility that is upgraded is considered

t meet the qualification requirements of the upgraded position since he

or she has been performing the higher-graded work);


  • Must have held a MSS position for at least 1 year (52 weeks) in an ATS


  • In addition, to be eligible, applicant must have held an MSS3 or MSS-4 or

FAA 2152 FG-14 or above regional or headquarters positions for at least 1

year (52 weeks).

Qualification must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your

qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.

Position may be subject to a background investigation.

A one-year probationary period may be 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


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.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the

hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the

Managerial Selection Factors (MSF) narratives from the initial

application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an

applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a

narrative response in the text box listed below each MSF.

In lieu of providing a MSF narrative response in the text box listed

below each MSF, in your work history, please include information that

provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer

you chose for each MSF. Your work history examples should be specific and

clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your MSF answers will be

evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is

appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your

answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and

selective factors(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the

Leadership and Managerial Dimensions listed in the announcement.

Interviews: Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

Unless previously completed, the incumbent must satisfactorily complete a

one-year managerial probationary period to remain in this position.

Requirement for Security Clearance: This position is Level 2 (Secret)

which requires favorable adjudication prior to appointment, unless a

waiver is obtained.

In accordance with HRPM EMP 1.29/1.29a, this position may be a Career

Enhancement Assignment/Career Progression. The selectee(s) may be

eligible for pay retention. Career Diversity is not enhanced when an

employee is assigned to a staff or supervisory position in which they

previously held on a permanent basis. CEP/CP selectees will be required

to certify eligibility.

Incomplete Applications: Please ensure you answer all questions and

follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your

rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

This is not a bargaining unit position.


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


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


  • Required Documents

In addition to uploading a resume and all other required forms,

applicants must complete and submit the first page of FAA Form 3330-43,

Rating of Air Traffic Experience with their bid. This form must include

from and to dates of experience, position title, series and grade/level

of all positions held. The form must be submitted either by uploading a

copy as an attachment with the bid package through USAJOBS or faxing to

by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants will

be considered ineligible if the form is not received in HR by the closing

date of this announcement.

NOTE: Applicants are reminded that FAA Form 3330-43 is required and not

FAA Form 3330-43-1.

Emailed documentation will not be accepted. All documentation must either

be uploaded, mailed or faxed to and be received by the

closing date of the announcement.

Applicant who fail to submit required documentation will not be


If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50

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