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Highway Safety Specialist (Enforcement Program Specialist)


Pay103,409.00 - 134,435.00 / year
LocationRemote
Employment typeFull-Time

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  • Job Description

      Req#: 785756000
      Summary

      This position is located in a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Service Center. The specialist initiates civil penalty collection procedures, negotiates settlement of enforcement cases, and prepares and processes non-contested settlement agreements and consent orders on enforcement cases.

      This job is open to

      • Internal to an agency

        Current federal employees of this agency.


      Clarification from the agency

      FMCSA-wide employees with competitive status only.

      This is not a Bargaining unit position.

      Duties

      As a Highway Safety Specialist (Enforcement Program Specialist), you will:

      • Provides expert technical advice, assistance, and research regarding the preparation of enforcement documents, recommends alternative enforcement methods, evaluates enforcement cases, and provides recommendations regarding the agency's position during settlement hearings.
      • Provide technical advice and assistance to FMCSA Division Office and Service Center personnel over a multi-state geographical area, including offering expert interpretations of highly complex data, legislation and regulations, procedures, requirements, advancements and/or approaches.
      • Provide coordination, liaison, negotiation and consultation for the Federal civil penalty program, within the geographical area covered by the Service Center. Initiate civil penalty collection procedures and settlement agreements on Notices of Claim. Evaluate cases for legal sufficiency and assist in evaluating cases for criminal investigation referral.
      • Assist in developing procedures and standards within enforcement related programs which facilitates accomplishment of the program and technical assistance role of the Service Center.
      • Participate on intra-agency task force to furnish expert advice and representation. Participate in special activities/efforts with external transportation organizations.


      This is an ideal position for a mission-focused safety professional. Excellent interpersonal skills are required, including the demonstrated ability to relate to all types of personalities in a challenging, sometimes contentious, atmosphere.

      Requirements

      Conditions of Employment

      • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
      • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
      • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
      • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.


      CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

      • 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.
      • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter.
      • REMOTE WORK: Position may be a remote position working from home within the Western Service Center area. The employee works from home but reports directly to the Enforcement Program Manager at the Western Service Center in Lakewood, CO.
      • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
      • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


      NOTE: You must be able to speak and write fluently in English. Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish desired, but not required.

      Qualifications

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

      To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

      • Experience applying laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to evaluating motor carrier safety and compliance enforcement programs, including those concerned with the transportation and handling of hazardous materials.


      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

      • Administrative Law - Knowledge of state and Federal administrative laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents related to case preparation and settlements.
      • Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
      • Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
      • Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
      • Education & Training - Knowledge of teaching, training, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other instructional methods.


      For all types of consideration, 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.

      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

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


      Education

      Additional information

      This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

      • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

        Review our benefits

        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.


      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 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. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.

      Eligible Federal employees also seeking consideration for noncompetitive reassignment for this position must indicate interest in the assessment. Noncompetitive federal candidates must have competitive status on a SF-50, meet minimum qualifications, have served at the same grade or higher, and held or exceeded the promotion potential of this position.

      All applicants: 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 on your behalf 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.

      You may preview questions for this vacancy.

      • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

        Review our benefits

        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.
      • Required Documents

        As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

        RESUME - All applicants must provide a resume created within USA Jobs Resume Builder, that shows relevant experience, education and support the required specialized experience. Formatted resumes can by uploaded later in the application process.

        FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must submit SF-50(s) that verify your highest competitive grade, full performance level, and eligibility as a federal applicant. DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50. Pay adjustment raise SF-50s for the current year will not support the 52 weeks' time-in-grade requirements. https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/service/SF-50/

        PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: 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.)

        If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):

        • your most recent performance appraisal,
        • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
        • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
        • YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL 3 documents and meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85) to be considered under CTAP.


        Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

        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.

        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.
      • How to Apply

        You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 pm (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

        • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
        • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
        • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.


        If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at: Transjobs@dot.gov

        Agency contact information

        Automated Staffing Office

        Phone

        000-000-0000

        Fax

        000-000-0000

        Email

        TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

        Address

        DOT, FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

        Submit Application and Documents Online

        1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50

        Washington, District of Columbia 20590

        United States

        Next steps

        You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. As the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring agency will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.
      • Fair and Transparent

        The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

        • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
        • Reasonable accommodation policy
        • Financial suitability
        • Selective Service
        • New employee probationary period
        • Signature and false statements
        • Privacy Act
        • Social security number request


      Required Documents

      RESUME - All applicants must provide a resume created within USA Jobs Resume Builder, that shows relevant experience, education and support the required specialized experience. Formatted resumes can by uploaded later in the application process.

      FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must submit SF-50(s) that verify your highest competitive grade, full performance level, and eligibility as a federal applicant. DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50. Pay adjustment raise SF-50s for the current year will not support the 52 weeks' time-in-grade requirements. https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/service/SF-50/

      PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: 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.)

      If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):

      • your most recent performance appraisal,
      • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
      • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
      • YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL 3 documents and meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85) to be considered under CTAP.


      Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

      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.

      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.

      How to Apply

      You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 pm (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

      • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
      • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
      • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.


      If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at: Transjobs@dot.gov

      Agency contact information

      Automated Staffing Office

      Phone

      000-000-0000

      Fax

      000-000-0000

      Email

      TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

      Address

      DOT, FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

      Submit Application and Documents Online

      1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50

      Washington, District of Columbia 20590

      United States

      Next steps

      You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. As the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring agency will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

      Fair & Transparent

      The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

      • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
      • Reasonable accommodation policy
      • Financial suitability
      • Selective Service
      • New employee probationary period
      • Signature and false statements
      • Privacy Act
      • Social security number request
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