Director Vehicle Technologies Office

Washington, D.C
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the Director Vehicle Technologies Office you will serve as expert advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation and be responsible for leading the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) portfolio for advanced vehicle technologies. Duties include:
  • Establish and communicate VTO technical and investment strategies to address technical and market challenges, identify opportunities for high-impact innovation to bring new technologies and solutions to the U.S. transportation market.
  • Develop, defend and administer annual program budget requests to DOE leadership, the Office of Management and Budget for inclusion in the President's Budget Request and briefings to House and Senate appropriations committees. Manage the distribution and utilization of approved funds and provide interpretive guidance to organizations performing VTO-funded RDD&D activities.
  • Oversee the execution of VTO funding opportunity announcements and serve as the selection official to competitively select the most meritorious and innovative proposals or cost-shared RDD&D awards.
  • Direct VTO research performed by DOE national laboratories, field offices, universities, industry, including through critical peer review and feedback regarding technical and managerial objectives.
  • Formulate and integrate the scientific, engineering and technical requirements necessary to structure and implement effective vehicle technologies RDD&D programs.
  • Provide leadership and represent the DOE in strategic public-private partnerships, including U.S. DRIVE and 21st Century Truck, to establish a dialogue on technical concepts and market barriers, and develop and implement collaborative activities to achieve common goals and technical targets.
  • Build relationships and establish programs and public-private partnerships to increase the speed of transitioning new transportation technologies from laboratory to the market.
  • Direct VTO analysis activities to inform and support program planning and policy development efforts within VTO, EERE, other DOE offices (such as Office of Science, Office of Electricity, and Office of Policy), and other federal and state government agencies.
  • Lead the development of responses to queries from DOE senior management, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, and Congressional committees and subcommittees about vehicle technologies and trends in the U.S. light-, medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets.
  • Serve as a U.S. representative and key interlocutor in select international matters related to transportation technology and policy, including government-to-government dialogues on cooperative RDD&D, exchanges of technical information, conferences, and workshops.
  • Develop and maintain close and constructive working relationships with decision makers in the U.S. transportation industry to keep abreast of their accomplishments, capabilities, trends and needs.
  • Periodically review established policies and program content, goals, and objectives for the purpose of assessing projects and program progress and their expected benefits, in order to assure the most effective use of financial and manpower resources by redirection, curtailment, and enhancement of program efforts.
  • Manage and supervise the VTO and its staff.


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: While not an initial requirement for job entry, future projects will require a clearance. You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

DRUG TESTING: While not an initial requirement for job entry, once future projects require a DOE-Q clearance, drug testing will be required as a condition of continued employment. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .


Resume-Based Resume: Applicants must show possession of the ECQs and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package to include the MTQ narrative (required as an attachment to the application).

A sample 5-page executive level resume documenting ECQs can be viewed at this link

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be uploaded and attached to your application addressing each MTQ listed below . No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs. Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs may cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered.

MTQ 1: Expert knowledge in vehicle (light-duty, heavy duty or non-road) and transportation technologies, with direct experience in providing innovative leadership and management related to vehicle and transportation technologies in the public or private sector; or research organizations; or professional and technical societies . (Technologies include advanced batteries and electric drive systems, vehicle systems, mobility systems, connected and automated vehicle technology , materials technology and fuels, etc.)
MTQ 2: Expert knowledge of principles and topics related to advanced transportation policies, regulations, trends and market characteristics at the national and state/local level, including working with stakeholders in the transportation sector, especially automotive or truck industry, as well as governmental, academia, international and non-profit stakeholders.
MTQ 3: Expert knowledge in developing and executing strategies and plans for decarbonization of the Transportation sector through R&D and through demonstrations and deployment related to vehicle technologies. decarbonization of the Transportation sector through R&D and through demonstrations and deployment, related to vehicle technologies.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications .


While a professional degree is not required for this position, an engineering, scientific or technical background is desirable.

Additional information

COVID-19 VACCINATION: Executive Order (EO) 14043 requires Federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. At this time, EO 14043 is subject to a preliminary nationwide injunction. Although this injunction may ultimately be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action at this time to implement or enforce EO 14043's requirement that employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, as Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine, the selectee(s) for this position will be required to submit information about his/her vaccination status.
Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's vaccination tracking system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service.
DOE employees are now permitted to return to the office, so you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Telework: For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit:

OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.