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Deputy Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Headquarters is looking for a dynamic, innovative, seasoned executive to help lead all critical elements of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO).

As the Deputy Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office you will:
  • Serve as the full Deputy and first assistant to the Director, VTO.
  • Directly support the VTO Office Director to manage and direct the development, implementation and evaluation of national VTO technology planning, research and development, demonstration and regulatory strategies.
  • Direct the formulation and integration of the scientific, engineering and technical requirements necessary to structure, manage, and implement effective vehicle technologies RDD&D programs and activities.
  • Oversee the deployment of technologies and the necessary fueling infrastructure that enable cars and trucks to become highly efficient; through improved power technologies and cleaner domestic fuels, and to be cost and performance competitive.
  • Provide vehicle technologies, scientific, engineering, technical, and programmatic considerations for analysis and support of planning and policy development and provide policy and analytical support to the senior management.
  • Provide leadership, coordination, and policy guidance for all offices and agencies involved in DOE-led government/industry RD&D partnerships (e.g. U.S. DRIVE, 21st Century Truck, etc.).
  • Manage the transfer of new technology to the transportation end-use sector via partnerships to which all patties contribute to the cycle of strategic input, technical concepts, funding for and participation in research and development projects, review, oversight, and feedback.
  • Manage the VTO research performed by DOE Field offices, National Laboratories, universities, industry and other DOE offices including critical peer review and feedback regarding technical and managerial objectives.
  • Manage the development and implementation of multi-year program plans and annual operating plans and manage the application of assigned resources to effectively achieve planned objectives.
  • Develop annual program budget requirements, manage the utilization and distribution of approved funds, and provide interpretive guidance to research performing organizations.
  • Assist in the development of responses to queries from DOE senior management, the White House, OMB, GAO, and Congressional committees and subcommittees about assigned technologies.
  • Support the Director in serving as a focus for U.S. participation in matters related to the international transportation technologies community, and the transportation technologies aspects of the international energy efficiency and renewable energy community, including cooperative research and development, exchanges of technical information, conferences, workshops, and summit meetings.
  • Support the Director in maintaining close contact and sensitivity to the technology base and decision-makers of U.S. transportation industry to keep abreast of accomplishments, capabilities, trends and needs, and be the focal point for governmental cognizance of the state of the U.S. industrial base with respect to vehicle technologies.
  • Manage and supervise VTO staff. Build and promote a work-culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and maximizes the talent of VTO members.


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.

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.

MOBILITY: A mobility agreement may be required based on mission needs.

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 .


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Applicants must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. 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 entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed later in this section below must be addressed in a separate narrative.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to assess executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

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.
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.
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.
4: Business Acumen : Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
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.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): As part of your application package, a supplemental narrative must be uploaded 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 advanced vehicle technologies, with direct experience in providing innovative leadership in public sector, private sector, research organizations or administration, professional and technical society leadership in research programs, topics, or disciplines. (Technologies include advanced batteries and electrification technologies, energy efficient mobility systems, materials technology, non-road vehicle technologies, connected and autonomous vehicles, and advanced vehicle and fueling/charging infrastructure demonstration and deployment, etc.)

MTQ 2: Expert knowledge of science and principles related to advanced transportation policies, regulations and market characteristics, as well as research, development and deployment related to advanced, on-road vehicle technologies, with experience in at least one of the following areas: 1) advanced batteries and electrification technologies, 2) energy efficient mobility systems, 3) materials technology, 4) connected and autonomous vehicles, and 5) advanced vehicle and fueling/charging infrastructure demonstration and deployment.

MTQ 3: Expert knowledge in developing strategies for decarbonization of the Transportation sector, including significant experience working with the automotive or truck industry or with other transportation organizations.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

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

Telework: Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include telework options and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy. 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.

The selecting official may need to consult Departmental ethics counsel to determine whether any of your former or current employers, affiliations, or financial holdings conflict with your ability to perform the duties of this position. If necessary, ethics counsel will work with you and the hiring office regarding potential mitigation strategies, if available.

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

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

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