Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight
Department Of Transportation - Washington, DC

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Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment. America's surface transportation network is essential to the quality of life of our citizens and the productivity of the nation's economy.

The primary mission of this position is to provide executive-level direction for leading a multi-disciplinary staff responsible for federal public transportation safety and program oversight. As a key executive you will advise the administrator on implementation of FTA's safety authority under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 st Century (MAP-21) law enacted in 2012. You will manage FTA programs, ensure sustained and continuing improvement of oversight and enforcement of safety requirements across public transportation services using a safety management system approach and monitor compliance and function at FTA. You will manage a diverse team of public transportation professionals from a variety of occupations and backgrounds to advance the mission of a new office and function at FTA.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date

DUTIES: As the Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight you will manage FTA programs designed to improve and sustain the level of system safety across public transportation services and facilities, and develop mechanisms to ensure compliance with FTA transit safety regulations. You will be FTA’s Chief Safety Officer and liaison with other elements of the Department and other Federal agencies on transit safety. As the senior FTA expert in safety, you will oversee major programs that have national and local impact, are of major political significance with the highest visibility and greatest importance to the lives and safety of people in communities served by the transit industry. You will ensure that passengers and workers safety are addressed in coordination with FTA grantees and contractors, the transit industry, and other stakeholders.

You will be responsible for establishing the framework for coordinated safety and oversight activities by FTA, relevant DOT Administrations, other Federal agencies, and with concerned national organizations and State agencies. You will also be responsible for directing, coordinating, controlling, and ensuring the legacy of short- and long-range FTA plans and programs on all transit safety matters as they relate to the FTA strategic plan, its missions, programs, and objectives. As the Senior Safety Officer, anticipate, advise, and inform the FTA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Executive Director of emerging and controversial issues. You will provide executive direction over a safety, including a Congressionally mandated drug and alcohol testing program and State Safety Oversight program of fixed rail guide way and bus systems, as well as safety training and research for the transit industry.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your resume progressively responsible supervisory managerial or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity. The experience must have been sufficiently responsible to show clearly your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualifications and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications described below.


  • Demonstrated executive level experience of management principles, practices, methods and techniques required to manage and coordinate the activities of a multidisciplinary staff, including senior safety specialists, engineering and technical specialists, program managers and administrative staff. Ability to develop organizational strategic plans, budgets, and operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience managing major safety and oversight programs of local and/or national impact. Executive knowledge of safety systems management and the procedures, practices and policies for managing safety risk and achieving safety performance targets. Demonstrated experience applying the systems safety approach in either public transportation or other transportation-related setting.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of federal policies and requirements to the implementation of federal programs within a specific industry. Ability to create an organizational environment that promotes and advances the goals of both government and industry (in this case, enhanced public transportation safety) in a collaborative, transparent and comprehensive manner.

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals, as well as the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, as well as the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, as well as the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications to view a sample resume and for further guidance on addressing executive qualifications in a resume

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: An SES rating panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo a structured interview and reference checks. If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
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    BENEFITS: Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here .

    OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans' preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

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