Telecommunications Specialist
Department Of Justice - Overland Park, KS

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TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would promote the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizen

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES:
This position is located in the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Domestic Field ST. Louis Division in Kansas City District Office in Overland Park, Kansas. The purpose of this position is to provide technical operations support and assistance in the area of radio and satellite communications; such as audio and video surveillance, tracking, physical and digital interception of phones, pagers, cell phones, and the Internet. Technical operations support includes site survey and analysis, development of surveillance/interception systems, installation and dismantling of systems, testing and maintenance of equipment, and administrative duties associated with the function.

The applicant serves as a Telecommunication Specialist, integrates voice, video, and data telecommunications as they relate to local and wide area networking. Assures that system designs have been translated into workable installation plans for a technical specialty area involved in major telecommunication projects. Coordinates the construction, modification, and upgrade of the telecommunication systems, including purchase and testing of equipment and replacement parts.

Works with Special Agents to plan the technical requirements of standard, enforcement operations of pre-determined scope and complexity. Conducts site surveys, coordinates with utility companies, and other law enforcement agencies in order to install, repair and recover systems.

Analyzes telecommunications equipment and software reliability and utilization using real time monitoring techniques and tools to identify and define problem areas, and to maintain voice, video, and data telecommunications performance levels. Coordinates and initiates corrective action to optimize utilization of present equipment, and provides recommendations for upgrades or enhancements to support future requirements. Prepares, reviews, and submits requests for installation of additional equipment.

Monitors technical communications plans, projections, and annual program execution for ongoing projects. Reviews all resource requirements for completeness and adequacy of technical planning. Analyzes projections on technical factors such as usage, service costs, special equipment maintenance and parts inventory.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
GS-09 Level: One year (1) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 Federal grade level that involves evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving communications systems, procedures, and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology.- OR-

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirement for the GS-9 level may be met by two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.B or J.D. degree, in a one of the following major study areas of one of the following - electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, as related to this position.

GS-11 Level: One year (1) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 Federal grade level that involves evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving communications systems, procedures, and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology. Such experience involves monitoring elements of telecommunication vendor performance; discussing program or project milestones or activities; processing standard installation request; collecting and summarizing data to telecommunication equipment and systems; and establishing procedures for service. -OR-

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., in a one of the following major study areas of one of the following - electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, as related to this position.

A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of telecommunications technologies, system capabilities, and equipment operating characteristics.

2. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

3. Ability to communicate in writing.

4. Ability to plan and execute work.

5. Knowledge of administrative rules and procedures for telecommunications functions.

6. Ability to research, analyze and prepare written telecommunications policies, reports and procedures.

Conditions of Employment:
PCS: Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Overtime Work: Occasionally
TDY Travel: Frequently
Tour of Duty: Other
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
Security Requirements: Top Secret Clearance

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJĀ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be assessed and your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified , Highly Qualified , or Qualified . Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

BENEFITS:
The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/ei61.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Drug testing is required for this position.

All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire when applying for this position. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire.

http://www.justice.gov/dea/careers/drug_questionnaire.pdf

To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading or faxing documents in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on TAG: Closing Date. Information on veterans' preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/onjams/military_spouse_preference_info_sheet.pdf or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx or http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19340.pdf .

SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/fas/staffing/pdf/rem_ann.pdf

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted.

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:
TAG: Contact Name

TAG: Contact Phone

For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website: http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/careers/tools.html .

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at HelpDesk@opm.gov .

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