Supervisory Rail Accident Investigator (Chief, Railroad Division)


Vacancy ID: 736590   Announcement Number: RP-736590-HR   USAJOBS Control Number: 326832000

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1. Title of Job

Supervisory Rail Accident Investigator (Chief, Railroad Division)
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21. Geographic Availability

110010001 Washington DC, DC

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Do you have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to GS-14 that demonstrates expertise in rail accident analysis, rail safety programs, evaluating the effectiveness of federal laws and regulations related to rail transportation, and evaluating the adequacy of consensus standards related to rail transportation?

A. YES
B. NO

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Understand the organization, theories, practices and functions of railroad transportation systems. 

3. Knowledge of railroad track system inspection techniques.

4. Knowledge of railroad track system construction, maintenance, and testing.

5. Knowledge of railroad equipment.

6. Knowledge of the railroad industry operations.

7. Understand FRA regulations and policies and keep current on updates.

8. Knowledge of FRA regulations covering railroads and related transportation systems and hazardous materials.

9. Knowledge of Federal laws and regulations pertaining to inspection and testing of locomotives, freight, and passenger trains.

10. Knowledge of the public transporation systems operations using light rail and heavy rail vehicles.

11. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories and practices of railroad train signal systems, train control systems, positive train control systems, and highway rail grade crossing signal systems.

12. Knowledge of railroad operating practices, rules, and procedures relating to safety issues.

13. Knowledge of Federal railroad track safety standards.

14. Analyze factual data and information to make correct inferences or draw accurate conclusions.

15. Identify rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information.

16. Knowledge of techniques, methods and tools for reconstructing an accident.

17. Knowledge of the ability of a vehicle structure to protect its occupants during an impact.

18. Knowledge of railroad accident investigation techniques.

19. Encourage and faciitate cooperation and trust, and foster commitment amongst team members.

20. Convey a sense of purpose and vision for staff members.

21. Provide support and direction to others in fulfilling their work and work products.

22. Ability to motivate, inspire, and influence people to meet their goals.

23. Knowledge of an organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work.

24. Ability to maintain the integrity or the organization and its programs.

25. Provide feedback to employees supporting their development and accomplishments.

26. Resolve conflicts in a positive and constructive manner.

27. Plan, distribute, coordinate and monitor the work assignments of others.

28. Motivate, train, develop, and guide employees of varied background and skill levels effectively.

29. Prepare written documentation that includes technical reports, studies and audits appropriate for the intended audience,

30. Commute in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

31. Prepare reports factually and accurately, communicating safety inspections/findings.

32. Write in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for various audiences.

33. Provide information to individuals taking into account the audience and nature of the information.

34. Skill in expressing technical information and guidelines on various projects to a diverse audience.

35. Skill in making clear and convincing oral presentations.

36. Ability to accomplish the quantity and quality of work expected under tight deadlines.

37. Monitor and ensure that programs meet goals and standards of the organization.

38. Plan, distribute, coordinate and monitor work of team members performing work promoting railroad safety.

39. Answer questions independently in a manner that demonstrates thorough preparation.

40. Use presentation software programs and visual aids to convey general and technical information.

41. Skill in making presentations on various administrative activities, recommendations or issues.

42. Monitor and evaluate the progress and outcome of operational plans.

43. Thorough and accurate when preparing work products.

44. Ability to prioritize workload when faced with multiple tasks.

45. Ability to work, manage and monitor multiple projects.

46. Determine short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them.

47. Skill in using sound judgment in developing and evaluating alternatives in order to resolve problems.

48. Skill in using sound judgment in responding to highly dynamic situations.

49. Solve complex problems with limited information and within short time constraints.

50. Knowledge of the principles, methods, tools and techniques of developing or applying technology using text, audio, graphics, or other media.

51. Use computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in an appropriate format.

52. Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior.

53. Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to inspire and guide individuals toward goal achievement.

54. Work diplomatically with groups who have different points of view.