Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announces New Career Opportunity: Division Chief, Technology Innovation and Policy

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration seeks a senior Transportation Industry Analyst to serve as the Chief of the Technology Innovation and Policy Division (RVT-91) of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).

The application deadline for this position is February 15, 2012

Located in Kendall Square area in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Volpe Center plays a unique role in looking across the transportation enterprise by applying its multi-disciplinary capabilities to anticipate future transportation issues and challenges across all modes of transportation. This is a permanent position based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As Chief of the Technology Innovation and Policy Division, you will be responsible for developing, planning, and overseeing the performance of all the work of the Division's portfolio of projects. This Division provides technical and analytical support for research initiatives and decision-making at all levels of government and industry to (1) identify, assess, and deploy advanced technologies and innovative system concepts to reduce the frequency and consequences of transportation-related crashes, improve transportation operations, personal mobility, environmental sustainability, and/or energy conservation; and (2) assess alternative policy approaches for overcoming institutional, financial, technical, and other barriers to the deployment of advanced technology or innovative concepts at the local, regional, and national level.

In this role, you will develop the Division's portfolio of work, and ensure the expansion of the Division work to meet high priority transportation needs; you will manage programs and projects in accordance with Volpe Center policies and procedures and best industry practices; and, establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, industry experts, management, peers, and other public/private sector interest groups and stakeholders. You will also manage the operation of the Division, including directing and supervising staff. 

To succeed you must have transportation experience related to the work done by the Division, and an entrepreneurial outlook with the ability to translate working relationships into business and new program opportunities. You must also have experience managing resources, and leading multi-disciplinary technical team(s). Strong planning and communication skills are required as is the ability to work as part of a collaborative management team. Some travel (2-3 days per month) will be required.