Job Title: Supervisory Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-15 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) JACJob Announcement Number: FRA.RPD-2013-0012
Department: Department Of Transportation
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Thursday, December 06, 2012 to
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - -
WHO MAY APPLY:
- Current or former Federal employees with status OR
- Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.RPD-2013-0011, which is open to all U.S. citizens.
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.
You will serve as Chief of the Program Implementation Division and develop rail program implementation strategy and policies, including guidance, rulemakings, technical assistance strategies, monitoring and oversight policies, and program performance measures, along with making policy and legislative recommendations to continually enhance program performance. You will direct a staff of regional managers responsible for execution and oversight of project portfolios (including passenger and freight rail projects) and project managers responsible for oversight of high speed intercity passenger rail projects in six key corridors.
- Must be an eligible status candidate and meet specialized experience
- Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
- Provide all required documents by closing date
- Position is telework eligible
- Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: FRA.RPD-2013-0011
- Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
DUTIES:Back to top
The Supervisory Transportation Specialist:
- Oversees the formulation of strategies for implementing various rail programs authorized by Congress, including program structure, policies, evaluation criteria, monitoring protocols, technical assistance approaches and performance measures.
- Oversees the translation of rail program strategy into policies, standards, procedures, guidance, regulations, and notices of funding availability. Provides technical assistance to state-based efforts to develop improved intercity passenger rail service.
- Provides FRA leadership with expert advice on current rail services, the relationship between the intercity rail passenger provider(s), freight railroads, owners of assets, various levels of government, and other key participants involved in the implementation of Office of Passenger and Freight's programs.
- Monitors developments in the passenger and freight rail industries, other transportation modes, other public sector financial assistance programs, and other countries to identify best practices, lessons learned, and program enhancement opportunities.
- Serves as a key advisor to the Director, Associate Administrator, and Administrator on policy issues and legislative initiatives related to passenger rail service, including recommending policies and plans relating to the federal role in intercity passenger rail service.
- Makes recommendations regarding division's budget requirements, program plans, workforce staffing allocations, workforce planning, and effective position management.
- Assigns work, evaluates performance, and makes decisions on work or problems impacting Staffing Specialists. In addition, approves within-grades, leave, time-cards, telework, and travel requests. Resolves grievances or complaints. Recommends awards or bonuses and changes in classification.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
||To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
- Experience applying Federal and State laws, regulations, rules and practices to develop policies and procedures for implementing funding programs for transportation and rail infrastructure development.
- Experience developing and implementing performance measures used to assess and improve transportation programs.
- Experience providing advice to management on program and policy issues that deals with transportation programs especially as it relates to railroads.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New supervisors must complete a one-year probationary period.
- TIME-IN-GRADE: 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.
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
- 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 (pertains to FRA employees only): 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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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.
- 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, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202)366-1298.
The following documents must be provided by the close date:
- RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
- COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
- 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 under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
- 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/ICTAP. 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.