HIGHWAY SAFETY SPECIALIST - (Remote eligible) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Full Time

  • Direct, manage, coordinate or perform projects or studies of particular sensitivity or breadth, particularly undertakings that require the integration and synthesis of information from multiple program areas.
  • Initiate and maintain liaison with other government agencies and with private sector groups and organizations to exchange information about national programs, including general and specific highway safety strategies and countermeasures designed to promote highway safety priorities such as pupil transportation, motorcycles, bicycle safety, older road user safety, rail safety and pedestrian safety.
  • Represent the Office, as directed, in venues such as law enforcement associations and organizations, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), program specific trade associations, and as an Agency representative with other similar professional associations
  • Represents NHTSA at meetings with other Federal agencies and presents NHTSA policy and programs on traffic safety issues.
  • Coordinate program activities between Federal agencies and inform staff of other Federal agency initiatives and responsibilities.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses experience and a solid understanding of behavioral highway safety, injury prevention and public health issues, programs and policies, especially as they relate to traffic law enforcement countermeasures. The candidate should have experience in behavioral traffic safety program development and strategies, particularly as they relate to the engagement of the traffic law enforcement communities at the National, State, tribal and local jurisdictional levels, along with knowledge and understanding of how traffic law enforcement issues fit in the highway safety paradigm. The candidate should have knowledge of law enforcement equity, procedural justice and evidence-based policing issues. Experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, or significant experience within/with a law enforcement agencies or related organization/association is preferred but not required. Experience working with Federal agencies, National organizations and associations, community groups and grassroots organizations would be helpful. The candidate should have the ability to work effectively on matters that involve technical and/or complex issues. The candidate should have strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • NOTICE: Individuals considering employment with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration need to be aware of certain ethics requirements that apply to Federal employees. There is a one-year "cooling off" period during which a new Federal employee may not work on a matter that involves the employee's previous employer. In addition, depending on the job, you may be required to sell certain assets you hold (such as stocks) that would present a conflict of interest with the work you would perform if hired. For details about these restrictions, click on this link: Working at NHTSA | NHTSA
  • REMOTE WORK: Remote work may vary by position, so this position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work means the residence is the full-time official duty location. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/. If selected for a remote work position, you must have access to high speed internet and cell phone service meeting current Agency standards from the approved work location within the Contiguous United States and sign a remote work agreement.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:
  • Experience independently developing, implementing, and evaluating highway safety programs. Providing technical guidance, support, and coordinating program activities involving national, State, tribal, municipal, or county organizations involved in highway safety efforts.
  • Experience working with senior leadership developing, implementing, and evaluating highway safety programs. Providing technical guidance, support, and coordinating program activities involving national, State, tribal, municipal, or county organizations involved in highway safety efforts.

To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:
  • Experience in independently using data-driven and evidence-based approaches to identify programs and projects to address National, State and/or local behavioral traffic safety initiatives to successfully develop, manage, and implement programs, projects and policies addressing highway safety issues, particularly with regard to equitable traffic law enforcement countermeasures and initiatives.
  • Experience with developing strategic relationships among Federal, State, local and tribal agencies, as well as national organizations for the purpose of enlisting contribution and participation in highway safety programs and/or policies.
  • Experience with behavioral traffic safety/injury control programs across the breadth of enforcement issues (e.g., impaired driving, occupant protection, speeding, motorcycle, pedestrian, distracted driving, etc.) related to prevention, intervention, enforcement, policy, and evaluation strategies.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program development, implementation and evaluation as they relate to Federal, State, tribal or local traffic safety law enforcement programs.
  • Demonstrated communication and negotiation skills in dealing with officials at the national, state, tribal and local levels and officials in other public and private industry and special interest groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with technical and complex issues, analyze data and information and effectively identify problems, trends and countermeasures.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on a team.

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to respond to tight time frames.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE Local 3313.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.