Hiring often, consistently, and in large numbers: Our NISC program
What is NISC?
NISC stands for the National Airspace System (NAS) Integration Support Contract (NISC III). Positions on the contract support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are predominantly located in these locations:
- Washington, D.C.
- Silver Spring, Md.
- Oklahoma City
- Des Moines, Wash.
- Anchorage, Alaska
- College Park, Ga.
- Fort Worth, Texas
The contract has more than 1,000 highly skilled employees in the disciplines of engineering (fire protection, civil, power, electrical, structural, spectrum, environmental, construction) computer and database development, project management, instructional/training development, air traffic control, aeronautical information, terminal instruments procedures (TERPS), financial analysis, intelligence analysis, logistics analysis, and HR specialists in many other disciplines that provide extensive depth and range of support to the FAA Air traffic Organization (ATO) and Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. NISC III is broad in scope, supporting more than 100 FAA organizations at the FAA headquarters and 60 regional locations nationwide.
What makes NISC unique?
The NISC program is unique in the sense that it tends to hire often, consistently, and at times, in large numbers. On any given week, current openings can range from the high 20s to 100-plus. The FAA customer recognizes Leidos’ ability to staff positions quickly with quality staff and in turn, rewards us with continual new work. In addition to new work, the FAA will occasionally bring on Leidos staff to work directly for them. The relationship with the FAA has worked extremely well and we anticipate continuous success into the future.
Does NISC require any type of clearance?
The NISC program requires potential employees be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
Does one have to be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for positions?
Potential employees need to either be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) that have lived in the United States for at least 3 of the last 5 years.
If a potential employee does not meet certain requirements/qualifications, is it still worth applying?
Yes. Talent Acquisition recruiters tend to have multiple openings and positions with similar requirements so even if you do not have all of the requirements for the specific role you applied for, you can be considered for other roles on the NISC III program or other programs within the Civil Group at Leidos. Certain positions can have flexibility with position requirements and individuals who don’t have all of the basic qualifications are still able to be considered. Individuals who have previous work experience for/with the FAA customer will almost always have an advantage.
What percentage of your positions offer an option for full-time virtual employment?
About 5 percent. Most NISC positions require fulltime presence at the customer site or onsite at a Leidos office. Some telework may be available at the hiring manager’s discretion.
How much do you value transferable skills that come from different industries and life experiences?
We definitely value transferable skills. Your initial discussion with a recruiter or hiring manager would be a good time to highlight those particular skills.