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Announcement Number:
NHTSA.NPD-2019-0009
Hiring Agency:
DOT, NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMIN
Position Title:
Highway Safety Specialist
Open Period:
03/14/2019 - 03/25/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 2125 12/13
Salary:
USD $81,548 - USD $126,062
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to All U.S Citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

Please see the Agency benefits section.

Summary:

The candidate serves as a Highway Safety Specialist in the Safety Countermeasures Division, Office of Safety Programs, Research and Program Development, Traffic Injury Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Provides detailed program assistance to management responsible for providing national leadership in developing and improving highway safety programs aimed at reducing highway crashes, injuries, and deaths.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

As a Highway Safety Specialist, you will:



  • Direct, manage, coordinate or perform projects or studies of particular sensitivity or breadth, particularly undertakings that require the integration and synthesis of information from multiple program areas.

  • Initiate and maintain liaison with other government agencies and with private sector groups and organizations to exchange information about national programs, including general and specific highway safety strategies and countermeasures designed to promote highway safety priorities such as motorcycles, pedestrian safety, school transportation, bicycle safety and older drivers.

  • Represent the Office, as directed, in venues such as the annual Lifes vers Conference, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (NASMSA), program specific trade associations, and as an Agency representative with other similar professional associations.

  • Conduct liaison among Agency offices and divisions on assigned programmatic duties.


 


IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate for this position possesses a broad based general knowledge of highway safety particularly as it relates to changing attitudes and behavior of the driving public. The individual must be capable of managing procurements and evaluating technical information and reports related to motor vehicle crashes through the use of database structures and software applications.  The candidate must also analyze technical reports to propose and support specific actions based on these assessments.  To be successful at assisting the agency in its goal of identifying and eliminating motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, the ideal candidate must be a self-starter, work with minimal supervision,  possess strong interpersonal skills, and be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



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

  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Key Requirements:
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA: NHTSA.NPD-2019-0007.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    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. 


    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.


    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 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.

    Qualifications:

    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 GS-12, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to GS-11, it must include:



    • Experience working with senior leadership developing, implementing, and evaluating highway safety programs. Providing technical guidance, support, and coordinating program activities involving national, State, municipal, or county organizations involved in highway safety efforts.

    • Experience independently developing, implementing, and evaluating highway safety programs. Providing technical guidance, support, and coordinating program activities involving national, State, municipal, or county organizations involved in highway safety efforts.


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



    • Experience directing, managing, and/or coordinating, behavioral highway safety projects or studies and managing contracts and procurements at the national, State, municipal, or county level. 


     


    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

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

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


     

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA!

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2017 best places to work in the Federal Government!

    Other Information:

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

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.


    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You must submit a complete 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 https://my.usajobs.gov.
    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at:  Transjobs@dot.gov
    Required Documents:

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. 

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  

    VETERANS: Your last DD214, 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.  It need not be official.



    • If you are 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.

    • If you are 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 you are 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, 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.



    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.


     
    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.

    Next Steps:
    You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned a category, not including points that may be assigned for veterans' preference. If the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100.  The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If the vacancy was advertised under category rating, then the appropriate veteran's preference will be applied.  If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.