Transportation Security Administration
One of the Nation's 81 Largest Airports
Welcome to the DOT's Transportation Security Administration
Federal Security Director recruitment web site!
Federal Security Director/Deputy
ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE (6/5/02):
Security Administration (TSA) has completed its recruitment for
many of the 81 executive-level Federal Security Director and
Deputy Federal Security Director positions. This recruitment has
been focused on the FSD's, and in some cases Deputy FSD's, for
the nation's largest and busiest airports and has been open
since January 2002. The list at the end of the announcement
indicates those positions for which recruitment activity
continues as of 6/5/02. All positions are "open until filled."
Individuals interested in being considered for Federal Security
Director positions at other airports should review Vacancy
Announcement Number TSA-02-1000, posted on
. For a
complete list of TSA job opportunities, visit
. Follow the instructions on a given announcement to apply for a
position with TSA.
ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE (4/8/02): This announcement will be
used to fill executive-level Federal Security Director (FSD) and,
in some cases, Deputy Federal Security Director, positions at
the nation's busiest airports.
The Deputy FSD will assist the FSD in meeting the full range of
position responsibilities described below. The information in
this announcement, including qualification requirements,
selection criteria, and compensation is identical for covered
FSD and Deputy FSD positions. Individuals will automatically be
considered for both FSD and Deputy FSD positions in a given
location unless they indicate differently.
Reporting to the Under Secretary of Transportation for
Security or his designate, the Federal Security Director (FSD)
will provide day-to-day operational leadership for the Federal
security responsibilities at a large U.S. airport. The FSD will
be the ranking TSA authority responsible for the leadership and
coordination of TSA security activities within the airport.
These responsibilities and accompanying authority include the
tactical planning, execution and operating management for
coordinated security services, and other duties as prescribed by
the Under Secretary.
The Director will articulate and lead execution of a TSA
strategy and "best practices" program designed to meet Federal
security responsibilities at the airport.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
implementing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response
Plan, which will include coordination with airport and
airline management, other Federal, state and local
government and law enforcement organizations, and
appropriate private sector entities
for the efficient implementation, performance and
enhancement of security and screening standards for airport
employees and passengers
responsibility and oversight for passenger, baggage and air
cargo security screening, and for all TSA personnel
security risk assessments
technology implementation and maintenance within established
communications network protection and recovery as it impacts
on Federal security responsibilities
security awareness training
Federal law enforcement activity within the purview of TSA
of Federal, state, and local emergency services and law
all TSA resources associated with the airport, including
personnel, funds, equipment, and information.
achieve these objectives, the Director will establish, at his/her
airport of responsibility, the organizational structure and
management systems required for threat identification, risk
management, crisis management, employee accountability, and
security of the facility, including all aircraft. The Director
must effectively communicate risk, opportunity, and cost to the
airport operator and to the Under Secretary of Transportation
for Security in a fashion that easily leads to decisions.
The FSD will be the representative of the Under Secretary of
Transportation for Security. The individual must be recognized
and respected as committed to the secure operations of the
facility with an understanding of the needs of each of the many
airport constituents, including passengers, employees, airlines,
concession operators, and local government. The FSD should be
recognized as a valuable resource and "problem solver" embraced
by all affected groups.
The Director will be a well rounded and experienced security and
crisis management professional who will focus on building a
reliable and cost effective crisis prevention, response and
management program. The position is charged with protecting
airport employees and passengers, sustaining airport operations,
and insuring the continued success, protection and integrity of
the U.S. air transportation system.
Some, but not all of these responsibilities, will likely be
discharged by management of third-party agreements from
specialized service organizations, such as security service and
equipment providers, other Federal, state and local law
enforcement authorities, and specialized security professionals.
The position will have oversight planning responsibility for all
security risks to the facility.
Advanced degree and management training are desirable.
The candidate will have had extensive field and executive
experience in security and crisis prevention positions.
Experience in at least one of the following areas is required
enforcement, operational field intelligence, Federal
protective services, aviation security
experience in professional asset protection, risk detection
and classification, risk avoidance and event recovery
experience in management of highly-measured and complex
Mid-career experience in crisis planning, recovery management,
diversified asset protection management, and global safety and
security risk mapping is also desired. Specific experience may
include managed intelligence gathering and processing, executive
protection and asset loss prevention. Prior employment will
likely include government or military training and experience,
as well as experience in anti-terrorism, aviation security,
industrial security, or law enforcement.
The candidate must have demonstrated strategic leadership and
the ability to rapidly drive sustained security and response
capabilities while managing direct expenses. He/she will be a
high energy self-starter with meaningful ambition to achieve
personal growth and to demonstrate world-class security
leadership. The candidate should be currently on a "growth path"
within his or her own organization, and have already
successfully held a senior management position which included
specific accountability for personnel, operational results and
The FSD is the senior security professional accountable for the
Federal security responsibilities of the airport, staff,
passengers, and equipment. At times of crisis, the Director may
be required to exercise the authority of the Secretary of
Transportation, and effectively close and seal the airport,
pending resolution of the event or crisis. At times, this
decision may be required of the FSD without the benefit of
consultation with others, requiring the FSD to have clear and
decisive judgment, strength of convictions, and the experience
to make life-impacting decisions.
Adaptability and the ability to work effectively with a wide
range of people will be critical factors for the successful
candidate. In addition, he/she must demonstrate the ability to
establish and lead a highly motivated team and become
immediately productive and make valuable contributions by
bringing the organization's current plans and assets to
immediate parity with potential risks. In a crisis situation,
the FSD must be capable of working without relief through the
The successful candidate will be a strong leader who is a quick
study and understands how to manage a diverse group of field-operating
assets with a responsible eye on efficiency and cost
accountability. He/She will be a bright, creative, mature
executive with excellent communication skills, both oral and
written, and will be persuasive and able to influence with a
true sense of urgency. In addition, he/she will be a team player
with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to drive new
concepts and ideas. The candidate must be passionate about and
committed to aviation security.
Basic salary ranges between $104,800 and $150,000.
1. U.S. Citizenship is required.
2. The selected candidate must be able to pass a background
investigation leading to a top secret clearance. In addition,
some positions may require eligibility for sensitive
compartmented information. Your application or resume may be
used for the background investigation. The TSA handles
applications with the utmost regard for the confidentiality of
3. The person selected for this position will be required to
submit to a urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment
unless presently employed in a U.S. Department of Transportation
position that requires drug testing. Individuals with confirmed
positive test results shall be refused employment. In addition,
the person selected for this position will be subject to random
4. Individuals selected for TSA Executive Service positions are
required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days
of entry on duty. TSA policy limits certain outside employment
with and financial investments in aviation-related companies.
For more information about federal job qualifications and
benefits, please refer to the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management's web site at
www.opm.gov ("Senior Executive Service" in the Site
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
The TSA does not discriminate on the basis of political
affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other
characteristics not bearing on job performance. On an individual
case basis, TSA also makes reasonable accommodations for
applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodations in any
part of the application or hiring process, please send an email
Executive-Level Positions for Which TSA is Recruiting
As of June 5, 2002
Ft.-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).............Deputy
Miami International Airport
Honolulu International Airport (HNL)....................................Deputy
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)...........................Deputy
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL).......................Deputy
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)...............................Deputy
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (San Juan) (SJU).......Deputy
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport