Transportation Specialist

Department of Transportation - Austin, TX4.1

30+ days agoFull-time
    • Summary

      You will serve as a Senior Transportation Specialist, principally responsible for one of the two large urban areas in the state (Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston). Provides leadership in project development in the areas of planning and design phases of significant projects in these high density, high traffic volume, urban areas. Many of the projects are large in size, technically complex and often highly controversial. There are unique and significant projects of a fully multi-modal nature and projects that employ Design/Build and/or innovative financing. Serves as the specialist principally responsible for providing leadership, guidance, direction and approvals to the state with regard to development of these projects.

      The ideal candidate is a mid-career and motivated individual with experience administering Federally funded highway programs or coordinating highway projects as it relates to construction, contract administration or project management; and experience conveying ideas and concepts in meetings and discussions, and in writing.

      PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.


      The Transportation Specialist (P&PD):
      • Consults and/or coordinates with other Division specialists, such as Planners, Environmental Specialists, Financial Managers, Transportation Engineers, and Structures Engineers, as needed, to clarify or resolve issues related to projects.
      • Participates in and contributes to Division program management activity including development of stewardship and oversight plans, conducting risk assessments, development of strategic operations and business plans, promotion of the implementation of a performance-based planning and programming process to partner agencies, and identification and tracking of performance measures and the associated reporting processes.
      • Evaluates and recommends, or approves as delegated, requests for project authorization, concurrence in the award of contracts, participation in change orders and work orders for extra work, contract claims and reimbursement to the State, and acceptance of projects upon correction of deficiencies and completion of projects.
      • Provides policy direction and technical guidance to TxDOT on a continuing basis and on a less frequent basis to other agencies and organizations.
      • Represents the FHWA in contacts with TxDOT and other local agencies reviewing and approving actions and providing technical assistance related to highway transportation concerns as it relates to contracting and constructability.

      Travel Required Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

      Supervisory status No

      Promotion Potential 13

      Who May Apply This job is open to… Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

      Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

    • Job family (Series) 2101 Transportation Specialist

    • Requirements Requirements 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 Merit Promotion: FHWA.FO-2018-0279.

      • 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.
      • DEU REQUIREMENTS : Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

      Qualifications To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

      To qualify for the GS-13 , you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, which includes:
      • Experience related to transportation project management; planning, scheduling, and coordinating highway or transportation project activities; construction, design or contract administration for highway or transportation projects in accordance with regulations, standards, principles and methods; AND
      • Experience in consultation with others, developing alternatives and helping to resolve technical transportation issues or conflicts that arise with processes or outcomes. AND
      • Experience representing the organization with partners and stakeholders to provide advice, consultation, or project oversight.

      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.

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      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.

      Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


      Additional information 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.

      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 placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

      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. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

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      Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

      Drug test required No

    • Required Documents Required Documents

      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.

      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) ( ), 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.
      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.

    • Benefits Benefits 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. Learn more about federal benefits .

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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.