Federal Aviation Administration Writer/Editor in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Assistant Administrator for NextGen, ANG; NextGen Performance & Outreach Office, ANG-F; Outreach & Reporting Division, ANG-F3


The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a comprehensive initiative that integrates new and existing technologies, policies and procedures to reduce delays save fuel and lower aircraft exhaust emissions to deliver a better air travel experience. NextGen is supported by executive-level processes for ensuring commitment, accountability, and timely delivery of system improvements.

The NextGen Outreach & Reporting Division provides strategic messaging around progress and plans for internal and external stakeholders. The Division provides a number of outreach communications products and services, including:

  • Briefings, presentations and talking points for ANG and other FAA executives, including Regional Administrators;
  • News and magazine articles on NextGen performance and programs;
  • Website content;
  • Reports and correspondence to Congress and other oversight organizations; and
  • Graphics and photos.

If selected for this position, you will serve as a Writer/Editor, presenter, and researcher; and will see projects through from inception to delivery. Prepares a variety of outreach products (articles, videos, web products, reports, talking points, speeches, presentations, and exhibits). These products convey the FAA’s NextGen progress, planning, and collaboration efforts to internal and external stakeholders, including the aviation community, oversight entities (e.g., Government Accountability Office, Office of the Inspector General), Congress, and the general public.

You will provide publication support by generating ideas for future stories and features that would interest internal and external stakeholders, be published in magazines, conference dailies, professional journals and other forms of high-profile government communication and outreach projects.

Other duties include:

  • verifying information and interviewing sources;
  • writing articles, news, web copy, speeches, talking points, presentations and other external and internal communications materials;
  • proofreading and editing text;
  • attending relevant events, symposiums, fairs and conferences;
  • creating and maintaining a network of aviation publications contacts; and
  • meeting and liaising with other staff including art directors, designers, photographers, editors.

In addition, you will form partnerships with key stakeholders, including those with opposing points of view and different interests. For a given project, you will work with contacts from across the agency to develop the project’s strategy, research key data, write, edit or design materials, and see the project through to delivery. The end-product must be clear, concise, and targeted to its audience, and delivered on budget and deadline.

Supervisory Status


Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference – U.S. Office of Personnel Management the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions.


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-12 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 may include but not limited to: Experience conducting interviews, researching and writing in-depth articles for placement within a variety of media for aviation trade publications (magazines, journals, etc., print and online) and social media.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.

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

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.


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Other 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (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.

  1. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) 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.

  2. All, some, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

  3. Selection may be made from this announcement or announcement number, ACT-ANG-17-MAQF3-54114.

  4. You may also be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under the 30% or More Disabled Veteran Program, Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment, and Persons with Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities. To be considered for one of these special hiring authorities, you must identify your eligibility in your questionnaire in the Applicant-Preferred Conditions of Employment section. In addition, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of eligibility as indicated in the "Required Documents" section of the announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476786700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $80,015 to $124,010 / Salary includes a locality payment of 27.10%

Pay scale & grade: FV I

Series: 1082 Writing And Editing

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: ACT-ANG-17-MAQF3-54116

Control number: 476786700