U.S Department Of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
$54,972.00 to $123,234.00
Open & closing dates
$54,972 to $123,234 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 09 - 13
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Family of Overseas Employee
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 200TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
This position provides business operations/support services for the Office of Railroad Safety (RRS). RRS consists of the Office of Technical Oversight & Office of Safety Analysis, composed of over 150 staff & contractors assigned to HQ, & the Office of Regional Operations, composed of more than 500 safety staff assigned across eight regional offices. As part of the team you coordinate/collaborate with other team members/partners under the oversight of the Team Lead. The Team is supervised by the Executive Staff Dr., who reports directly to the Deputy AA for Railroad Safety. Provide operational support services, advice, assistance, & support to staff, including: recruitment, hiring, retention & awards programs; training & workforce development programs; IT support for program & business applications; accountable property management; facility/space assignment coordination; financial management; budget formulation & execution; acquisition planning & contract administration; and general activity tracking & reporting.
Ideal candidate is experienced in human capital programs & familiar with financial/budgetary programs; a professional who is comfortable in a fast-paced work environment & interactions with all levels of leadership; customer service focused & able to provide a broad scope of human capital, resource support & financial program services both in person and to remote customers; exhibits attention to detail, sound judgment, creativity, strong logic & reasoning skills, discretion, and sensitivity to deadlines & protocol; has ability to interpret functional processes, drill down into details, ask relevant questions & create alternative solutions; collaborates with partners & builds trust in a team environment; possess a strong work ethic; experienced with excel & other Microsoft products as well as common governmental human capital & financial management programs and applications; conscientious & responsive; and comfortable working within a diverse & rapidly evolving organization.
Writing sample may be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.
This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for these locations.
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At the full performance level, the Program Analyst:
Serves as an expert on human capital and budget issues and act as a principal advisor on all program resource policy and planning matters to assure optimum utilization of the RRS resources and realization of accomplishments.
Manages and oversees staffing, recruitment, retention and awards programs as well as training and workforce development programs.
Manages, coordinates and facilitates a broad range of support services including facilities, property management, records management and IT support.
Provides financial management of RRS funding accounts including generating obligation documents, ensuring appropriate expenditures and spending down accounts in accordance with the planned budget.
Reviews budgetary input and make recommendations to the supervisor on whether proposed expenditures should be revised to ensure the maximum utilization of funds under current operating conditions.
Manages and oversees the procurement of supplies, property and services acquired with Federal funds. Review and approve requests for adequacy, appropriateness, procedural requirements and compliance with agency and appropriate Federal procurement regulations.
Prepares reports requiring use of financial and/or human capital data principals and/or program analysis techniques in evaluating data.
Prepares responses to staffing and/or budget questions for consistency with long and near term policy objectives. Develops backup material in preparation for questions for the record, hearings and/or testimony.
Occasional travel - Some travel is required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current Federal Employees
Former Federal Employees
Individuals with Disabilities
Fulbright Fellows, Gilman Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship Program alumni
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
Job family (Series)
0343 Management And Program Analysis
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 U.S. Citizens: FRA.S-2018-0010.
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.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
TIME-IN-GRADE: - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience gathering and exchanging information in person and with remote or distributed partners/customers.
Experience operating in a team environment.
Experience with Microsoft products including Excel and Word.
To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone, you must have:
At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.
To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience developing and maintaining working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels both in person and with remote/distributed partners/customers.
Experience with human capital program processes (i.e. recruitment, staffing, personnel actions, etc.) and/or financial program processes (i.e. budget formulation, execution, reconciliation, etc.)
Experience with human capital management systems (i.e. WTTS, FPPS, or similar systems) and/or financial management systems (i.e. PRISM, Delphi, E2 or similar systems).
To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.
To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience in collaborating with Human Resources Specialists to administer, track and report on recruitment actions, staffing plans, personnel actions and other human resource issues.
Experience in applying analytical and evaluative methods to monitor and oversee human capital programs and/or financial management programs.
Experience with human capital program processes and/or financial management processes.
You cannot qualify at the GS-12 level on Education, you must have experience.
To qualify on for the GS-13 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience with management organizational principles, objectives, and practices to assist management in identifying its human resources, financial, material needs/problems and advise them on policies and plans for utilization of resources.
Experience with the management or oversight of human capital programs and/or Federal budgetary programs.
You cannot qualify at the GS-13 level on Education, you must have experience.
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.
Applications will be accepted from college students who will be graduating within 3 months of the closing of this announcement. For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#ur
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition
EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.
RAILROAD STOCK: Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited.
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 scored based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. 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. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.
The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. Please review each of the following sections to determine which, if any, additional documents you need to provide with your application.
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 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.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL - Most recent performance appraisal (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
AWARDS - Copies of any award(s) received within the last 3 years.
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.
STATUS APPLICANTS: If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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.
To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at: Transjobs@dot.gov
Agency contact information
Automated Staffing Office
DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, District of Columbia
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You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select My USAJOBS and click Applications). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned a category, not including points that may be assigned for veterans' preference. If the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If the vacancy was advertised under category rating, then the appropriate veteran's preference will be applied. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
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U.S Department Of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
Website : http://www.fra.dot.gov/
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.