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Announcement Number:
FHWA.FO-2018-0179
Hiring Agency:
DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Community Planner
Open Period:
05/17/2018 - 05/28/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0020 12/13
Salary:
USD $75,321 - USD $116,437
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Honolulu, HI, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
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Summary:

You will serve as the key technical advisor and manager of the Division transportation planning program with authority to make final determinations as defined in Division Delegations of Authority. As the Division program manager, you will provide leadership, consultation, and expertise to the Division Administrator, the State Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organization(s), and local government officials regarding the Federal-Aid Transportation Planning program. You will also mentor and develop other Community Planners in the discipline.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced mid-career transportation planning professional skilled in managing major transportation planning programs, freight or technical areas. This candidate is someone who has the skills and abilities to effectively represent the agency to Federal, state and local officials and the general public. The candidate also is someone with good communication, negotiation, and partnering skills who desires to work in a challenging, complex, innovative environment.


PLEASE NOTE: The announcement includes the base salary in addition to 10.99% COLA.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Some travel is required.

Duties

As a Community Planner, you will:



  • Serves as the key policy/technical advisor to the Division Administrator and Assistant Division Administrator in providing leadership and guidance to promote, implement, and administer the FHWA's Statewide and/or metropolitan planning program responsibilities.

  • Provides guidance and technical assistance to Division staff, and state Department of Transportation and MPO staffs on Federal planning requirements, policies, and procedures.

  • Provides leadership and support to other disciplines in integrating transportation planning analysis and decision-making into other parts of the program and project development process.

  • Provides leadership and influence in key transportation planning decisions. This includes activities such as those related to Statewide Planning and Research Programs (SPR), Statewide Transportation Planning products, Metropolitan Planning products, and the Unified Planning Work Program.

  • Oversees the development of transportation planning processes, programs, and products such as long- range transportation plans, planning work programs (UPWP, SPR part1), the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) developed by state and/or MPO partners.

  • Leads reviews to assess the adequacy of State and/or Metropolitan agency planning processes to meet Federal transportation planning requirements, including TMA Certification reviews and Statewide Planning Findings.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



  • 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.

  • 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 Applicants: FHWA.FO-2018-0178.
  • Education Requirements:

    Please read Qualifications section.

    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 (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

     
    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    In order to qualify for this series, you must meet the following education/experience requirements:


    You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance, from an accredited college or university.

    Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under
    the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

    OR


    You must have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

     

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: 


    To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:
     
    • Experience in transportation planning that entailed consideration of the interplay of various modes of transportation.
    • Experience developing and/or evaluating transportation planning and program development processes at a local, regional, state, or national level; AND
    • Experience in representing the organization at public meetings and conferences.
     

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

     
    • Experience in transportation planning that entailed consideration of the interplay of various modes of transportation.
    • Experience developing, evaluating, and/or overseeing the development of transportation planning and program development processes at a local, regional, state, or national level.
    • Experience representing the organization during public meetings and conferences and addressing programmatic and technical issues and questions raised by a range of stakeholder groups; AND
    • Experience improving or assisting others in improving transportation planning processes or programs with an emphasis on emerging areas.
     

    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:
    Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.

    This position is telework eligible.
    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.

    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.  


    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for this series. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. 
    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.  
     

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).

    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.
    STATUS APPLICANTS:  If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50.   Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant.  Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.

    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.