Highway Safety Specialist
US Department of Transportation
 Baltimore, MD
  • Duties




The position serves as a Highway Safety Specialist under the supervision of the Regional Administrator (RA) and Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA), Region 3. The regional office is responsible for developing, overseeing and improving traffic safety programs, including those aimed at increasing safety belt and child restraint use and reducing the incidence of impaired driving, along with other programs that reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.

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As a Highway Safety Specialist, you will:

  • Develop background material, analyses, and correspondence, as requested for the RA's/DRA's signature.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to States, private and public sector organizations, and consumers regarding priority highway safety programs of the Agency.
  • Participate in national, regional, State, and local meetings of partners and advocacy groups, assist in putting presentations together on NHTSA programs, and solicit input into future program strategies.
  • Serve in a liaison capacity with other Federal government agencies that have responsibility for public health and traffic safety issues.
  • Assist in the gathering, analysis, and summarization of pertinent data to identify significant factors, trends and problems.

NHTSA is looking for an employee who has excellent communication skills; a strong understanding of data analysis and problem identification, preferably as it relates to traffic safety or other related fields; and familiarity with the management, oversight or implementation of federal grants. Program administration, project planning, management, and evaluation are also a plus.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

2125 Highway Safety

  • Requirements



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.NRO-2020-0003


  • 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 either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07, it must include:

  • Experience working under the close supervision of another employee developing, implementing and managing projects that demonstrate successful strategies for addressing problems in traffic safety, public health, injury prevention, or related fields.

To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone, you must have:

  • At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.
  • You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

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.

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.