Sample Position Descriptions
General Summary of Function/Purpose of Position
The FARS Manager/Analyst manages the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a database that tracks all fatal traffic crashes occurring in the State in conformance with national specifications. This position directs and manages the collection and analysis of data within the FARS Unit. This position also represents the agency and the FARS program at meetings and conferences, negotiating data sharing agreements with other State agencies and organizations, and promoting the value and uses of FARS data. The FARS Manager oversees quality control and meets Federal deadlines.
Supervise FARS Unit, serve on committees, and design and direct data collection programs. 60% of time
- Ensure timely and accurate collection of the statewide fatal collision data. This is accomplished by developing and monitoring weekly and monthly production goals, seeking ways to improve efficiencies in business processes, and utilizing improved technology to increase staff productivity.
- Coordinate with professional and technical personnel in both government and non-government organizations for the purpose of exchanging information, ideas and recommendations, as well as with FARS Analysts in other States.
- Write and review articles and speeches. Address groups, furnish advice on research problems to other members of department and representatives of other organizations including NHTSA. Speak to community and government groups to educate about FARS Program and enhance statewide traffic collision data quality.
- Serve as specialist on interdisciplinary teams formed to solve complex transportation problems. Serve as member of the following State multi-agency committees: State Traffic Records Coordinating Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Registry Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Department of Health Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) Steering Committee.
- Meet with public and private agencies to explain difficult transportation problems and advise groups on analysis of traffic fatalities, including various statewide committees as needed. Serve as departmental representative with other Federal, state and local agencies in determining analytical models, methods, or procedures to be utilized in conducting evaluative studies.
- Identify problem areas in statewide collision data collection, reporting, data quality and data findings. Draw conclusions and recommend solutions to support safety improvements at the Federal, State and local levels. Coordinate and run meetings related to data collection with other agencies as needed.
- Design or direct design of reporting systems, and maintain computer programming of internal databases (including the State FARS Tracking System and Emergency Medical Services Tracking System), which track preliminary numbers, generate preliminary reports on motor vehicle fatality counts, produce quality control reports, track incoming and outgoing information as well as produce requests for information on individual traffic fatalities.
- Supervise and develop plans for collection of field data and office summarization and formatting of such data for retention in computer systems for reference and analysis. Design, develop and evaluate new methodologies and techniques for transportation data collection procedures, sample selection and statistical requirements.
Responsible for FARS manual, Federal contract and other source documents needed for FARS. 20% of time
- Write and update detailed FARS Procedure Manual annually for use and reference by NHTSA FARS Headquarters, NHTSA Regional Offices, and the State FARS Unit.
- Complete interagency contract agreements and NHTSA annual inventory.
- Manage the collection of source documents relating to fatal traffic collisions and track incoming and outgoing information.
Provide assistance and conduct analyses. 10% of time
- Assist State Department of Transportation with the collection, production and distribution of Requests for Additional Information and contact with the investigating law enforcement officer, verification of coding and interpretation of various cases, obtaining death certificate information for verification of fatal count, toxicology report interpretation and gathering, and identifying case anomalies.
- Analyze fatal traffic collisions to determine cause of crash, impact points and angles of collision, sequence of crash events, safety-related issues, and injuries in combination with crash circumstances, which may require knowledge of medical terminology. Special knowledge of the American National Standard for Motor Vehicle Classifications (ANSI-D16) is used in analyzing cases to determine if a case meets specifications to be included in the State Fatality Count.
- Interpret various source documents related to fatal crash investigations, including police traffic collision reports, police accident reconstruction reports (technical reports), driver and vehicle records, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reports, coroner reports, toxicology reports for BAC as well as drug classifications and types, roadway data, maps and interchange drawings as well as death certificates, which require interpretation of medical terminology and knowledge of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) codes.
Perform duties of FARS analyst. 8% of time
- Code over 100 different elements for a single case using the FARS Coding Manual, Federal Highway Administration Roadway Classifications, vehicle make, model and body information, General Services Administration (GSA) codes, along with source documents mentioned above.
- Write and edit narratives, organize and collect statistical data for special or annual reports. Participate in joint research projects with multiple agencies, including the Statewide Collision Data Summary Report.
- Analyze feasibility of and respond to data/information inquiries from general public, legislators, media, agency staff and other governmental agencies using SPSS, Excel, SAS, and an Intranet query system. Inquiry tasks include retrieving data from databases, merging databases, evaluating data for accuracy, performing statistical analysis, and generating reports, graphs and charts. Produce monthly reports, including preliminary State fatality counts.
- Evaluate usage of geographic information system (GIS) data in the FARS database by adding GIS analysis and computerized mapping capability to the FARS data, using mapping software to produce dynamic maps. Coordinate efforts with NHTSA FARS Headquarters.
Attend related and necessary training. 2 % of time
- Attend FARS training courses, annual meetings, and other agency-sponsored conferences to keep up-to-date on current issues.