Job Overview

Summary

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system.

The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of DOT/RITA in Cambridge, MA, has been helping the transportation community navigate the most challenging problems for more than 40 years. Volpe’s mission is to improve transportation by anticipating and addressing emerging issues and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations across all modes. Visit our website to learn more: www.volpe.dot.gov

An innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S.DOT's) Research and Innovative Technology Administration in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation and logistics with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise across all modes of transportation.

The Volpe Center seeks multiple Technology Policy Analyst, GS-0101-11/12 in the Technology Innovation and Policy Division, (RVT-91) within the Advanced Transportation Technologies Technical Center.   This division provides the technical and analytical support for research initiatives and decision-making at all levels of government and industry supporting all modes of transportation.   The Technology Policy Analyst serves as a member of a team that conducts research and applies analytical methodologies on a broad set of topics as a means of developing, comparing, and evaluating policy options in support of successful transition of technologies (e.g., connected vehicles, automated vehicles, new transportation applications, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, among others) from research into adoption and use. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience working in an environment with little policy precedence and where policy options have to be developed and created concurrently and iteratively with transportation related technology development.  This position is not focused on application of existing policies to IT or other systems, but is focused on the objective and rigorous development of new policies for new and emerging transportation technologies.

You must have superb analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills, and be able to excel in an entrepreneurial, fast –paced environment.

Transcripts are required for this position (see details in “How to Apply” tab).

If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to submit writing samples prior to your interview.

 

 

Duties

As a Technology Policy Analyst, you will:

  • Perform analysis to support identification of institutional and policy issues through examination of new technologies that are under development in research programs.
  • Perform analysis to develop policy options and alternative strategies in response to the institutional and policy issues.  Analysis is done applying quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Develop and apply objective principles and metrics to evaluate and/or test hypotheses regarding the effectiveness, completeness, and acceptability of policy options and policy decisions.
  • Assess the political, social, economic, and institutional environment in which transportation policy decisions are made and implemented.
  • Maintain the highest quality work and products while working under the pressure of tight timeframes and rigid deadlines on multiple assignments.