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Job Title:Crossing & Trespassing Regional Manager - GS - 2101- 07 (Only Open to FRA Employees) - BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.R4-2013-0004

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,508.00 to $55,264.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 19, 2012 to Thursday, November 08, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2101-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current FRA employees with status.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

To meet this mission FRA promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

This position supports the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespasser Prevention Programs and the relationship of the FRA Office of Safety Analysis, to the Region and the individual states and districts. You will be assigned to an FRA Regional Office and serve as a manager on grade crossing issues.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience working with senior employees to assist in promoting crossing safety and trespasser prevention programs and initiatives for an organization.  Effective communication and facilitation techniques with programs such as Operation Lifesaver are also desirable.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be an FRA Employee and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review How to Apply Section as documents are required by closing date.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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The Crossing & Trespassing Regional Manager:

  • Assists in handling complaints, investigations and special projects/studies regarding highway-rail grade crossing and trespasser issues as assigned.  Contacts appropriate sources to gather data and documents.  Assists in preparing summary of investigations and/or complaints. 
  • Serves as FRA's Regional Operation Lifesaver partner.  Assists the manager as the regional liaison through which Operation Lifesaver information, procedures and programmatic data are passed to appropriate FRA individuals.
  • Participates in assigned investigations of grade crossing collisions and trespasser incidents.  Prepares any necessary analysis and provides input for recommendations to the senior manager.
  • Assists with promoting all DOT and FRA crossing safety and trespasser prevention programs and new initiatives within the Region’s assigned geographical area.
  • Maintains files and databases to address regional safety conditions and requirements. Assists with preparing analytical reports documenting program accomplishments and shortfalls.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 07 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
  • Experience using computer systems to generate highway or railroad safety reports.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • DRUG TEST: Crossing and Trespassing Managers have been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: Crossing and Trespassing Managers travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All crossing and trespassing managers are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec. 31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb. 15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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

TELEWORK: DOT recognizes the importance and encourages the use of tele-work. Tele-work supports departmental mission and performance goals and improves the Department's capability to support homeland and national security requirements. Telework improves individual and organizational productivity; helps reduce highway congestion and mobile source emissions; serves as a recruitment and retention tool; helps maintain operations during emergency situations; and improves work-life quality. This position has been identified as a tele-work-eligible position.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 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 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at Transjobs@dot.gov.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE.
  • TRANSCRIPTS:  If you are SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE, you  must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • SF-50 - which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant.
  • DD214 - verifying military service and eligibility for consideration.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS- If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you MUST meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. 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. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

FRA.R4-2013-0004

Control Number:

329301100