This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as Senior Telecommunications Expert. Performs duties related to the application, integration, design, development, modification, and installation and maintenance of Technical Support Group Deployable Telecommunications Systems. .
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As a TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST at the GS-0391-12 some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Participate as member of a Technical Support Group to rapidly deploy in support of the Combatant Commanders and other federal Departments and Agencies (D/As) in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergency response events.
  • Serves as Senior Telecommunications Expert. Performs duties related to the application, integration, design, development, modification, and installation and maintenance of Technical Support Group (TSG) Deployable Telecommunications Systems. These systems include but are not limited to, tactical military and commercial satellite systems, UHF and VHF tactical radios, line-of-site radios, and DTRA proprietary networking systems, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), cellular and Iridium telephone systems, and cellular based data systems. Other systems consist of Digital PBX, PSTN, DSN, Remote Base Transceiver Stations, switches, routers, gateways used with deployable and mobile platforms, DISN network services, architecture, configuration, accreditation processes and procedures, CISCO, LAN/WAN, fiber, POTS (standard analog telephone line) and NSA approved encryption devices (Taclan, KIV, KG, Cylink) equipment.
  • Performs detailed communications systems engineering to include development of a functional analysis; establishment of operational performance parameters, capabilities and limitations; development of total transmission specifications, and submits Satellite Access Request (SAR), Ground Access Requests (GAR) and Telecommunications Service Request (TSR).
  • Monitors and investigates systems failures. Troubleshoots repairs, modifies, test circuits, replaces defective parts, and/or components, certifies and maintains the telecommunications systems.
  • Performs tests to repaired equipment to assure proper alignment and operation within the system. Conducts periodic inspections and system tests to assure performance within prescribed standards and tolerances.
  • Provides comprehensive advice to the Technical Support Group Chief on the adequacy of available services to support the mission and conducts systems studies requiring communications support to provide improvements in the Technical Support Group mission essential requirements.
  • Teaches members of the team and supported forces how to use fielded communications systems to accomplish tactical missions.
  • Performs the building, maintenance and troubleshooting of deployable network computers systems; to include the user assistance and training to ensure user and mission success.
  • Performs duties as alternate COMSEC hand receipt holder responsible for the receipt, utilization, loading, maintenance, and destruction of COMSEC keys and the maintenance of associated COMSEC paperwork.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position up to 25% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally / Must be willing to work overtime during exercises and real world crises
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible / Subject to rotational assignment
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition
  • Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position, and will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense
  • False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001) (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91)
  • This position is Emergency-Essential (E-E).In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by the proper authority
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical prior to entry onto duty pre-employment and annual deployment physical exams. Must meet the physical and medical requirements for deployment before and throughout employment
  • Must be capable of lifting and carrying, for short distances, loads up to 50 pounds, standing for long periods (8 hours), and be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including body armor and a protective mask
  • May be exposed to CBRN and hostile enemy threats. May be required to participate in the DoD Immunization Program. The work may require long hours in a field environment and under austere conditions
  • Must consent to and pass pre-employment drug testing and be subject to periodic random drug testing thereafter.


You may qualify at the GS-12, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Design, install and operate deployable/tactical IP-based networks.
  • Application, integration, design, development, modification, and installation and maintenance of Telecommunications Systems associated equipment including satellite systems, telephone systems and cellular-based systems.
  • Troubleshoots, repairs, modifies, test circuits, replaces defective parts, and/or components, certifies and maintains telecommunications systems.
  • Applying basic laws related to electronics in conjunction with the use of wiring diagrams, schematic diagrams, and fault isolation diagrams; operating basic diagnostic equipment such as an oscilloscope, multi-meter, and spectrum analyzer

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.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0391 series.


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields related to the position to be filled.

Other Education: Communications/electronics or automatic data processing training in technical institutes or business schools above the high school level or in Armed Forces schools that included advanced instruction in addition to basic courses, may be substituted for general experience on a month-for-month basis.



Specialized Experience: Experience in evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving communications systems, procedures, and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology.
https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0300/telecommunications-series-0391/

*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Other Notes:

  • This position is Emergency-Essential (E-E). In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by the proper authority. The incumbent may be required to take part in readiness exercises. The position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened for readiness and recall status.
  • Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).
  • Compensatory time may be required to accomplish operational needs of the organization.
  • The incumbent will participate in specialized classroom and field training related to the position
  • This position requires pre-employment and annual deployment physical exams, which will be evaluated by DTRA Occupational Health professionals to determine if deployability criteria are met. The incumbent must meet the medical requirements for deployment before and throughout employment
  • Position is subject to Rotational Assignment in the U.S. and to locations outside the continental U.S.
  • Certification as a shipper of Dangerous and Hazardous Materials and as a driver of vehicles transporting dangerous and hazardous materials, or must be able to obtain such certifications within six months of employment.
  • Certification as a radiation worker level II or be able to obtain such certification within six months of employment.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities – Schedule A
Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https: www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http: www.sss.gov for more information.

For more information, please visit
https: www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf

Other Notes:
Payment for travel and transportation expenses may be authorized. This includes government paid travel transportation, shipment and temporary storage of household goods, and possibly other entitlements based upon the JTR and agency policy. You may be required to sign a transportation agreement. Most civilian permanent change of station travel entitlements are taxable. For additional information on the tax impact, please visit: https: www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction.html

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:
http: www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


  • Computer Literacy
  • Education & Training
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Oral Communication
  • Telecommunications
  • Written Communication

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc…). Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Transcripts

  • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
  • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the lists of classes and credits earned.

3. Veteran's Documents

  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

https: www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation%2011-16-2020.pdf?ver=Lgkkn1HW9a8is7V2lyCS2Q%3d%3d

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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