Rail Safety Specialist - GS - 2121-13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) BP

Washington D.C.
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of Transit Safety and Oversight. The office administers a national transit safety program and program compliance oversight process to advance the provision of safe, reliable, and equitable transit service through adherence with legislative, policy, and regulatory requirements as established by FTA. You must have experience with the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, train tracking, and be fluent in the five disciplines: Operating Practices; Track; signal and Train Control; Rail Vehicle Maintenance; Traction Power & Third Rail. You must also have demonstrated ability to apply accident investigation methodologies to determine root cause and contributing factors of an incident; identify systemic findings; determine required actions needed to address systemic issues and prevent future occurrence; and evaluate, monitor, and track corrective action plans developed to address required actions.

The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned rail professional with experience in rail transit operations, investigating safety hazards and complaints, and writing reports, policies, and responding to inquiries regarding transit safety.

If interviewed for this position – at the interview stage, candidates will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25% travel.

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized for this position.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • May be used to fill similar positions at DOT within 60 days of closing.
  • To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

    • Experience in rail transit operations and rail operations control center.
    • Experience evaluating evidence, accident reports, transit safety hazards, transit safety plans, operations and procedure.
    • Experience writing and presenting operating rules, safety rules, standard operating procedures, reports of accident investigations, safety studies, responses to Notices of Proposed Rulemakings, and inquiries from Congress, industry and the general public.
    • Experience investigating safety complaints from employees, industry officials, and general public regarding transit hazards.

    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.

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


    • 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.
    • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

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