<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position in located in the Office of Railroad Safety (RRS), Office of Technical Oversight, Positive Train Control/Signal and Train Control (PTC/S&TC) Division, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). You will serve as the Staff Director for Positive Train Control and Signal & Train Control disciplines for the FRA's headquarters office. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (Positive Train Control/Signal and Train Control) </strong>has the following responsibilities (this is not an exhaustive list):<br /> <ul> <li>Direct planning, development, coordination, implementation, administration, and safety programs within FRA headquarters, as well as inform the activities involving the regions relating to PTC and S&TC, in support of FRA objectives, plans and missions. As PTC/S&TC Staff Director you will direct the PTC and S&TC staff in analyzing and overseeing the proper and safe development, testing, and maintenance of railroad signaling systems, as well as highway-rail grade crossing warning systems, and provide direction and guidance in monitoring the use of these systems.</li> <li>Plan, develop, coordinate, implement, administer, and direct Positive Train Control (PTC) and Signal & Train Control (S&TC), which includes both microprocessor based and conventional S&TC systems, programs within headquarters and the regions in support of FRA objectives, plans, and missions;</li> <li>Act as the FRA senior authority on the implementation of PTC and S&TC systems and components used in railroad operations, managing a comprehensive program of analysis, comparison, evaluation and review, approval, and implementation of these systems and components that impact the rail safety mission of the agency and national rail operations;</li> <li>Serve as a senior level management representative with senior railroad officials to oversee and coordinate testing of PTC and S&TC systems and components with management, labor, railroad suppliers and the public, on behalf of FRA;</li> <li>Maintain communications with regions and Railroad Safety Oversight Managers (RSOM) on PTC and S&TC program issues pertaining to railroad safety;</li> <li>Provide expert technical guidance to the FRA Office of Research and Development on PTC and S&TC safety research needs and the application of research results to support FRA's mission relating to PTC and S&TC;</li> <li>Interact with the rail industry, unions, and a wide variety of other private and public groups to explain and advance the goals of FRA with respect to PTC and S&TC safety.</li> <li>Perform administrative tasks for the division and direct reports, as well as make administrative recommendations on staff members and technical functions; and</li> <li>Serve as the FRA principal PTC and S&TC advisor to the Director, Office of Technical Oversight, and Chief Safety Officer within the Office of Railroad Safety, as well as the Office of the FRA Administrator, on all rail issues.</li> </ul> <br />An ideal candidate for this position is a mid to senior-level professional with strong leadership skills, sound analytical skills and proficiency with identifying trends that can improve railroad safety. The candidate would have experience in leading programs involving the Positive Train Control (PTC) and Signal & Train Control (S&TC) systems, or related or similar experience within the railroad or transportation environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills are imperative. The ability to develop and present compelling technical presentations is required.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – Some travel is required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> Yes <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must meet specialized experience to qualify.</li> <li>Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.</li> <li>Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date</li> <li>Announcement also advertised U.S. Citizens: FRA.S-2019-0026.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:</strong><br /> <ul> <li><strong>SELECTIVE SERVICE:</strong> Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.</li> <li><strong>SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD:</strong> New supervisors must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).</li> <li><strong>INTERVIEW:</strong> Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.</li> <li><strong>DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT:</strong> The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.</li> <li><strong>DRUG TEST:</strong> This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.</li> <li><strong>DRIVER'S LICENSE:</strong> Railroad Safety Specialists travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All railroad safety specialists are required to possess a valid state driver's license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.</li> <li><strong>GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD:</strong> This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only</li> <li><strong>TIME-IN-GRADE: </strong>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.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.</strong><br /><br /><strong>To be qualified for a Railroad Safety Specialist, </strong>the Qualifications Standard state you <strong>MUST</strong> have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:<br /> <ul> <li>Railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations and equipment.</li> <li>General safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry.</li> <li>Railroad accident investigation techniques.</li> <li>Skill in written and oral communication.</li> <li>Design, installation, maintenance, testing, or inspection of signal and train control systems and their capabilities and limitations;</li> <li>Federal laws and regulations pertaining to railroad signaling and train control systems; and</li> <li>Locomotive braking systems and their relationship to and interface with train control or automatic train stop systems and braking distances.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>To qualify for the GS-15</strong>, you at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience </strong><strong>managing a program related to railroad signal and train control (S&TC) and/or Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, </strong><strong>highway-rail grade crossing warning systems or processor-based/communication-based train control S&TC technologies and systems.</strong></li> <li><strong>Experience advising labor organizations and/or senior management in public/private organizations on aspects of railroad safety to include positive train control (PTC), signal and train control (S&TC), highway-rail grade crossing warning systems or processor-based/communications-based PTC and S&TC technologies and systems.</strong></li> <li><strong>Experience applying organizational requirements in order to effectively lead, motivate, supervise, and manage work teams.</strong></li> </ul> <br />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.<br /><br /><strong>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/#url=e4<br /><br /><strong>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. <br /><br />Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</strong></strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .<br /><br /><strong>EEO STATEMENT:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>RAILROAD STOCK:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.</strong> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. </strong>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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>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. </strong><br /><br /><strong>The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. </strong><br /><br /><strong>WRITING SAMPLE: </strong> A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.<br /><br /><strong>PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS:</strong> If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).<br /><br /><strong>VETERANS:</strong> 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.<br /> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>STATUS APPLICANTS:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>DISPLACED EMPLOYEES:</strong> 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: <br /> <ul> <li>your most recent performance appraisal,</li> <li>the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and</li> <li>your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>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.</strong><br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.