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Job Title:  Director, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.SES-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $172,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Permanent - Career
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. citizens.

Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on April 18th and April 29th.


Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation's economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an exciting and progressive organization. We are seeking individuals who are committed to superior service and who can help us continue our work to reduce highway injuries and fatalities. Excellent benefits including 401K and family friendly leave policies. Visit our website at


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date


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As the Director, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, you will:

  • Provide national leadership and senior level management in planning and implementing crash avoidance motor vehicle safety performance improvements for light and heavy duty vehicles, consistent with the Strategic Plans of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department.  This includes developing federal motor vehicle safety standards, regulations, and guidelines, as well as programs leading to voluntary industry actions, dealing with vehicle-based avoidance of crashes and reducing the severity of crashes that occur.  Areas include vehicle dynamics, stability and control, tire mechanisms, vehicle braking, stopping performance and vehicle lighting and visibility, assessment and prevention of rollover, and accommodation to driver and occupant disabilities and other special needs.  Special consideration is given to emerging technologies including their effects on human/vehicle interaction, and special subpopulation requirements. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as principal advisor and consultant to the Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, for all activities related to the functional responsibilities of the Office of Crash Avoidance Standards.  Keeps the Associate Administrator fully informed on the status of programs and of problems and controversial issues.  Attends top-level staff meetings to participate in Administration planning, policy formulation and, standards development activities.  Assesses and supports new engineering and technological concepts for the scientific advancement of the state-of-the-art of crash avoidance of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment and related driver/vehicle interaction.  Consults with leading safety authorities nationally and internationally, for the exchange of information and, ideas relative to achieving crash avoidance objectives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Represents and speaks authoritatively on motor vehicle crash avoidance for the Associate Administrator for Rulemaking and for the Administration in negotiations with responsible officials of Government and industry and with those of interested public and private organizations.
  • Personally participates with and directs a multi-disciplinary staff, in planning, directing, coordinating, and executing crash avoidance programs requiring engineering and related technological expertise, human factors perception, familiarity with emerging technologies, and innovative approaches. 

Areas of activity include the following:

  1. Carries out a coordinated comprehensive crash avoidance motor vehicle safety program including the areas of vehicle dynamics, stability and control, tire mechanisms assessment and prevention of vehicle rollover, vehicle braking and stopping performance, vehicle lighting and visibility and accommodation to driver and occupant disabilities or special needs-to promulgate standards, regulations, and guidelines, and to encourage and support public and private partners in crash avoidance capability development and implementation including encouraging voluntary activities by industry. 
  2. Develops and recommends rulemaking, regulations, and guidelines which reduce the quantity and severity of motor vehicle crashes, based on analysis of emerging technologies and potential innovative approaches, human factors in driver/vehicle systems, and other factors; and establishes reasonable and practical goals and effective dates for these safety standards, regulations, and guidelines.  Monitors and analyzes on a continuing basis the interaction and interfacing of proposed actions and existing standards.
  3. Develops and updates the near-term and mid-range crash avoidance safety performance program plan, to define national motor vehicle crash avoidance program goals, priorities, research support needs, and implementation strategy and time frame; coordinates within NHTSA and the Department for consistency of policy and program direction.
  4. Directs the continuous upgrading and adjustment of safety standards and regulations based on analyses of the state-of-the-art, crash statistics, and effectiveness of current standards and regulations.
  5. Serves as an advisor to the Associate Administrator on matters relating to NHTSA’s international harmonization of new and existing motor vehicle safety standards and regulations.
  6. Provides professional expertise on crash avoidance characteristics of new motor vehicle systems and driver/vehicle systems to NHTSA’s senior management and staff, to the rest of the Department, and to NHTSA’s public and private partners and customers.
  7. Establishes and maintains liaison and cooperation with the motor vehicle industry; with relevant segments of the national and international technical, scientific, academic and professional communities; with other highway users; and with public interest groups.
  8. Collaborates and communicates regularly with colleagues throughout the Office of Vehicle Safety to ensure coordination of the agency's rulemaking, enforcement, research, and data collection and analysis activities.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS(TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that you will be presented with once you have applied to this announcement. You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your experience supports each of the TQs.

  1. Knowledge of policies and procedures involved in the management of a Federal regulatory program and the ability to develop appropriate policies and procedures for such programs.
  2. Ability to plan, implement, and direct complex regulatory initiatives and innovative approaches for addressing motor vehicle safety issues, including the specifications of research activities necessary to support these initiatives.
  3. Ability to evaluate the sufficiency of technical data in order to determine, with congressional and executive government interface and support, the policies and technical programs that  affect Federal safety standards and laws, and the ability to effectively communicate that to senior management, political, and public audiences.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that you will be presented with once you have applied to this announcement. Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

  • ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals, as well as the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, as well as the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, as well as the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


Your resume and responses to the ECQs and TQs are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses to the qualification statements that are not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in non-referral. An SES rating and ranking panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If selected, your ECQs must be certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position. We recommend you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the applicantion process.
To preview questions please click here.


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


Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


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You must submit a complete online 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
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


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education. Please do not include pictures in your application package.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Responses to the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications are limited to 4,500 characters per question. Do NOT include your answers in the body of your USAJOBS resume, since they will be asked separately.
  • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)
    • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status
  • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
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You will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received. Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on April 18th and April 29th. All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be perfomed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you.

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