Director, Air Traffic Safety Standards Oversight Division

Federal Aviation Administration   •  

Washington, DC

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 35 days ago

  by    Tamara Smith


The Director, Air Traffic Safety Standards Oversight Division is responsible for leading the execution of Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service's (AOV) safety oversight activities of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), as defined by the Executive Director and as specified in FAA Order 1100.161. The division is responsible for the continued operational safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) through monitoring of all air traffic services within the United States and international areas under the control of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), facilitating compliance and continued operational safety. The division's critical responsibilities include providing policy oversight of ATO safety standards for approximately 16,000 air traffic controllers. The division reviews and approves national level changes pertaining to separation standards, changes to the ATO's Safety Management System (SMS), Safety Risk Management mitigation strategies for applicable procedures and future systems, and provides safety oversight of aeronautical information products and services.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Directs the execution of safety oversight policies and procedures relating to the verification, auditing, and assessments and supports all air traffic safety policies and programs.
  • Provides safety oversight of aeronautical information products and services and ensures AOV's international obligations meet applicable International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 15. Ensures the development of national and international safety oversight policies and assists with the issuance of guidelines and standards relating to the air traffic services provider and air navigation for short and long term safety program planning.
  • Reviews and examines national-level changes of separation standards, mitigation controls for initial high-risk hazards, and the NAS equipment availability program.
  • Directs the AOV's monitoring, assessment and auditing programs to verify ATO's compliance with its safety standards, the ATO SMS, and the delivery of air navigation services.
  • Leads and provides direction to five branches. The division consists of over 50 employees in critical safety positions including air traffic controllers, airway transportation systems specialists, engineers, and operations research analysts, led by senior managers.
  • Represents AOV in dealings with other high-level officials, collaborating across the FAA, Congress, the military, other Federal agencies, commercial and general aviation organizations, and civic and private groups to ensure the safety of the NAS.


As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.


$120K - $180K