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Job Title:Railroad Safety Specialist (S & TC) - GS - 2121 - 13/14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.S-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 01, 2013 to Thursday, November 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2121-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.S-2014-0004, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service. 

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
 
This position is located in the Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Office of Railroad Safety, Federal Railroad Administration.  You will serve as a nationally recognized expert and consultant on the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems with responsibility for assuring the safety quality of existing installations nationwide are in compliance with Federal requirements.    
 
The ideal candidate is professional with extensive experience with Signal and Train control systems, highway-rail grade crossing systems, and positive train control systems. They should have experience applying their knowledge of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering, including high voltage power transmission systems and cathode protection systems.  They should have strong communication skills, and have the ability to foster relationships with organizations.
 

This position is telework eligible and the selectee may be eligible for full-time, regular (at least 1 day per pay period, ad hoc (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) or emergency telework in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date.
  • Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid.
  • Position is eligible for Ad hoc telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. Citizens: FRA.S-2014-0004.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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 The Railroad Safety Specialist (S &TC):

  • Provides expert advice to all segments of the agency, other agencies, industry signal engineering, officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations.  Provides backup or assistance in a similar fashion as described below but which is related to highway-rail grade crossing, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Participates in the development of standards primarily associated with highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, and assists in similar fashion for standards related to automatic block signal systems; interlockings; traffic control systems; automatic train stop; train control and cab signal systems; positive train control systems; other signal arrangements; and other similar systems, methods or devices.
  • Communicates with high-level agency officials, railroad technical personnel, rail-labor representatives, and manufacture representatives on safety issues and concerns associated with the proper and intended functioning of highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 13  
  • Experience with railroad safety operations, development, and trends in order to identify safety issues, and the implementation of highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Experience evaluating and determining deficiencies in highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Experience representing, communicating, and addressing a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups regarding safety issues and deficiencies in safety performance. 
GRADE 14
  • Experience leading teams, task forces, and/or committees that includes industry officials, labor unions, the public and state and local governments to develop practical solutions and/or recommendations to problems pertaining to Railroad Signal & Train Control issues. 
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


 
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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
  • This position is eligible for Ad hoc Telework: An employee teleworks on an intermittent basis-- no set schedule of regularly teleworking.


OTHER INFORMATION:

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete 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.
  • 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, send an email to transjobs@dot.gov or call us at (202)366-1298.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant. An award SF-50 is not appropriate.
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy 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 RAILROAD 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:

You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

FRA.S-2014-0003

Control Number:

354397300