- Accepting applications
Open & closing dates12/23/2022 to 12/30/2022
Salary$85,374 - $110,990 per year
Pay scale & gradeGS 12
LocationFew vacancies in the following location:
Telework eligibleYes—as determined by the agency policy.
Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursedNo
Appointment typePermanent -
Work scheduleFull-time -
Job family (Series)2152 Air Traffic Control
Security clearanceSensitive Compartmented Information
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family of overseas employeesFamily members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is or was, working overseas.
Federal employees - Competitive serviceCurrent or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted serviceCurrent excepted service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base managementCertain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Clarification from the agencyEligible NAF employees are considered under Hiring Path - "Federal employees-Excepted service"
DutiesThe primary purpose of this position is: To serve as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airspace analyst and UAS subject matter expert for AFSOC Director of Air, Space, and Information Operations (AFSOC/A3), 23 AF (AFSOF) Commander, and Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command. In this capacity, effectively manages AFSOC's UAS airspace management program and executes responsibilities as Air Force lead command for Small UAS and USSOCOM lead command for Large UAS and airspace coordination issues. Tasks include: UAS policy & procedure development; battlespace and range integration; user training & education; command & control coordination; and contingency, exercise, and test planning.
- Applies Air Force military UAS airspace and frequency management experience, researches, analyzes, develops, evaluates issues, and develops recommendations to resolve substantive problems and issues associated with UAS employment and training during peacetime and wartime operations.
- Research, document, process and maintain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificates of Authorization (COA), or host nation equivalent, to support UAS training, testing, and contingency operations within the National Airspace System (NAS) or host nation equivalent.
- Develops UAS guidance, training materials, and concepts of employment and operations.
- Prepares and delivers oral presentations such as briefings, training sessions, consultations, and strategy sessions with other staff service functions and activities to secure cooperation, resolve controversial matters, and convey information relative to proposed changes in assignments.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
- Travel and Expenses WILL NOT be paid
- This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
- Disclosure of Political Appointments
- Air Operations Airspace Management experience (e.g., combat airspace manager) is critical to the successful completion of the work. Special Operations Forces combat airspace management experience highly desired.
- Qualified SUAS operator experience (Raven B pilot certification) highly desired for the successful completion of the work.
- Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret / SCI clearance.
- Air Force Special Operations experience highly desired for the successful completion of the work.
- May travel by military or commercial air to conferences, meetings, or other functions away from the duty site.
- May be required to work overtime.
- This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic short notice drug testing.
QualificationsIn order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Air Traffic Control Series, 2152.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-11, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes experience in a military or civilian air traffic facility that demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the level of work of the specialization for which application is made. This experience must have provided knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules, and regulations. Examples of specialized experience include issuing control instructions and advice to pilots in the vicinity of airports to assure proper separation of aircraft and to expedite their safe and efficient movement; ability to act decisively under stressful situations and to maintain alertness over sustained periods of pressure; skill to coordinate plans and actions with pilots and other controllers; and judgment to select and take the safest and most effective course of action from among several available choices.
FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-11 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Detailed, comprehensive knowledge of AFSOC unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. RQ-l I Raven B pilot certification desired. Comprehensive knowledge of FAA, OSD, Air Force, USSOCOM, and AFSOC UAS/airspace management regulations, instructions, and guidance. Comprehensive knowledge of Air Force and USSOCOM owned and leased UAS including capabilities and limitations. Knowledge of FAA COA process and procedures for obtaining a COA for UAS operations.
2. Detailed, comprehensive knowledge of AFSOC Special Tactics' Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures. SOF combat airspace operational experience and/or Combat Control Team experience highly desired. Knowledge of the application of Air Force and USSOCOM unmanned aircraft expertise as it applies to assigned programs; and assigned weapons systems. Comprehensive knowledge of Theater Air Ground System, Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) and functionality, and Special Operations Forces airspace management roles and responsibilities. Knowledge of Air Force, USSOCOM, and HQ AFSOC program goals and objectives; the sequence and timing of key operational events and milestones; methods of evaluating the effectiveness of planning actions related to actual events.
3. Comprehensive knowledge of Special Operations Command, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), FAA, USAF, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied services military organizations, UAS in use, and operational doctrine. Close coordination with these agencies is constantly required and knowledge is not limited to the air traffic control career field alone. Knowledge of the relationship of the various command entities involved in overall program planning and execution of military operations and evaluations.
4. Comprehensive knowledge of Theater Battle Management Core System's Airspace Management Deconfliction tools to include knowledge of Air Force Research Lab's Battlespace Management initiative called Joint Airspace Management and Deconfliction (JASMAD); Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Heterogeneous Urban RSTA (reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition) Team (HURT) software; and USSOCOM's Joint Manned Unmanned System Teaming (JMUST) initiatives.
5. Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to participate in the assessment and improvement of command level UAS plans and programs in areas such as national airspace system, air traffic control operations, airspace and frequency management, range management, and combat control.
6. Skill in designing and conducting comprehensive studies, and preparing solutions to resolve substantive problems and issues of effectiveness and efficiency of work operations in a major command program. Ability to plan, organize, and lead others in studies or projects and to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations, where proposals involve substantial resources, and require extensive changes in established concepts and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to negotiate complex issues; and to maintain good working relationships.