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.


  • 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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Job Alert: USDOT Looking for Transportation Specialist to Coordinate Connected Vehicle and Automated Vehicle Research Programs

November 12, 2013 at 6:04 am
The Federal Highway Administration has an exciting and challenging research position available in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. The position is located at U.S. DOT headquarters in Washington, DC.

The selectee will serve as the focal point within the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) formanaging, coordinating and supporting activities related to the connected vehicle safety and vehicle automation portions of the Department’s ITS program.

The candidate for this position will have excellent communications skills, expertise in ITS research and development topics, such as technology-based vehicle safety and road vehicle automation.  They will work closely with the vehicle safety, highway, motor carrier, rail, and transit industries to promote ITS initiatives and will work with the ITS community to ensure that vehicle safety systems needs are being accommodated.

The selectee will work with the ITS community to develop and implement a road vehicle automation program and will champion the capabilities and interests of the ITS community, often to a constituency that is not knowledgeable about or sympathetic to its needs.  In this capacity, the incumbent works to increase consensus building among its partners and work towards meeting National ITS program goals and objectives related to improvement of roadway safety and transportation mobility through the use of ITS solutions.

The vacancy announcement closes on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

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Job Alert: Senior Design Engineer – USDOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) @Lakewood, CO

October 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

SALARY RANGE: $61,612.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Friday, October 25, 2013 to Monday, November 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0810-11/12



DUTY LOCATIONS: FEW vacancies – Lakewood, CO, US

This position is located in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Federal Lands Division Office and supports the Division as a senior designer with responsibility for the development of plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) packages for the most complex, advanced projects relative to the design of highways and bridges. The projects occur primarily on Federal Lands managed by other Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service and include a multi-state area. The Senior Designer mentors, trains, and assists in distribution of project work tasks to other designers on the team and assists in quality control on design work products. As assigned, may be a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) responsible for managing Architect-Engineer (A/E) Consultant task orders or reimbursable agreements.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-career engineer with experience working both independently and with multi-discipline teams as a lead/senior designer in developing, monitoring, and adhering to the design, budget, and schedule for assigned roadway construction projects, providing technical assistance from initial scoping through construction support, and addressing design engineering issues with a wide range of external contacts.

Serving as a senior Design Engineer, you will:

  • Develop the design and monitors the budget and schedule for assigned projects from initial scoping through construction support.
  • Generate and evaluate geometric design alternatives and develops sound design concepts. Assess the impact of standard exceptions/compromises to established engineering principles and practices and conceptualizes acceptable design exceptions and mitigation strategies.
  • Develop plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) packages that clearly define the work, are biddable, and emphasize context sensitivity, safety, and constructability. Coordinate with cross functional team members and incorporate functional discipline and partner’s recommendations into the PS&E.
  • Use appropriate technologies and improve the quality of highway design work through the use of new technologies and process improvements.
  • Participate in discussions of project highway design matters with a wide range of external contacts, including technical representatives of client agencies.
  • Prepare written field review and meeting reports and other technical reports as required.
  • Provide timely comments and recommendations on PS&E reviews, reviews of manuals, standard plans, standard special contract requirements, and proposed policies and procedures.

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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-13/14 – Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

August 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Note: Applications closing date – Monday September 9, 2013 

This position is in the Office of Transportation Operations within the Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration.  You will serve as one of the Agency’s national experts for transportation operations, in particular, highway work zone safety and mobility management.  Accordingly, you will participate on the Road Weather and Work Zone Management Team.  You will also provide expertise in support of other areas, namely the implementation of management strategies and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that improve transportation operations.  As such, providing leadership; initiates, develops, promotes, markets, and conducts national programs; provides technical support and technology transfer; develops and interprets regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines; and develops, interprets, and applies legislative requirements and FHWA directives for the administration and support of work zone management as it supports the agency’s system performance goals.

This position is ideal for a mid-career or experienced professional with knowledge and experience in transportation operations and highway work zone safety and mobility management theory, principles, concepts, practices and techniques.


  •  Participate in the development of program goals and strategies for mainstreaming advanced transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management technologies within the Federal-aid program.
  • Develop and aids implementation of regulations, policies, and guidance on various transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management issues.
  • Participate in the development of the Work Zone Management program budget/spend plan and roadmap in alignment with program strategies, lending expertise from a historical perspective based on experience with the Work Zone  Management program and providing strategic input for the future focus of the Program.
  • Provide project oversight of contractors working on numerous technical work zone projects. Serve as project manager for these technical projects, ensuring that contractor deliverables meet the requirements laid out in the task orders and meet the objectives of the Work Zone Management Program.
  • Provide liaison and work with staff from State and local departments of transportation, AASHTO, TRB, ITE, ITS America, ATSSA, and other partners outside U.S. DOT
  • Prepare responses to Congressional, Office of the Secretary, and other outside inquiries regarding transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management.

