Community Planner
Department of the Air Force - McGuire AFB, NJ

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win …in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will be accepted from United States citizens (U.S. citizenship required at time of application).

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .

For information on veterans’ preference click here .

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the follow documents:

  • Application or resume;
  • Statement requesting MSP; and
  • Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders
90-Day Competitive Certificate: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90-days from the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as/if additional vacancies occur during this period. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required
Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid DUTIES:
The primary purpose of this position is to perform comprehensive planning functions covered by precedent, professional practice, or policy.

Formulate, plan, and implement techniques, and develop broad strategies and procedures to conduct the comprehensive planning processes that are conventional in nature but are of considerable scope.

Review and coordinate document preparation, implementation, and maintenance of the Base Comprehensive Plan (BCP).

Maintain the Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ).

Implement the Interagency/Intergovernmental coordination for Environmental Planning (IIECP) as it pertains to the BCP, the Housing Community Plan, AICUZ studies, transportation studies, and individual construction projects, etc.

Represent the base in all areas of community planning at meetings, conferences, and hearings.

Keep abreast of emerging technologies to ensure programmed development will not prematurely become obsolete. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must also meet the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience involve developing or reviewing comprehensive planning studies to be used as the basis for administrative or budget planning; advising on planning problems related to a variety of land uses involving conflicting factors, economic growth, and the social and cultural welfare of communities.
OR
Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
OR
Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Only graduate level education in excess of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education may be combined with experience.

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/community-planning-series-0020/ and http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

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:

1. Professional knowledge of the techniques and philosophy of comprehensive planning, and channels to use in obtaining or disseminating information.

2. Knowledge to gather, assemble, and analyze facts; draw conclusions; devise solutions to problems that are conventional in nature; and identify changes and trends.

3. Knowledge of automated systems and programs such as CADD, information management, project tracking, and other software programs.

4. Skill in conference techniques; and in communicating orally and in writing with clarity, conciseness, and persuasiveness.

5. Ability to relate the effect of community planning decisions on the mission and goals of the installation; develop and evaluate planning projects for technical validity; and prepare analytical 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.

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.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.

This position may require membership in professional organizations and professional registration may be encouraged. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The 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.

Applications who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

BASIS OF RATING:
Your application will be rated under the Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which the quality, depth, and complexity of your experience and education relate to the qualifications requirement. Additional points are not added for Veteran's Preference; however, Veteran Preference is still applied.

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.

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. The numeric rating you received is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score 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 score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully.

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, c lick here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. OTHER 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 in the "Highly Qualified" or above "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this position.

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.

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