Job Opportunity: Research and Demonstration Program Manager @ USDOT’s ITS Joint Program Office

August 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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The Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is pleased to announce the following opportunity:  Research and Demonstration Program Manager. Applications for this position must be in by Monday, August 15, 2016.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, in close coordination with the ITS JPO staff, the research direction for the ITS program. This includes recommending research initiatives, monitoring relevant research, coordinating ITS research with other modes through venues such as Research Planning and Investment Coordination (RPIC) and may include University Transportation Centers (UTC), representing the ITS JPO in research forums, and coordinating with other ITS JPO staff to ensure seamless execution of projects from research, testing, technology transfer, and evaluation.

The Program Manager is also responsible for leading specific research projects within the ITS JPO. The incumbent is a recognized ITS expert who often represents the Department on ITS technical program issues. You will also participate in a range of other ITS program technical and research activities involving other DOT and Federal organizations and other agencies, such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and Department of Energy.

This is an exciting opportunity if you are experienced in analyzing and reviewing ITS research and deployments and adept at collaborating with public and private transportation stakeholders on the implementation, commercialization, and communication of ITS technologies.  Come join the ITS JPO team if you are passionate about advancing tomorrow’s transportation technologies today to create a safer, smarter, more efficient transportation system!

For additional information and to apply for this position, please use the links below:

Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-14/15 (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446638200

Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-14/15 (Open to All U.S. Citizens)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446638600

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Job Alert: Program Analyst – USDOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) @ Washington, DC

December 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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EXTERNAL CANDIDATES: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/389466100

This position is located in the Office of Program Management, Office of Transit Programs. The office is responsible for administering capital and operating financial assistance programs nationally in support of public transportation systems and other specialized transportation services. This office also oversees technical assistance activities in support of human service transportation. The selectee will be responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, and management of these transportation and technical assistance programs. The programs may include formula and discretionary programs to support urban and rural transportation services as well as targeted human services transportation initiatives.

Under supervision of the Chief, Division of Rural and Targeted Programs or the Chief, Division of Urbanized Area Programs, the selectee participates in the planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures, and technical processes for ongoing program development, implementation and monitoring.

The Ideal Candidate will have excellent communication skills and have the ability to provide specialized technical assistance to grantees, program managers, and senior staff to resolve problems and to ensure successful delivery of Federal funded programs. 

DUTIES:

As a Program Analyst, you will:

  • Work with FTA headquarters and regional staff on issues and tasks related to development and implementation of formula and discretionary grant programs and related program policies. These include program guidance, program apportionment, budget and obligation activity; monitoring of grant activity and project eligibility for various FTA programs; coordination of labor and grant development issues; program support and technical assistance to the regional offices and transit stakeholders, including the riding public; and development of strategic initiatives. The work may also involve evaluating changes to legislation, identifying program needs or issues, and recommending new guidance or policies to address changes in legislation or program issues. The work includes resolution of issues involving grantees, regional offices, State or local authorities and/or headquarters personnel.
  • Assist in development and provision of program guidance to FTA staff and grantees on grant programs such as Urbanized Area Formula Program, the Rural Area Formula program, targeted Human Services Transportation Formula Programs, and other discretionary or formula programs as needed. Track and coordinate information resources for assigned programs and develop or oversee the development of useful materials. Assist in outreach activities and both external and internal relationship development and networking associated with delegated programs.
  • Assist in identifying and developing outreach opportunities to share program information and foster collaboration between stakeholders; this may also include directing the activities of relevant technical assistance centers that support FTA’s grant programs.
  • Oversee, prepare reports, tables, and summaries on results of delegated programs, and prepare briefing material and information about the formula and/or discretionary programs for use by the Division Chief, Office Director, Deputy Associate and Associate Administrators for Program Management in making program and budget presentations and decisions. Provide grant information to headquarters program and regional offices. Is a member of committees that work to ensure effective management and oversight of FTA grant activities.
  • Assure assigned programs comply with pertinent legislation, regulations, and objectives and that program implementation are compatible with DOT and FTA’s environmental, social, economic goals and needs. Participate on discretionary program evaluation panels and help develop strategies and tactics for effective program evaluation and analysis activities for assigned programs.
  • Assure that delegated program information and guidance is adequately shared across an effective communication network of internal and external FTA stakeholders. Facilitate communications especially in providing technical assistance and assisting regions with delegated programs. Prepare, review and edit a variety of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, briefs, presentations, newsletters and other types of communication materials. Oversee and assess materials developed in support of the delegated programs and ensure effective review and approvals from other Department of Transportation officials as required. Present at conferences, support and may lead webinars, conference calls and other activities in support of assigned programs. Is cognizant of and communicates how DOT and FTA’s mission is enabled by assigned programs. May be assigned Congressional, General Accountability Office, Freedom of Information Act, Contact US and other controlled correspondence and important information requests.