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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS 13/14) – USDOT Federal Highway Administration

August 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

FHWA Traffic Incident Management Position Available
The FHWA is currently seeking a senior-level Transportation Specialist to serve as a National expert in Traffic Incident Management (TIM).  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as a leader and influencing stakeholders and senior executives from transportation operations and a variety of non-traditional disciplines, such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, public works, towing and others. In addition, the candidate best-suited for this position will also have operational and tactical expertise in TIM, especially in developing and sustaining programmatic institutions (e.g., State or local TIM Teams), building practitioner capacity through training and other methods, and conducting public awareness and education on how motorists should respond when involved in or affected by traffic incidents.

FHWA encourages all candidates that fit the qualifications in the linked advertisements to apply for this exciting position.  Most candidates will come from local, regional, Tribal, State or Federal governments, the private sector or association partners serving the public safety community.

HWA.HOP-2013-0025 Internal, open to Government employees only:

FHWA.HOP-2013-0026 External, open to all US Citizens:

 Note: Deadline for application is Friday, August 09, 2013

Job Alert: Lead Transportation Specialist (Planner) – USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration @ Trenton, NJ

July 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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This is a planning, research, and environment team leader position within the New Jersey Division. You will lead a professional staff comprised of planners and environmental specialists. You will serve as the planning team leader and be the key staff officer to the Division Administrator for asset management planning, technical analysis, development, programming and implementation of Federal-aid projects. As the team leader,  you will be responsible for overseeing all activities in transportation planning and programming, transportation/air quality planning, research, data collection, congestion management systems, and intermodal coordination in a diversified, highly urbanized and highly populated State. You will be responsible for supervising the Division Office Planning, Research, and Environment staff in all technical and administrative matters. You will also provide leadership, coordination and authoritative advice to State, local, industry, academic and other Federal agencies and organizations concerning all functions within scope of responsibilities.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced mid-career transportation or planning professional who has experience in transportation planning, asset management, research, and environment and one who would be comfortable representing the agency to state and local officials and the general public. The candidate will be a team player, a leader; and has good communications skills. This position is also good for a person who wants to be challenged, desires a Federal career and is seeking outstanding benefits.


  • Serves as the principal and technical authority to state, metropolitan, and rural agencies relative to securing sound planning programs for comprehensive transportation planning having a major impact on the agencies and communities (including all state, county, and municipal areas).
  • Provides technical guidance in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the State’s research program of studies financed with Federal funds, which are carried out in-house by State researchers or through contracts with universities, consulting firms, and other government organizations.
  • Provides authoritative, administrative, and technical leadership, guidance and coordination to Division Office staff, the State and local agency officials and appropriate consultant personnel in the formulation, direction and execution of the environmental programs.  Assures compliance with Federal laws affecting the early phases of highway project development, planning, and public involvement leading to highway location and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) approvals.
  • Provides leadership and support to other disciplines in integrating transportation planning analysis and decision-making into other parts of the project development process.
  • Provides guidance and technical assistance to Division staff, and state Department of Transportation and MPO staffs on Federal planning requirements, policies, and procedures. Justifies, defends, and negotiates matters involving significant issues and major programs.
  • Serves as a team leader, and as such, sets and explains goals and plans and assigns work, develops performance standards and evaluates performance; approves hours of work, Telework arrangements and leave; signs time and attendance sheets and issues minor disciplinary actions and EAP referrals; and implements ways to improve production or increase the quality of the work directed.

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Note: The deadline to apply is Monday, July 22, 2013 11:59PM

Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-13/14) – USDOT @ Washington, DC

July 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking a Transportation Specialist to join the Washington, DC office.  The ideal candidate will be a mid-career transportation specialist with experience in managing highway improvement projects and implementing programs and initiatives that promote transportation technologies and partnerships.Duties:The Transportation specialist will:

  • Serve as the expert and lead FHWA authority in deploying the SHRP2 suite of project management tools.
  • Serve as the technical lead/task monitor for the R09 and R10 task order for product development and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive awareness of highway project aspects to include engineering design, construction, administration, and management.
  • Create effective relationships with senior-level FHWA stakeholders that are involved in deployment of SHRP2 project management products.

The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) was authorized by Congress in 2005 to address some of the most pressing concerns with regard to highway transportation. This includes the nation’s roadway safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity issues. The goal of SHRP 2 is to ensure that the most critical highway user needs are addressed, such as increasing safety, reducing congestion, minimizing disruption to users when roads are being rehabilitated, and providing new capacity that enhances neighborhoods and avoids environmental harm. SHRP 2 is also focused on producing methods and guidance, as well as technologies, designed to help agencies make the changes necessary to better serve their customers while managing the risk involved with institutional change.

