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Federal Transit Administration Supervisory Transportation Management Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia


This leadership position is in the Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI). The incumbent leads the FTA’s Safety and Infrastructure Research Program; and oversees the bus testing program.


TheSupervisory Transportation Management Specialist: Directs a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers, and transportation specialists. Ensures staff effectively program manage their research projects in alignment with Federal regulations and USDOT/FTA priorities.

Works with industry groups, academic institutions and other research partners to develop programs that improve safety, saves lives, reduces injuries, and sets voluntary standards that assist transit agencies to improve public transportation safety.

Oversees a portfolio of asset innovation research, to include activities to support advanced bus technology (Zero Emission Buses).

Maintains cooperative, collaborative working relationships with a variety of public transportation officials at all levels of Federal,State, and local government, transit service and equipment suppliers, and contractors and consultants, and academia regarding industry needs, problems and issues.

Performs a wide range of supervisory responsibilities, including assigning work, setting priorities, ensuring timely and high-quality work products, appraising performance, developing and utilizing staff to the full extent of their potential, motivating a cooperative team spirit, fostering a productive work environment, recruiting qualified individuals to fill vacancies, and taking fair and appropriate disciplinary measures when necessary. This position is ideal for a senior level transportation professional who has experience leading innovative research programs that develop, deploy, and demonstrate solutions, testing modalities, and technologies that improve public transportation. The candidate should also have supervisory skills as well as familiarity with bus engineering concepts and engineering methods; experience collaborating with a broad stakeholder audience including the private sector; and excellent leadership and communication skills.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date

Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.

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

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

You must 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 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include: Experience with transportation research program development, management, acquisition, evaluation, and oversight of data analysis and recipients.

Experience collaborating with multiple stakeholder groups on transportation matters

Experience supervising, managing or leading a diverse group of professionals, including developing strategic vision and work plans, reviewing work products, assessing performance, developing staff, and building consensus. 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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Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Additional Information

Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP or ICTAP 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 by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.