Chief Innovation Officer

Expiring today

Washington, D.C
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) is a strategic innovation expert who will provide technical guidance and advice to the Department's technology innovation initiatives.

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As the Chief Innovation Officer, you will:
  • Be the Executive responsible for defining and fostering a culture of innovation across the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) that attracts successful innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Be expected to be well versed in all facets of strategy, solution design, product development, and business growth through innovation, and a seasoned industry leader.
  • Identify, develop, and execute a high-impact, department-wide innovation strategy.
  • Manage a balanced portfolio of sustaining and distributing initiatives focused on product, service, process, and business model innovation and support the Department's direction, goals, and priorities.
  • Ensure OCIO's innovation strategy is understood and endorsed by key stakeholders including executive leadership and customers.
  • Promote the Department's innovation agenda; influence and obtain support from business leaders and senior management for successful execution of the agenda.
  • Educate and provide necessary support for new innovators in the Department and lead by example; nurture and promote ideas from across the organization.
  • Establish the Department as a recognized innovation and industry leader among customers and industry groups.
  • Provide unique value to the country's transportation industry, help to build long-term relationships with customers, and be seen as an innovative, visionary leader in the transportation industry.
  • Act as the innovation champion for the entire organization and promote Department-wide participation in creation of and protection for standard practices.
  • Serve on Department-wide committees and working groups that champion innovative technology (e.g. - autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc.).
  • Encourage and recognize the utilization of emerging technology to improve services and reduce costs and ensure timely, successful commercialization of innovation initiatives.
  • Track and report on innovation metrics on a regular basis.
  • Analyze IT resources to better match capabilities with technology demands and overall Departmental interests.
  • Oversee the selection of information technology research projects to ensure they have the potential to add value.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.

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


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) 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.

1. Three years of specialized experience in or closely related to the field of emerging and innovative technologies and how they could benefit the Department of Transportation. At least one year of this experience must have been in planning, coordinating, or executing complex programs of national significance or planning, coordinating or executing specialized programs that show outstanding attainments impacting the federal government.
2. Demonstrated experience communicating benefits of technology-based innovation to diverse audiences.
3. Demonstrated success in defining a culture of innovation, sustaining an innovation oriented culture continually focused on improvement, and maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit.
4. Demonstrated success in implementing innovative solutions in a decentralized federal agency or large organization.
5. In-depth knowledge of pertinent federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidance affecting transportation safety and innovation and technical knowledge and experience sufficient to understand applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidance fully.

Desirable Qualification - Specialized experience in emerging and innovative transportation safety technologies is desired


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 $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy.

Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check.

All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrate you possess the technical qualifications. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.
  • COVER LETTER - You should submit a one-page cover letter highlighting key experience and interest in the position advertised.
  • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade). DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50, current SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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