NOTE: The deadline to submit application is Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

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USA Today: Cars that ‘talk’ to each other move a step closer (Video)

July 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

The USA Today carried an update on the Connected Vehicle technology test program underway in Michigan.  The federally-funded program carried out by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute explores safety gains that can be achieved using dedicated short-range communications technology to help cars communicate with one another to prevent accidents.  The video below shows how this technology works.  Also, you can read the accompanying article here.

Job Alert: Program Management Analyst – U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s FHWA @ Columbia, SC

June 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a Program Management Analyst for the South Carolina Division office.  This position will provide technical assistance and coordination services to the Division office leadership, including the Division Administrator and Assistant Division Administrator, on a broad range of FHWA programs. These include, but are not limited to, data management and reporting, identifying and coordinating process reviews, performing and documenting risk assessments, developing, monitoring and reporting the annual Performance Plan, conducting internal performance improvement audits, assisting with organizational restructuring and advising the Division office leadership on policy/program issues as needed.  Assist Division office leadership to develop solutions to complex problems and assist in implementation.

The ideal candidate will be adaptive, decisive, and resourceful; a pro-active, hands-on leader and motivator who is very timely in the delivery of products; can anticipate customer’s needs; and is willing to volunteer your talents and skills to assist other employees.  You should also be proficient at analyzing requirements; conducting risk assessments, evaluating operations; developing improvements; and implementing effective programs to improve quality, reduce costs, and enhance productivity and competitiveness.  This position is also good for a person with extensive knowledge and skills in maintaining organizational stability and operations; and is a proven leader in quality programs and improving efficiency and effectiveness of business operations.

Job Duties:

  • Will be responsible for monitoring, tracking, recording, and reporting on various office initiatives and programs related to data and information for the programs in the division office.  Maintain current knowledge of the initiatives/program requirements and reporting due dates.  Conduct annual division risk assessment and prepare reports for delivery to FHWA headquarters.  Serve as the lead person for annual strategic planning and developing the office annual performance plan.
  • Will develop and manage a database to monitor the performance of multiple program areas to ensure that due dates for all recurring actions and activities are met. Will maintain program and project filing systems; establish the protocol and office procedures to effectively utilize these systems; independently research data sources to identify trends and potential problem areas to focus on future oversight, process reviews, and the use of limited resources.
  • Will lead ad hoc teams and will organize, analyze, and evaluate technical data problems and situations to identify issues and solutions, with little or no guidance.  Will work with division office leadership to keep the office current on national policy and legislation, conduct training, streamline processes, and make recommendations for the implementation of new management tools for improved organizational effectiveness.
  • Will facilitate meetings and discussions and make formal presentations.  Coordinate joint teams for all phases of process reviews and you will maintain the division statewide briefing and other briefing materials and update the documents for timely and accurate information.
  • Will establish and maintain effective relationships with division office leadership, team leaders, staff members, and other parties to facilitate meetings and discussions, make formal presentations to influence managers and other officials.

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Job Alert: Technology Policy Analysts (Multiple Positions) – USDOT Volpe Center @ Cambridge, MA

June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is looking for experienced Technology Policy Analysts to support the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center’s  Advanced Transportation Technologies Center.   RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.  The positions are located in the Kendall Square area in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Volpe Center seeks multiple Technology Policy Analysts, GS-0101-11/12 and GS-0101-13 in the Technology Innovation and Policy Division, (RVT-91) within the Advanced Transportation Technologies Technical Center.   This division provides the technical and analytical support for research initiatives and decision-making at all levels of government and industry supporting all modes of transportation.  The Technology Policy Analysts primary duty is to participate as a member of a team that conducts research and applies analytical methodologies on a broad set of topics as a means of developing, comparing, and evaluating policy options in support of successful transition of technologies (e.g., connected vehicles, automated vehicles, new transportation applications, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, among others) from research into adoption and use.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in an environment with little policy precedence and where policy options have to be developed and created concurrently and iteratively with transportation related technology development.  This position is not focused on application of existing policies to IT or other systems, but is focused on the objective and rigorous development of new policies for new and emerging transportation technologies.

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

The announcement is posted to the Public and to Merit Promotion eligible applicants on   Please know that Merit Promotion announcements are the vehicle through which Federal employees generally apply for Federal positions.

Application deadline July 11, 2013

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GS-13 Open to Status: (Merit Promotion)

GS-11/12 Open to Public:

GS-11/12 Open to Status: (Merit Promotion)

Informational briefingFriday, June 28, 2013, from 11:00-11:30  in conference room 1-4-33A at the Volpe Center, Cambridge MA (conference call no. 1-877-336-1839/access code 6481986).  Ryan Harrington, Chief, Technology Innovation and Policy Division will hold an information session at this time to describe the job and to answer any questions interested candidates may have.  Mary Hughes from Human Resources will be there to answer questions about the application process.

Please direct any questions to Mary Hughes, Volpe Human Resources, at 617-494-2526.