Supervisory Mechanical Engineer - Division Chief for the Structures and Dynamics Division
The Volpe Center is seeking a Supervisory Mechanical Engineer to serve as the Division Chief for the Structures and Dynamics Division. As the Division Chief, you will oversee the work done by the Division, supervise the technical and administrative staff, and manage and expand the portfolio work. This Division’s function is to provide research services regarding the safety and performance of the ground transportation system by applying engineering expertise in the areas of vehicle-guideway dynamics, mechanics of wear, fatigue and fracture, soil mechanics, vehicle crash-worthiness and impact energy management, and other technologies and policies associated with safety.
When you work at the Volpe Center you work with people like you –talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others and resolving real-world transportation problems. We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square), and offer competitive benefits, and a flexible and family-friendly work environment including on-site child-care services. Additional positions may be filled throughout the Volpe Center.
The ideal candidate for this assignment will have experience in providing leadership in projects that provide engineering, analytical, and research support to surface transportation decision-making at all levels of government and industry and experience leading high-performing, multi-disciplinary technical teams. The candidate will also have an in-depth knowledge of research within the surface transportation environment, working with and providing critical analytical and research support to rail, highway, truck safety, pipeline and other sponsors. Within the railway operating environment, the candidate should have knowledge of vehicle-guideway dynamics; mechanics of wear, fatigue and fracture; soil mechanics; vehicle crash-worthiness and impact energy management; and other aspects of rail safety topics. Additionally, the candidate will have strong leadership, communication, consulting, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Significant experience in direct management of staff and programs is required. The candidate will have the ability to lead, direct, develop and mentor staff, to work with high-level agency officials and sponsors, and to effectively and collaboratively within a management team. Experience in a fee-for-service environment is desirable.
Announcements are posted to the Public and to Merit Promotion eligible applicants on http://www.usajobs.gov/. Please know that Merit Promotion announcements are the vehicle through which Federal employees generally apply for Federal positions.
Application deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017
GS-15 Merit Promotion Announcement: OST.RVOLPE-2018-0001: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482882500 Public Announcement: OST.RVOLPE-2018-0002: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482882600
Informational briefing: Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 12:00pm in Conference Room 1-11-24 at the Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA OR call-in no. 1-877-336-1839/Access Code: 6481986). Luisa Paiewonsky, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Systems and Technology, will hold an information session at this time to describe the position and to answer any questions interested candidates may have. Arthur Bakis from Human Resources will be there to answer questions about the application process.
Conditions of Employment •You must meet specialized experience to qualify •Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date •Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date •Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA:OST.RVOLPE-2018-0001 •May be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for this location
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. ?SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period. ?DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). ?EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Transcript required with application.
An innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT's) Research and Innovative Technology Administration in Kendall Square, Cambridge, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation and logistics with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise a...cross all modes of transportation. Our work, performed primarily for DOT as well as other federal agencies and state, local, and international entities, support DOT’s goals. We offer competitive benefits, and a flexible and family-friendly work environment.