Foreign Affairs Specialist Jobs in Washington, DC at Federal Aviation Administration

Title: Foreign Affairs Specialist

Company: Federal Aviation Administration

Location: Washington, DC


This position serves as a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, International Division, AUS-200. The incumbent supports the mission of the Office of UAS Integration focused on international activities and the global leadership strategic initiative. Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced technical specialist.

Applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge applicable to assigned discipline, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and develop improved technical processes or systems. Considers the objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/SO when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems. Assignments frequently require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines.

Supports the manager with the management, coordination and preparation of programs to further the office’s mission with a specific focus on the international aspects of UAS integration. This support includes, but is not limited to the following tasks: lead coordination of a subset of UAS international work in technical/policy areas, research and review U.S. and foreign aviation policies and programs, attend meetings, prepare briefing materials and support the wider FAA team to work with key stakeholders both within the FAA and with foreign counterparts, and facilitate FAA involvement in projects, as well as visits by foreign officials.

Coordinates within the FAA, other US government agencies and with foreign organizations to implement an agenda, determining FAA participation and input. Develops briefing materials for FAA specialist and senior officials engaged in training and technical activities; collects and analyzes information about policies, programs and state of aviation related to UAS.

Works on regional portfolios for any or all of the following regions: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Western Hemisphere, as well as with organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European Commission (EC), UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), or Latin America Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC).

Critically analyzes and integrates information in order to pro-actively, strategically and creatively problem-solve. Responsible for evaluating the impact of major elements of U.S. policies and interests on FAA’s activities and developing recommendations; gathering input from key stakeholders, and compiling results in a concise manner for consideration by staff and senior officials; monitoring international aviation activities to support the office’s mission; and preparing responses to inquiries from within FAA as well as private, public, and commercial organizations under the direction of the division manager.

Contacts are internal and external. Often represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact on projects, programs and other work activities. Communicates results to all levels internally (within the LOB/SO or across LOB’s/SO’s) and externally. Plays a lead role in drafting, reviewing, and editing reports or documents for final approval prior to external distribution. Presents briefings to obtain consensus/approval on policies. Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations.


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