What Are the FAA Dimensions?

Many Senior Executive positions in the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) require applicants to address four “Dimensions” or “Leadership Requirements” instead of five Executive Core Qualifications.

Although they don’t share the same 28 core competencies as the ECQs, and although they have slightly different titles, the Dimensions are quite similar to four of the ECQs.

The following explanations from an FAA SES vacancy announcement will broaden your understanding of the FAA Dimensions.

ACHIEVING OPERATIONAL RESULTS: Successful executives apply a variety of techniques to deliver results. They establish clear, measurable objectives for the organizations and the people they manage. They adjust organizational operations to capitalize on lessons learned from both successes and failures. They make tough decisions to solve complex problems. They appropriately allocate resources to correspond to organizational priorities. They understand their clients’ requirements and focus on delivering high-quality products and service to satisfy those requirements.

LEADING PEOPLE: Successful executives recognize that talented people working together accomplish the work of the FAA. They ensure teams are established and properly supported. They establish organizations in which all people are able to contribute. They make sure employees’ talents are cultivated and that developmental opportunities are available.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Successful executives skillfully communicate and work with others. They establish a climate in which ideas are openly exchanged. They establish networks inside and outside the organization to foster agency objectives. They seek consensus and collaboration, treating others with respect. They are reliable and ethical, honoring commitments and demonstrating high standards of behavior.

LEADING STRATEGIC CHANGE: Successful executives lead fundamental changes in the ways that the organization operates. They are not satisfied with the status quo. Instead, they envision far-reaching changes and follow up with action to make sure that the changes occur. They successfully deal with ambiguity, learn from experience, and think creatively.


Barbara Adams is the President and CEO of CareerPro Global, Inc. (CPG). She has been on the leading edge of SES application development for decades. Committed to providing world-class service, she has also built an SES writing team that has assisted more than 2,500 clients develop their application materials. Ms. Adams has been featured on T.V. and the radio, and as a presenter at numerous career conferences. CPG recently sent a team to instruct senior officials at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia in best practices for developing their SES application materials. She is the co-author of the new book, Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service: How to Find SES Jobs, Determine Your Qualifications, and Develop Your SES Application.

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