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PD#: JD252634

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Region: EUROPE

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Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.



Reviewed Date: 05/23/2016

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.


Reviewed By: OLPP/WALL

Reviewed Date: 02/22/2007


Cyber Workforce:

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FLSA Worksheet: EXEMPT

FLSA Appeal: NO

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Functional Code: 00

Interdisciplinary: NO

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Influenza Vaccination: NO

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Career Ladder PD: NO

Target Grade/FPL: 12

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Works under the administrative direction of the Airfield Commander who assigns work in terms of broad objectives, priorities, and a general discussion of potential problems. Only discusses unusual or controversial issues with supervisor. Recommendations for solutions to problems are usually accepted as final. Performance is evaluated in terms of the overall effectiveness in meeting objectives of the programs and the incumbent’s compliance with pertinent policies/regulations of Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Army (DA), USAREUR, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Host Nations within the USAREUR area of operations (AOR).


1. (40%) Performs duties as U.S. Army Europe Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) Facility Chief/Shift Supervisor, and/or Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) Facility Chief/Shift Supervisor, or Army Radar Approach Control Facility Chief/Shift Supervisor responsible for providing direction, evaluation, coordination, and advice to the airfield commander, concerning all aviation related matters and issues at his airfields and associated airspace. As ATC Facility Chief, represents the Airfield Commander on all matters pertaining to planning, management, and operation of assigned air traffic controllers and maintainers, airspace, airfields, flight activities, and navigational aids. Duties require individual to have been a rated military air traffic controller or a civilian air traffic controller with equivalent experience and have an extensive knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and procedures governing aviation and the movement of air traffic. Ensures that U.S. Army Aviation operations conducted in USAREUR are in compliance with Department of the Army, FAA, ICAO, U.S. and Local/Host Nation Laws, and Regulations. Responsible for supervising and managing all air traffic control activities on the designated USAREUR airfield military installation and within the surrounding controlled airspace. Trains and directs a work force of military and civilian personnel. Directly supervises at least four local national and four US military employees. USAREUR ATC facilities handle approximately 125,000 visual flight rule operations and 3,000 instrument flight rule operations annually. Manages the supervision of the Electronics Technician and NAVAIDS section; responsible for the preventive maintenance, repair and certification of complex ATC equipment to include: FM, VHF and UHF single and multi-channel radios and antennas; ground controlled approach precision and non-precision radar systems; air navigational aids; multi-channel voice recorders; airport lighting systems; meteorological equipment; local and long distance phone circuits; and emergency communication and signal equipment. Participates in staff meetings, discussing coordination of work between units and possible impact on work related changes required for broader programs.

2. (35 %) - Coordinates with Maintenance Chief, FAA, and other agencies for scheduling flight checks and inspections of navigational aids and other ATC equipment when required for suspected mission impact. Consults with Maintenance Chief, post engineers, and other experts to ascertain operational status, accuracy and reliability of systems, and provides administrative guidance and coordination with other post agencies or staff personnel. Participates in investigation of accidents or incidents; assures proper reporting of all incidents or irregularities. Assures the maintenance of facility records, adequate supplies, satisfactory equipment operation, and adequate employee working conditions; assures facility compliance with both technical and administrative laws and regulations. Makes major recommendations and provides technical advice on matters that: (a) affect the basic content and character of terminal operations by determining the need for additional services generated by users within the terminal area, and making recommendations for the implementation or cessation of specific services depending upon determination of need; (b) have a direct and substantial effect on basic internal program planning evaluation activities by making timely recommendations for the provision of additional services which will be required in the future; (c) affect decisions on organizational improvements by determining and implementing an internal organizational structure necessary for the accomplishment of collateral duties by subordinates and by delegating authority necessary for their accomplishment; (d) have an impact on relationships with other groups by establishing and maintaining an effective liaison program with user groups, taking action to implement or revise services to resolve deficiencies noted by user, and coordinating action by support units which could affect services being provided; (e) affect the economy of operations by being directly responsible for reviewing the cost of facility operations and for revising operational methods as appropriate for cost reduction and originating budgetary action for the provision of adequate equipment and staffing, and providing justification to appropriate staff officials. Determines the need for and develops specialized procedures to meet local requirements or recommends changes in standard procedures. Identifies budget requirements and controls expenditures for ATC Maintenance Supply and parts repair, employee overtime, and travel. Appointed by the U.S. Army and the FAA as certifying examiner for all facilities. Administers both Air Traffic Control Specialist and Control Tower Operator examinations to ensure controllers are proficient and remain current in all aspects of Air Traffic Control. Maintains currency in all air traffic rules and regulations by constant surveillance of changes in FAA and Army regulations.

