Job Alert: Technology Policy Analyst (GS-13) – Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) @ Cambridge, MA

June 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

The Volpe Center seeks multiple Technology Policy Analyst, 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.

You must have superb analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills, and be able to excel in an entrepreneurial, fast –paced environment. Transcripts are required (see details in “How to Apply” tab). If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to submit writing samples prior to your interview.

Note:  Please note that the application deadline is Monday, June 24, 2013Click here to learn more and to apply.

AboutAn innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (VolpeCenter), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S.DOT’s) Research and Innovative Technology Administration in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation and logistics with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise across all modes of transportation.


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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist – ITS Joint Program Office (U.S.Dept of Transportation) @ Washington, DC

June 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) is looking for a Transportation Specialist to serve as program manager and technical expert responsible for the development and direction of the Multimodal ITS Research and Deployment portions of the Department’s ITS program.

The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent communications skills, expertise in ITS research and development topics, such as highway operations, transit, and ITS deployment.  The incumbent will work closely with the highway, motor carrier, rail, and transit industries to promote ITS initiatives and with the ITS community to ensure that multimodal systems operations needs are being accommodated.  The incumbent 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 the deployment of ITS solutions.

To qualify, you must either:

  • Be a current or former Federal employee with Status OR
  • Be a veteran who qualifies under VEOA.

If you know someone interested in this Washington, D.C. based position with relevant experience and proven results, please encourage them to apply using one of the vacancy announcement links below.  We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

Note: The deadline for applying is Monday, June 17, 2013.

Job Number: FHWA.JPO-2013-0001

Click here to access the vacancy announcement.

Job Alert: Transportation Specialist, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) – USDOT @ Oklahoma City, OK

June 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks one Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-13) to support the Transit Safety and Security Division at the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI).  RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research, training and data analysis programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and fostering the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.  TSI provides premier worldwide training, products, and services for people in the public and private sectors through innovative, state-of-the-art methods and technologies that contribute to the protection of life, property, and the environment.  The TSI training center is located in Oklahoma City, OK at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), a Federal Aviation Administration training and materials facility.  Visit to learn more.  This position is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

As a Transportation Specialist (Transit Rail), you will serve as a technical and policy advisor responsible for any required development, implementation, and instruction supporting Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the establishment of a Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program for Federal and State personnel.  S/he is responsible for serving as a nationally recognized expert on rail safety and security training.  As a recognized expert, s/he will regularly participate as a technical resource and advisor on technically complex and politically sensitive transit rail safety and security issues.

The ideal candidate is a recognized technical expert on transit rail safety and security, and has leadership and team building skills and techniques such as group facilitation, coordination, coaching, problem solving, and interpersonal communication.  The ideal candidate can integrate work processes and products, and obtain resources in liaison with the supervisor to lead project team members to meet program and production goals.  S/he must have the ability to use consensus building, negotiating, coalition building, and conflict resolution techniques to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to interact appropriately in highly charged emotional situations for the purpose of influencing managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations for justifying and resolving matters involving significant or controversial issues.  The incumbent will share expertise through publications and presentations in respected forums, knowledge sharing venues within appropriate DOT communities, and mentoring of technical staff.

This announcement is open to the general public and under merit promotion for current or former Federal employees and people eligible under special hiring authorities.  Please note that merit promotion announcements are the vehicle through which Federal employees generally apply for Federal positions.

Application deadline:  Friday, June 7, 2013

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Job Alert: Director, Office of Program Administration – Federal Highway Administration (USDOT) @ Washington, DC

May 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced this week it is seeking a Director for its Office of Program Administration, located in Washington, D.C. The Director in the Office of Program Administration will be tasked with providing executive leadership, policy direction, and oversight in guiding implementat

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ion of the Federal-aid highway program and MAP-21 legislative requirements. The successful candidate will oversee the development and implementation of the policies, regulations, parameters, and general guidance by which all division offices and state transportation departments carry out the Federal-aid highway program.

The position requires the Director to lead national transportation efforts and develop and implement national policies and performance standards to allow for a successful delivery of the Federal-aid highway program. The Director will also address program issues with members of Congress, state elected officials, and other executive departments as an FHWA representative.

Additional information on the position, including application instructions, is available here. Those interested may also contact Mark Harris in FHWA’s Office of Human Resources at 202-493-0955.

Click here for more information regarding this position

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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist – @U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration

May 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Note: Application Deadline  Monday, May 13, 2013

This position is located in the Office of Transportation Management.  You will provide program management and program and technical support to federal field staff on various Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Transportation Systems Management and Operations initiatives.  You will be responsible for developing program strategies and for providing hands-on technical and program expertise to federal field staff in areas such as ITS architecture, standards, systems engineering.  The objective is for the specialist to ensure that federal field staff is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and information to

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effectively support ITS deployment and key ITS initiatives with state and local agencies.

The ideal candidate is a mid-career or seasoned professional with experience developing program strategies and providing technical and program expertise in areas such as ITS architecture, standards, systems engineering.


