Program Manager (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees) - Harrisburg - job 746664

US Department of Transportation

Date: 05/05/2021

City: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Salary: $110,059 - 143,074 per year

Employment type: Full-time

Duties


Summary




This position is assigned to the Pennsylvania Division of the Federal Highway Administration. As the Program Manager, you will provide direction and leadership to the Office of Planning, Environment, and Finance; develop Division policy, interpret national policy, and provide leadership, coordination, and authoritative advice to top State and local officials; and direct, administer, and evaluate programs, policies, and procedures in transportation program areas.





Responsibilities




As a Program Manager, you will:



  • Hold a key Division leadership position, operates under the general policy of the Deputy Division Administrator and is responsible for implementing the Federal-aid Highway Program (under Title 23 U.S.C.) statewide through a Risk Based Stewardship and Oversight (RBSO) approach for all phases of project activity project development, Planning, Environment and Finance.

  • Serve as the principle advisor to the Division Administrator and Deputy Division Administrator and provide direction, on a statewide basis for the management, implementation, program direction, and coordination of all phases of new and existing Federal-aid highway programs in project development, Planning, Environment and Finance.

  • Supervise a professional staff of planners, environmental professionals and Financial Specialists.

  • Provide policy and strategic direction and leadership to the staff in the development of respective performance plan initiatives, objectives, and activities.

  • Provide information and guidance in the interpretation, application, and implementation of Federal laws, regulations, and policy relating to all phases of the highway program on a day-to-day basis to officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, cities, counties, other agencies, and to private citizens.


The ideal candidate has experience leading a group of employees in carrying out a Federal-aid transportation program, administering and carrying out program requirements and activities, and assuring compliance of State transportation program activities with Federal-aid laws and regulations.






Supervisory status

Yes




Promotion Potential

14






  • Job family (Series)


    0340 Program Management




  • Requirements



    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.


    • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.


    • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory 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).




    Qualifications



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

    To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:



    • Experience leading a workforce or team in delivering a highway transportation program or projects.

    • Experience applying program management principles and practices relating to highway transportation programs.

    • Experience representing management before local, state, and/or elected representatives at all levels to promote a transportation program.


    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:



    • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, executive orders, policies, procedures, and guidelines which relate and/or are applicable to implementing and monitoring an effective Federal-aid Highway Division program.

    • Knowledge of advanced principles and practices of highway and transportation project development and construction to provide authoritative advice and make complex transportation decisions and recommendations needed to interpret, develop, or redirect State and local highway programs.

    • Ability to lead and motivate employees and supervise their day-to-day performance. Knowledge and application of leadership, management, supervisory, and team-building skills to both lead a work group and work effectively in a team-oriented environment.

    • Ability to communicate effectively in the capacity of a spokesperson for the agency with State DOT's, local transportation officials, elected officials, other Federal and private interest representatives, and the public.


    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 vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.







    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.




    To compete with U.S. Citizens:
    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.




    To compete with other competitive status government employees:
    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. In eligibility question 14: select Yes/Other/Former Incumbency of a Position brought into the Competitive Service. 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.




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    Background checks and security clearance




    Security clearance

    Other




    Drug test required

    No






    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk




    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness









  • Required Documents



    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.



    PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS:
    If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and forwarded to the selecting official in consideration of your application. To receive credit, 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. performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).



    VETERANS:
    Your last DD214 (member 4 copy), 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.



    • If 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 (member-4 copy).

    • If 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 applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214 (member-4 copy), 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.


    FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must submit your most current and other SF-50(s) that verify your current position, 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, current 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/



    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.


    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or 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. 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. Opens in a new windowLearn 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.








Help

This job is open to



  • Individuals with disabilities




  • Federal employees - Competitive service


    Current or former competitive service federal employees.




  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)


    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.



  • Military spouses




  • Family of overseas employees


    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.



  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista




  • The public


    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.




  • Special authorities


    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.



  • Veterans





Clarification from the agency


Open to current and former Federal employees with competitive status, VEOA Applicants, AND All U.S. Citizens.





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