Fort McNair, D.C
Jul 12, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Senior Communications Planner, J6, and JFHQ-NCR. Manages and executes C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers/Cyber, Intelligence) portion of military exercises and operations in conjunction with federal, state, local guidance, USNORTHCOM, Department of the Army, or other agencies as required.

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  • Plans, organizes, and participates in a wide range of complex activities involved in Joint Task Force exercise and operations planning and execution to include directing activities of augmentee J6 planners and supporting entities.
  • Makes comprehensive assessments and evaluations of program goals/objectives which provide a basis for long and short-range planning to enhance the organization's C4I (Command, Control Communications, Computers/Cyber, Intelligence) capabilities.
  • Represents the J6 Directorate in a variety of exercise and operational planning, garrison planning, and functional area activities.
  • Undertakes or participates in special projects, operational briefings, research, ongoing analyses, investigations and initiatives that have high priority for I6 management.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some TDY is required for this position. The employee may be required to travel by commercial or military aircraft, or government ground transportation in the performance of duties.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • PCS expenses are not authorized
  • Recruitment incentives are not authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Top Secret/Special Sensitive clearance is required for this position, the employee is required to possess and maintain a Top Secret/Special Sensitive as a condition of employment
  • The investigative requirement CANNOT be waived for special sensitive positions, the selectee must possess this clearance prior to starting in the position
  • Some TDY is required for this position, the employee may be required to travel by commercial or military aircraft, or government ground transportation in the performance of duties
  • The incumbent of this position is subject to recall with little or no notice, incumbent might be required to work an alternate work schedule, overtime, and/or weekends and holidays, if needed
  • During periods of exercise or crisis response, serves as a member of a Joint Operations Center and/or as a Liaison Officer, as required
  • During exercises, contingencies, and special events employee may be required to supervise military planners/liaisons


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, OPM Qualification Standard for Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Miscellaneous Administrative and Program Positions; GS-301. For more information please click here .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-11, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes possessing knowledge of principles, procedures, regulations, laws, and instructions applicable to communications and computer systems; experience in completing the technical competencies, duties, and responsibilities described with the position; ability to effectively perform oral and written communication requirements; skill in performing required analytical and research requirements. Working with exercise planning program design, practices and methodology. Planning and accomplishing a variety of complex work assignments to identify, analyze, and resolve exercise planning issues or problems. Working with NIPRnet, SIPRnet, JWICS, GCCS, HF/UHF, SATCOM commercial satellite technology, and secure VTC/phone devices. Working with wide-range of cyberspace operations capabilities and organizations that influence planning, coordination, and execution of exercises and operations.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-11 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of joint military training and exercise design, planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation principles, practices, and methodology.
  • Knowledge of joint military operations and crisis response policies and procedures to ensure the communications aspects of training and exercise practices are consistent with those of the Joint community.
  • Expert knowledge of standard C4I solutions to include, but not limited to, NIPRnet, SIPRnet, JWICS, GCCS, HF/UHF, SATCOM, commercial satellite technology, and secure VTC/phone devices.
  • Knowledge of a wide-range of cyberspace operations capabilities and organizations that influence joint task force planning, coordination, and execution of exercises .and operations.
  • Knowledge of a wide-range of qualitative and quantitative methods used to assess and improvement of program effectiveness.
  • Skill in applying complex fact-finding, analytical, and problem-solving methods and techniques.
  • Ability in interpersonal relations and persuasiveness to gain acceptance of ideas and proposals.
  • Skill in written and oral communications sufficient to prepare and present findings and recommendations, develop and present briefings/training, and prepare technical reports.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: 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.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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.


1. This position is designated by the Air force as a Test Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. As a mandatory requirement for employment in this TDP, the incumbent is (A) to refrain from use of illegal drugs and (B) if required, to submit to urinalysis testing. The selectee must sign a statement acknowledging the position occupied is identified as a TDP.

2. This position is a KEY position. In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent must continue to perform the duties until relieved by proper authority. The incumbent might be required to take part in readiness exercises. This position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively. This meets the criteria of a key position and requires that the incumbent be removed from any military recall status. Based upon a written request from NORAD and USNORTHCOM, the Reserve personnel centers will move selectees/incumbents from the Ready Reserves to the Standby or Retired Reserves, or discharge them under 10 USC 271 (b).

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): 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.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): 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.

90-Day Register: 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.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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.

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.

Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference. Noncompetitive applicants do not need to respond to the assessment questions with the A through E responses indicating level of experience/training.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

APPRAISALS/AWARDS: 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

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.
  • Online Application - Questionnaire
  • Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period, hours worked and supervisor
  • Transcripts - if you are basing your qualifications on education or if the position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts
  • Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: 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 DD-214, 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 DD-214 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.

    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - 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.
    Awards for Current Federal Civilian Employees - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.

    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.