As a Transportation Specialist, you will:

  • Lead the ITS Standards Deployment, ITS Regional Architecture and Systems Engineering programs.
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise to State, local transportation agencies, and FHWA staff in transportation system management and operations, including interpretations of legislation and regulations, procedures, requirements, technological advancements and/or approaches.
  • Recommend and facilitate the implementation of innovative programs and processes to support ITS deployment.
  • Serve as the Government’s Technical Representative or Task Monitor.
  • Provide learning and development opportunities to State, local transportation agencies and FHWA staff to strengthen their technical competencies in the area of ITS Standards, ITS Regional Architecture, and Systems Engineering.

Click here to learn more and to apply.


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Announcement: 2013 Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship! Apply by Monday, April 1, 2013

March 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

The EISENHOWER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (GRAD) provides funding for Students pursuing Master’s Degrees or Doctorates in transportation related fields. The program objectives are:

  1. to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation,
  2. to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees, and
  3. to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States.

The Program is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States. The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Program encompasses all modes of transportation.


The Department of Transportation encourages students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to apply for the Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships.


Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Applicants must:

  • Possess an earned baccalaureate degree or be a confirmed graduating senior;
  • Be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. institution of higher education no later than the Fall 2013 academic year
  • Be pursuing a degree in a full-time program in a transportation-related discipline
  • Have at least one full academic year remaining in program of study;
  • Conduct ongoing research in one or more transportation-related disciplines; and
  • Plan to enter the transportation profession after completing their higher level education.

Non-U.S. citizens must attach a certified copy of their I-20 or I-551 ID issued by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS).


Applications will be evaluated by the Eisenhower National Selection Panel. This National Selection Panel will be composed of prominent national transportation professionals, including academia and the public sector, who will review, rate and rank each applicant. The panel’s recommendations for selection will be forwarded to the Program Manager, Universities and Grants Programs. The Program Manager will make final selections.It is imperative that applicants provide an accurate and current email address for themselves and their faculty advisor. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.


The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Merit includes:

  • Class standing, GPA, and official university transcripts; (25 Points)
  • Potential for Outstanding Career in Transportation (Transportation work experience, if applicable); (25 Points)
  • Proposed plan of study (25 Points)
  • Letters of recommendation regarding the applicant’s qualifications; (20 Points)
  • Overall quality of Application (5 Points)


All recipients may not receive a full award (i.e. tuition, stipend, and travel to Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting). Recipient awards will be based on the rankings from the National Selection Panel. Recipients of this fellowship will receive a minimum of $5,000.00, based on their ranking from the National Selection Panel and the availability of funding.

Fellowship recipients should be advised that the stipend portion of the fellowship is subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations (Publication 970, revised 2011).

The stipends for the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship are as follows:

  • Master’s Level – $1,700/mo.
  • Doctoral Level – $2,000/mo.

Note: Actual Stipend level may vary based upon available funding. Stipends are capped at $1,700 for Masters students and $2,000 a month for Doctoral students from Eisenhower funding. Additional stipend amounts may be added by the University or other sources.


All applications and supporting material (official transcripts and letters of recommendation) for Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship must be received by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013.Applications should be sent to the address in the section entitled “How to Apply”.

Click here to learn more about the details and for applying instructions.

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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (Office of Freight Management and Operations) @USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration

March 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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The Freight Analysis and Research Team within FHWA’s Office of Freight Management and Operations has a job opening for a Transportation Specialist to manage the development and application of the FHWA Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) Program.  This position provides technical guidance and support on the appropriate use of the FAF data and analytical tools for program and network development and evaluation, answers policy and analysis questions related to trends in domestic freight transportation and international trade, and implements special studies necessary for assessing improvements needed in freight models and analytical tools.

Application deadline is March 26, 2013. 

As a Transportation Specialist, you will:

  • Provide overall technical guidance and support to HOFM’s Analysis and Research team on policy and analysis questions related to trends in domestic freight transportation and international trade.
  • Provide authoritative guidance and technical support to FHWA field staff and external stakeholders on the appropriate use of the FAF data and analytical tools for program and network development and evaluation.
  • Formulate policy and legislative recommendations to improve the multimodal l flow of goods.
  • Collaborate with all modal DOT offices to analyze current and future demand for freight transportation, to estimate the economic and environmental consequences of that demand, and to help develop strategies for better balancing the use of the transportation network and to determine the tools that may need to be developed to analyze the effectiveness of the strategies to better utilize the transportation network.
  • Identify the need for, develop, and implement special studies and program evaluations necessary for assessing improvements needed in freight models and analytical tools.  Make presentations of analysis results to agency management and to outside stakeholders.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Job Alert: Transportation Specialist, Office of Freight Management and Operations @ USDOT’s FHWA – Washington, DC

January 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Position Title: Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-13 / 14 CAH (Open to US Citizens)

