Director of Regional Operations
As Director, Office of Regional Operations, you will support the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and the Deputy Associate Administrator in advancing the mission of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Director is responsible for planning, developing, and directing nationwide regional operations to improve safety compliance within the railroad industry. You will enforce Federal laws and regulations related to railroad safety and assist the Associate Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator in formulating policy for programmatic and technical aspects of regional operations and their integration with Headquarters’ decisions on a nationwide basis. You will also oversee progress toward the accomplishment of integrated programs, advance planning, and the development of program goals for widely dispersed organizational components.
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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, geographically dispersed workforce and formulate program goals and objectives related to safety rules and regulations in order to enhance the safety culture, assure compliance, and improve the safety of railroad safety systems in the United States.
2. Ability to interact with senior management, labor organizations, and special interest representatives to obtain cooperation and an understanding of safety programs and achieve mission success through the development of effective partnerships.
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.
The Director, Office of Regional Operations:
- Provides executive leadership over the administration and performance of the Office of Railroad Safety’s personnel and safety compliance operations throughout the United States.
- Develops and implements programs to improve safety within the railroad industry.
- Ensures accountability for management actions, fiscal stewardship and transparency in the Regional operations.
- Directs the establishment of Regional business and administrative policies.
- Promotes quality improvement, economy, and performance measurement and evaluation.
- Recommends improvements to the structure, operation, and efficiency of the Regions.
- Provides executive leadership over the State railroad safety partnership program.
- Provides oversight for the training and certification of State railroad safety inspectors.
- Directs coordination with State programs to ensure consistent application of Federal rail safety standards and effective oversight of railroad safety operations across the nation.