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Job Title:  Assistant Administrator/Chief Safety Officer
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.SES-2013-0003

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 $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. Citizens.


The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) mission is to protect people and the environment from the risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) position of Assistant Administrator/Chief Safety Officer is responsible for planning, developing and administering an effective and comprehensive agency program to achieve safe, responsible and effective safety practices and procedures within the pipeline and hazardous materials industries.  The most important trait of the executive is the ability to partner with stakeholders both inside and outside PHMSA to further seamless transportation safety programs throughout the nation.  The ideal candidate will be a “people person” with superior interpersonal skills who understands the value of effective communication. Recognizing the complexity of the challenges facing PHMSA, the ideal candidate is also one who can work through others, employing effective delegation and oversight, in addition to achieving results through direct, personal action.  The executive must have the political savvy to influence, negotiate and partner with Federal, State, industry, and other senior officials in order to secure an understanding with groups with divergent interests in the policies and programs advocated by the PHMSA. 

NOTE:  DOT’s SES performance management system certification is pending.  Therefore, the salary range for new SES members is $119,554 - $165,300.  SES members currently earning above this range maintain current salary if selected for this position.


  • 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
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) will not be paid; Relocation may be paid.


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Under the general direction of the Administrator of PHMSA, the agency is seeking a high caliber leader who will: (1) Foster collaboration and consensus building in developing, implementing, and coordinating long-term safety, environmental, and security policies and programs as well as the design, development, and implementation of response capabilities to incidents of national significance; (2) Oversee the analysis and evaluation of nationwide programs to protect against the risks to life and property inherent in the transportation of hazardous materials and the transportation of natural and other gas, petroleum and other hazardous liquids by pipelines; and (3) Oversee the development, implementation, and  coordination of strategic planning and the establishment of safety, environmental, and security goals for the agency.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume 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 and Executive Core Qualifications listed below.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that must be clearly described in your resume. Your responses must explain how your experience supports each of the TQs.

  1. Demonstrated experience in promoting personal and organizational cooperation and other similar initiatives to develop an environment of partnership and mutual achievement.  This includes the ability to work collaboratively and build consensus both inside and outside the organization with the goal of improving safety. 
  2. Demonstrated experience in the development of safety programs and policies, including regulatory and legislative activities that improve the safety culture and safety record of an industry; as well as to assure and enhance program and safety compliance.  This includes the ability to find solutions to safety issues with all levels of government and industry that includes management, labor, and various related associations. 
  3. Demonstrated leadership experience and management skills in providing analysis, evaluation, and assessment.  This includes timely and effective communication, strategic planning, program evaluation, and quality improvement.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly described in your resume.
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. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.
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 Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


An SES reviewing 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, you must be certified by an 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.
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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.
  • PCS will not be paid; Relocation may be paid.


Veterans' preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


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The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Within your resume, you should address all the ECQ's and the technical qualifications. Application packages must be received online no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  • Create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  • Upload your resume and supporting documents.
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 - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence of how you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs.
  • 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.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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Please Note: All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

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