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

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 18, 2022
Full Time

The Highway Safety Specialist:
  • Develops and manages programs designed to improve equitable highway safety activities and provides technical assistance to states, communities, national advocacy groups, and NHTSA Regional offices in all facets of comprehensive and equitable traffic law enforcement countermeasures and prevention programs such as alcohol and drug impaired driving, speeding, occupant protection, motorcycles, pedestrians, etc.
  • Participates and represents the division at conferences and meetings of Federal, State and local government agencies and national and State organizations (e.g., law enforcement, criminal justice, injury prevention, public health and others), make presentations on NHTSA traffic law enforcement countermeasure programs policies and strategies, and solicit input to inform future development of NHTSA program strategies and policies.
  • Participates in activities by presenting programs and policies and initiating appropriate action, resolutions, and measures to ensure achievement of the objectives of NHTSA programs, to include equity, procedural justice, legitimacy and other contemporary law enforcement issues.
  • Participates in program and budget activities in cooperation with other NHTSA Offices, Divisions, and Regions to develop short- and long-range plans to increase traffic law enforcement activities and countermeasures by using a variety of research, strategies, policies and demonstration programs.
  • Conducts necessary research and drafts documents, fact sheets, correspondence, brochures, announcements, speeches and testimony related to a variety of highway safety issues.
  • Develops background material, analyses, and correspondence, as requested.
  • Works effectively with technical and complex issues, analyzes data to identify problems, trends and countermeasures while under pressure and tight time frames.

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 traffic law enforcement countermeasures. The candidate should have experience in behavioral traffic safety program development and strategies, particularly as they relate to the engagement of the traffic law enforcement communities at the National, State and local jurisdictional levels, along with knowledge and understanding of how traffic law enforcement issues, including procedural justice, equity and legitimacy fit in the highway safety paradigm. Experience as a sworn law enforcement supervisor and/or manager, or significant experience within/with a law enforcement agency or related organization/association is preferred but not required. Experience working with Federal agencies, National organizations and associations, community groups and grassroots organizations would be helpful. The candidate should have the ability to work effectively on matters that involve technical and/or complex issues. The candidate should have strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills.


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.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • 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).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

  • Experience in successfully developing, managing, and implementing projects and policies addressing highway safety issues, particularly with regard to traffic law enforcement countermeasures and initiatives.
  • Experience with developing strategic relationships among other Federal agencies, States and national organizations for the purpose of enlisting contribution and participation in highway safety programs and/or policies.
  • Experience with behavioral traffic safety/injury control programs across the breadth of enforcement issues (e.g., impaired driving, occupant protection, speeding, motorcycle, pedestrian, distracted driving, etc.) related to prevention, intervention, enforcement, policy, and evaluation strategies that include equity, procedural justice and legitimacy.

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 in carrying out of Federal, State, and/or local behavioral highway traffic safety programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, lead and provide technical assistance and apply negotiating techniques in working with groups and individuals in the public and private highway safety sectors.
  • Skill in written and oral communications, with demonstrated experience in giving presentations before audiences, writing briefing papers, budget justifications, strategic planning documents, correspondence, program analyses, consumer materials, and speeches.
  • Ability to set priorities and respond to tight 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

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE, 3313.

    COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject only to exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

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