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Supervisory Highway Civil Engineer/Construction Branch Chief

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The Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division is hiring a Supervisory Highway Civil Engineer/Construction Branch Chief (GS-0810-14 - $132,368 to $172,075 annually) in Ashburn, VA. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). Closes 10/11/2023.

The Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) was established to promote effective, efficient, and reliable administration for a coordinated program of federal public roads and bridges; to protect and enhance our Nation's natural resources; and to provide needed transportation access for Native Americans. Our primary purpose is to provide financial resources and transportation engineering assistance for public roads that service the transportation needs of Federal and Indian lands. The FLH provides these services in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and US Territories through our Headquarters, Eastern, Central, and Western Federal Lands Highway Division offices.


This position serves as the Construction Branch Chief and supervisor under the Chief of Engineering for the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) in Ashburn, VA. As part of the EFLHD Leadership Team, you will be responsible for leading the Construction Branch in delivery of the Federal Lands Highway construction program in a multi-state area. The projects consist of highways and related structures designed and constructed to a variety of standards.


As a Supervisory Highway Civil Engineer/Construction Branch Chief, you will:

  • Provide construction project and program leadership and manage construction oversight and inspection and the contract administration of awarded highway and bridge construction projects utilizing knowledge of highway and bridge engineering, construction contracting under the Federal Acquisitions Regulation, for the phase from contract award through final inspection and closeout.
  • Lead the Construction Branch, including: hiring, developing, evaluating, and retaining employees with outstanding engineering knowledge and skills; overseeing project and resource management to assure mission focus and on-time and within budget delivery of the annual program; promoting the successful completion of projects, timely resolution of contractual issues, partner satisfaction and environmental compliance; establishing and updating construction branch policies, standards, guidelines, processes, and procedures; and developing and managing the branch budget.
  • Use partnering techniques and skills required for tactful diplomacy and utilize successful negotiating techniques while maintaining a sensitivity to differing points of view. Foster a team environment while encouraging and supporting diverse viewpoints. Assemble data and other supporting documentation in the preparation of reports or other responses to official inquiries.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships which promote leadership, negotiations, cooperation, and teamwork, including the ability to identify and foster new and innovative partnerships and avenues for marketing FHWA expertise.
  • Formulate and establish policies, standards, guidelines, and priorities for branch operations. Develop plans for accomplishing business objectives and implementing quality initiatives to improve Branch business delivery systems and processes, improve products and services, and increase customer focus. Share and promote partnering concepts.
  • Serve as a member of the Division Leadership Team for national and divisional strategic planning and direction for Division-wide goals and needs in alignment with the USDOT and FHWA. Foster a business-focus team environment within the Branch and monitor team performance through measurement of division and branch team accomplishments.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced career professional who is mission-focused, a champion of diversity, has experience leading employees, embraces creativity and innovation, and has extensive knowledge and experience in highway engineering, project delivery, and construction contract administration as an administrative contracting officer under the Federal Acquisitions Regulation to deliver a large program of projects.