Job Announcement Number: FHWA.HOP-2013-0010

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Open Period: Friday, January 11, 2013 to Monday, January 21, 2013

Duty Locations: Washington, DC, US

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

There is an open position for a Transportation Specialist assigned to the Office of Freight Management and Operations, in the Office of Operations of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Within a team environment, the Transportation Specialist is recognized as a national expert in developing and delivering a freight-related programs and initiatives program. This includes working closely with the public sector at all levels of government and the affected industry sectors to conceptualize and implement this programs and initiatives. You will be considered an expert in the field of intermodal freight operations and will have the ability to manage technology-based programs; and will serve as lead for activities related to integration of freight into transportation infrastructure and operational improvements. You will serve as the lead for public sector freight transportation activities, programs and initiatives throughout the United States and with Canada and Mexico and our partners in other countries of the world.

The ideal candidate is a mid-career to senior professional with knowledge and experience in transportation and intermodal freight operations, with knowledge of supply chain logistics, the economic factors that drive industry liaisons and drive business relationships, and intergovernmental relations as conducted with other Federal, State, MPO and multi-jurisdictional entities. For complete information and to apply, click here.

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Job Alert: Geographer (GS 11/12) – U.S. Department of Transportation @ Washington, DC

December 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks a Geographer to join our team. 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. This position is located in the Office of Geospatial Information Systems (OGIS), which is part of RITA’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The OGIS develops quality geospatial transportation data and applications and advances its effective use in transportation decision making.

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RITA is offering and opportunity for a seasoned public-service driven professional who is motivated and self-reliant. This individual must be able to share their experiences in providing geospatial information services. These experiences should include: (1) preparing high quality maps that showcase transportation information; (2) performing geospatial analyses involving transportation networks and facilities; (3) developing, maintaining, and distributing geospatial transportation data; and, (4) providing technical support directly to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and the Office of Emergency Transportation.

If you or someone you know has the experience and a demonstrable record of proven results, I encourage you or them to apply to this Washington, D.C.-based position. We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

The vacancy announcements can be found at:

(Merit Promotion): – Open Period- Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012

(All Sources): – Open Period – Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012

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Job Alert: Program Manager (Operations Department) – ITS America @ Washington, DC

November 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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ITS America

The Program Manager is a mid -level position (to be located in Washington, DC) with day–to-day oversight of our contractual relationships with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and other organizations as well as managing multiple task orders as project manager.  The Program Manager will also be responsible for engaging and acting on behalf of ITS America’s membership and the broader ITS community to help save lives, time, and money and sustain the environment through broad deployment of ITS technologies.

The position will report to the Chief Technology Officer / Vice President of Programs and will support the oversight of a staff of professionals who support the U.S. DOT and other contracts as well as ITS America’s Coordinating Councils and Forums.

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Manage ITS America’s contracts with the U.S. DOT and others (50% of the time): Perform duties as the Program Manager on task orders with the U.S. DOT and other projects, including project management, budget tracking, and budget forecasting.  Supervise technical staff that supports the various task orders of the contracts, ensuring all deliverables and milestones are met on time and on budget.  Translate all technical tasks into tangible member benefits, and channel member feedback into a benefit to clients.  Take on management of new contracts with ITS America clients, as appropriate.
  2. Provide substantive, technical input to task orders and offer guidance and support (20% of the time) on how best to promote awareness and knowledge transfer on the content and products of task orders to serve the ITS community.
  3. Support ITS America’s councils and associated technical, policy, and educational programs (15% of the time):Help carry out member-driven projects by identifying DOT or member funding resources, and supervise subject-matter experts on staff.  Supervise development of educational programs for major events, and work closely with Member Services team in support of membership recruitment and retention, helping grow the society.
  4. Support Business Development (15% of the time): Support business development including identifying new opportunities, proposal responses and grant application preparation, cost estimates, and other related activities.

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of five years in Project and Program Management positions including budget tracking and budget forecasting in the transportation field, preferably in ITS.
  • Experience with managing government contracts, preferably with the U.S. DOT and/or State DOTs.
  • Bachelor’s ’s degree is required, preferably in engineering—in a technical area related to transportation, policy, and/or telecommunications.
  • Experience in managing 5-10 employees and/or consultants.

Skill Requirements

  • Relationship builder – able to work as a team member and provide courteous service to internal and external clients.
  • Superior written and oral communications.
  • Organized – able to manage multiple projects at the same time and demonstrates a real attention to detail.
  • Consistently demonstrate cooperative attitude—assumes responsibility and is flexible in working with others.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to follow through; results oriented.
  • Initiative – actively engaged in continuous improvement, provides suggestions for improvement, offers solutions to challenges/issues.
  • Ability to make dynamic personal presentations to key partners and stakeholders in the ITS community.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated competencies in the Microsoft Office Suite of software products used by ITS America.

To be considered for this opening:

  • Include a cover letter with salary requirements.
  • Attach resume as either a MS Word document or PDF.
  • E-mail cover letter and resume to
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