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Director, Office of Impaired Driving & Occupant Protection

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 6, 2023

The Director, Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection, serves as the principal advisor and consultant to NHTSA's Executive Director and other top-level officials, internal and external to the NHTSA, on matters relating to impaired driving, seat belt use, and distraction and participates fully in NHTSA policy determinations and program formulation and provides executive direction and operates authoritatively and independently on all matters within the framework of Administration and program needs, established policy, laws, and regulations.
  • Provides national leadership in developing, planning, improving, implementing and evaluating traffic safety programs directed toward reducing traffic crashes and fatalities, injuries, and property damage resulting from (1) impaired driving, including improper use of alcohol and drugs, and (2) from the non-usage of safety belts, automatic crash protection, and child safety restraints, and (3) Driver Distraction from a behavioral standpoint.
  • Develops, coordinates, and facilitates the execution of a coherent, integrated program of demonstration, program development, technology development, technical assistance and outreach activities aimed at improving impaired driving and occupant protection programs throughout the country.
  • Provides technical assistance to other NHTSA offices, the States and the public in the areas related to alcohol, drugs, safety belts and child safety restraints.

Through subordinate supervisors, directs the following activities:
  • Participates in the development of annual and multi-year program plans and budgets through ongoing collaboration with relevant staff from other Offices and Divisions within the Office of Research and Program Development, and the Office of Communications and Consumer Information.
  • Formulates policy recommendations on most program issues and serves as principal agency contact on technical program and policy matters relating to his/her program areas.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for national organizations whose mission is traffic safety-related and focused on a single program issue area (e.g., MADD).
  • Provides national leadership to States and other public and private sector groups to improve alcohol, drug, automatic crash protection, distracted driving, and child safety restraints through seminars, conferences, and other strategies.


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.

  • 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.

TQ 1: Demonstrated ability to develop and oversee a behavioral traffic safety program or a comparable public policy program that relate to public safety.

TQ 2: Experience reviewing and analyzing significant behavioral traffic safety or other comparable public policy issues and assesses their significance to safety.

TQ 3: Demonstrated experience in evaluating the sufficiency of technical evidence in order to implement traffic safety programs.

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 $280 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Bargaining union position.

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