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Director, Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

The Director determines national motor carrier safety regulations concerning: vehicle safety equipment and inspection; repair and maintenance requirements; driver training and qualifications requirements; and physical qualifications (medical qualifications) rules for interstate truck and bus drivers.

The Director also participates as a key member of the Agency's leadership team in establishing broad safety policies, program priorities, and overall resource allocations and provides direction over programs carried out by the Driver and Carrier Operations Division, the Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, and the Medical Programs Division with a combination of 18 FTEs.

The Director provides executive leadership and guidance for GS-15 Division Chiefs managing these divisions with responsibility for:
  • Developing and promoting national motor carrier safety programs, policies, goals, priorities, initiatives and operational standards, including those for vehicle and roadside operations, driver and carrier operations, and medical programs concerning the physical qualifications of truck and bus drivers.
  • Providing policy, program, and technical interpretations on motor carrier safety programs and rulemaking activities to other segments of the FMCSA, the Department, other Federal entities, Congressional staff, the States, and the industry.
  • Providing national technical expertise regarding the safe operation of commercial motor carriers, vehicles, and drivers throughout the Agency and to the Department, other Federal agencies, and the Congressional staff.

The Director will provide executive direction and guidance in leading the three divisions responsible for establishing standards concerning medical qualifications for approximately 7,000,000 commercial motor vehicle drivers, training and testing requirements for more than 35,000 licensed healthcare professionals responsible for issuing medical certificates for drivers, motor carrier safety management practices for more than 700,000 interstate carriers, and inspection, repair and maintenance standards for commercial vehicles.

The Director also has responsibility for providing executive level leadership in maintaining a strong partnership with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to support the implementation of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Program through which an IT system would be deployed in 2024 to enable the Agency to receive medical certificates from licensed healthcare professionals on a daily basis, and to transmit the results to the 51 State Driver Licensing Agencies to ensure that commercial driver's license (CDL) holders have the required medical certification posted on their driving records.


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 executive level experience in, the Federal rulemaking process (to include statutes such as the Administrative Procedure Act, and relevant Executive Orders), and working with the Office of Management and Budget's guidance concerning rulemakings and regulatory guidance.

TQ 2: Demonstrated executive level experience directing staff in reviewing and evaluating petitions for rulemaking and applications for exemptions from applicable regulations from private sector or State agencies.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Bargaining Unit position.

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