Highway Safety Specialist (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 13, 2021
Closes
Oct 16, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The incumbent serves as a Senior Highway Safety Specialist the Office of Research and Program Development (NPD), within the Office of Safety Programs (NPD-200), Safety Countermeasures Division (SCD, NPD-210). Provides detailed program assistance to agency management responsible for providing national leadership in developing and improving highway safety programs aimed at reducing highway crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

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Responsibilities

The Highway Safety Specialist:
  • Lead, develop and promote of new programs, providing technical guidance and support, and coordinating program activities relative to traffic safety involving regional, State, and local communities.
  • Perform these functions with regard to a full breadth of traffic safety issues, to include leading the agency's efforts in the area of vulnerable road user safety, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle and micro mobility safety programs.
  • Initiate, lead and maintain liaison with other government agencies and private sector groups, associations and organizations to exchange information about national highway safety programs with focus on pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and micro mobility transportation devices, emerging vehicle technology, as well as general and specific highway safety strategies and countermeasures.
  • Provide technical assistance to State/local constituencies and public and private groups in the areas of pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, other vulnerable road user safety, micro mobility devices and solutions.
  • Represent NHTSA, through lectures and presentations on various vulnerable road user safety subjects at seminars, universities, conferences, workshops, and training sessions for Federal and international officials, State and local government officials, NHTSA Regional staff, and professional stakeholder organizations.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses experience and a solid understanding of behavioral highway safety, injury prevention and public health issues, programs and policies, especially as they relate to: pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, micro mobility, pupil transportation, motorcycle safety, older driver safety, vehicle technology, other vulnerable road user populations and emerging highway safety issues and trends. The candidate should have experience in behavioral traffic safety program development and strategies, particularly as they relate to the enumerated program areas at the National, State and local jurisdictional levels, along with knowledge and understanding of how these program issues fit in the highway safety paradigm. The candidate should also possess experience working with Federal agencies, National organizations and associations, community groups and grassroots organizations on highway safety program development and implementation. The candidate should have the ability to work effectively on matters that involve technical and/or complex issues on an individual and team basis. The candidate should have strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • 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.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience in behavioral highway safety, injury prevention and public health programs, issues including their associated public policy and Federal, State, and local legislative and regulatory issues. Experience in translating knowledge into technical assistance for Federal, State, and local programs including implementation into the highway safety environment.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs with national partner organizations that require experience in developing, managing, and evaluating complex national, State, and local behavioral highway safety programs and projects involving intricate relationships among diverse Federal, State, and local agencies and non-Federal partners.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the technical complexities and the policy issues of comprehensive behavioral highway safety, injury prevention and public health programs, issues at the Federal, State and local levels and the ability to translate this knowledge into technical assistance for Federal, State and local programs including implementation in the highway safety environment and to suggested policy and implementation language issues to Federal, State and local partners.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating complex national, State, and local behavioral highway safety programs and projects involving intricate relationships among diverse Federal, State, and local agencies and non-Federal partners.
  • Demonstrated oral, written communication skills, negotiating and persuasion skills in working with officials at all governmental levels and with private industry and special interest groups related to behavioral highway safety programs, policy, emerging highway safety issues and trends.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on a team (i.e., improvement, issue, program, or. interagency team), working under pressure and responding to tight time frames and deadlines.

  • For all types of consideration, 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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Education

    Additional information

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

    To compete with U.S. Citizens: If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.

    To compete with other competitive status government employees: If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be scored based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.

    Eligible Federal employees also seeking consideration for noncompetitive reassignment for this position, must indicate interest in the assessment. In eligibility question 14: select Yes/Other/Former Incumbency of a Position brought into the Competitive Service. Noncompetitive federal candidates must have competitive status on a SF-50, meet minimum qualifications, have served at the same grade or higher, and held or exceeded the promotion potential of this position.

    All applicants: Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated on your behalf or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    RESUME - All applicants must provide a resume created within USA Jobs Resume Builder, that shows relevant experience, education and support the required specialized experience. Formatted resumes can by uploaded later in the application process.

    TRANSCRIPTS are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
    • If you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series, you may provide an SF-50 in lieu of transcripts.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and forwarded to the selecting official in consideration of your application. To receive credit, submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).

    VETERANS: Your last DD214 (member 4 copy), Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility.
    • If applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214 (member-4 copy).
    • If claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
    • If applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa ), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214 (member-4 copy), which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.

    FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must submit SF-50(s) that verify your highest competitive grade, full performance level, and eligibility as a federal applicant. 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. Pay adjustment raise SF-50s for the current year will not support the 52 weeks' time-in-grade requirements. https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/service/SF-50/

    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
    • your most recent performance appraisal,
    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    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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