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Supervisory Aviation Accident Investigator

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Department Of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

$143,035.00 to $189,600.00

Washington, DC

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$143,035 to $189,600 per year

The salary above includes a locality payment of 28.22% for the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Appointment type


Work schedule

Full-Time - Full Time


1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)



This job is also open in another announcement to:

The public


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The Director coordinates the FAA's participation in all major or significant civil aircraft accidents and incidents that occur domestically, or in foreign countries; if U.S. interests are involved. He/she leads a small elite staff of experienced investigators and program analysts who interact directly with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during aviation accidents/incidents, while providing critical counsel to FAA employees involved in such investigations.

Business Component: Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, Accident Investigation Division, AVP-100

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This position is located in the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention (AVP) within the FAA’s Aviation Safety (AVS) line of business (LOB). The incumbent serves as the Director of the Accident Investigation Division (AVP-100), and directs and manages multi-discipline air safety investigators and a staff of highly skilled technical and professional personnel, and leverages the services of other AVS organizations and LOBs for support.

Applies detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of aircraft accident and incident notification, investigation, and reporting, and has a comprehensive understanding of the objectives for the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, and the FAA. Develops and recommends FAA policies and procedures governing aircraft accident and incident investigations.

Oversees the updating and revision of Order 8020.11, ensuring that current policies and procedures used in the conduct of accident and incident investigations are incorporated in the order.

Manages investigations and assigns the FAA Investigator-in-Charge to major/significant aviation accidents to provide analyses for the most complicated and complex accidents. Conducts special studies and investigations of the most complex nature, including basic research of aircraft accidents or incidents with the NTSB and affected organizations within the FAA and external organizations, such as the Air Traffic Organization Aircraft Certification, and airframe/engine manufacturers. Manages the participation of FAA investigators in technical work groups as a result of aviation accidents to analyze what contributed to the accidents and to determine safety enhancements.

Provides consultation and technical assistance to the Executive Director of AVP on matters involving leadership, program polices, technical issues, and the management of office operations. This includes building upon existing capabilities for managing and processing textual data, using Risk-Based Decision Making (RBDM), trend analyses, and forecasting methodologies and any other new sources of information relevant to system safety.

Responsible to the highest executives of the organization. Serves as FAA spokesperson and representative in formal NTSB public hearings. Represents the FAA as a recognized authority in all types of proceedings involving accident investigation procedures and policies. Coordinates revisions as needed to the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA and the NTSB, and otherwise serves as the principal FAA liaison to the NTSB on all Board related matters.

Responsible for development and administration of program plans, policies, and business practices in assigned program areas. Contacts are frequently with very high level and influential individuals throughout the agency. Handles inquiries from Congress and the public. Utilizes exceptional technical competence to make independent decisions concerning the release of information on aircraft accidents, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests concerning air safety matters, and to respond to general questions regarding aviation safety not pertaining to specific accidents and their causes.

Directs, coordinates, and provides assistance to the Flight Standards Division Managers regarding accident investigations and any other duties or assignments that may be required to establish and maintain nationwide safety investigation coverage of accidents and incidents.

Plans and directs work to be accomplished by subordinates; sets priorities based on complexity, technical requirements, and organizational priorities. Relates Equal Employment Opportunity concepts to overall supervisory/managerial responsibilities. Demonstrates ability to treat all employees in a fair and equitable manner with regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or physical handicap.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO - Federal Employees-Status Candidates

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for definition of EVHO.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series



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.

Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.

Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.

Must be able to obtain and retain a Government issued travel card.

The job may require no more than 20% travel.

Duties cannot be performed remotely.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-K band, FG/GS-15 grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as: Experience leading and conducting aircraft accidents and incidents. Experience applying technical knowledge to conduct risk based analyses on safety system enhancements or potential hazards for aircraft accidents/incidents.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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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.

Travel may be required.

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 companies.


1. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) 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 KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, Leadership and Management Dimension, and Technical Factor; in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA, Leadership and Management Dimension, and Technical Factor. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your 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.

2. Some, all or none of the referred candidates may be interviewed.

3. Applicants may be asked to verify information in their application for employment with the FAA.

4. 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.

5. This vacancy is also being advertised under announcement AWA-AVP-18-0045MP-55808, as U.S. Citizens. Please check both vacancies to determine if you are eligible to apply.

6. This position cannot be worked remotely.

7. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay


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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. SF-50 or DD-214 will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to 1-866-291-3009 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current FAA employee), you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system

. If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link:

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of Received 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 have a status of Received each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)

Duties (be specific in describing your duties)

Employer's name and address

Supervisor name and phone number

Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)

Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)


Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide

, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Maria A. Pugh







Federal Aviation Administration

HQ Human Resources Services Division, AHF-100

800 Independence Ave, SW

Washington, DC


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Next steps

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system.

AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position.

If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

(In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.)

Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it.

If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

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 Office of Civil Rights (ACR)

or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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