National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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You will serve as a Highway Safety Specialist and report to the Chief, Occupant Protection Division, Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection, Research and Program Development (RPD). The Office has national responsibility for developing and improving traffic safety programs aimed at reducing deaths and injuries due to drowsy or distracted driving and non-use of seat belts and child restraint systems.


As a Highway Safety Specialist, you will:

  • Develop, manage, and implement projects that demonstrate successful strategies for addressing seat belt and child safety seat use and drowsy or distracted driving.
  • Provide technical and problem solving assistance to support State and community program efforts in the areas of public information, education, policies, laws and regulations.
  • Review internal and external technical documents, reports, and rulemakings with respect to distracted driving or drowsy and the physics and mechanics of occupant protection systems.
  • Develop proposed guidance for RPD management, Regional Offices, States, and safety organizations.
  • Attend, organize, and participate in official meetings, conferences, and workshops relating to seat belts, child safety seats, distracted or drowsy driving and/or occupant protection technologies.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses experience and a solid understanding of behavioral highway safety, injury prevention and public health issues, programs and policies, especially as they relate to occupant protection (seat belt use, child passenger safety, child heatstroke and distracted and drowsy driving). The candidate should have experience in behavioral traffic safety program development, implementation and strategies Experience working with Federal agencies, National organizations and associations, community groups and grassroots organizations would be helpful.  The candidate should have the ability to work effectively on matters that involve technical and/or complex issues.  The candidate should have strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills and experience in developing and presenting a concise and persuasive rationale for a decision or policy.


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 U.S. Citizens: NHTSA.NPD-2019-0004.


  • 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.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 it must include:

  • Experience developing, implementing, managing and overseeing projects that demonstrate successful strategies for addressing traffic safety problems.

  • Experience managing federal grants, conducting program management reviews, data analysis, problem identification, project and management planning, program administration and evaluation.

  • Experience managing, developing, marketing, implementing, and evaluating a public health and/or traffic safety program.

To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

  • Experience developing, managing federal procurements, implementing projects and policies addressing highway safety issues, particularly with regard to seat belt use, child passenger safety, or distracted or drowsy driving countermeasures and initiatives.

  • Experience with developing strategic relationships among Federal agencies, States and national organizations for the purpose of enlisting contribution and participation in highway safety programs and/or policies.

  • Experience with behavioral traffic safety/injury control programs among the various occupant protection issues (e.g., seat belts, child passenger safety, distracted driving, children being left in hot cars. etc.) related to prevention, intervention, enforcement, policy, and evaluation strategies.

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.

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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date. 

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

How to Apply

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$81,548 to $126,062 per year


Washington, DC

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