- Serves as coordinator on all matters affecting airspace management in the aviation facility. Provides technical information and authoritative interpretation of rules, regulations, and criteria pertaining to ATS facility operations. ATC standards based on DOD, DA, FAA, ICAO, and Local Host Nation guidance required a high level of technical expertise and ability to react to fast developing situations. Develops new or revised operating procedures designed to facilitate handling of increases in traffic. Recommends changes in layout/location of facilities to provide a more efficient work environment. Uses traffic analysis data and various operations reports to isolate problem areas. Reviews planning data concerning projected changes in workload or services which may require new or modified procedures/personnel staffing changes. Makes off-site analysis of the effectiveness of current practices and procedures. Makes recommendations to correct deficiencies, increase efficiency, and improve responsiveness. Provides input for contingency plans and requirements for ATS units in support of USAREUR missions and training exercises. Works with the Air Field Commander, Air Field safety Officer and the Air Traffic and Airspace (ATA) officer in the smooth operation of the facility and the use of the surrounding local airspace.

- Provides briefings to military and civilian personnel, including those of foreign governments and civilian contractors on FAA/International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules and regulations. Reviews and evaluates proposed flight procedures for technical accuracy and compliance with USAF, FAA, DOD and ICAO directives. Briefs civilian and military personnel on air traffic control procedures, noise abatement, and Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) procedures to include special departure procedures, radar departures, communications requirements, and airfield conditions and restrictions. Ensures controllers are briefed on Foreign Clearance Guide requirements for OCONUS flight operations. Determines appropriate action in implementing emergency, Quick Reaction Checklist (QRCs), and operations plans. Activates primary crash phone network for aircraft accidents, and in-flight and ground emergencies. Evaluates seriousness of incidents and notifies proper agencies. Initiates communications search for overdue and unreported military aircraft, and upon confirmation, implements search and rescue procedures. Conducts anti-hijacking procedures during passenger processing activities. Coordinates response activities with air traffic control and crash and rescue agencies and supports local authorities. Operates FAA flight planning communications equipment for input of flight plans, receiving arrival/departure messages, making queries concerning overdue aircraft and notifying the appropriate authorities. Monitors primary crash phone system, and activates and transmits emergency information on secondary crash circuits as required. Briefs personnel on alternate airfields facilities, status and limitations of navigational aids revision and/or changes to flight plans as appropriate. Supervises controllers in Obtaining and coordination of Pilot Report (PIREP) information to appropriate agencies related to mission profiles. Briefs Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) as required prior to opening of the facility. Provides flight following as required on all flight plans. Initiates special actions and /or precautions when VIPs, hazardous cargo, and air evacuation flights are involved. Maintains, issues, and destroys classified and COMSEC material for unit and transient aircraft., restricted areas, radio frequency changes, call letters, airfield obstructions, and other information necessary to accomplish the flight safely. Recommends. Ensures through the use of air-to-ground communications, controllers communicates with pilots in flight with information regarding flight plans; clearances; advisories on local, en-route, and destination airfield conditions; messages; and other data effecting safety of flight. Coordinates with Host Nation Aviation Facilities, Army Radar Approach Control (ARAC) and control Tower on all flight plan changes. Provides special flight following services based on weather elements, airfield conditions, and aircraft characteristics. Sends and receives notifications of inbound and outbound air traffic including emergencies with DOD and local authorities. Schedules and coordinates use of military special use airspace/facilities including air refueling areas, military operating areas, and landing and drop zones.

- Conducts training and evaluation briefings, especially in connection with permanent or temporary changes and special flying activities in own or adjacent airspace to achieve necessary adjustment of control and coordination procedures. Evaluates current and new Air Traffic Control procedures, develops, and recommends new systems or concepts, and promotes standardization of Air Traffic Control procedures, develops, and recommends new systems or concepts and promotes standardization of Air Traffic Control operations phraseologies, and training requirements. Provide information on procedure changes, and new publications. Maintains and reviews current files of Air Traffic Control publications, regulations, and maps for references and training purposes. Evaluates Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPs) and Area Navigation (RNAV) proposals. Coordinates flight inspections of instrument approach procedures and NAVAIDS. Performs duties as unit training coordinator, initiates nominations of personnel for attendance at training courses, and submits required reports associate with these functions. Reviews specifications of communications equipment submitted to higher HQs by designated procurement authorities of the Commander and comments of feasibility under consideration of unit aspects and needs. Jointly with Theater Air Traffic Control Standardization Officer and project officer determines desired technical operational characteristics of new equipment and its compatibility with existing equipment for suitability and improvement in accomplishment of unit's mission (Force Modernization). Prepares required documentation and justification when required to initiate procurement actions.

