Program Analyst (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

The Program Analyst:
  • Develops, in coordination with other PHMSA offices, the agency's strategic and performance plans.
  • Monitors activities and evaluates accomplishments against established plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Facilitates and coordinates the development of performance measures and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Serves as liaison to the Office of the Secretary regarding PHMSA's strategic planning and performance planning and reporting.
  • Provides leadership and serves as a focal point for the development of agency evaluation of PHMSA's programs and operations for effectiveness in achieving safety outcomes.
  • Maintains and administers agency performance tracking system to monitor progress toward achieving agency goals in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Designs, develops, and implements guidance pursuant to legislative mandates and administration directives and initiatives. Collaborates with appropriate program and counsel staff on the implementation of new policies and directives.
  • Develops and updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and policy/issue papers related to rulemaking management guidance.
  • Prepares and provides briefing materials to supervisor. Communicates with managers and peers to obtain information and reach consensus and participates on teams as required to complete products in a timely manner.
  • In concert with PHMSA's safety programs and Chief Counsel, serves as the regulatory manager for PHMSA, ensuring effective and efficient coordination, collaboration, and facilitation of PHMSA's rulemaking activities.

This position serves as a Program Analyst and reports to the Director of Strategic Planning and Process Management within Office of Planning and Analytics (OPA). Responsibilities include developing strategic program and operational priorities, goals, and objectives for PHMSA consistent with policy directives and strategic plans of the Department as well as coordinating and facilitating PHMSA's rulemaking activities. Additional duties include providing comprehensive project design, planning and execution for all projects to include developing and implementing project reporting metrics and measures. The ideal candidate for this position possesses strong project and/or program management skills and therefore must be a strong program and project manager who has demonstrated skill in creating action plans, tracking milestones and ensuring outcomes are accomplished on time and within agreed upon parameters. In addition, the candidate should have strong strategic planning and performance management and evidence-based program evaluation experience, in addition to knowledge of the rulemaking process.


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.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • 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 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 directing and managing agency strategic planning and performance management activities.
  • Experience analyzing and evaluating programs and processes for safety and/or economic implications to make recommendations on potential new agency business procedures.
  • Experience implementing program directives, which requires the application of Federal and agency policies, regulations, and practices for regulatory safety operations related to transportation safety.

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:
  • Project Management: Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
  • Written and Oral Communication: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • Organizational Performance Analysis: Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and tools used to analyze program, organizational, and mission performance; includes methods that deliver key performance information (for example, comparative, trend, diagnostic, root cause, predictive) used to inform decisions, actions, communications, and accountability systems.

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.

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

Additional information

  • This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE, number 5901.

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.