Assistant Administrator/Executive Director

Washington, D.C
May 18, 2022
May 24, 2022
Full Time

The Executive Director provides leadership and direction over day-to-day operations of FHWA programs and managers. Components of the FHWA include business units providing policy direction in the areas of innovation deployment, planning and environment, infrastructure, transportation operations, safety, and Federal Lands, as well as assistance and support on policy and legislative issues, strategic planning, civil rights, financial integrity, research and technology, transportation education, and management services and systems. This position reports directly to the FHWA Administrator.

The Executive Director administers FHWA programs including:

• Implementing strategies and programs that advance deployment of innovation which supports the mission and purpose of FHWA in partnership with stakeholders at the state and local level including the private sector.

• Advancing environmental protection and enhancement, comprehensive intermodal and multimodal planning, and fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property.

• Planning, developing, and implementing Federal-aid and Federal Lands Highway, pavement, and bridge programs and engineering activities including those of design, construction, inspection, maintenance, asset management, and innovative financing.

• Providing national leadership for the management and operation of the surface transportation system, including intelligent transportation systems (ITS), congestion relief, and the development of an intermodal approach to freight operations and travel management.

• Identifying highway safety needs, developing and promoting nationwide programs to enhance driver and roadway safety, and improving traffic operations on the nation's streets and highways through traffic engineering and technology transfer and deployment.

• Developing, implementing and coordinating policy and program planning systems including the identification of program needs, establishing intermediate and long range goals, and coordinating highway program development to meet transportation needs through the FHWA Strategic Plan.

• Promoting partnerships with the states and local governments along with many other elements of the surface transportation community. Promotes intermodal transportation initiatives.

• Developing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive: financial accountability and integrity program ensuring the effective operation of budget processes, proper utilization of and accounting for FHWA's resources, and an up- to-date information on the status of program and program funds.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • A Top Secret clearance is required.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are the descriptions of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications.

1. Demonstrated experience providing leadership in a large, complex organization, developing and implementing policies and procedures for administrative and financial management functions and activities, such as human resources, information technology, communications services, budgets, acquisitions, administrative services, accounting, financial reporting and internal controls.

2. Demonstrated experience directing a diversified staff involved in planning, developing, and implementing complex operational and administrative programs to support and achieve agency goals and objectives.

3. Demonstrated experience in advising and participating with senior level officials in the establishment of policies and advises on the implications for organizational program operations.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the mandatory ECQs that are required for all SES positions. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website .

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.

Additional information

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy.

Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

  • This is not a Bargaining union position.