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Infograph: Curve Speed Warning – Connected Vehicle Safety Application

December 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

via USDOT/ITS JPO

The USDOT’s connected vehicle program has identified many safety applications and here is an important one – curve speed warning. This application warns a truck driver if the truck is traveling too fast for an approaching curve and potentially avoid a rollover. To learn more about connected vehicles click here.

USDOT wants your input on the Proposed FHWA 2015 Guidance for Connected Vehicles and the Formation of a V2I Deployment Coalition

October 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The Federal Highway Administration plans to produce deployment guidance in 2015 on connected vehicles to transportation infrastructure owner/operators.  Tell us what would best support decision making and deployments at the state and local level.

National Associations including AASHTO, ITE and ITS America are working together to form a Vehicle to Infrastructure(V2I) Coalition.  What type of organization will best meet your needs?

Please provide comments based on the materials distributed on these topics at the September 12, 2014 public meeting including the initial draft guidance, a handout on the proposed coalition, and the list of supporting V2I products/tools under development. The V2I Deployment Guidance Draft is an initial draft document. USDOT is seeking feedback from State and local Departments of Transportation, transit operators, other operating agencies, and infrastructure owners who are starting to plan for the deployment and use of connected vehicle technologies in their area. Any interested parties may provide comments on the initial draft guidance through Friday, November 14, 2014.

Questions to Consider on the Proposed CV Guidance

  • Will the topics covered in the proposed guidance and the companion products being developed provide you with enough support to successfully deploy connected vehicle technologies in your area?
  • Are there additional tools, training, or resources that you would like to see developed?
  • Any other concerns/comments?

Questions to Consider on the V2I Deployment Coalition

  • What are your thoughts about the structure of the proposed coalition?
  • How should associated organizations’ and agencies’ leadership be involved?
  • What challenges are likely to arise and need to be addressed?
  • Any other concerns/comments?

Review source materials and provide comments at: http://www.its.dot.gov/meetings/v2i_feedback.htm by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Job Alert: Senior Transportation Specialist (Planning Capacity Building Team Leader) – FHWA (USDOT) @ Washington, DC

October 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

The FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty is pleased to announce the opening of a “Senior Transportation Specialist” position that will serve as the Planning Capacity Building Team Leader in the Office of Planning.  The Office of Planning is responsible for the development and implementation of national policies, regulations, guidelines, standards, procedures, techniques, and initiatives to comply with the transportation planning and programming provisions.  The position will:
·         Serve as an authoritative advisor on a national basis within a wide area of transportation planning and capacity building issues and, as such, plays a major role in FHWA in developing and promoting national policies, programs, and procedures on numerous transportation and community planning and policy issues, and for providing authoritative advice, counsel, and interpretation of FHWA policies, procedures, and regulations.
·         Provide leadership, coordination, and support for existing program activities and assessment of program direction in response to changes in internal and external needs.
·         Possess a mastery of advanced concepts, principles and practices and serves as the national expert in the application of a variety of program focus areas within the Office of Planning.
·         Coordinate and communicate with others on work activities within the Office’s area of responsibility.

The ideal candidate is a mid to senior level professional who functions independently and demonstrates leadership in team environments and managing people.  You should also have strong analytical, strategic planning, and communication skills.  Experience should also include analytical expertise and/or project/program oversight in capacity building and administering transportation planning projects, programs and processes.  Experience in the analysis and/or improvement of transportation policy and an ability to meet organizational goals is also desirable.

·         Open Period:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to Monday, November 10, 2014
·         Series and Grade:  GS-2101-15
·         Duty Location:  One vacancy in Washington, DC

For those interested in knowing more about the position or applying, please see job announcement numbers FHWA.HEP-2015-0001 or FHWA.HEP-2015-0002:
·         Open to all U.S. Citizens – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/384978000
·         Merit Promotion Vacancy (Open to all current Federal employees, those prior Feds with re-instatement eligibility rights & VEOA applicants) – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/384977600

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please send an email to transjobs@dot.gov or contact the Automated Staffing Office at 202-366-1298.

Job Alert: Financial Analyst (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) at TIFIA @ Washington, DC

May 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

The TIFIA Office is recruiting financial analysts to work on the Credit and Budget Team.   The individual(s) will review credit requests submitted to the TIFIA Office and analyze cashflows for the purposes of quantifying the assessed risk of the loan and calculating the subsidy cost to the Government as well as support budgetary, contracting, and audit related work performed by the Credit and Budget Team.

