Job Overview


About the Agency

We seek a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Director of the Center for Policy, Planning and Environment. This position oversees six divisions - Economic Analysis, Organizational Performance, Transportation Planning, Environmental Measurement and Modeling, Energy Analysis and Sustainability, and Environmental Science and Engineering and the CAFE Program Office. These divisions provide policy, planning and environmental programs for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other DOT clients. In addition, support is provided to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior, and other federal agencies. To succeed in this rewarding and challenging leadership position you must have expertise leading applied research and technology projects in the transportation field. You must also possess exceptional management, planning and communication skills, and be able and willing to contribute as part of a collaborative management team. Travel is required (30-50%).

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The Director, Center for Policy, Planning and Environment

Reporting to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Research and Innovation, you will lead and oversee the Center for Policy, Planning and Environment technical/scientific federal staff of 130 employees; a portfolio of 280 projects; and average annual obligations of over $30 million. This Center maintains and applies internationally recognized capabilities in transportation planning, policy, economic and environment analysis, organizational performance and evaluation, and transportation engineering and delivers services that meet current Volpe customers’ needs related to economic efficiency, livable communities, environmental sustainability and other DOT priorities.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required (30-50%)