Transportation Industry Analyst
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
All qualification requirements must be met by 06/05/2019. Your application package will not receive consideration if it lacks any of the required documents under the "Required Documents" tab.
Probationary Period: One-year probationary period may be required.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/
Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance. If selected, you may be offered tentative employment until the background investigation has been fully adjudicated.
For Merit Promotion candidates: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade Requirement, which is 52 weeks of Federal Service at the next lower grade GS-9 for GS-11; GS-11 for GS-12; GS-12 for GS-13, and GS-13 for GS-14.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience* as described below:
Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience may have been gained with a carrier or shipper, carriers' or shippers' associations, transportation consulting organizations, State, local, or Federal regulatory bodies, or similar groups or organizations. Experience in rail transportation is preferred.
To be selected at the GS-11 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. This experience would include the individual having assisted in completing quantitative studies, such as transportation costing, infrastructure investment studies, or other areas related to railroad and transportation matters.
To be selected at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to theGS-11 grade level in the Federal service. This experience would include the individual having assisted in completing quantitative studies on a variety of topics in the transportation industry, including transportation costing, infrastructure investment studies, and other areas related to railroad and transportation matters.
To be selected at the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. This experience would include the individual having been responsible for completing quantitative studies on a variety of topics, including transportation costing, infrastructure investment studies, and other areas related to railroad and transportation matters.
To be selected at the GS-14 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. This experience would include the individual having been responsible for completing complex quantitative studies on a variety of topics, including transportation costing, infrastructure investment studies, and other areas related to railroad and transportation matters.
For a full explanation of this option please see OPM Qualification Standards.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To be selected at the GS-11 grade level and are using education to qualify, you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in one of the following major study fields: accounting, business administration, business or commercial law, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, industrial management, statistics, traffic management, transportation, motor mechanics, or other fields related to this position.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off*, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the 3-tier Federal Retirement System. The STB also has work/life-balance flexibilities that may be right for you. We offer:
Flexible Work Schedule options: Two flexible work schedules, the Flexitour Option and the Compressed Work Schedule. Employees on the Flexitour may schedule fixed arrival and departure times around established core hours and work 8 hours plus a 30-minute unpaid lunch period. Employees on the Compressed Work Schedule may work 8 9-hour work days and one 8-hour day (plus the 30-minute unpaid lunch period) in each biweekly pay period and receive one scheduled day off; OR may work 4 10-hour days with one week day off each week;
Limited Telework opportunities upon supervisor approval and in accordance with the Employee Work Schedule policy;
Employee Assistance Program: The program provides employees with free confidential assistance for help with personal issues that may be affecting work life. The program also provides consultation to supervisors who are trying to best help an employee with performance and/or attendance problems. More information on the Employee Assistance Program can be found on the Federal Occupational Health website;
*Annual and Sick Leave (paid time off): Employees of the STB accrue both annual and sick leave depending on years of service with the Federal government. Annual leave may be used for vacation or other personal reasons. Sick leave may be used when you are ill, when you have a doctor, dental, or optical appointment, or when you need to provide care to an ill family member. More information can be found on OPM's website;
Fitness Center: STB employees, at no cost, have access to the fitness center conveniently located in the building featuring state of the art weight training and cardiovascular equipment;
Extensive Training programs and tools supportive of enhancing organization effectiveness and employee development;
A monthly transit subsidy for a portion of your commuting costs to help defray the commuting costs of employees who use mass transportation, including commuter bus, Metrorail or Metrobus, or commuter rail systems; and
Student loan repayment or recruitment bonus, when applicable.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure they meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
Transportation Industry Analysis: Knowledge of the transportation industry and the principles and methods for moving people or goods by rail, including costs and limits; and the planning of transportation project management.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
Data Analysis: Follow through on the process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, identify trends; suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making.
Technology Application: Uses automated systems and software applications to analyze, design, and communicate information in the appropriate format.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire.
Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.
Category Rating Procedures: Applicants who apply under "All US Citizens" eligibility and do not have eligibility under Merit or Noncompetitive status, will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best-Qualified: Applicants who demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, as determined by the job analysis.
Well-Qualified: Applicants who demonstrate acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: Applicants who demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, as determined by the job analysis.
**Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)programs provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.
To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (see required documents tab) and be rated well-qualified on the assessment. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10496669.