<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.</strong><br /><br />This National Guard position is for a<strong> International Partnership Specialist</strong>, Position Description Number <b>D2089000</b> and is part of the Maryland Army National Guard.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a International Partnership Specialist, GS-0301-12, you will research, develop, write, plan and present the campaign plan between the state and partner country based on guidance from the Chief of Mission (CoM), Geographic Combatant Command Commander (COCOM CDR), National Guard Bureau (NGB), and The Adjutant General (TAG). Ensures all actions taken are within the framework, support of, and in concert with international agreements on a distinctive partnership. These partnerships are predicated upon written agreement between United States Geographic Combatant Commanders, the National Guard Bureau (NGB), and the participating nations. Coordinates and obtains approval through The TAG, to NGB, COCOM, and where warranted to the Interagency Working Group at Secretary of Defense/Secretary of State level. Develops, coordinates, and obtains approval for the SPP plan based on requests from United States (U.S.) Ambassador to partner country, partner country's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, and COCOM Commander. In addition to researching, developing, writing, and obtaining approval for the campaign plan, this position also requires the research, analysis, development and writing of the budget for every fiscal year of administration that directly support year one of the campaign plan, and allows NGB to fiscally plan for years two through five of the plan. As one of the top programs in NGB it is expected to obtain a proportionate amount of funding for the level at which the program is executed. All budgetary requests are justifiable, accounted for, and submitted on time to NGB and the various other funding sources. In addition analyzed and forecasted budgets are within 95% accuracy of actual expenditures. You will maintain continual liaison with the partner country through the Bilateral Affairs Officer (when provided) and the Defense Attaché Office stationed in the embassy of the partner nation. Conceptualizes, plans, coordinates, and executes Senior Executive Visits. The partner nation participates in visits in which the host state is the organization of primary responsibility (OPR). Membership in the visiting delegation may consist of both military and civilian authorities from the partner nation. Visiting delegations often consist of military personnel of the highest rank as well as civil authorities of cabinet level equivalency. You will serve as a coordination point for joint and combined military exercises between the state and the partner nation, which may include other state's partner nations, both in the U.S. and overseas. In conjunction with the state command structure and the member nation's military leadership, the SPPC develops scenarios for deployment of the State National Guard soldiers and airmen. Because of the number of entities involved and the delicate balance that must be maintained, the incumbent must remain vigilant and cognizant of the protocol of such actions. You are responsible for coordination of the preparation of all country clearance messages, event travel, and support requirements, to include the number of people traveling, dates, air/ground transportation, meals, and hotels. Incumbent serves as the point of contact for scheduled training/educational activities throughout the state for multiple annual events with the partner country and or countries. Ensures U.S. personnel deploying to partnership country receive proper security and customs orientation briefings. Provides feedback to the Joint Chiefs of Staff personnel on trends, issues, and state concerns regarding partnership country when determined necessary. You will coordinate all logistical, administrative, and transportation requirements for each event both in state and country. All logistical, administrative, and transportation arrangements are coordinated for the executors of the event so that minimal impact is felt by the team performing the duties. Submit all requests for orders (RFO's) in a timely manner and ensure all travel and pay vouchers are submitted within five days of event completion. You will collect, analyze, and report all AAR's and trip reports for continuous improvement. Adapt event to the specific requests of the partner nation and the contemporary operating environment (COE). Performs other duties as assigned.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Expected travel approximately six to eight weeks OCONUS, and two to four weeks CONUS per year.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.<br /> Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.<br /> May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.<br /> Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.<br /> Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.<br /> Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>MILITARY REQUIREMENTS</strong> :<br /><br /><strong>Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement</strong>.<br /><br />This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.<br /><br /><strong>Military Grades</strong>: 1LT/02 to MAJ/04<br /><br /><strong>Military Assignments</strong>: 01A<br /><br /><strong> GENERAL EXPERIENCE :</strong> Experience, education, or training which provided a general knowledge of principles of organization, management, and administration. Experience using computer and automation systems.<br /><br /><strong> SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-11 and above – </strong>Must have at least 36 months experience, education or training in program or managerial experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to the position to be filled or in comparable work or functions. Experience developing and recommending policy; organizing and carrying out specific programs, evaluating and recommending changes in methods of operations. Experience in supervisory, staff or technical work which included study, analysis or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of managerial or administrative policies, practices and procedures. Experience preparing written communications and oral presentations.<br /><br /><strong>GS-10</strong> – Must have at least 30 months experience, education or training in program or managerial experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to the position to be filled or in comparable work or functions. Experience developing and recommending policy; organizing and carrying out specific programs, evaluating and recommending changes in methods of operations. Must have experience providing technical guidance and assistance in the type of work or in comparable work of the position to be filled. Experience preparing written communications and oral presentations.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience – Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university, meets the GS-10 level requirements.<br /><br />Completion of courses such as the Officer Advanced Course, Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff College, Air and Army War College, National Security Management Course and others of comparable level will be credited at the rate of 1 month of education for two months of specialized experience.<br /><br /><strong>You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.</strong><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( https: www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <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 />Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): <br />–Knowledge of statewide operations and DoD directives, policies, and laws concerning the State Partnership Program.<br /> –Must be knowledgeable of the state mobilization process.<br /> –Must possess a significant knowledge of, or be experienced with, U.S. military joint and bilateral operations.<br /> –Ability to independently analyze and resolve difficult issues and problems in the assigned area of responsibility.<br /> –Knowledge of a variety of aspects of management principles, practices, methods, techniques, and precedents in order to plan, organize, and advise upper level management officials engaged in a variety of military missions.<br /> –Knowledge of major issues, (to include historical, economical, political, and military issues), program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operations of the partner nation and its ministry of defense.<br /> –Ability to handle a broad spectrum of cultural differences.<br /> –Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.<br /> –Ability to understand the ARNG/ANG orders process. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />1. Your <strong>resume</strong> showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.<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.