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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Highway Safety Specialist - GS - 2125 - 12/13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Open Period:
02/26/2014 - 03/14/2014
GS - 2125 12/13
$73460.00 - $113560.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Fort Worth, TX, US
For More Info:
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Who May Apply:
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: NHTSA.NTI-2014-0003.

Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.
You will serve as a Highway Safety Specialist and under the supervision of the Regional Administrator (RA) and Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA), Region 6. The regional office has regional responsibility for developing, improving, and overseeing traffic safety programs, including those aimed at increasing safety belt and child restraint use and reducing the incidence of impaired driving, along with other programs that reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage. You will provide technical and administrative leadership to States, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and communities in formulating, developing, managing, and evaluating the strategic highway safety programs. Under direction and guidance from the RA/DRA, you will implement strategies and programs and disseminate materials, and information for use by states, communities, and advocacy organizations to support traffic safety programs.

Also, you will be responsible for providing guidance on highway safety activities within the States and BIA involving Federal grant funds. With the assistance of the RA and DRA, you will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in the preparation of the State(s) Highway Safety Plan (HSP) and conducting, financial management, grants monitoring and oversight activities.

NHTSA is looking for an experienced employee who has excellent communication skills. Experience management of federal grants, conducting state program management reviews, data analysis and problem identification, project and management planning, program administration and evaluation and problem identification is a plus also.

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement has been extended until March 14, 2014.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:
Key Requirements:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen. Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date. Provide all required documents by closing date. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Announcement also advertised merit promotion: NHTSA.NTI-2014-0003. Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


As a Highway Safety Specialist you will:

  • Review and approve grantees' financial documents, and provide technical assistance to the State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) and other State BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) financial personnel including: notification of funds availability, resolution of critical errors, calculation of match requirements, reconciliation of program funds, assisting in the hands-on training of States' personnel on the use of the Grants Tracking System (GTS), and assist State personnel in the closure of GTS each grant year.
  • Perform a number of writing and editing functions including those related to planning and implementing the Regional Action Plan. Develop background material, analyses, progress reports, briefing papers, and correspondence as requested for the RA's/DRA's signature.
  • Serve as team leader and be responsible for region-wide coordination of assigned program area(s), which may include contacting law enforcement agencies, State, BIA, and local government agencies, support associations (e.g., state, tribal, and local law enforcement organizations, health and medical associations, other state agencies) the corporate sector, and the general public.
  • Be responsible for technical support and coordination, focusing on such areas as management, traffic enforcement and adjudication, education and outreach, or data and analysis. Activities involve interaction among traditional and non-traditional partners.
  • Be responsible for providing guidance on highway safety activities within the States and BIA involving Federal grant funds. With the assistance of the RA and DRA,  will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in the preparation of the State(s) Highway Safety Plan (HSP) and conducting, financial management, grants monitoring and oversight activities.

Qualifications and Evaluations

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  
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.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVELTo qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience developing highway safety programs, including data analysis and problem identification, planning and program implementation, and program evaluation.

In addition to the GS-12: 
  • Experience managing federal grants, conducting state program management reviews, data analysis, problem identification, project and management planning, program administration and evaluation.


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

Benefits and Other Info

- Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.

- This position is telework eligible.
Other 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.

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents)no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at
Required Documents:
The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME:  Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under https:</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).
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.

What to Expect Next:
You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.