3. (25%) The facility chief plans and organizes work and work force with authority to make changes in jobs and work assignments as required. Through designated shift supervisors, directs and controls operations on a 16-hour-per-day, 5-days-per-week basis and with the ability to manage a flex weekend schedule. Receives reviews, establishes and coordinates duty schedules for Air Traffic Control shift work including on call duty in compliance with regulatory requirements. Issues written/oral instructions/procedures governing all work assignments within the branch. Is responsible for workload adjustments which involve more than day-to-day changes; for planning to meet changes, and for proposing needed revisions in staffing levels, or in work priorities and deadlines. Renders final decisions on work problems presented by subordinates. Establishes performance requirements and conducts official appraisals of employees. Has authority to review, accept, amend or reject work of subordinates. Maintains management-employee relations by keeping subordinates informed on all matters that affect them and of management goals and objectives. Initiates formal requests for filling vacancies, interviews applicants and makes final selection of personnel. Recommends promotions, prepares performance awards, position classification actions, and other personnel status actions. Maintains close contact with the appropriate Civilian Personnel Offices and Office of Defense Costs. Monitors time and attendance records, annual leave, administrative leave, sick leave and overtime accumulated. Resolves complaints/grievances which cannot be resolved at a lower level. Reviews and resolves all disciplinary cases, minor or serious. Establishes and conducts training program, obtaining quotes for employees requiring more formal training. Relates Equal Employment Opportunity concepts to overall supervisory/ managerial responsibilities. Provides input to the identification and resolution of EEO problems and cooperates with EEO officials on matters pertaining to problems and complaints of discrimination.

Performs other duties as assigned.



This position is a U.S. Army Europe Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) Facility Chief/Shift Supervisor, Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) Facility Chief/Shift Supervisor, or Army Radar Approach Control (ARAC) responsible for supervising and managing all air traffic control activities on the designated USAREUR airfield military installation and within the surrounding controlled airspace.

As ATC Facility Chief, plans and manages the operation of assigned air traffic controllers and maintainers, airspace, airfields, flight activities, and navigational aids. Duties require individual to have been a rated military air traffic controller or a civilian air traffic controller with equivalent experience and have an extensive knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and procedures governing aviation and the movement of air traffic. Work directed is technical, complex, and professional or comparable in nature and provides service to all units training in USAREUR comprising of US and foreign multinational countries.


The incumbent reports for direction and performance appraisal to the Airfield Commander, who is accountable to a position that is two or more levels below the first SES, flag or general officer, equivalent or higher level position in the direct supervisory chain.


Plans and schedules work considering the assignments and capabilities of employees. Adjusts staffing levels to meet operational needs. Ensures adequate internal control systems are developed and operative so that resources are efficiently and effectively managed. Advises and counsels employees on work and administrative matters. Interviews and makes selection of candidate for position within unit, recommends awards for subordinate employees and approves leaves, hears and resolves grievances and effects minor disciplinary actions such as warning and reprimands and recommends other actions in more serious cases. Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance.

Responsible for formulating and executing control decisions which are essentially un-reviewed. Technical review consists largely of supervisor assessment of the adequacy with which controller functions are performed to gauge over-all performance parameters.



Contacts are with other MACOM organizations, other service branches, Department of the Army, U.S. Government Agencies and Federal Aviation Administration), and host nation(s) ATSM/ATC/ASM officials. The purpose of the contacts cover many areas (e.g., budget/procurement/personnel meetings, utilization of host nation airspace/airports, ATC/navigation aid/instrument approach establishment with FAA and host nation(s), coordinate Army/host nation aircraft flight following procedures). Contacts vary according to the situation, but require the employee to ensure all parties know their role. Employee is expected to overcome resistance in obtaining required support by exercising sound judgment and negotiation skills.


Contacts are to request, collect and provide information, coordinate work efforts and equipment acquisition, solve problems and advise commanders and customers on ATC issues. Contacts are also to plan and coordinate the work of the ATC operations to provide accurate and timely service, resolve problems among subordinate personnel or controllers-in-charge, to assure compliance with policies and procedures of the ATC facility, to negotiate in the obtaining and committing of resources for the aviation mission with higher command and host nation, and to represent the organization in meetings and conferences that involve support of the aviation mission.


The highest level of work that characterizes the mission oriented work of the Air Traffic Control facility and that constitutes at least 25% of the workload is GS-11.


