Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialist - Radio (2882 IMTS - Radio)
75% or less - Foreign Service Specialists generally spend the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State's overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an IMTS-R can be assigned to one of the core or satellite overseas locations, as well as domestically in places such as Washington, D.C. or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from which they travel extensively and often on short notice.
After a two-month orientation and broad training in Washington, D.C., an IMTS-R can be assigned to one of the core or satellite overseas locations, as well as domestically in places such as Washington, D.C. or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from which they travel extensively and often on short notice.
Specialized Experience demonstrates that the applicant has acquired, and is able to apply, a combination of specific knowledge, skills and abilities appropriate to a Foreign Service IMTS-R position.
Applicants must demonstrate that their job-related experience has been at progressively increasing levels of performance and responsibility through such indicators as promotions, raises, increases in duties and responsibilities, and organizational and employee impact.
To qualify as Specialized Experience, 60% or more of the duties must be related to the following examples of Specialized Experience, which include, but are not limited to:
- Hands-on experience surveying, installing, maintaining, component-level repairing, and operating radio systems. These include HF/VHF/UHF land mobile two-way radio systems used in intercity radio services, tactical satellite systems, and peripheral devices (antennas, remote control units). Must be knowledgeable in the use of associated test equipment for testing and trouble resolution. Experience must be directly related to these systems and in the maintenance and repair of these systems.
- Radio Specialists must have in-depth technical knowledge of RF systems and be able to perform major building surveys for upgrades or new HF/VHF/UHF radio communication systems.
- Experience or training on High Frequency (HF) SSB, Tactical Satellite (TACSAT), VHF/UHF land mobile radio and International Marine Satellite (INMARSAT) systems, and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) used in Motorola and Kenwood digital equipment, Radio over IP, and Federal Communications General class, Radio-telegraph first/second class licenses, or General Radio Operator License.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to think logically and objectively, demonstrating resourcefulness and judgment.
- Ability to express oneself both orally and in writing.
- Ability to work and deal effectively with others; tact and the ability to obtain cooperation and confidence from supervisors and subordinates in performing official duties.
- Ability to work with minimum job supervision and a willingness to accept responsibility.
- Ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams to detect circuit problems.
- Ability to install and repair various equipment in the applicant's area of specialty.
- Ability to lift and maneuver equipment weighing 20-40 pounds from the floor to a workbench height without assistance, and 40-70 pounds with assistance.
- Ability to follow proper electrical wire color code for power outlets and circuit breaker panels to avoid potential life-safety issues during installations.
- Ability to follow proper wiring color code to terminate Ethernet cabling and telephone station wiring to ensure proper connectivity/equipment operation.
- Ability to properly interpret results from test equipment such as multimeters, RF wattmeters, and spectrum analyzers.
- Ability to monitor audio output from radio systems to determine proper operation, conduct voice radio checks, detect interference from audio output of radios and determine likely causes such as another entity transmitting on Embassy frequencies, natural RF interference, man-made interference such as from improper grounding, etc.
- Ability to audibly monitor electrical equipment for a faulty condition such as a loud hum from a power transformer and noisy bearings in equipment rack cooling fans.
At the time of application, applicants must possess one of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology* and one year of Specialized Experience within the past three years. No technical/product certification is required.
- Associate’s degree in Information Technology* and two years of Specialized Experience within the past three years. No technical/product certification is required.
- Bachelor’s degree in any major and three years of Specialized Experience within the last six years. No technical/product certification is required.
- U.S. Military Technical School Training, technical/product certificate(s) or 12 weeks of specialized training directly related to land mobile radio and/or radio frequency management, and three years of Specialized Experience within the past six years. At the time of application, you must provide your DD-214, clearly showing one of the U.S. military branches specialty codes or designators and specialty title, and your Military training report with the title of training. A list containing U.S. military occupational specialty codes or designators is provided for your reference only - please note that this list is not all-inclusive.
* Required IT majors for Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees: Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Information Technology Management, Telecommunications Management, Information Systems, or Information Security.
You must submit a copy of your university transcript(s), your U.S. military training certification/training report and DD-214, and/or your technical/product certificates. If you do not submit this documentation to demonstrate your educational achievements, you will not be given credit and your candidacy will not be continued.
Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. Your transcript must include your name, the school’s name, and, if applicable, the degree and date awarded. A transcript missing any of these elements will not pass the minimum qualifications and the candidacy will be ended. Copies of diplomas may not be submitted in lieu of transcripts for education above high school level.
Education from a program or institution within the United States must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation, in order to be credited towards qualifications or your candidacy will not be continued.
Education completed in foreign high schools, colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Only accredited organizations recognized as specializing in the interpretation of foreign education credentials that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) are accepted. If documentation from an accredited organization is not provided, your candidacy will not be continued.
For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of State neither endorses nor recommends any individual evaluation service.
*EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.
**The Department of State Suitability Review Panel and standards are defined in Chapter 3 of the Foreign Affairs Manual. For more information please visit: https://fam.state.gov/.
***For more information about Veteran’s Preference and how it is applied in the Foreign Service Specialist Selection Process, please visit: http://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-
No applicant will be considered who has previously been separated from the Foreign Service under sections §607, §608, §610 or §611 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu of separation under these provisions. In addition, no applicant will be considered who has previously been separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section §306 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu thereof.
An FSS separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section 306 may not re-apply to be an FSS in the same skill code, but may apply for another skill code (or to be a Foreign Service Generalist).
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Candidates will be evaluated on their total background including experience, education, awards, training, and self-development as it relates to the position. Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing the best qualifications. Part-time work experience will be prorated.
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