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"FHWA.SES-2019-0002" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
Open Period:
01/18/2019 - 02/18/2019


ES - 0340 00
USD $126,148 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - PERMANENT
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office


Hiring Path:
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to all U.S. citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
Real solutions to meet genuine challenges. Innovative ideas to take on growing realities. That's the Federal Highway Administration - Leaders in Paving the Way on the Road to Success

As a major agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is dedicated to ensuring that America’s transportation system is the best in the world through its roles as Leaders for National Mobility, Stewards for National Highway Programs, and as Innovators for a Better Future. 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation expense has been authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel required


The Associate Administrator for Infrastructure serves as the principal advisor to the FHWA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Executive Director on matters as they relate to FHWA program performance, the national highway system, pavements, bridges, and other engineering missions, strategic goals, program, and objectives.  As the Associate Administrator for Infrastructure you will:

  • Lead and direct a staff of transportation professionals and provide nationwide guidance in delivering the $46 billion Federal-aid Highway Program by developing and implementing strategic national policies and programs to improve the condition of the Nation’s roads and bridges.

  • Oversee the development and administration of national policies and programs in the areas of highway design, construction and preservation, pavements, bridges, and transportation performance management to improve infrastructure across the National highway system.

  • Establish partnerships with Federal agencies, State and local governments, and transportation industry partners and stakeholder to address and resolve transportation infrastructure and program issues.

  • Serve as a member of the FHWA’s Leadership Team and participate in developing strategic initiatives that have broad national impact upon the Agency and the Nation’s transportation system. 

  • Provide executive direction over the development and execution of an infrastructure program to meet the needs and goals of the highway community and the nation's highway transportation system.

  • Develop and implement policies, goals, and strategic initiatives, provide guidance to staff, and monitor and evaluate progress of the development and execution of infrastructure programs to advance FHWA and DOT goals.

This is a General position in the Senior Executive Service. 


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).

  • DRUG TEST: This position is subject to a pre-employment drug test and random drug testing during employment.

  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires the ability to obtain and retain a Top Secret clearance.

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.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS(TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that will be presented to you within the online application. You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your experience supports each of the TQs.   

    1. Demonstrated knowledge of surface transportation laws, regulations, policies, and principles involving such programs as the Federal-aid Highway Program, safety, transportation planning, environment, infrastructure design and construction, contract administration, highway financing, civil rights, intelligent transportation systems/transportation operations, and/or technology transfer.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the executive core qualifications that will be presented to you within the online application. You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your experience supports each 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

    You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your leadership experience supports each of the ECQs.

    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

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:
    Veterans’ preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You must submit a complete online application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight 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 - showing relevant experience and education. Please do not include pictures in your application package.
    • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Responses to the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications are limited to 4,500 characters per question. Do NOT include your answers in the body of your USAJOBS resume, since they will be asked separately.
    • 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.