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Instructional Systems Specialist

Company name
Department Of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

Washington, DC
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As an Instructional Systems Specialist, you will apply your knowledge of instructional system design principles, practices, techniques and tools to provide leadership and oversight of the instructional design standards and structure across the technical training curriculum for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO).

Business Component:

This position is located in the Air Traffic Organization, Safety & Technical Training, Technical Training Directorate, Development & Curriculum Group, Development Team (AJI-2120).This Group oversees instructional design standards and structure, supports the development of requirements for the delivery and modernization of technical training associated with the training and development of Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers and airway transportation system specialists.


Leads/conducts technical training courses for a highly complex technical workforce. Develops instructional methods, techniques and competencies for the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and Airway Transportation System Specialists (ATSS) workforce. Designs, develops and maintains technical training material to improve instructional effectiveness.

Applies new Instructional System Design Methods and technologies such as experiential learning (gaming/simulation); blended learning (e.g. Blackboard) to develop and/or maintain training material and curricula and to analyze and study technical training programs.

Conducts studies, evaluates and recommends programs improvements that impacts a wide range of training activities to develop innovative and effective methods to improve training programs and to ensure consistent high quality technical training to the FAA technical workforce.

Demonstrates experience and uses ability to develop technical training material and curriculum to prepare reports and recommendations on the use of new and/or improved teaching techniques. Analyzes and validates instructional content as required.

Researches and analyzes new technologies to evaluate their impact on Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) short and long term training development. Incorporates existing and new emerging learning technologies to delivery training strategies. Ensures all training programs leverage appropriate adult learning principles. Manages the overall training project list for training being developed by both contract and internal resources.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to...

FAA Employees - FAA Wide, Agency Employees

Job family (Series)

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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)

Positive education position.


ALL applicants must possess a degree, that included, or was supplemented by, at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:

Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology:

Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.

Instructional design practices:

Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.

Educational evaluation:

Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.

Instructional product development:

Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.

Computers in education and training:

Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

In addition to the above Individual Occupational Requirement (Educational Requirement), ALL applicants must also meet the following requirements:

To qualify for this position at the FV-J level (GS/FG-14), all applicants must demonstrate possession of all of the following three requirements:

Possession of the educational requirements as listed in the Education Section of this vacancy.

Demonstrate one full year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower grade level (FG/GS-13) or pay band (FV-I) level in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in, or directly related to, the work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History

Examples of specialized experience for this position are:

(1) Experience analyzing technical occupations or performing job task analysis to develop instructional methods, techniques and competencies for the ATC and ATSS workforce; AND,

(2) Experience analyzing and/or validating instructional content for technical occupations tools to consult on technical training programs at Air Traffic Control facilities; OR,

(3) Experience using new Instructional System Design Methods and technologies such as experiential learning (gaming/simulation); blended learning (e.g. Blackboard) to develop and/or maintain training material and curricula; OR,

(4) Experience using learning content management system software to revise existing instructional courses and develop new training courses. **Applicants who do not demonstrate one full year of specialized experience will not receive further consideration for this position. **

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or QRFs may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 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.

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

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Skill applying new Instructional System Design Methods and Technologies.


Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.


Foreign Education:

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information,

Transcripts: Applicants that are NOT currently working for the Federal Aviation Administration in the 1750 (Instructional Systems Series) must provide copies of their unofficial/official transcripts(s) on or before the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to employment. Official transcripts must be original, with a raised seal, and from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

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.

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 external announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this external 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, in your work history, please include work history that describes how you meet the 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. Your answers may be adjusted by an HR Specialist, as appropriate.

This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) prior to appointment.

Salary including locality pay will be based on the location for either Washington, DC ($100,858 - $156,358) or Oklahoma City, OK ($90,750 - $140,688).

Depending on duty location, bargaining unit will be 8888 - ineligible for Washington, DC or 1367 - PAACE for Oklahoma City, OK.

The selection official may choose to interview some, all or none of the referred candidates.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:

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

This position has a positive education requirement, you must upload a copy of your college or university transcripts to your on-line application or fax to 1-866-291-3009 on or before THE CLOSING DATE of this vacancy announcement. Applicants must reference the vacancy announcement number on their faxed documents. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to employment. Failure to do so will result in no further consideration for this vacancy.

If you were Federally employed in the 1750 series, you do not have to submit a college transcript. However, this must be verified with the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Otherwise, you must provide a college transcript to show you meet the educational requirements for this position.

All supporting documentation must be provided if you are claiming veterans preference. Failure to do so will result in no further consideration for this vacancy. See the notes below.

Supporting documentation must be uploaded to your online application or faxed to 202-267-7032 or 1-866-291-3009 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Reference the vacancy announcement number on the cover letter of your faxed documents.

For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit

Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete or missing faxed documents.

Please DO NOT email your application documents. We cannot accept documents received via the email system. Documents sent via email will NOT receive consideration.

If you are an 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 an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system .

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.

Agency contact information

Tiwanda Yarborough



(202) 267-4758



Federal Aviation Administration

HQ HR Services Division (AHF-100)

800 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC


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.

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.

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.

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