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Federal Highway Administration Transportation Specialist (Project Management Information Systems) in Vancouver, Washington

Summary This position is on the Project Controls Team, in the Office of Engineering of Western Federal Lands Highway Division. The incumbent is the Technical Expert of the Project Management Information System (PMIS) responsible for developing, setting, documenting, and maintaining the policies and procedures for the management and operation of the system, assuring its proper use throughout the Division, the quality of the system data, and sharing PMIS expertise with FLH and our partner agencies. Responsibilities As a Transportation Specialist (Project Management Information Systems), you will: Be a technical expert of the interrelationships of project delivery, scheduling, resources, budgets, expenses, and the communication aspects of the Project Management Information System. Work closely with transportation leadership, project managers, functional managers, project teams, programmers, and the Supervisory Quality Assurance Specialist to manage resources, projects, and budgets to meet the goals of the organization. Be responsible for providing the Division Leadership, on a routine basis, the human resource demand and capacity, program schedule, budget, expenditures, and annual report information. Be responsible for the training, and oversight of training, related to the operation and use of the PMIS. Promote and assure the routine and consistent use of the system throughout the Division and ensure the system uses the most recent software available. The ideal candidate has a strong technical background on highway construction means and methods, including a strong understanding on the scheduling and project management aspects of delivering highway construction projects. The ideal candidate will possess highly effective communication, analysis, and collaboration skills to successfully provide technical support and recommendations to better deliver Western Federal Lands’ program of projects. 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 and a service agreement may be required. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding. 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. 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. Qualifications For the 2101 series, specialized experience that demonstrated a knowledge of the transportation function(s) of the position to be filled is required. To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience for the grade at which you are requesting consideration. You will be asked related questions as part of your application, but you need to verify how you meet the specialized experience in your resume and applicable documentation, or you may be deemed ineligible. For the GS-13: You must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, which included: Experience monitoring highway construction projects, working with database systems, and using project management and scheduling information systems (Primavera P6 or other scheduling software); AND Experience coordinating project management services, developing, and managing schedules and budgets, and developing program procedure and training documents. You cannot qualify based on education, you must meet the specialized experience. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. 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. All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education Additional Information The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act prohibits the Department of Transportation and its Operating Administrations from requesting an applicant's criminal history record before that individual receives a conditional offer of employment. In accordance with 5 U.S. Code § 9202(c) and 5 C.F.R § 920.201 certain positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Chance to Compete Act. Applicants who believe they have been subjected to a violation of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, may submit a written complaint to the Department of Transportation by email at, To learn more, please visit our page at: The Fair Chance to Compete Act | US Department of Transportation This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.