Telecommunications Specialist (DEU)

Department of Commerce - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.2


Duties
Summary
This position is located in National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), Frequency Assignment Branch (FAB) with two vacancies in Washington, DC. The Office of Spectrum Management manages the frequency assignment needs of federal agencies and provides spectrum certification for new federal agency's radio communication systems. If you are selected for this position, you will join the team that manages the federal radio spectrum.

Responsibilities
As a Telecommunications Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

The incumbent will review the frequency assignment proposals of federal agencies to determine whether these proposals, if approved, would result in technical conflicts with existing frequency assignments.
Review the frequency assignment proposals of federal agencies for compliance with applicable policy, regulations, and procedures, and recommend corrective action when necessary. The incumbent will understand and use the National Table of Frequency allocations, various assignment plans, restrictions, rules and procedures for authorizing frequency assignments.
Participate in a variety of intra-agency and interagency forums. Review national rules, methods, policy, and procedures pertinent to the frequency assignment function.
Prepare studies and analysis that depict trends of spectrum utilization and identify areas of the radio frequency spectrum to satisfy new requirements.
Maintain technical criteria for automated programs and data files used during the processing of frequency assignment applications, which may entail using a personal and workstation computer to access and manipulate radio frequency assignment data.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Job family (Series)
0391 Telecommunications

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must be suitable for Federal employment.
You must be registered for Selective Service (www.sss.gov), if applicable.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-after-competitive-appointment restriction applies.

Qualifications
Telecommunications Series, 0391 Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR)

Undergraduate/Graduate Education: Major study - 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

Specialized 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.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE IOR , Applicants must also meet the specialized experience for the grade level applying to.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level you must have:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience reviewing frequency assignment proposals for compliance with policy, regulations, and procedures to determine if proposal approval would result in electromagnetic interference conflict with existing frequency assignments. Experience includes creating and submitting frequency proposals to satisfy requirements of wireless radio communications systems and networks.

OR

Substitution of education in lieu of experience: Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LLM, if related.

OR

Combination of education and experience: If using a combination of education and experience only graduate education may be used to qualify an applicant at this grade level.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must have:
One year of experience equivalent to GS-11 grade level is required. Applicants must possess specialized experience in reviewing frequency assignment proposals for compliance with national policy, regulations, and procedures to determine if proposal approval would result in electromagnetic interference conflict with existing frequency assignments, and recommending corrective actions. Experience includes creating and submitting frequency proposals to satisfy requirements of wireless radio communications systems and networks; and leading discussions and facilitating decision-making in forums, committees, or working groups.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employments. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management website located at www.opm.gov/qualifications .

Education
Additional information
This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion(MAP) vacancy number: NTIA-OSM-2018-0023. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP and DE must apply to both vacancies separately.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

A probationary period may be required.

Payment of recruitment incentives are authorized.

Payment of relocation incentives are authorized.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Telecommunication Specialist GS-0391-11/12 with full promotion potential to GS-12 positions within NTIA in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and experience.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
30% or more disabled veterans
Persons with disabilities
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

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

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

Knowledge of electromagnetic communications, including radio systems and concepts (digital/voice/data) with emphasis in the areas of radio communications.

Ability to prepare and review frequency assignment proposals to ensure compliance with policies and regulations.

Ability to research and review telecommunications policy and rules sufficient to identify and resolve spectrum management issues.

Ability to communicate information regarding telecommunication and radio frequencies to representatives in forums, committees, or working groups.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, Standard Form 15 revised October 2013, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation. If applicable, see Additional Information.
Education . If qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.