<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view <strong>Eligibilities</strong> being considered and other <strong>IMPORTANT</strong> information.<br /><br />The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a requirements officer and secure conferencing analyst responsible for standardization of telecommunications for the National Military Command Center (NMCC).<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Serves as a senior technical advisor for the National Military Command Center. Provides telecommunications expertise in estimating the installation, modification, maintenance, operation, and support of telecommunications systems.</li> <li>Manages telecommunication programs and special projects. Serves as a project manager responsible for the successful implementation of various telecommunications programs/projects.</li> <li>Serves as the National and Nuclear Command, Control, Communications Emergency Action Secure Voice telecommunications manager. Defense Red Switch Network (DRSN) secure conferencing Subject Matter Expert (SME).</li> <li>Coordinates the preparation of and reviews statements of work (SOW) supporting Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) capabilities. Provides criteria and standards for specialized, difficult, or unusual requirements.</li> <li>Participates in discussions, meetings, committees or special projects and presents briefings and prepares recommendations and reports. Presents clear, concise, and well-structured presentations that address the designated issues.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)</li> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required</li> <li>Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov</li> <li>The employee will be required to obtain and maintain a top secret clearance.</li> <li>PCS expenses if authorized will be paid</li> <li>This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program</li> <li>Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays</li> <li>Overtime and/or emergency overtime may be required.</li> <li>Employee must maintain current certifications</li> <li>Disclosure of Political Appointments</li> <li>All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.</li> <li>Work will occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station. The employee may be required to travel on military and commercial aircraft.</li> <li>Recall to duty may be a requirement of this position.</li> <li>This is a Communication and Information career field centrally managed position. Travel and relocation expenses will be paid through Communication and Information career program.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions, to include the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the GS-0391, TELECOMMUNICATONS SPECIALIST. For more information, please click here . <br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:</strong> Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes working with wide range of communications concepts, principles, and practices to accomplish work processes through the use of telecommunications devices, methods, services and facilities. Work encompasses complex and uncommon interfaces and policies and practices; sources of technical data to evaluate new devices, proposals, and approaches; and a practical understanding of contracting practices and legal requirements to include 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.<br /><br /><strong>FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS:</strong> Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.<br /><br /><strong>KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): </strong>Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:<br /><br />1. Expert knowledge on a wide range of telecommunications theories, concepts, principles, and practices, procedures, policies, standards, and operational requirements of operational and performance characteristics of telecommunications equipment, systems, services and transmission media to evaluate devices, proposals and approaches.<br /> 2. Mastery of basic electronics theory and operating principles, and the application of existing and planned technology for communications requirements, equipment interoperability and compatibility.<br /> 3. Knowledge of associated methods and techniques such as contracting procedures/legal requirements, cost analyses, and budgets.<br /> 4. Ability to research patterns to develop new methods, criteria, or proposed new telecommunications policies and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to identify, direct, or coordinate actions required in providing needed service.<br /> 5. Ability to analyze a variety of unusual telecommunications conditions, problems, questions, or conditions associated with formulating projects or studies to substantially alter major telecommunications systems (e.g.,systems compatibility, circuits, switches, distribution, satellite linkages, and networking).<br /> 6. Knowledge of a wide range of the principles and practical methods, techniques, procedures and tools of instruction to teach telecommunications operators.<br /><br /><strong>PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: </strong>Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.<br /><br /><strong>VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:</strong> Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<br /><br /><strong>ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (CONT)</strong> <br /> This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug testing. This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions present a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety. It is required that you (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing.<br /><br />Key – "This position is designated as a key position IAW AFI 36-507. Duties of this position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations. Incumbents of key positions must be removed from their military recall status if alternatives for filling of the position during an emergency are not available." <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: </strong>You <strong>MUST</strong> provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.<br /><br /><strong>FOREIGN EDUCATION:</strong> Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.<br /><br /><strong>********************************ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS********************************<br /> ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: </strong>The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): </strong> For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.<br /><br /><strong>Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): </strong>Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.<br /><br /><strong>90-Day Register:</strong> This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.<br /><br /><strong>If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .</strong><br /><br /><strong>Tax Law Impact for PCS: </strong> On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 – the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https: www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.<br /><br />The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.<br /><br />Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.<br /><br /><strong>APPRAISALS/AWARDS: </strong> Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.<br /><br /><strong>BASIS OF RATING: </strong>The assessments for this job will measure <ul> <li>General competencies such as: Judgement, Reasoning, Learning, and Reading</li> <li>Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) as listed under Qualifications</li> </ul> In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Top Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming. </strong> <li>Online Application – Questionnaire</li> <li>Resume – must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period</li> <li>Transcripts – if you are basing your qualifications on education or if the position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts</li> <li>Registration/License – active, current registration/license<strong> if applicable</strong> for the position</li> <li>If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference – a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).</li> <li>Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).</li> <li>Applicants must refer to the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide (link provided above) for a complete list of required documents for each eligibility you identify.</li> <li>If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here </li> <strong>OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:<br /> Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees</strong> – Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Applicant should not submit an appraisal that does not include this information.<br /> <strong>Awards for Current Federal Civilian Employees</strong> – Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests:</strong> If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a RA in your online application. Requests for RA for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for RA must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for RA are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. If you received the link after the close of the announcement, you must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL. To determine if you need a RA, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.