The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of crosscutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system. The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of DOT/OST-R in Cambridge, MA, has been helping the transportation community navigate the most challenging problems for more than 40 years. Volpe’s mission is to improve transportation by anticipating and addressing emerging issues and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations across all modes. Please visit our website to learn more: http://www.volpe.dot.gov/.
The Volpe Center seeks a Center Director for Safety Management and Human Factors - This position oversees five technical divisions - Safety Information Systems, Aviation Safety Management Systems, Safety Measurement and Analysis, Surface Transportation Human Factors and Aviation Human Factors. The Center maintains and applies internationally recognized capabilities in the acquisition, maintenance, distribution, and analysis of transportation safety data to assist transportation entities to take effective actions to reduce the number and severity of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage. This includes extensive work in aviation safety management systems for several divisions in the FAA. It also includes national initiatives such as Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) Program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The ideal candidate must have expertise leading applied research and technology projects in safety management systems and/or human factors in the transportation field. Specialized experience in aviation, railroads, commercial motor vehicle or automotive domains is desired as well as exceptional collaborative management, planning, and communication skills. You must have the ability to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders internal and external to Volpe and DOT. While not required, an advanced technical degree is highly desirable.
The vacancy announcement can be found on the Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS site through the following link:
Within the fee-for-service operating model and business environment, the Center Director for Safety Management and Human Factors:
Provides oversight of the technical integrity and delivery of services for Volpe's mission critical programs in support of the Department's safety programs across the technical centers. In this capacity, this executive will also work with Volpe’s other Technical Center Directors to provide oversight of Volpe’s support for safety programs for other modal administrations in addition to the safety management systems for FAA and the FMCSA.
Provides leadership and commitment of Volpe’s Organizational Culture including Innovation, Collaboration, Open Communication, Coaching/ Mentoring and Professional Growth as key values to support staff and sponsoring organizations.
Provides leadership and strategic direction over programs by developing plans and policies that formulate, staff, conduct, and manage projects for sponsoring organizations to support and advance the strategic goals of the DOT and OST-R as they pertain to Safety Management Systems and Human Factors.
Oversee existing programs, develops new Transportation Safety Management Systems programs, and ensures technical excellence within the staff and programs of the Center.
Provides horizontal integration of safety research across the Center, working with other Technical Directors to bring together cross-functional teams to address the safety challenges facing the nation's transportation system.
Pioneers new and augmented approaches to develop and manage the interactions between humans and current and emerging automation technology to improve transportation system safety, security and productivity with due concern for unintended consequences.
Serves as a national and international resource center of knowledge exchange on programs that focus on identifying and mitigating risk through a system safety management approach.
Assesses the transportation enterprise to anticipate future transportation needs, issues, and challenges so as to better prepare and inform DOT and other decision makers and provide a basis for establishing the strategic direction of Volpe and of the Center for Safety Management and Human Factors.
Develops a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing the transportation community within and outside of the modes. He/she produces “Thought Leadership" activities (e.g., white papers. Workshops, journal articles and books) to facilitate better understanding of the issues and the potential innovative solutions among many stakeholders.
Travel is required (30-50%)
Relocation funds will be authorized.
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.
Must be able to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.
As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability? and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below is a description of the technical qualifications that must be clearly evident in your resume.
Recognized technical expertise leading applied research, technology and demonstration projects, ideally as an engineer/scientist, in one or more transportation related areas of computer science and information technology, data management, analytics and visualization, safety management systems, business process redesign and automation, safety science, and human factors research and engineering. Demonstrated experience in envisioning and developing new and innovative safety systems through collaboration with transportation leaders in government, industry, and academia.
Demonstrated experience in a fee-for-service or similar environment developing business opportunities and ensuring successful business relationships with clients, including being the central point of contact for a customer; successfully attracting funded programs from the customer; having responsibility for ensuring all the business needs of the customer were met; and facilitating discussions between research and development managers and customer leaders to define future opportunities, strategies, and plans and develop funded programs.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly evident in your resume.
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. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.
Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.
You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
DRUG TEST: This position is subject to a pre-employment drug test and random drug testing during employment.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires the ability to obtain and retain a Public Trust security clearance.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
The Research and Innovative Technology Administration coordinates the US DOT’s research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of crosscutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system. The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of DOT/RITA in Cambridge, MA, has been helping the transportation community navigate the most challenging problems for more tha...n 40 years. Volpe’s mission is to improve transportation by anticipating and addressing emerging issues and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations across all modes. Visit our website to learn more: www.volpe.dot.gov
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