You are viewing a preview of this job. Log in or register to view more details about this job.

Highway Safety Specialist (State Programs Specialist)

This position is located within a Field Division Office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  You will serve as the State Programs Specialist within a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Field Division Office, with responsibility for oversight, promotion, and review of highly technical projects and programs of the agency.

As a Highway Safety Specialist (State Programs Specialist), you will:

Incumbent is responsible for administering the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program in the State.  This responsibility requires that the incumbent take all necessary actions to ensure that the State complies with established laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. 

Responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting a program review at least once every three years, along with a follow-up process review each year until all outstanding issues identified in the program are resolved.

Responsible for administering the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). This includes providing information, guidance, and assistance to the State commercial motor vehicle safety program; and conducts first level reviews of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP) and grant applications.

Responsible for administering the Intelligent Transportation System/Commercial Vehicle Operations (ITS/CVO) programs within the Division.

Responsible for the implementation of the Performance and Registration Information System Management (PRISM) in the State.

Represents the FMSCA in interactions with persons outside the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, such as owners of major motor carriers and their employees, contractors, state and federal agency leaders and their key representatives to include the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, senior officials of the Highway Patrol, the Director of the state Department of Transportation and key senior officials involved in transportation safety.

This position is perfect for a mission focused highway safety professional with knowledge of highway safety programs including road safety.  Demonstrated ability to relate to all types of personalities in challenging and, at times, contentious circumstances is essential to success.  This is a good and important management position within Division for a person who wants to be challenged, who possesses leadership skills, and who wants to advance within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The safety professional should be able to provide training to State Partners and Division Staff and provide extensive monitoring to the State and Federal Investigators.  The candidate will serve in a supportive role with Federal Programs and the Certified Investigative Staff with obtaining crash reports, vehicle registrations and licensing records requests from our State Partners in their conducting motor carrier compliance reviews and inspections.

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.



  • 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.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT:  Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection and a service agreement may be required.
  • 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.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position may be eligible for occasional and/or regularly scheduled telework.  The number of telework days approved will be determined by your immediate supervisor or manager following the agency’s telework policy and guidance. If participating in the telework program, you will be required to sign a telework agreement detailing agency telework policy requirements, working conditions, and expectations for the position.



To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

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 analyzing and applying regulations, precedent decisions, interpretations and issues related to motor carrier safety and Federal compliance enforcement programs, including the management of Federal grants to state partners.

Experience planning, managing, and/or evaluating complex motor carrier safety programs, including grant programs.

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:

  • Grants Management - Knowledge of requirements, practices, and procedures for soliciting, receiving, reviewing, and processing proposals, and awarding and administering grants and agreements.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.  Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  • Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Performance Measurement - Knowledge of the principles and methods for evaluating program or organizational performance using financial and non-financial measures, including identification of evaluation factors (for example, workload, personnel requirements), metrics, and outcomes.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.
    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.