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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.