Job Overview


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 function as the supervisor for the Employee Relations/Labor Relations and Career Development Staff (RAD-12) for the Office of Human Resources, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C.  The assigned mission of the Staff is the planning, development, implementation and administration of programs related to labor management, employee relations, labor relations, performance evaluations, awards and recognition, employee development and training coordination and presentation.

The ideal candidate for this position will serve as a supervisor with experience providing authoritative advice and guidance to all management levels and employees on issues regarding employee relations, labor relations, employee development, performance management, awards and recognition, leave, work schedules, and telework. 


As the Supervisory Human Resources Spec. (ER- LR-ED), you will:

  • Serve as the Supervisory Employee Relations Officer for the FRA. Also function as the FRA subject matter expert, charged with the overall responsibility for the receipt, analysis, preparation, coordination, review, finalization of material and ultimate closure and disposal of all cases bought within your purview.
  • Provide technical advice to FRA managers and supervisors assigned to posts throughout the Nation, concerning methods of handling all types of employee relations problems. 
  • Research and explain to supervisors and managers statutory and regulatory policies and procedures regarding subject matter.
  • Serve as the Office of Human Resources' technical expert in cases litigated before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Court System, or any other arbitration or appeal forum. Monitor and coordinate actions on cases appealed, analyze the issues involved in the appeal and prepare the FRA response based upon an understanding of the action and research into precedent decisions on similar cases.
  • Serve as technical expert on matters concerning Telecommuting, Alternative Work Schedule programs, pay and leave.
  • Be responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the two performance appraisals systems (PMS and SES) utilized within the FRA and ensure their conformance to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  • Be responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the FRA awards and recognition program.
  • Monitor, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of current FRA training plans, programs, studies, methods and results in terms of their fulfilling the overall and special training needs of FRA workforce.
  • Expert in the realm of partnerships, extending from the internal partnering activities between operational offices within the FRA; interagency partnerships within the modal administrations of the US Department of Transportation; and with the other US governmental agencies, offices, bureaus, etc.