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Job #: R-00039403
Location: College Park, GA
Category: Policy Analysis
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:


Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals.

Join the Leidos NISC III program as an Eastern Service Center Operations Support Group procedures specialist.  This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience helping the NISC III mission. We are seeking a Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist in College Park, GA, to work among some of the best and brightest UAS subject matter experts around the country in this rapidly expanding segment of the aviation community. You will work in a fast-paced and diverse environment, enjoy flexible work arrangements, and will work with a management team that encourages career development.

In this role, you will gain many intangible skills, such as time and task management, critical thinking and problem solving, the ability to communicate complicated problems in a concise manner to UAS operators as well as FAA and other stakeholders, and solve complex issues using specialized tools.

The NISC III contract provides technical support to various Air Traffic Control Towers, Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACON), Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) and FAA Air Traffic Organization Headquarters and Regional offices.

The selected candidate will support the Federal Aviation Administration, Eastern Service Area, Operations Support Group.  The candidate will serve as a subject matter expert in support of a variety of systems including, but not limited to: TARGETS (Terminal Area Route Generation and Traffic Simulation), RNAV PRO (Area Navigation Simulation Tool), PDARS (Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System), SDAT (Sector Design Analysis Tool). Additional systems include: OE/AAA (Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis), POET (Post-Operations Evaluation Tool), DACS (Digital Aeronautical Chart Supplement), Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs), Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs), and Area Navigation (RNAV).

Primary Responsibilities:

Operations Support:  Provide support, analysis, and assistance and expertise to the Operations Support Group (OSG) in the review and procedural approval process for requests by users of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to access the National Airspace System (NAS).  This requirement requires close liaison and coordination with applicable Service Center offices and field organizations.  This position also requires the ability to work individually as well as in a team environment. 

Specific requirements are:

  • Provide subject matter expert (SME) expertise and support to the ESC and proponents for applications for Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to access the NAS with UAS. Support includes feasibility analysis in coordination with Air Traffic (AT) facilities, writing and coordinating Special Provisions to define flight operations, and review and distribution of final approved COA’s.
  • Provide final review and distribution of Headquarters (HQ) UAS Air Traffic (AT) approved military UAS COA’s to proponent and field facilities.
  • Provide SME support for proponent and facility inquiries regarding the COA process, requirements, and operating areas for flying military UAS in the NAS.
  • Review and coordinate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Department of Defense (DOD) Military Operations Area (MOA) Class D UAS operations.
  • Review and coordinate FAA/DOD Class G notifications of UAS activities.
  • Provide coordination between UAS proponent and facilities for operational missions as needed for active COA’s.
  • Provide supporting documentation and records for all assigned ESA UAS activities.
  • Provide review, recommendations, research, and analysis of UAS activities, requirements, and processes as requested by the FAA customer.
  • Provide recommendations, research, and analysis of real time activities which effect ESA Air Traffic operations and the NAS.
  • Participate in National UAS staff meetings; UAS workshops; facilities, proponents and UAS manufacturers meetings in support of the FAA customer.
  • Provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) expertise and support on UAS policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.

Basic Qualifications:


  • National Airspace System and FAA Directives: Extensive knowledge of the NAS and FAA Directives.
  • Planning: Conduct efficient, organized data gathering and data analysis and must be able to develop reports, establish schedules, and conduct studies.
  • Communications: Must accomplish clear and concise general and technical writing, prepare and conduct effective technical presentations, provide thorough project monitoring and reporting, and tactfully coordinate with a variety of project stake holders, peers and management levels.
  • Computer Applications: Capable of applying MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management applications and know how to use the Internet as a data gathering and communicating tool.
  • Administrative:  Provides organized documentation, and has an awareness of general documentation systems.
  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain Public Trust security clearance.
  • Usually requires a BA degree and 8 - 12 years of prior relevant experience OR Masters with 6 - 10 years of prior relevant experience OR additional years of relevant experience will be considered/accepted in lieu of degree.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience at a level 9/10/11/12 Air Traffic Control facility will receive preference.
  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college, preferred.
  • FAA management and/or Staff experience.

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We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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