Job Overview


Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This position is located in the Region X (Seattle) Office and reports to the Director of the Office of Planning and Program Development. The employee is responsible for assisting in administration of regional activities related to project development.  Project development activities include working with grantees, other local and State agencies and other Federal agencies to ensure compliance with FTA grant making requirements, state and metropolitan planning regulations and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental requirements.   Geographic areas of responsibilities include the States of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Specialized support is received in the areas of engineering, civil rights, finance and legal.

This position is ideal for a mid-level Transportation Program Specialist who is looking for an opportunity to join the Federal Transit Administration, and apply project and program management experience in interacting with regional and headquarters staff, grantee, Federal and State agencies, contractors, and other interested parties.

If interviewed for this position - at the interview stage, candidates will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.


The Transportation Program Specialist:

  • Provides technical assistance to grant recipients; analyzes grantees applications for compliance in the planning, capital and operating assistance programs, performs post approval monitoring of FTA grant programs; reviews environmental documents and makes recommendations for action based on NEPA and other federal environmental requirements.
  •  Assists in representing FTA through oral and written communications in meetings at Regional and Headquarters levels and in the field with local officials, representatives of public and privately owned carriers, and various public and private groups concerned with transit matters. 
  • Communicates with grantees regarding clarification of issues or solutions to problems.  Prepares correspondence requesting corrections, findings or further information if required. 
  • Prepares reports and conducts analyses of inputs relating to FTA goals for grant processing and environmental reviews.  Reviews and executes requests for budget revisions.