Telecommunications Specialist
Department of Defense - Arlington, VA

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Must be a U.S. Citizen.

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Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.

Position is drug tested and requires a Special Sensitive/TS(SCI) clearance.

Serve as a Travel Communications Specialist supporting the Secretary of Defense (SD) and or Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD), and their Senior Military Assistants (SMA) (three star general officers) for all matters of command and control, communications, information technology, and information security 24X7 while traveling both CONUS and OCONUS. This travel includes two categories of travel, both of which the incumbent must support: (1) Significant multi-night and multi-country trips during which the incumbent will assist the GS-14/15 Senior Telecommunications Specialist, or (2) Routine, overnight OCONUS or multi-night CONUS trips during which the incumbent will be required to lead and manage in the absence of a Senior Telecommunications Specialist.

Assist in managing a globally dispersed team of up to 30 military (Officers and Enlisted) and civilian (GS-13 and below) communications professionals providing command and control communications support to the SD and DSD and their staffs, worldwide, regardless of geographic location or mode of transportation.

Lead, coordinate, and conduct planning conferences; develop supporting plans; and manage resources in support of CONUS and OCONUS travel.

Coordinate logistical support for SD/DSD support elements arrival and departure from worldwide travel locations and at Andrews AFB.

Supervise the receipt and distribution of various intelligence summaries (e.g., NIDs, State Morning Summary, NMJIC Executive Highlights, DIA/JCS J-2 Intel Update, DIA Policy Support Intel Highlights, Senior Executive Intelligence Brief, SITREPs, Deployment Orders, Critic Messages, and other time-sensitive Presidential documents).

Maintain current knowledge of Department of Defense (DOD) or U.S. Government policies, regulations, and procedures applicable to technical, security, and/or administrative communications matters, and or organizational plans, procedures and policies, including DOD Instructions, Administrative Instructions, or Standard Operating Procedures, to assure that Secretary of Defense Communications (SDC) provides outstanding support and total responsiveness to the communications needs of the SD and DSD.

Participate as a technical expert in senior level tiger teams that increase the reliability of telecommunications to the U.S. government’s senior leaders.

Assist Senior Technical Expert for Airborne Communications Development with branch level budget forecasts to support airborne communications requirements and organizational budgetary planning.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: as well as the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) and other competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Wednesday, February 06, 2013 .
You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving 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.

Specialized experience required for this position is:
Experience in evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, or improving communications systems, procedures, and requirements that demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in communications concepts and technology.
Serve as a Travel Communications Specialist utilizing mastery knowledge of travel telecommunications systems to include, but not limited to, secure data, video, and voice communications systems, and National Command and Control Systems (e.g. cabinet level, military airborne and/or other similiar travel communication systems).
Possess the expert knowledge of installation, maintenance and testing of state of the art integrated decision-support technologies (e.g., secure and non-secure networks, information technologies, communications systems, and secure video teleconferencing systems).

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of commercial and military satellite communications networks.
2. Knowledge of security requirements for the protection of classified material and communications in a mobile environment.
3. Knowledge of the management of information systems.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

OVERTIME: Frequent
TRAVEL: Frequent (See Other Notes for Travel Details)
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

Other Notes:
Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated as Mission Essential.

Overtime and unscheduled work are a normal part of this position.

Incumbent must possess the legal and personnel qualifications to operate passenger-type motor vehicles.

A majority of work time will be spent in a travel status, either CONUS or OCONUS.

This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in OSD or WHS, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies with various security clearances during the next 90 days. This could result in a few or many vacancies being from this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining (Open to the Public):
We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Highly-Qualified : This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
Well-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. .

Names of the candidates in the Highly-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Highly Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.
Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see .
All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
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 numeric rating you receive 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. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, February 06, 2013. Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: f or or . 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.
NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
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.
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