<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Commerce, Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), Washington, District of Columbia.<br /><br />The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical expertise in the analysis, design, testing, procurement, installation or operation of complex electronics systems.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Performing preliminary assessments of major Federal radio communications systems to support policy decisions and development of procedures for efficient spectrum utilization.</li> <li>Evaluating and analyzing current programs and policies, assessing proposals to resolve problems related to spectrum management issues that have been identified and analyzed by the staff or others.</li> <li>Participating in spectrum planning activities of the Inter department Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC) and its subcommittees (particularly the IRAC Spectrum Planning Subcommittee).</li> <li>Advising and assisting other Federal departmental offices concerning telecommunications and spectrum management issues.</li> <li>Investigating and analyzing wireless systems in terms of technical and policy guidelines affecting safety or national security implications and recommend ways of dealing with them.</li> <li>Supporting studies that address how use of the electromagnetic spectrum in best serves the national interest.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel up to 5% for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.</li> <li>You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.</li> <li>You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)</li> <li>A probationary period may be required.</li> <li>A trial period may be required (for term appointments/excepted service appointments)</li> <li>A pre-employment drug test may be required.</li> <li>If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.</li> <li>All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.</li> <li>License required: No</li> <li>Pre-employment physical required: No</li> <li>Bargaining Unit Position: No</li> <li>Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.</li> <li>Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.</li> <li>Recruitment incentives may be authorized</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic AND Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirement: You must meet one of the items listed below (A or B)</strong><br /> <strong>A.</strong> Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.<br /> <strong>OR</strong><br /> <strong>B.</strong> Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. <strong>The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:<br /> 1.</strong> Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.<br /> <strong>2.</strong> Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.<br /> <strong>3.</strong> Specified academic courses — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.<br /> <strong>4. </strong>Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)<br /><br /><strong>AND</strong><br /><br /><strong>Minimum Qualifications:</strong><br /> <strong>GS-09:</strong> Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-07 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: <ul> <li>Interpreting NTIA/FCC policies and guidelines regarding the radio frequency spectrum</li> <li>Using various computer automated tools and databases to analyze and prepare reports</li> <li>Assessing wireless communications systems</li> <li>Developing recommendations to maximum the systems' efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum</li> </ul> <strong>OR </strong>two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree; <strong>OR </strong>a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.<br /><br /><strong>GS-11:</strong> Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-09 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: <ul> <li>Applying and interpreting NTIA/FCC policies and guidelines regarding the radio frequency spectrum</li> <li>Using various computer automated tools and databases to perform engineering analysis on wireless systems and develop associated reports</li> <li>Assessing wireless communications systems using electrical engineering principals, radio spectrum policies, and technical guidelines</li> <li>Developing associated recommendations to improve the systems' efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum and compliance with spectrum policy and technical guidelines</li> </ul> <b>OR </b>a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field directly related to the position; <b>OR </b>a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.<br /><br /><strong>GS-12:</strong> Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-11 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: <ul> <li>Applying and interpreting NTIA/FCC policies and guidelines regarding radio frequency spectrum</li> <li>Using various computer automated tools and databases to perform engineering analysis on wireless systems and develop associated reports</li> <li>Assessing wireless communications systems using electrical engineering principals, radio spectrum policies, and technical guidelines</li> <li>Developing associated recommendations to improve the systems' efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum and compliance with spectrum policy and technical guidelines</li> <li>Conducting electromagnetic compatibility studies and interference analysis of various radio communication systems</li> </ul> <strong>Time-in-Grade Requirements: </strong>Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. <strong>NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE</strong>: 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.<br /><br /><strong>All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position requires specific coursework and/or a degree to meet the basic education requirement. You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Your transcript(s) must clearly demonstrate the course(s) listed in the qualification requirement section. If the transcript(s) does not clearly demonstrate this you must submit a copy of the course description and/or other documentation demonstrating that the courses are equivalent.<br /><br />If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.<br /><br /><strong>Special Instructions for Foreign Education</strong>: 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. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost consideration. For further information, visit: https: sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/ .<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Promotion Potential:</strong> When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.<br /><br /><strong>Background Investigation:</strong> To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Commerce requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for L Access Authorization clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.<br /><br />Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).<br /><br /><strong>Current or Former Political Appointees</strong>: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.<br /><br /><strong>Career Transition Assistance Program:</strong> This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100 ; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp <br /><br /><strong>Selective Service:</strong> Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http: www.sss.gov/ ). <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 />We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an Assessment Questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:<ul><li>Electronics Engineering</li><li>Research</li><li>Technical Problem Solving</li><li>Writing</li></ul><br /><br />Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire. Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.<br /><br />If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.<br /><br />Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience; no points will be assigned.<br /><br /><strong>For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants</strong>: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.<br /><br /><strong>For Noncompetitive Appointment Eligibles: </strong>All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.<br /><br />To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10549199 <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> L Access Authorization <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> National security <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 a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed.<br /> 2. Other <strong>supporting documents ( only submit if applicable to you) :</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Are you qualifying based on education?</strong> Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.</li> <li><strong>Are you claiming veterans' preference?</strong> Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.</li> <li><strong>Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)?</strong> If so, submit: <ul> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: <ul> <li>Position title;</li> <li>Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);</li> <li>Agency; and</li> <li>Beginning and ending dates of appointment.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former federal employee?</strong> <ul> <li>A copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'' documenting tenure, position occupied & highest grade/step is needed.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <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.