The ideal candidate is experienced in analyzing cash flows and revenue projections, and understands how to apply the principles and practices from transportation planning, economics, and finance to estimate and quantify risk.  The individual has experience with or can learn how to implement this skill set to work on Federal credit programs operating under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.

Links to USA jobs are:

Merit Promotion: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/369503100

All U.S. Citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/369506500

More info about the TIFIA program: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/tifia/

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Job Alert: (Upcoming Position) Research Transportation Specialist – USDOT Federal Highway Administration – Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center @ McLean, VA

February 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Federal Highway Administration – Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Upcoming Position: Research Transportation Specialist

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking for a Research Transportation Specialist (GS-12/13) to lead state-of the-art transportation operations research projects at the nationally recognized Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia.  This position is for a junior or mid-level professional in the Transportation Operations Applications Team in the Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D).  The incumbent is experienced in research related to one or more of the following areas:

(a) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS),
(b) traffic adaptive control systems,
(c) freeway management systems,
(d) wireless communications systems, and/or
(e) cooperative vehicle-highway systems to help achieve the FHWA’s system performance strategic goal.

This position provides an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative environment at the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory and with nationally recognized experts on meaningful cutting edge research projects such as the connected vehicle initiative and vehicle automation, as well as nearer-term applied problems in transportation operations.  The incumbent will be expected to guide in-house research, manage extramural contracts, and encourage partnerships for on-site research at our Cooperative Vehicle-Highway Testbed, as well as offsite field research on public or private roads and/or test tracks. The ideal candidate will preferably have an advanced degree in an engineering or scientific field, with course work related to one or more aspects of ITS, traffic engineering, or telecommunications.  He/she should have 5 or more years of relevant work experience.  Strong leadership, organization and people skills are a must.

FHWA expects to announce the position soon.  The office will not be accepting resumes, please refer to the USA Jobs web site periodically for the specific vacancy announcement:  https://www.usajobs.gov/

Also see: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/tfhrc/labs/operations/

Contact:  Ben McKeever, 202-493-3270 or ben.mckeever@dot.gov

 

Job Alert: Supervisory Administrative Program Coordinator, GS-0340-14 – USDOT’s FHWA @ Lakewood, CO

January 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Applications Date: 11:59PM @ January 16, 2014

The employee serves under the Director of Program Administration for the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD). Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in Lakewood, Colorado. The CFLHD is responsible for the program administration of the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) and the design and construction of transportation system projects on Federally-owned lands in 14 States covering the central, western, and southwestern United States. Possessing the same level of authority as other CFLHD Branch Chiefs, the employee has the authority and responsibility for the management of day-to-day activities to ensure that a broad range of financial management and administrative services are provided throughout the Division. In this capacity, the employee maintains constant awareness of the status and effectiveness of associated programs, processes, procedures, and practices, and is thereby required to formulate, determine or influence Division level policies.

The ideal candidate for this position would be an experienced career professional who is collaborative, mission focused, has an excellent skill set in working with employees, and has experience in delivery of the Federal Highway Programs and demonstrated experience with assuring the accuracy and integrity of financial analysis, reporting, disclosure, internal controls and management information systems. The candidate would also have experience providing day to day leadership for up to 20 employees with financial and other administrative duties and successfully managing a $150 to $ 200 million annual program of obligations. The ideal candidate will possess experience in managing financial goals and objectives and ensuring financing of programs are carried out as planned. The candidate will also have demonstrated ability in overseeing and managing program funding obligations, Overhead budget expenditures and forecasting reporting to management.

As a Supervisory Administrative Program Coordinator, you will:

  • Develop, promote, and provide direction on policy and guidance for the sound financial management of funding used in delivering the Federal Lands Highway Program. In this capacity. the employee represents CFLHD, FLH, and FHWA in making commitments on the development and adoption of improved accounting practices. procedures, financial management reporting systems. and other financial management matters, as well as coordinating key financial management and administrative policy issues.
  • Serve as a member of the Division Leadership Team for national and Division-level strategic planning and direction for Division-wide goals and needs in alignment with those for Federal Lands Highways (FLHP), FHWA, and USDOT.
  • Serve as the Division’s lead advisor in developing and implementing sound processes, principles and practices related to CFLHD-wide budget development, execution, management, monitoring/tracking, and reconciliation for General Operating Expense (GOE).
  • Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of financial and accounting systems for service areas (e.g., equipment depot, materials test laboratories, and reimbursable projects) to reflect cost of operations and equitable distribution of cost to clients and partnering agencies.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that technical reports, memorandums. and responses to financial requests and inquiries are prepared in a timely manner.
  • Be responsible for regularly consulting with the Division Engineer, Directors and other key staff with respect to administrative management issues arising in the Division’s overall responsibilities within assigned program areas. These issues are often complex, requiring sound decisions and solutions that conform to all applicable legal, regulatory and policy requirements, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, policies, and guidelines.

