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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Regional Administrator for Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA office
Open Period:
12/11/2017 - 02/02/2018


ES - 0340 00
USD $124,406 - USD $179,550
Work Schedule:
Full-time - PERMANENT
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

San Francisco, CA, US
Chicago, IL, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. citizens.

Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on: December 22, 2017 and January 5, 2018.
Security Clearance Required:
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Marketing Statement:
Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices, improve access to jobs and health care, drive economic growth, and protect the environment.  America's surface transportation network is essential to the quality of life of our citizens and the productivity of the nation's economy.
The mission of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Regional Offices is to help provide and improve public transportation in America’s communities. To accomplish this mission, FTA supports research, training and information dissemination, demonstration projects, and deployment programs aimed at increasing transit ridership, improving transit safety and security, increasing mobility and economic growth, and minimizing fuel consumption and air pollution.

This executive position reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees the management and administration of the region with a focus on customer-responsiveness and organizational results.  

 The Regional Administrator provides executive direction over the planning, grant making and project management functions and is responsible for the delivery of $700 million annually in grant funds to a large number of public transit agencies. Additionally, they are responsible for managing all open grants, which could range from one year for an operating assistance grant, to up to eight years to construct complex transit improvements. The Regional Administrator is responsible for overseeing these activities to ensure that the projects are well managed and the Federal funds are protected, while also serving as FTA's primary spokesperson, promoting new initiatives and programs mandated by FTA's Authorization Act.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Duties of Regional Administrator for Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA office

Chicago, Illinois Regional Office

FTA’s Region V office serves six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  These states contain 83 urbanized areas with populations over 50,000 people and 15 tribal governments.  The region provides direct funding to 146 agencies.  The Regional Administrator manages the award of approximately 300 annual grants totaling $1.5 billion and oversees an active portfolio of $9.6 billion in federal projects distributed among nearly 900 active grants.  The Regional Administrator is responsible for the funding and oversight of the grantees and funding resources.  

The Chicago Regional office has some of the largest transit providers in the country, including those in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.  This office is among the three FTA Regional offices with the most extensive grantee and project portfolios.  With a staff of 29 employees, the office manages the federal development and oversight for complex capital construction projects.  The incumbent of this position will represent FTA at various speaking engagements at State transit agencies, conferences, and quarterly meetings.  FTA’s regional office have day to-day contact with 83 grantees to help them develop projects, assist with their grant applications, make grant awards, and oversee the implementation and financial management of the projects.  Additionally, the incumbent of this position is responsible for managing all open grants, which could range from one year for a rural operating assistance grant to up to eight years for construction of complex transit projects.  The Regional Administrator oversees these activities to ensure that the projects are well managed and the Federal funds are protected, while also serving as FTA's primary spokesperson, promoting new initiatives and programs by senior management of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and FTA.


San Francisco, California Regional Office

FTA’s San Francisco, CA region IX office serves 141 grantees and oversees a total portfolio of $12 billion in federal funding distributed amongst 832 active grants for transit projects and initiatives. This region also manages a Los Angeles Metropolitan Office and serves the top transit agencies in the country based on ridership (Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (Muni), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA or Metro) among others. The San Francisco Regional office also serves the areas of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Promoting these initiatives requires reaching out to the highest level of state and local elected and appointed officials as well as top officials of other Federal agencies. Additionally, the Regional Administrator works with the large number of individual grantees who are FTA's customers. In particular, the Regional Administrator works directly with mayors, county commissioners, transit authority general managers and board members, and other state and local elected and appointed officials. Their common goal is the development of comprehensive and coordinated mass transportation systems, both public and private, in metropolitan and other urban areas. These contacts require an extremely high­level of inter personnel skills, negotiating skills, and the ability to influence those officials with different points­of­view on a variety of controversial and sensitive issues. The transit programs in the regions are characterized by the highest degree of complexity due to the number of persons served; the type and number of on­going projects; the involvement of large sums of money; the requirements of different transit needs; the involvement of a multiplicity of carriers and governmental jurisdictions; and the involvement of complex, novel, and politically sensitive cases.

Qualifications and Evaluations

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
  • Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Education Requirements:
    An SES 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.

    If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) before you can be appointed to the position, unless you are a current career SES member, former career SES member with reinstatement eligibility, or SES Candidate Development graduate and have already been certified by OPM.
    All applicants for this position, including current SES members, Candidate Development Program graduates, SES reinstatement eligibles, and non- SES candidates must demonstrate possession of mandatory Technical/Professional/Program qualification as indicated below.  All applicants must address the degree to which they posess these requirements within their 5-page resumes.

    1. Demonstrates high or executive level experience of management principles, practices, methods and techniques required to manage and coordinate the activities of a multidisciplinary staff. 

    1. Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and processes of grant management and project management including the ability to develop strategic plans, budgets, and operating procedures as well as having a working knowledge of the structure and functioning of the transit industry.
    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs.

    Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

    FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Annual Leave (paid vacation), Sick Leave and Holidays – You will earn 26 days of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave per year.  In addition, the Federal Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.
    Insurance  – You may participate in health and life insurance, dental and vision insurance, and long term care insurance.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees here:  click here

    Retirement – You will be covered by a defined benefit Federal retirement system.  For more details click here
    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 click here

    Employee Assistance Program – 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 – DOT recognizes the importance and encourages the use of telework. 

    Other Information:
    Veterans’ preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Within your resume, you should address all the ECQ's and the technical qualifications (TQs). Application packages must be received online no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
    • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    • You may review your saved application(s) at
    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at
    Required Documents:
    The following documents must be provided by the close 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 of how you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs.
    • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)
      • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status
    • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.
    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.
    Next Steps:
    If you have opted to receive account status updates via USAJobs, you will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received. All applicants will receive a notification email of the final outcome regarding the hiring decision.
    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.