Administrative Judge Job in Washington, DC

Vacancy No. AWA-AGC-24-31558AN-88837 Department Federal Aviation Administration
Salary $145,671.00 to $221,900.00 Grade K to K
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 6/17/2024 Close Date 7/16/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Washington, DC

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


The FAA seeks a candidate to serve as a “Dispute Resolution Officer and Administrative Judge” (AJ) in its Office of Adjudication, which includes the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). AJs preside over bid protests, contract disputes, and informal aviation enforcement cases. They advise the FAA Administrator or delegee in administrative enforcement appeals. AJs serve as neutrals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings.


The Office of Adjudication conducts administrative proceedings under 14 CFR Parts 13, 14, and 17. Matters before the office involve the enforcement of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) under Part 13 and acquisition matters under Part 17. Part 14, the FAA’s regulation implementing the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), applies to both areas of practice. (Potential applicants are encouraged to review the stated regulations and the office website ( for a complete understanding of its mission.)

AJs preside over administrative adjudications in bid protests, contract disputes, informal aviation enforcement hearings, and EAJA matters. They conduct hearings, administer oaths, receive evidence, rule on motions, and issue initial decisions. They develop the administrative record, and ensure due process is provided under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). AJs administer agency-level appeals under Part 13, subparts D and G, and provide advice to the FAA decisionmaker (typically the FAA Administrator) in these matters. They write decisions, orders, letters, memoranda, and other documents in an organized, clear, and persuasive manner capable of withstanding review in a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. AJs serve as ADR neutrals in matters within the Office of Adjudication’s jurisdiction.

Additionally, AJs write or update regulations, standing orders, guides, and other materials affecting the work of the Office of Adjudication. They often engage with the public and other government offices as an invited speaker to promote an understanding of the law and mission of the Office of Adjudication. AJs are expected to identify and learn emerging issues, principles, and practices relevant to the docket.

Administrative Judges also perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Applicants who are or have been employed by the Federal Government SHOULD submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), along with the remainder of the required application documents.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet all of the following criteria:

(1) Have a JD or equivalent degree from an accredited law school;

(2) Be admitted and authorized to practice law under the laws of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territorial court;

(3) Be an active or judicial member of that bar in good standing (or its equivalent); and

(4) Demonstrate at least seven (7) years of experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, or conducting formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the federal, state, or local level. Experience in the adjudicatory process and litigation (e.g., as counsel for a party) must be clearly evident in the application package.

Qualifying experience must include at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-14/FV-J) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.


  • Experience adjudicating or representing parties in judicial proceedings, formal administrative hearings, or ADR for such proceedings or hearings. (Note: Formal hearings are defined as proceedings conducted on the record under procedures at least as formal as those prescribed by the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. Sections 553 through 559.)

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or Selective Placement Factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) (if applicable) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, a screening committee will further evaluate all minimally qualified candidates and provide selection recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation for final decision. In determining the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, the screening committee will consider the breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; education and training; professional stature; awards and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities. Your resume is key in the entire evaluation and selection process. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a complete and thorough resume package that clearly demonstrates your experience that directly relates to this position.

DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Proof of bar membership and status must be dated within one year of the closing date of this announcement. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

Advice to Applicants:

Your resume and other supporting documents must fully demonstrate the qualifications as described above. Your full application package will be used to assess your qualifications and eligibility and during the review/interview process, you must demonstrate the following:

  • The experience, poise, temperament, judgment, collegiality, and professional stature required to perform successfully the important duties and responsibilities of a presiding Administrative Judge in proceedings that come before the Office of Adjudication.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to make fair and impartial decisions in a timely manner based on the record.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence at the time of application. For additional information, visit:

Applicants who are not currently in the 905 occupational series (Attorney) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 905 occupational series (Attorney), you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

Leave Enhancement: FAA organizations may offer enhanced annual leave accrual to newly appointed or reappointed employees. In order to receive consideration for such a benefit, applicants' prior non-Federal service or active duty uniformed service must directly relate to the duties of the position to which appointed. Granting enhanced annual leave is at the sole discretion of the hiring organization, and granting such benefit is not an entitlement nor guaranteed to any newly hired employee.


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 KSA section, 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.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information:

3) Some, all, or none of the referred applicants may be interviewed.

4) This Level 5 (Moderate Risk; Public Trust) position requires favorable adjudication of a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Required Documents

A complete application package MUST include all of the following:

1) Resume (Your resume must reflect your full work history, along with examples of subject matter experience directly related to this position, and include contact information for 3 professional references.) (Note: For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit

2) Proof of active bar membership to any State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territorial court. This must include your bar number(s) and clear evidence of active status.;

3) Writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages); and

4) Copy of unofficial/official transcript verifying JD degree.

Only the documents listed above will be accepted in combination with your online application. These documents MUST be uploaded before the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, missing or illegible documents. Please DO NOT email application documents. Documents received via email will NOT receive consideration.

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 905 series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 905 series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 905 series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

If you are requesting consideration for the Persons With Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWD/PWTD) special hiring authority, you must submit the following documentation:

Schedule A Letter (This may be a letter or other documentation on official stationary/letterhead with an official signature. It must clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under the PWD/PWTD hiring authority or a Schedule A appointment authority as outlined in 5 CFR Section 213.3102(u). This document need NOT identify the specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation.)

Veterans' Preference:
Federal Aviation Administration attorney positions are in the excepted service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Aviation Administration considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include this information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documents.

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)

  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)

  • Employer's name and address

  • Supervisor name and phone number

  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Amber Newkirk
1 (202) 267-6268
1 (202) 267-8330
Federal Aviation Administration
HQ Employment Services Branch
800 Independence Ave, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591
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Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

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 the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. 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.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.