Telecommunications Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Andrews AFB, Maryland
Posted
May 13, 2020
Closes
May 14, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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The primary purpose of this position as an Air Reserve Technician (ART) Position is to accomplish Combat Crew Communications (CCC) responsibilities. Additionally, provides training to reservist in the accomplishment of the tasks set forth herein.

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Responsibilities

  • Formulate unit policy concerning COMSEC materials for local training missions and missions not covered by operations orders (OPORDS) and plans (OPLANS), exercise plans (EXPLANS), etc.
  • Provide pre-mission briefings to aircrews including en-route and mission specific communications procedures, and Safe Passage procedures in conjunction with Current Operations and Plans offices.
  • Develop and execute local physical, administrative, and communications security programs for CCC. Controls and safeguards all classified materials, up to and including Top Secret.
  • Provide support to Flight Operations activities for assigned unit. Review all unit flying schedules daily, and coordinates communications and Safe Passage information with on/off-base agencies.
  • Develop and implement combat crew communications control proficiency training and certification programs for combat crew communications, aircrews, augmentees, and others as designated.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
9

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments is required
  • Preferred Military AFSC and Grade: 3D053
  • Position may or will require incumbent to fly in military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of temporary duty (TDY) assignments
  • Required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements. Incumbent's regular assignments are primarily ART duties: however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities
  • Position may require a background security investigation to determine suitability for employment and/or a security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a top secret security clearance
  • This position is telework eligible upon approval by the supervisor or similar authority


Qualifications

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, Individual Occupational Requirements and Group Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in federal service which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience which may have been performed while assisting with evaluating, analyzing, developing or improving combat crew communications (CCC) activities, training requirements for CCC and unit aircrews and works with Air Tasking Orders, Special Instructions, OPLANS, OPORDS, or Joint Command documents, SIPRNET, Secure Telephone Unit (STU), and Secure Telephone Element (STE) procedures and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology.

OR

EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, or other fields related to the position to be filled or LL.B. or J.D, if related.

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 standardized telecommunications concepts, principles, and practices regarding deployable communications equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge of the operating characteristics of and interoperability requirements for specialized communications systems.
  • Knowledge of information systems security principles and methods.
  • Skill in weighing the impact of variables such as changes in electronic and other equipment characteristics, equipment availability, interoperability of components, and types of communications required.
  • Ability to resolve problems or questions by gathering and analyzing facts from a variety of sources, forming and communicating conclusions, and making recommendations.
  • Ability to read, comprehends, and interprets communications such as COMSEC messages, operational plans, execution orders, emergency action plans and orders.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to brief, instruct, and prepare papers and documents.


  • 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.

    Education

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience; transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

    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.

    Additional information

    This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. The incumbent is required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements standards. The incumbent's regular assignments are ART duties; however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities. Work schedule will be aligned to allow incumbent to fully participate in unit training assemblies (UTA).

    Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date. Reservists who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available within 120 days.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information 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 in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. 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.

    Spouses of active duty military members of the Armed Forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are within reach of selection. Please clearly identify in your application that you are a military spouse preference applicant.

    All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: 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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Please note if duplicate/multiple application materials are submitted, we will consider the most recent submission as the one of record. If you do not meet the screen out questions, you will not receive any further consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans within the same quality category. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. You will receive a rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

    Category 3 , Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements.
    Category 2 , Highly Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements.
    Category 1 , Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required:

    1. Resume - Work experience sections must show inclusive dates (month/year) and number of hours worked per week. If in a Reserve component, you should also identify any man-days or active duty days (total number of days) within the corresponding work experience block, if applicable. Additional information on what your resume must contain can be found on the following link: http://www.afrc.af.mil/Portals/87/documents/jobs/FEDERAL-JOB-INFORMATION-MARCH-2018.pdf .
    2. Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript. Unofficial copies of your transcript are sufficient, please ensure they include your name and name of the university or college you attended. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPT WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING
    4. Other supporting documents:

    Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable - To successfully claim veterans' preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, please see the information below:

    COPY OF DD 214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE OR DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY PROVIDED MUST IDENTIFY TYPE OF SEPARATION, CHARACTER OF SERVICE AND NARRATIVE REASON FOR SEPARATION.

    Claims for 5-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit official documentation such as (1) a DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Member 4 copy (2) (2) Virtual MPF awards and decoration printout and Statement of Service Letter/DD-214; or (3) Statement of Service Letter or other form of certification signed by a Military Personnelist or other authorizing official (Commander of your unit or higher headquarters) who certifies 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 the certification is submitted. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of Discharge and Character of Service (for members in a Reserve component, the letter must clearly identify 180 consecutive days of active duty, not for training).

    If selected, you will be required to submit a copy of your DD 214 prior to entering on duty.

    Claims for 10-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit the following documents: (1) Standard Form 15, pages 1&2 (Revised Oct 13 or later; previous editions are unusable); (2) a letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability. The Employment Letter is the preferred supporting documentation which must be submitted with the SF 15. The Employment Letter can be requested through the Veterans Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000; and (3) a DD 214 Member 4 copy. If sufficient information is not provided, tentative preference may be granted based on 5- Point Veterans' Preference criteria as stated above.

    For Additional details on veteran's preference, please refer to the OPM VetGuide at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/

    The above mentioned forms may be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at http://www.afrc.af.mil/AboutUs/JobOpportunities.aspx .

    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.

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