Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Railroad Safety

Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The FRA promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiently, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

This executive-level position is located in the Office of Railroad Safety, Washington, DC. The Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Railroad Safety will share authority with the Associate Administrator for carrying out the mission and functions of the Office of Railroad Safety. The position does require the candidate to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance and is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. This is a career position in the Senior Executive Service (SES).

Rail – Moving America Forward

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  • 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
  • As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

    Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, or SES Candidate Development graduates that have already been certified by OPM should also show in your resume evidence of the qualification requirements.

    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that must be clearly described in your resume. Your responses must explain how your experience supports each of the TQs.

    1. Ability to lead a large, diverse, geographically dispersed workforce in the formulation of program goals and objectives.
    2. Proven record of personnel management and partnering with workforce representatives to achieve mission success.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly described in your resume.

    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 addressing Executive Qualifications in a Resume.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    - Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).

    - Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.

    - DRUG TEST: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.

    - Federal Government Travel Card Requirement: The Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998 [pub.L.105-264] and the Federal Travel Regulations [41 CFR Part 3000 et seq.] require that all Federal employees obtain and use contractor-issued Federal travel charge cards for all payments or expenses related to official Government travel. To be considered for this position, all applicants who are current employees of either the Federal Railroad Administration or another Federal agency will be asked to certify that their Government travel card is in good standing (i.e. not suspended or cancelled) and that there exist no reasonable circumstances which would jeopardize that good standing. All applicants understand and agree that FRA's offer of employment or a position under this announcement is voidable at the sole discretion of FRA if: 1) if the applicant fails to provide the required certifications; or 2) if the certification is found to be untrue; or 3) if the applicant is unable to obtain a Federal Government travel card for whatever reason.

    - Declaration of Federal Employment: The selectee will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    Top Secret


    The Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Railroad Safety provides executive leadership and oversight to the assessment of the present status and quality of the various national railroad safety programs; the development, implementation and evaluation of assurance and enforcement programs; and the identification of safety needs and opportunities within the overall railroad industry and its ancillary components. Responsibilities include:

    • Resolution of traditional or routine safety matters that impact a carrier’s operations and safety of its employees.
    • Serving as primary point of contact between the rail industry and FRA concerning shipment of explosives, hazardous materials, and other dangerous articles or commodities shipped on the national rail network.
    • Implementing safety improvement opportunities and programs through joint efforts with Technical Resolution Committees (TRC), the Railroad Safety Advisory Committees (RSAC), or other various partnerships groups.
    • Directing the FRA technical investigation of serious railroad accidents, and developing appropriate guidelines and plans for coordination with top National Transportation Safety Board officials and their field investigators.
    • Establishing criteria and procedures for accomplishing the inspection, maintenance, correction, reporting, and certification (either by carriers themselves under FRA purview or by the field staff of States or the FRA Office of Railroad Safety) of all signal systems, hazardous materials, grade crossing, bridges and rail integrity, motive power and equipment, track, industrial hygiene, and Positive Train Control, subject to the rules and regulations issued by FRA.
    • Serving as the primary point of contact within the Office of Railroad Safety for matters relating to the broad spectrum of railroad labor, labor law, labor relations, labor unions, and labor negotiations. Participates in FRA labor-management partnership activities.
    • Collaborating on the identification of requirements for railroad safety research and development. Participates in advance program planning for the ongoing intermodal expansion concepts and implementation.
    • Providing executive direction to more than 600 employees located in the eight Regional Offices, the sixteen divisions in the Office of Railroad Safety, and the Railroad System Oversight staff. The majority of these employees are located in the field.

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