Job Overview


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.


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.