Incumbent supervises subordinate employees who are directly engaged in the control and separation of air traffic (tower and ground control) as their primary duties comparable in difficulty to the GS-11 level. While the subordinate positions contain a mixture of air traffic control support functions, training, training, and other staff work, the predominant duties involve the direct control and separation of air traffic. The nature of ATC allows controllers to act independently but with accountability. Work is interpretive, judgmental and creative. Supervisor must resolve conflicts and maintain compatibility of interpretation, judgment and policy because information and circumstances often vary substantially; difference in judgments and decisions have consequences or impact on the work of the other subordinates.


GRADE : GS-12 (POINT RANGE: 2755-3150)

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination = (EXEMPT)


1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).


2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)


3. Executive Exemption:


a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND


b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND


c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.


4. Professional Exemption:


a. Professional work (primary duty)


b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or


c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or


d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).


5. Administrative Exemption:


a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Non Exempt

FLSA Comments/Explanations:




1. An individual not appointed by the last day of the month in which the individual reaches his or her 36th birthday shall not be appointed or assigned to this position if this is the individual’s original entry into an identified ATC position. Individuals who are older than 36 years, can apply for a waiver if they have received ATC Specialist Certification according to FAA standards and have been qualified and facility certified in a DoD or FAA ATC facility.

2. Incumbent must meet and maintain medical standards addressed in AR 40- 501 and AR 40-8 pertaining air traffic control; FAA physical used as prerequisite employment cannot serve as employment qualification standard. Incumbent must meet medical standards addressed in AR 40-501, paragraph 4-33a and OPM Section 339.202, Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.

3. Position requires a Security Clearance at the SECRET level, as the individual will be required to access, process, use, and safeguard classified National Defense information. The employee can properly perform his/her job functions only if he/she meets the prerequisites for obtaining authorization to have access to "classified information?. It is an absolute prerequisite for the employment in this specific position that an access authorization be granted or be renewed, respectively.

4. Position requires incumbent to have current or previous military fixed and tactical controller qualifications.

5. Position requires incumbent to possess a previous Control Tower Operator and Air Traffic Control Specialist ratings. Position requires obtaining CTO and ATSC Examiner certification.

6. Position may require more than 20% travel time to conduct duties described above.

7. This position is Key Essential. Civilians in key positions must be exempted from recall to active duty because of Reserve or retired military obligation.

8. Special Salary Rate (SSR) table 565F applies to this position if employee performs radar approach control duties. Otherwise, SSR table 566F applies to this position.

9. Employees who meet the statutory requirements shall be paid the 5 percent premium pay as authorized by 5 USC 5546a(a)(1).

- Must obtain and maintain a no-fee passport and associated visa while assigned to a Federal civilian position in an area requiring a passport and associated visa, if authorized.

- As a condition of employment, the incumbent must sign an overseas rotation agreement to return from the foreign area in 5 years upon appointment or placement, unless otherwise extended or exempt.


CLC: 0000


a. OPM PCS for Air Traffic Control Series, GS-2152, JUN 78.
b. OPM General Schedule Supervisory Guide, HRCD-5, June 1998

2. BACKGROUND: This is a revision of PD# 252634 to meet established OPM regulatory requirements for job descriptions in order to determine the eligibility of subject position under the Special Retirement Coverage (SRC).


Position under review performs duties as U.S. Army Europe Air Traffic Control Facility Chief and/or GCA Facility Chief responsible for providing direction, evaluation, coordination, and advice to the airfield commander, concerning all aviation related matters and issues at his airfields and associated airspace. Within this context, incumbent supervises the performance and duties of subordinate Air Traffic Control Specialists who are directly engaged in the control and separation of air traffic (tower and ground control) as their primary duties. Supervisory positions with these duties are included in series GS-2152 job series and are titled Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist.


Position's work involves supervisory duties that are evaluated through use of reference 1b.

Application of reference l.b. results in the assignment of GS-12, as follows:

Factor 1. Scope and Effect, Level 1-2, 350 Points
Factor 2. Organizational Setting, Level 2-1, 100 Points
Factor 3. Supervisory and Managerial Authority Exercised, Level 3-2, 450 Points
Factor 4. Personal Contacts:
Subfactor 4A. Nature of Contacts, Level 4A-3, 75 Points
Subfactor 4B. Purpose of Contacts, Level 4B-2, 75 Points
Factor 5. Difficulty of Typical Work Directed, Level 5-6, 800 Points
Factor 6. Other Conditions, Level 6-4, 1120 Points

Total Points: 2970
Point Range (2755-3150) = GS-12

5. FINAL DETERMINATION: Based on the above, the appropriate classification for this position is Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist, GS-2152-12.

Dirk W. Richter, Human Resources Specialist, HQ USAREUR, ODCS, G1, Civilian Personnel Directorate, 17 September 2014