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Job Title:Director, Office of Planning

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Highway Administration

Job Announcement Number:FHWA.SES-2014-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $172,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 07, 2013 to Wednesday, November 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

PERMANANT - CAREER

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation's economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.

As a major agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is dedicated to ensuring that America’s transportation system is the best in the world through its roles as Leaders for National Mobility, Stewards for National Highway Programs, and as Innovators for a Better Future.
 
The Office of Planning’s mission is to support FHWA’s strategic goals to advance multi-state, national and international transportation planning initiatives, policies, and programs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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The Director, Office of Planning is responsible for serving as FHWA’s principal advocate for metropolitan and statewide planning and programs and is responsible for directing a professional planning staff in the development of policies, regulations, directives, and techniques to advance the surface transportation planning process.  The Director:
 

  • Directs the development and implementation of strategic action plans to advance DOT and FHWA national goals, objectives, and strategies related to multistate, national, and international transportation planning functions. 
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction in developing and implementing performance and outcome-based transportation planning approaches and standards for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the annual $40 billion Federal-aid Highway program.  
  • Provides leadership and direction in advancing transportation planning for land based ports of entry along the southern and northern borders with Mexico and Canada.
  • Establishes and directs outreach and consultative efforts with DOT multimodal administrations, other Federal agencies, State and local agencies, tribal governments, MPOs, and transportation industry officials to advance metropolitan, statewide, and tribal transportation planning and technology transfer.
  • Manages and administers a $10 million transportation planning research fund.
  • Provides technical assistance to Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the FHWA Administrator, and the international community on transportation planning matters.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must provide 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 (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS(TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that will be presented to you within the online application. You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your experience supports each of the TQs.

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of multimodal metropolitan and statewide transportation planning programs, and economic, sociological, and environmental impacts on highway system development.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of national methodologies used in assessing surface transportation systems adequacy and performance, and determining transportation needs. 

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that that will be presented to you within the online application.
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 Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
  • Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and responses to the ECQs and TQs are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses to the qualification statements that are not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in non-referral. An SES rating and ranking 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, your ECQs must be certified by an Office of Personnel Management (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. We recommend you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
 
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OUR BENEFITS PACKAGE OFFERS:
  • Annual Leave (paid vacation), Sick Leave, and Holidays - You will earn 26 days of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Federal Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.
  • Health Benefits - Employees and family members are eligible for health benefits at reasonable rates with no required medical examinations or restrictions because of age or physical condition.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - You may choose to participate in the FSA Program. This program allows you to set aside money, on a pre-tax basis, for certain kinds of out of pocket medical expenses or dependent care costs of a child or parent.
  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program - You may elect to participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
  • Life Insurance - You may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program. The program offers employees an opportunity to acquire life insurance protection at group rates with a government contribution
    toward the cost of basic insurance. For more details on the various health and life insurance benefits offered to most Federal Employees click here.
  • Retirement/Pension Plan- You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website.
  • Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.
  • Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $230 of mass transit commuting costs each month.
  • Telework - DOT recognizes the importance and encourages the use of telework.


OTHER INFORMATION:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete online application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

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 Transjobs@dot.gov.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education. Please do not include pictures in your application package.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Responses to the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications are limited to 4,500 characters per question. Do NOT include your answers in the body of your USAJOBS resume, since they will be asked separately.
  • 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you have opted to receive account status updates via USAJobs, you will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received. All applicants will receive a notification email of the final outcome regarding the hiring decision.  A final review will be performed after the announcement closes, 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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Job Announcement Number:

FHWA.SES-2014-0001

Control Number:

352907600