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Highway Safety Specialist

Highway Safety Specialist (State Program Specialist)

Overview

The State Program Specialist (SPS) is located throughout the United States, and the position is responsible for ensuring the overall operations and success of the Service Center and its Division offices. With over half of the agency’s annual budget allocated to grants, the SPS is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and internal controls of grant funds for as many as eight grant programs.  The SPS provides advisory support and technical guidance to various State partner agencies and serves as the key liaison between the State partners and the Division in addition to the regional Service Center and the State Programs Division and the Grants Management Office in FMCSA headquarters. The SPS plays a critical role for the agency in the technical review process through which grants are awarded.  The SPS meets and communicates regularly with State officials to provide current information about grant applications and awards.

Duties

The State Program Specialist (SPS) is responsible for the agency’s annual budget allocated to grants. The SPS is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and internal controls of grant funds for many grant programs.  The SPS provides advisory support and technical guidance to various State partner agencies and serves as the key liaison between the State partners and the Division in addition to the regional Service Center and the State Programs Division and the Grants Management Office in FMCSA headquarters. The SPS plays a critical role for the agency in the technical review process through which grants are awarded.  The SPS meets and communicates regularly with State officials to provide current information about grant applications and awards.

Essential skills of State Program Specialist are:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 
  • Influencer, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking skills
  • Experience providing financial oversight and preparing reports.
  • Program and/or project management experience which are results driven. 
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite Software programs 

Training

New State Program Specialist can expect to benefit from a hands-on training program, which will include the Department of Transportation Learning Module, Talent Management training modules, On the Job Training, and additional field training involving learning from an experienced State Program Specialist and others in a supportive environment.

Why work for the FMCSA?

FMCSA offers a variety of career opportunities and career advancement in one of our many field locations or at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. A State Program Specialist is a mission critical position that helps provide maintenance and internal control of Grants funds.

The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Hiring and advancement in the federal government are based on qualifications and job performance. All qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

Last updated: Monday, September 12, 2022