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Hazardous Materials Aviation Safety Inspector

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Incumbent serves as an inspector in the Systems Oversight Division (AXH-300) under the leadership and direction of AXH-300 Division Manager. Incumbent provides comprehensive technical knowledge on the operations of and requirements for consumer and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Incumbent maintains currency with significant developments in emerging technologies that are driving innovation in air transportation to include: convergence of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, sensors, mapping, data and communications. Incumbent leads diverse highly technical teams working on safety oversight operational focused issues for FAA certified and non-certified entities under the minimal direction of the Division Manager. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: development, implementation and management of safety oversight processes in accordance with the FAA Oversight Philosophy and Compliance Philosophy related to the focus area of certificate management with UAS or non-certificate management. Participation in the establishment of policy and tools for the Safety Assurance System (SAS) and other program systems and policies; collaborative oversight projects with other lines of business, to include Flight Standards (AFS); serving on UAS advisory groups; pre-application and certification activities; reviewing and recommending approvals for operators' system designs; and conducting operator inspections. The incumbent evaluates interfacing entities that are part of the supply chain and perform functions such as distribution, manufacture, and offering of goods to engage with e-commerce and industry, developing relationships to foster best practices and identify areas for safety concern. Incumbent participates in internal evaluations and risk analysis, and continuous monitoring of assigned program activities. Incumbent ensures that safety oversight resources are focused on the areas of greatest risk to the aviation system and continually evaluates system level hazards and associated risks through oversight data collection. Incumbent leads teams in developing corrective actions associated with regulated entities in accordance with the FAA Compliance Philosophy. Incumbent develops oversight reports prepared for the review of program management and used for internal and external risk management and strategic planning. Incumbent reviews oversight activities and inspection data, prepares analysis reports, and identifies safety related issues and areas for process improvement. Incumbent maintains a working knowledge of FAA wide program orders applicable to AXH including, but not limited to FAA Orders 8000.369A (Safety Management Systems), 8040.4b (Safety Risk Management), FAA Order 8000.72 (Integrated Oversight Philosophy) and 8000.373 (Compliance Philosophy). Incumbent works collaboratively with FAA personnel, industry, trade associations, government agencies, and other external stakeholders to develop and analyze data and identify safety risk upon request. Incumbent may represent AXH-300 in various committees, work groups and industry forums as they relate to oversight, safety management systems, safety risk management, and continual improvement of safety oversight processes upon request. To support strategic initiatives, the incumbent applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of Safety Risk Management, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to perform critical tasks requiring the development of new concepts, systems, or innovative approaches. Incumbent identifies and recommends resolution processes to highly complex problems or issues, which often cross organizational boundaries and influence the accomplishment of FAA's strategic objectives. Incumbent predicts potential issues and proposes recommendations for preventive action related to SMS, SRM, the Oversight and Compliance Philosophy. Contacts are internal and external. Incumbent may represent the Agency as the primary technical authority for major projects and programs in the areas of Aviation Safety. He/she works with stakeholders in and across FAA, DOT, and industry to develop and/or integrate policies, procedures, and guidance for safe transport of hazardous materials via UAS.
Travel Required
25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
To qualify for this position at the FV-J, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13 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. Examples of specialized experience may include but is not limited to: Experience with consumer and/or commercial UAS operating requirements as they relate to 14 CFR Parts 107 and 135, or direct application of Part 298 regulations. Such experience includes but is not limited to: registration and/or operation of a UAS under remote pilot certification; safe operation of UAS in accordance with Part 107 requirements; certification activities related to Parts 135 and/or 137 when they involve potential UAS impacts; issuing a certificate of waiver authorizing a deviation from any regulation involving UAS and/or Part 298 exemptions. Experience evaluating emerging UAS technologies such as convergence of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, sensors, mapping data, and communication systems. Experience must demonstrate developing solutions or providing recommendations in this area that yield a positive result in risk mitigation or oversight plans with emerging threats where regulations may not exist or be directly applicable to the safety issues at hand. There is no substitution of education at this grade.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
For this position, education cannot be substituted for specialized work experience.
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 companies.

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 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 Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) 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. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA 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 factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
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.
Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.
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.
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
Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to (404)393-0636 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

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: .

Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO) are those veterans who are honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active service. Applicants claiming eligibility for 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 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 .
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. .
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
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, , for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

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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.

- 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.

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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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.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.
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