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    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.

    The Railroad Safety Specialist (Track) works in Regional Office of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of Safety. The FRA Office of Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation's railroad industry. This position serves as the regional expert responsible for the interpretation and administration of FRA regulations and procedures concerning railroad Track Safety Standards and Roadway Workplace Safety for railroads located within the regional boundaries. This position supervises approximately 7 to 14 Railroad Safety Inspectors.

    The ideal candidate for this position is a mission focused senior level professional who has experience providing guidance, interpretation, and enforcement of FRA regulations and procedures concerning railroad track safety standards, and roadway workplace safety for railroads located within a specific territory, with excellent leadership skills.

    There is only one position, which can be filled in any one of the following duty locations advertised. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/17tables/

    This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must reside (or be willing to move at his/her own expense)within the geographic area(s) of the duty location(s) stated above. Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialists serving a probationary period will not be approved for full-time telework without the expressed authorization of the Regional Administrator. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location will be subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.

    PLEASE NOTE: A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for these locations.

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    The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (Track):

    • Provides technical advice and guidance on railroad track safety standards and roadway workplace safety practices to Railroad Safety Inspectors assigned to the Region to promote uniform understanding and application of laws, rules, and regulations.
    • Leads and coordinates the investigation of serious train accidents in the region with particular emphasis on accidents involving track caused factors, and testifies as an expert witness at formal hearings or legal proceedings, if required.
    • Provides guidance to State and Federal agencies, railroad and labor organizations, manufacturers, and suppliers in the planning, review, and solution of particularly difficult problems related to track safety standards and roadway workplace safety rules. Recommends solutions and strategies to the Regional Administrator that will improve the safety of the railroad transportation system for railroad employees and members of the general public.
    • Plans, assigns, reviews, evaluates, and supervises work of employees. Develops performance plans and provides counseling to employees.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

    Current/former status employees and VEOA eligible veterans are encouraged to also apply to: FRA.R5-2018-0024.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    2121 Railroad Safety

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487655900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.