The Director coordinates the FAA's participation in all major or significant civil aircraft accidents and incidents that occur domestically, or in foreign countries; if U.S. interests are involved. He/she leads a small elite staff of experienced investigators and program analysts who interact directly with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during aviation accidents/incidents, while providing critical counsel to FAA employees involved in such investigations.
Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, Accident Investigation Division, AVP-100
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This position is located in the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention (AVP) within the FAA’s Aviation Safety (AVS) line of business (LOB). The incumbent serves as the Director of the Accident Investigation Division (AVP-100), and directs and manages multi-discipline air safety investigators and a staff of highly skilled technical and professional personnel, and leverages the services of other AVS organizations and LOBs for support.
Applies detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of aircraft accident and incident notification, investigation, and reporting, and has a comprehensive understanding of the objectives for the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, and the FAA. Develops and recommends FAA policies and procedures governing aircraft accident and incident investigations.
Oversees the updating and revision of Order 8020.11, ensuring that current policies and procedures used in the conduct of accident and incident investigations are incorporated in the order.
Manages investigations and assigns the FAA Investigator-in-Charge to major/significant aviation accidents to provide analyses for the most complicated and complex accidents. Conducts special studies and investigations of the most complex nature, including basic research of aircraft accidents or incidents with the NTSB and affected organizations within the FAA and external organizations, such as the Air Traffic Organization Aircraft Certification, and airframe/engine manufacturers. Manages the participation of FAA investigators in technical work groups as a result of aviation accidents to analyze what contributed to the accidents and to determine safety enhancements.
Provides consultation and technical assistance to the Executive Director of AVP on matters involving leadership, program polices, technical issues, and the management of office operations. This includes building upon existing capabilities for managing and processing textual data, using Risk-Based Decision Making (RBDM), trend analyses, and forecasting methodologies and any other new sources of information relevant to system safety.
Responsible to the highest executives of the organization. Serves as FAA spokesperson and representative in formal NTSB public hearings. Represents the FAA as a recognized authority in all types of proceedings involving accident investigation procedures and policies. Coordinates revisions as needed to the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA and the NTSB, and otherwise serves as the principal FAA liaison to the NTSB on all Board related matters.
Responsible for development and administration of program plans, policies, and business practices in assigned program areas. Contacts are frequently with very high level and influential individuals throughout the agency. Handles inquiries from Congress and the public. Utilizes exceptional technical competence to make independent decisions concerning the release of information on aircraft accidents, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests concerning air safety matters, and to respond to general questions regarding aviation safety not pertaining to specific accidents and their causes.
Directs, coordinates, and provides assistance to the Flight Standards Division Managers regarding accident investigations and any other duties or assignments that may be required to establish and maintain nationwide safety investigation coverage of accidents and incidents.
Plans and directs work to be accomplished by subordinates; sets priorities based on complexity, technical requirements, and organizational priorities. Relates Equal Employment Opportunity concepts to overall supervisory/managerial responsibilities. Demonstrates ability to treat all employees in a fair and equitable manner with regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or physical handicap.