U.S Department Of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
$131,767.00 to $161,900.00
Open & closing dates
$131,767 to $161,900 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
The position is in the Office of Railroad Policy and Development (RPD), Office of Research, Development and Technology (RPD-30), Human Factors Research Division (RPD-34), in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as Chief, Human Factors Research Division. As such, is responsible for all research, development, test, and evaluation efforts related to human factors for both conventional and advanced rail systems, and is the principal advisor to the Director of Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) in all matters related to such research. This work involves a wide variety of programs that significantly affect railroad operating practice standards established by the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Office of Railroad Safety. In performance of these duties, s/he exercises considerable initiative in developing, formulating, and directing plans, which will provide useful benefits in both the near-term and long-term for improvements in operating practices and human factors.
Ideal Candidate Statement: The ideal candidate is an experienced professional who is comfortable in a fast-paced work environment with regular interactions with senior leadership; exhibits creativity, sound judgment, discretion, attention to detail, and sensitivity to protocol, deadlines and timetables; has ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities; possesses a strong work ethic, strong logic and reasoning skills and a demonstrated ability to accurately interpret literal and thematic subject matter; has experience supervising research and development programs and program management staff, is mature, responsive, and comfortable working within a diverse, multicultural, rapidly evolving organization.
PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for these locations.
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As a Supervisory Engineering Psychologist, you will:
Supervise the Program Managers within the Human Factors Research Division in developing, initiating, and managing research and development (R&D) programs in support of identifying human factors risks or incidents, related to railroad safety. Assign work and establish priorities and deadlines, provide technical guidance, if required, and review work products. Exercise the full range of supervisory duties over subordinate staff.
Advise the RD&T Director and/or higher authority to include other Offices within FRA, DOT and private organizations of developments concerning the adoption or modification of FRA policies, objectives, and regulatory proposals. Analyses of results is based upon industry practices and procedures, and accident causal factors in the Human Factors Division field of research. Maintain an awareness of developments in research and issues with the Division’s areas of responsibility.
Make decisions utilizing program reports on courses of action to be followed by the Division to attain R&D objectives, such as budget management and execution. Use resourcefulness, creativity, analytical ability, technical expertise, and judgment based upon personal experience to redirect program emphasis as requirements change.
Coordinate efforts directed towards improving operating practices and human factors safety and performance. Ensure coordination of applicable R&D Human Factors Division projects/programs with various ad hoc committees such as the D.O.T. Safety Council.
Make recommendations to the Director, Office of Research and Development, regarding budget requirements, program plans, workforce staffing allocations, workforce planning, and effective position management. Implement improved work processes and business practices to ensure maximum productivity within employment ceilings and funds.
Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.
Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.
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Conditions of Employment
You must meet specialized experience to qualify
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA: FRA.RPD-2018-0004
May be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for this location
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
To qualify for the GS-15 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
Experience supervising program managers in developing, initiating, and managing research and development (R&D) projects to support identifying human factors risks or incidents, related to railroad safety.
Experience identifying safety and performance issues, prioritizing research and development efforts, and creating and implementing research programs that will maximize the benefits received from the financial expenditure.
Experience making decisions utilizing program reports, resourcefulness, creativity, analytical ability, technical expertise and judgement to direction research and development programs.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.
Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the minimum education requirements as listed below to qualify for this position. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major or course of study in psychology.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major. OR
B. Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The paragraph B method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. it need not be official.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act(VEOA) (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214,which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
your most recent performance appraisal,
the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at Transjobs@dot.gov.
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DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
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1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, District of Columbia
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U.S Department Of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. Mission The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.