Telecommunications Specialist
Department of the Army - Cranston, RI

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Rhode Island National Guard

The Rhode Island National Guard traces its history from the first colonial defensive force established in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1638. Today, the Rhode Island National Guard consists of dedicated men and women, prepared to serve our State and Nation in a variety of military specialties.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Rhode Island Army National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

Persons appointed with indefinite status may be separated when their services are no longer needed. If a permanent status employee at the same grade level as this announcement is selected, Nature of Action will be Reassignment; tenure will not change. If a permanent excepted status employee is selected at a higher grade, Nature of Action MAY be Temporary Promotion. Should the need for the indefinite time limitations placed on this position no longer exist, the Temporary Promotion and/or the Indefinite Appointment COULD be converted to permanent action without further competition.

Veteran's Preference does not apply to the National Guard Excepted Service.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation allowance NOT authorized.

This position is located in an information management organization. Its purpose is to manage the frequency spectrum, radio, secure communications, and communications security (COMSEC) programs of the state National Guard.
  • Must be a current member of the RI Army National Guard.
  • Assignment to the RI National Guard in MOS 25 or 53
  • Appointment is contingent upon results of Protocol B Physical Exam.
  • Background Criminal Investigation required prior to appointment.
  • Must have a valid state driver's license.

DUTIES: Brief Description of Duties: Manages the command’s COMSEC program. Interprets a variety of Department of Defense (DoD), major military component and National Guard Bureau (NGB) guidance and develops the state policy implementing higher agency policies and directives. Provides oversight and technical support to COMSEC account administrators throughout the state. Conducts audits and inspections of subordinate accounts. Interfaces with numerous DoD and NGB activities and commands to resolve COMSEC issues and provides input on proposed changes affecting the command. Reports findings of COMSEC audits/inspections to NGB and the appropriate COMSEC organizations. Coordinates with applicable organizations/offices to resolve complex COMSEC issues. Determines requirements for and distributes COMSEC key, radio hopsets, etc. for the state.

Develops and manages the command spectrum management program, which includes all aspects of bandwidth spectrum management. Maintains the state frequency authorization document. Coordinates with agency level COMSEC account managers to maintain current allocations and obtain new authorizations. Maintains the state frequency emitter list. Coordinates with numerous state and federal agencies to ensure required frequencies are available for multi-agency operations, state compacts, convoy movements, etc. Allocates and assigns frequencies to supported activities within the state. Prepares, publishes, and disseminates Signal Operating Instructions (SOI) using automated systems. Provides guidance, and technical assistance to subordinate elements concerning SOI preparation and frequency management.

Manages the states non-tactical radio networks, to include High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), and trunked systems. Provides guidance and assistance to activities operating radio nets and ensures operational readiness of same, to include Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS). Manages satellite communications (SATCOM) interfaces, to include up/down links, digital to wireless integration, and satellite phones. Develops plans and procedures to support emergency and/or contingency operations in support of state or national requirements.

Manages the state’s Secure Telephone Unit (STU-III) program and serves as the STU-III/STE (Secure Telephone Equipment) user representative. Responsible for determining hardware distribution requirements, key distribution, and operational status of the states’ secure telephone and securable facsimile assets. Coordinates STU-III net calls as required.

Serves as the Defense Messaging System (DMS) Organizational Registration Authority for the command. Processes new DMS user accounts, obtains and issues applicable security devices, and processes requests for changes to accounts and accesses.

Performs other duties as assigned.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education, or training involving the knowledge of the needs of communications users. Experience using computer and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must have at least 36 months experience that demonstrates a combination of specialized communications knowledge at management level. Experience reviewing training programs to ensure local requirements are met and enhance the awareness of state-of-the art and future technology. Experience involving applicable agency spectrum management (i.e., Communication Security (COMSEC) and Defense Message System (DMS)) regulations, policies, and procedures in order to coordinate, plan, and satisfy user requirements and to interpret and develop state policies and procedures. Experience involving technical or analytical work pertaining to multiple areas of telecommunications systems, facilities, services, and procedures.

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Employment in this position requires membership in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Selected candidate(s) will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment within 60 days of the effective date of placement. Should be MOS qualified within one year of placement action.

Military Grades: Enlisted member E-5 and above or CW2 or below

Compatible Military Assignments: MOS: 25 or 53 series

Substitution of education for specialized experience: A maximum of 12 months of required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours for 12 months of experience. The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of the position.

**Note to Incentive Recipients: Service members who accept a temporary or full-time federal technician position and are currently in receipt of an incentive such as a bonus, student loan repayment, or Select Reserve GI Bill may be subject to suspension of the incentive or termination with recoupment of the incentive. Applicants in receipt of a military education/recruitment incentives are strongly encouraged to contact their unit representative or the Education and Incentives Office for Specific details regarding incentive termination or recoupment action. The Education Office can be contacted at 401-275-4109 /4039 or the ANG Retention Office Manager can be contacted at 401-267-3269.


Incumbent must maintain membership in the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Valid state driver’s license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

F or positions requiring a security clearance the applicant must possess or be able to obtain a clearance within one year of appointment.

Background Criminal Investigations (BCI) are required for federal employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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 occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. 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. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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OTHER INFORMATION: 1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs. - 22 months ago - save job
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