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Job(s) Alert: Community Planners (entry-level, mid-level & Senior-level) – USDOT Volpe Center @ Cambridge, MA

December 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

USDOT seeks to fill a number of fulltime permanent Community Planners at entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level (grades GS-07, GS-09, GS-11, and GS-12). Selectees would be assigned to one of the following divisions: Organizational Performance Division (RVT-22), Transportation Planning Division (RVT-23), or other divisions within the Volpe Center. This position is located in the Kendall Square area in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The ideal candidates should have an interest in joining our consulting teams to develop, plan, and implement guidance, tools, strategies, policies, plans, and programs related to transportation planning, environmental stewardship, realty, and transportation research. As part of our teams, you will help increase the level of expertise of transportation professionals within our clients’ organizations; support better-prepared transportation plans that serve national, state, regional, and local needs; and advance professional capacity building initiatives across federal and state agencies. You will work with several teams contributing to major projects, and lead other smaller projects. This is a great opportunity for professionals with varying levels of experience in transportation planning, professional capacity building, and strategic and community and stakeholder involvement.

You must have superb analytical, communications, and problem-solving skills, and be able to excel in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment. Transcripts are required. You will be required to submit writing samples if you are invited to interview.

If you or someone you know is interested in this position with relevant experience and a demonstrable record of proven results, I encourage you or them to apply. We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

The announcement is posted to Merit Promotion eligible applicants on http://www.usajobs.gov/. Please know that Merit Promotion announcements are the vehicle through which Federal employees generally apply for Federal positions.

The open period is: 12/17/2013 to 12/27/2013

Application deadline: Friday, December 27, 2013

Merit Promotion Announcement:  RITA.VOLPE-2014-0027 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/357546200

Public Announcement: RITA.VOLPE-2014-0026 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/357544200

Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-14) – USDOT Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

December 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Closing Date: Friday, December 20, 2013

This position is located in the Office of Transportation Operations in the Office of Operations. You will serve as a national expert in Traffic Incident Management (TIM); including the leadership, institutional development and sustainability, professional capacity building, and public awareness and education.  The position entails developing, executing and promoting TIM program efforts in collaboration with Transportation and Public Safety senior leaders, mid-level officials and practitioners. The position requires knowledge of current national TIM state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice guidance and good practices. You may conduct tasks associated with one or both categories based on the program’s needs and your strengths. You may also (1) manage executive-level interactions among governmental, private sector and association partners and serve as public safety liaison OR (2) provide technical services on a gamut of traffic incident management issues. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strengths in both of these categories.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-career or senior professional with experience interacting and providing technical services on traffic incident management issues with governmental, private sector and association partners and serving as public safety liaison.

Duties: 

  • Identifies, plans and implements broad new national TIM collaboration strategies with public safety  based on the wide dissemination of the FHWA-produced TIM Program policies, strategies, guidance and products to State, Tribal, regional and local customers, but also association, private sector, senior leadership partners in transportation, law enforcement, fire, towing and other public safety responders.
  • Identifies research and development needs and gaps presented by contacts with State, Tribal, regional and local TIM managers and practitioners and integrate these into the TI&EM roadmap and/or annual work plans and budget requests.
  • Serves as the Government’s Contracting Officer’s Representative or Task Monitor, as appropriate, if trained and accredited for TIM-specific contract work.
  • Analyzes and converts conclusions of data and special studies, surveys, and research specific to the TIM program standards, policies, and guides for enhancing the proliferation of the TIM products into reports, budget recommendations, articles, and presentations.
  • Uses written and oral tools and skills to promote the adoption of the TIM program products and to influence decision makers to accept good TIM practices or recommended tools and resources needed to secure management support to enhance and improve local TIM programs.
  • Creates effective relationships with senior-level transportation, public safety and towing stakeholders involved in the national TIM program development and implementation using existing national expertise and contacts in the TIM field.

PLEASE NOTE: At the interview stage, you will be required to provide writing examples that you have developed or produced such as reports, correspondence, studies, publications, speeches, etc.  You should provide examples that were developed for the highest level of audience; such as senior level officials inside your agency, senior level officials external to your agency and/or Congress.

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