Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
11/23/2020 to 05/31/2021
Pay scale & grade
$52,905 to $68,777 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
This job is open to
National Guard & Reserves
Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
Open to members of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard.
Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be pulled at the request of the hiring official and in the order received.
THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.
This National Guard position is for a TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Title 32), Position Description Number D0906000 and is part of the IL DCSIM, National Guard.
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As a TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Title 32), GS-0391-9, you will develop technical specifications and planning for communication security (COMSEC), radio systems, and radio frequencies acquisition programs and projects.
Major Duties - This is NOT an all-inclusive list:
- Gather materials, coordinate schedules, test equipment, services, and software for performance.
- Ensure the physical protection and accountability of all communication security (COMSEC) material and equipment.
- Maintain and implement emergency operation plans to protect all communication security (COMSEC) material and equipment during floods, fire, tornadoes, etc.
- Perform property accountability and controlling authority duties for communication security (COMSEC) accounts and subaccounts.
- Issue, audit, assess, inspect, and survey all communication security equipment and materials sub accounts.
- Manage all aspects of a secure voice, data, and video network.
- Provide communication security (COMSEC) support to subordinate personnel.
- Manage and test an organizational radio network.
- Ensure operational readiness of an organizational radio network to include a Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS).
- Ensure optimum operational performance of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) up/down links and digital to wireless integration of audio/visual transmissions in support of emergency operations.
- Obtain authorization for radio frequencies from higher headquarters in support of intra and interstate requirements for all activities within designated boundaries to include Federal and state agencies.
- Assign, distribute, and track all radio frequencies within the organization's designated area.
- Prepare, assign, implement, and operate a program that includes the preparation of Signal Operating Instructions (SOIs).
- Prepare, assign, implement, and operate a program that includes assignment of secure radio frequencies to subordinate personnel.
- Ensure user compliance to the established frequency management program.
- Provide all aspects of bandwidth spectrum management as required to perform prescribed duties.
- Possess knowledge of the basic principles of wireless communication (i.e. high and low frequencies radio transmission).
- Possess knowledge of concepts used to administer communications security (COMSEC) programs.
- Maintain and manage all STU III secure communications to include hardware and key validation.
- Manage and maintain distribution and accountability of STU III equipment and keys.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions Of Employment
- NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.
- This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard, required prior to the effective date of placement.
- Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.
- Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.
- Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.
- Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
- Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
- Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
- Recruitment and relocation incentives may be available for this position.
- PCS expenses may be authorized.
- Must have, at a minimum, completed certifications as applicable for award of the Title 32 Dual Status Technician GS-0391 positions allowed compatible military skill.
- Must have and maintain a current Network License according to Army or Air Force Directives, DoD 8570.01-m qualifications , Licensing Network Users and Certifying Network Professionals.
- Open to members of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard.
- The Selectee is required to satisfactorily complete the appropriate training and obtain the required certification/recertification for this position as outlined in DoD Publication 8570.01-M.
- Incumbent must complete Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program, 411-Technical Support Specialist, 451-Systems Administrator certifications with six months of placement. This is an IAT-I position.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: The areas of considerations for this position, Title 32 Excepted Service (32 U.S. Code § 709), will be in the following manner and sequence,
- The FIRST area of consideration for this position will be all excepted permanent and indefinite temporary technicians within the ILNG.
- The SECOND area of consideration will be all current Federal Employees.
- The THIRD area of consideration will be all Federal re-employment eligible.
- The FOURTH area of consideration will be applicants willing to become T32 Dual Status Technicians and gain ILNG membership.
- The FIFTH area of consideration will U.S. Citizens.
- Officer - May not exceed the rank of CPT.
- Warrant Officer
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must possess experience or training that has provided you with sufficient knowledge to complete the work of this occupational series to include experience performing technical work, gathering materials; coordinating schedules; developing specifications and planning telecommunications programs and projects; testing equipment; providing services and soft-ware for performance acceptability; and, related work connected with the acquisition, technical acceptance, installation, testing, modification, and replacement of telecommunication equipment, services, and systems. Must be certified at the next higher level before being eligible for that level.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-09 Level - You must possess at least 24 months experience and/or training in COMSEC, radio systems, and radio frequencies acquisition programs; testing equipment, services, and software for performance acceptability; acquisition, operations, technical acceptance, installation, testing, modification, and replacement of COMSEC, radio systems, and radio frequencies acquisition program; wireless communications (i.e. high and low radio transmission frequencies); administering communications security (COMSEC) program, managing a radio frequencies program; standardized telecommunications equipment, services, to review existing contractual relationship for equipment and services, program requirements compatibility with other radio systems, protocol requirements, and transmission security protection; COMSEC account environment; applying physical protection and accountability of all COMSEC material and equipment, to include, implementing emergency operation plans to protect all COMSEC material and equipment during floods, fire, tornadoes, etc.; performing property accountability and controlling authority duties for COMSEC sub accounts; managing secure voice, data, and video networks; working with STU-III secure communications to include hardware and key validation, distribution and accountability of STU III equipment and keys; organizational radio network that included operational readiness in the Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS); work on the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) up/down links and digital to wireless integration of audio/visual transmissions in support of emergency contingency Command, Control and Intelligence (C2I) operations to the state and national command structures.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the lower grade level in the Federal service in order to be considered for this position.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other 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 employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Verbiage displayed on your resume or application must contain your own words. You may refer to position descriptions, i.e. the general and specialized experience located within the vacancy announcement, to assist with describing work experiences; however, resumes or applications received in verbatim will not be considered. In your resume you will need to address the general and specialized experience listed below. Please use as much detail as needed, giving dates (months and years) of the experience, position title and how the experience was gained. This information is needed to determine if you are qualified for the position.
- Army National Guard Captain Applicants - An undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university is mandatory. A graduate degree from an accredited civilian academic college or from an equivalent professional military education school is optimum.
- Army National Guard Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant Applicants - Must provide accredited college transcripts that validate active enrollment in an undergraduate degree program with at least 90 verified semester credit hours in a specified program completed and passed. Must provide certification from college/university of projected graduation, within 24 months, in the specific degree program.
- Army National Guard Warrant Officer Applicants - Must have a high school diploma or general education development (GED) diploma.
- Army National Guard Enlisted Applicants - Must have a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) diploma. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or from an equivalent professional military education school supports a well-qualified result.
Combination of Experience and Education: An applicant may substitute an educational-degree study program or military or civilian academic courses for SOME of the required specialized experience. An applicant must also demonstrate the specialized experience competencies (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors) to qualify for this position identified by its applicable career level.
You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Attention to Detail
- Planning and Evaluating
- Problem Solving
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
- NGIL Form 73
*NGIL Form 73 - Illinois National Guard Technician Program Supplement to Application for Dual Status (DS), to reflect military qualifications. Complete and accurate data is essential to ensure fair evaluation, applicants with no military qualifications must submit form stating "not applicable" and signature on page 2 of the NGIL Form 73.
Documents NOT accepted: photographs, copies of position descriptions, training certificates, performance ratings, awards and letters of appreciation.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10958818
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.
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- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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