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    When you work at Volpe, you work with talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others addressing the nation’s most pressing and complex transportation challenges. Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good. We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square) and offer competitive benefits and a flexible, family-friendly work environment.

    The Volpe Economic Analysis Division uses economic and social science analysis to help transportation leaders make policy, programmatic, regulatory, and procurement decisions in three broad areas:

    - Regulatory and financial decision support: analyze data to support level of funding, allocation of costs, or regulatory stringency decisions

    - Evaluation and impact assessment: support program performance management by developing action-oriented recommendations based on evaluations of program areas, technologies, operating practices, markets, and the impacts of programs on societal benefits and local economies

    -Travel behavior modeling and forecasting: inform decisions about infrastructure investment and proposed regulation by forecasting how travel behavior, vehicle fleet mix and safety are likely to change under different scenarios

    We seek experienced professionals and/or recent Masters and PhD graduates to join our team. Working with project managers and other Volpe colleagues, you will employ qualitative and quantitative techniques to solve problems in all modes of transportation. We use the General Schedule (GS) pay scale and intend to hire at the GS-9, 11 or 12 level depending on the qualifications of applicants.

    The ideal candidate for this position enjoys and excels at applied research. If you have already sought out and enjoyed a rigorous academic curriculum and research experience, you will be happy with our work. Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a willingness to take initiative will help you to find—or to create—the projects that interest you the most. Good social skills will allow you to establish a close rapport with our clients both over the phone and in the field. Here is your opportunity to study trains, planes, automobiles, boats, buses, bicycles, traffic lights, pipelines, sidewalks, or hyperloops.

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    Responsibilities

    As a GS-9 Economist, you will:

    •Apply your skills in econometrics, benefit-cost analysis, industry analysis, or evaluation to perform technical analyses. Gather data through interviews and surveys. Learn new topics and techniques through literature reviews, mentoring from colleagues, and training.
    •Build your understanding of transportation and develop your professional network by working with multidisciplinary colleagues at the Volpe Center, other USDOT agencies, and a variety of other agencies.
    •Learn and apply consulting skills to deliver high quality work on time, on budget, and within scope.
    •Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
    •Work effectively as an individual contributor on project teams, and use your unique abilities to make the team function better.

    As a GS-11 Economist, you will:


    •Apply your skills in econometrics, benefit-cost analysis, industry analysis, or evaluation to plan and independently perform technical analyses. Gather data through interviews and surveys. Deepen your knowledge of topics and techniques through literature reviews, mentoring from colleagues, and training.
    •Maintain business areas related to USDOT strategic priorities by providing excellent customer service and keeping up-to-date on USDOT transportation programs. Develop your professional network of multidisciplinary colleagues at the Volpe Center, other USDOT agencies, and a variety of other agencies.
    •Learn and apply consulting skills to develop scopes of work, cost estimates, and schedules. Manage assigned tasks to deliver high-quality work on time, on budget, and within scope.
    •Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, as you manage project expectations and deliver results.
    •Support project managers by communicating clearly, monitoring project progress, and providing guidance to junior team members.

    As a GS-12 Economist, you will:

    •Apply your skills in econometrics, benefit-cost analysis, industry analysis, or evaluation to plan and independently perform technical analyses. Lead data gathering efforts. Maintain and expand your current areas of expertise through mentoring from colleagues, training, and by attending conferences.
    •Maintain and help expand business areas related to USDOT strategic priorities by providing excellent customer service and bringing in-depth understanding of USDOT transportation programs. Develop and broaden your professional network of multidisciplinary colleagues at the Volpe Center, other USDOT agencies, and a variety of other agencies.
    •Manage tasks to meet cost, schedule, and performance objectives. Apply consulting skills to develop scopes of work, cost estimates, and schedules. Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, as you manage expectations and deliver the results to a variety of audiences.
    •Help organize project teams, including identifying areas of work for junior staff. Ensure that teams function effectively by clearly communicating, monitoring progress, and providing guidance to junior team members.
    •Work to create a positive environment where people collaborate to achieve common goals.

    The work that you do can save lives, save time, reduce emissions, promote civil rights, and help the government make every dollar count. You will gain new skills and be able to guide your career along any number of possible paths, from more technical to more managerial. Staff who succeed in this position have improved their leadership abilities, learned to interact with clients effectively, and grown into subject matter experts. The position offers noncompetitive promotion potential to the GS-12, and potential for competitive promotion to project manager positions at the GS-13 and GS-14. Additional positions may be filled throughout Volpe.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Who May Apply

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

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