Supervisory Operations Research Analyst/Computer Scientist

US Dept of Transportation Volpe Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
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Volpe Center seeks a  Div. Chief for the Safety Info. Sys. Division. This division’s work focuses on developing computerized systems to collect, analyze & disseminate safety data; and applying innovative mathematical, analytical & computer science approaches to support data-driven policy & operational decisions.  The info. systems that are developed & maintained by this Div. support agency operational missions, including safety analyses & regulatory development & evaluation needs.


As Chief of the Safety Information Systems Division, the employee provides leadership, oversight, guidance, and operational and strategic program coordination to critical technology initiatives in support of safety information system development.

Broadens and strengthens existing internal and external relationships, and builds new relationships with clients, DOT policy makers, transportation practitioners, and relevant research and technology communities.

Provides management leadership and coordination in supporting system safety assessment of transportation information systems; data sensitivity analysis; system certification; and the assessment of systems designs with regard to security vulnerabilities, including system security plans and the development of Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs).

Manages programs and projects in accordance with Volpe Center project management standards and best industry practices. This includes developing and managing Reimbursable and Inter-Agency Agreements (RAs and IAAs), monitoring project funding levels, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with current and future clients, ensuring the quality of deliverables and providing quick reaction responses as required. Professional certifications such as Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and intimate knowledge of applying standards such as NIST Software Assurance Metrics (SAMATE) DO-178B are valued.

Coordinates the acquisition of contractor services, including the development of statements of work. Ensures the acceptable performance of assigned contractors, ensures effective management of contract funding, and coordinates the resolution of any identified problems with contracting personnel as required. Responsible for the justification and execution of requested and assigned fiscal resources.

The ideal candidate has considerable expertise technically executing highly complex projects and has been responsible for the long-term strategic and business focus within an organization’s full spectrum of information technology solutions and improvements to major transportation safety data issues. This position provides critical leadership in the creation, development, maintenance, and enhancement of highly technical initiatives that critically impact the Center’s and Department’s support of national transportation safety.

Volpe is committed to fostering and all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good.

Please note: This is an interdisciplinary position, which means that the duties and responsibilities of the position relate to the Computer Scientist (1550) and Operations Research Analysis (1515). Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this position, candidates who meet the education and experience in any of the above fields will be considered equally well qualified to do the work.


Conditions Of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: OST.RVOLPE-2019-0090


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel.  A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Required.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:

  • Experience providing advice and guidance to division staff, the management team, and senior level officials on critical technology initiatives in support of data science applications and information systems, operations, procedures, requirements and methods.


  •  Experience preparing and delivering technical documents and briefings to an organization’s management, clients, staff, team members and stakeholders.


  •  Experience establishing and nurturing productive working relationships with your staff, customers, and management officials.

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


Operations Research - 1515:

Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Computer Scientist - 1550:

Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the following series GS-1515 Operations Research Analysis or GS-1550 Computer Scientist, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

How You Will Be Evaluated

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. 

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top-rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated on your behalf or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.  The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

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