Transportation Research Analyst
National Transportation Safety Board - Washington, DC

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency that investigates every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation, conducts special investigations and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents. Safety Board investigators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The National Transportation Safety Board was ranked one of the top ten best places to work in the Federal Government in 2010! NTSB Headquarters is conveniently located above the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop (green, yellow, orange, and blue lines) at 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. Come and be a part of this challenging mission! This position is located in the Office of Research and Engineering, Safety Research and Statistical Analysis Division.

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. citizens, current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.

The following cut-offs have been established to review and refer qualified applicants until the position is filled. Applications received by December 14, 2012 will receive first consideration for this vacancy. Depending on staffing needs, the following cut-off dates have been established: 01/07/2013 and 01/22/2013. Before applying, please read the entire announcement and follow all instructions in the How to Apply section.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service

Relevant experience/eligibility requirements (see Qualifications in Tab 3)

Bargaining Unit Position

Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited

Suitable for Federal employment

DUTIES:
-- Conducts studies of transportation safety issues and transportation safety program effectiveness.

-- Serves as the project manager and technical representative for safety research with responsibility for identifying the scope and applicable background events, regulatory actions, and methodology.

-- Writes issue papers, briefing papers, safety objective statements, technical reviews, rulemaking comments, status reports and correspondence.

-- Assists Safety Board Staff in their preparation of Board products by providing data analysis, technical expertise, background research and technical reviews.

-- Coordinates with subject matter experts in the modal agencies to ensure that research projects are responsive to current regulations, government programs, and industry initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To minimally qualify at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience which demonstrates technical knowledge sufficient to develop complex qualitative and quantitative analyses to assess the effectiveness/appropriateness/applicability of transportation safety programs and associated topics; experience which demonstrates technical knowledge in proposal development, project design, assessment capability, data collection and report production; experience which demonstrates technical knowledge sufficient to thoroughly assess safety issues in multiple modes of transportation; and experience which demonstrates the ability to prepare complex technical reports identifying strengths/weaknesses/alternatives to addressing deficiencies in multiple modes of transportation.

To minimally qualify at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience which demonstrates technical knowledge sufficient to develop complex qualitative and quantitative analyses to assess the effectiveness/appropriateness/applicability of transportation safety programs and associated topics; experience which demonstrates technical knowledge in proposal development, project design, assessment capability, data collection and report production; experience which demonstrates technical knowledge sufficient to thoroughly assess safety issues in one mode of transportation and; experience which demonstrates the ability to prepare technical reports regarding a mode of transportation.

Although a degree is not required, applicants with a Ph.D in a research related field are encouraged to apply.

Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic qualifications requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to critical competencies such as:

Ability to conduct research projects.

Ability to develop research project plans.

Ability to work well with others.

Ability to lead research projects.

Skill in applied research methods including survey, observational and experimental research.

Skills in statistical analyses.

Ability to write clearly.

Skill using statistical software.

Skill using relational database programs.

Skill in relational database programming.

Ability to communicate and defend research findings.

Ability to facilitate communication between organizations.

NOTE : We do NOT require a separate statement responding to each of these competencies. However, your resume should CLEARLY show possession of these competencies. Failure to clearly show these competencies in your resume will affect the assessment of your qualifications.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens (Delegated Examining): Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System . If you meet the eligibility and specialized experience requirements for this position you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following two/three/ categories:

  • Highly Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all competencies.
  • Well Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies.
  • Qualified - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above and any education or selective factor if also required.
The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Documented Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS9 grade level or higher.

For Merit Promotion Applicants: If you meet the minimum requirements and your application is among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet your needs, as well as your family's needs. These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long term care insurance, and retirement savings plans. For more information about these benefits, please visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
More than one selection may be made as determined by the agency.
Moving expenses associated with a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) are not authorized for this position. See benefits section for information on relocation and/or recruitment incentives.
New hires are subject to a one-year probationary period.
If you left Federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at or above minimally qualified candidates against the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

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