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Telecommunications Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency Washington, DC
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Telecommunications Specialist

##### Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency


- ##### Open & closing dates

09/03/2019 to 09/17/2019

This job will close when we have received **200 applications** which
may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 14

- ##### Salary

$117,191 to $152,352 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Washington, DC 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in
planning, designing and directing the deployment,of a large variety
of mobile/transportable wide band and narrow band radio frequency
system. This position starts at a salary of $117,191 (GS-14). Apply
for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the ORR/Response
Directorate/Disaster Emergency Communications Division team within

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and
use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest
need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal
response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We
foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide
challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable,
high performance workforce. Please visit for additional

**EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:** Every FEMA employee has regular and
recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every
position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All
positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency
management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work
at locations other than the official duty station, and may include
duties other than those specified in the employee's official
position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency
operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little
advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency
sites with physically austere and operationally challenging

In this position, you will serve as the principal advisor to the
Section Chief on telecommunications policy and planning issues..

Typical assignments include:

1. Develops and coordinates national, regional and state disaster
emergency communications plans, and operates. maintains and
integrates processes to coordinate operational and tactical
communications in support of Federal, state, and local disaster
response requirements.
2. Works with all facets of diverse and complex voice, data, and
video telecommunications systems and subsystems including wire
line, wireless, cellular, land mobile radio, and satellite
3. Develops and implements policies, doctrine and procedures to
establish, maintain and restore emergency communications
readiness and interoperability throughout assigned areas of
4. Leads efforts in providing support to regional, state and local
officials doing telecommunications plans to promote information
sharing, solve complex interoperability issues, resolve radio
spectrum issues, develop standards and advocate on behalf of the
emergency management community to meet anticipated mission

### Travel Required

25% or less - Travel up to 25% is required for this position

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0391 Telecommunications

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
- Selective Service registration required.
- Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit
- Please review "Other Information" section for additional key

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described

### Qualifications

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next
lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The
time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing
date of this announcement.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30
days of the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level (starting salary
$117,191) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized
experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13 in the Federal
Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal
government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization,
the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must
clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience.

Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are
not limited to:

- **Developing disaster emergency communications plans and
policies for operational and tactical communications in support
of disaster response requirements for missions.**

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 provides valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

**NOTE:** Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience.
In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide
the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY)
and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As
qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not
include the required information, failure to provide this
information may result in disqualification. Applicants are
encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their
federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume,
click here.

**Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees:** To accurately
credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure
to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along
with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for
during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may
result in disqualification.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment
offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are
currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political
Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee
employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information
to the Human Resources Office.

### Education

**Undergraduate and 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.

**Other Education:** Communications/electronics or automatic data
processing training in technical institutes or business schools
above the high school level or in Armed Forces schools that included
advanced instruction in addition to basic courses, may be
substituted for general experience on a month-for-month basis.



**Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5):** 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.

### Additional information

- To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every
employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those
standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully
pass, and maintain a background investigation for **Top Secret -
SCI** clearance as a condition of placement into this position.
This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications
are determined (Mythbuster), review of financial issues, such as
delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax
obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal
use or possession of drugs. *For more information on background
investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at*
- If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this
position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306,
Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the
accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry
on duty. False statements on any part of the application may
result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after
beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
- DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the
eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United
States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
- The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with
disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual,
severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR
? 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable
service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by
5 CFR ? 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and
persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents,
experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS
mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not
have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine
your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to
understand the required documentation, click on the links above
or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the
bottom of this announcement.
- This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
- All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance
notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for
an extended period of time.
- A one year probationary period is required for new Federal
competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
- If selected for this position, and you have not previously
completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion
of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location;
and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation
program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be
determined. Travel associated with the **orientation** portion
of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.
- This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
- If this position has been identified as a Testing Designated
Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or
public safety sensitivity, you are subject to random drug
testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to
be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including
removal from federal service.

### 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 and supporting documentation to ensure
you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the
minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will
be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following
competencies needed to perform this job:

- Technical Proficiency
- Communication
- Customer Service
- Representing the Agency
- Teamwork and Cooperation

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager
for consideration and may be called for an interview.

**Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)**: To be eligible for
a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible;
or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous
active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition,
you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required
documents section of this announcement. *(*Note: Veteran's
preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View
VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)

**Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Eligibles**: If you have never worked for the federal government,
you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility
on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well
qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.00
for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting
documents listed under the required documents section of this

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Sensitive Compartmented Information

##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

1. **Resume**.
2. **Responses to the job questionnaire**. You will be directed to
the online job questionnaire once you begin the application
3. **Current/former federal employee**? Submit copy of your most
recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates
your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you
have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate
SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your
current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if
applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.
4. **Current/former FEMA Stafford Act employee who has served
continuously for three or more years since August 1, 2014, and
eligible for consideration**\*? Submit copy of your applicable
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your employment
in a Stafford Act position on or after August 1, 2014. Note: If
you are selected for this position, your records will be
reviewed to verify you meet the three continuous years of
service requirement prior to appointment.
5. **Current FEMA Stafford Act employee with competitive
status**\*? Submit copy of your applicable SF-50, Notification
of Personnel Action, showing you have previously served in a
permanent or conditional competitive service position. You may
meet this requirement if your applicable SF-50 shows the
following and you meet reinstatement eligibility requirements
contained in 5 C.F.R. 315.401:

- Block 24 (Tenure). Code is either "1"- Permanent, or "2" -
Conditional; and,
- Block 34 (Position Occupied). Code is "1" - Competitive Service

**\*See note in "How to Apply" for action required by current/former
FEMA Stafford Act employees to successfully apply to this this
position. **

1. **Current or former Land/Base Management Agency employee
eligible for consideration under the Land/Base Management Hiring
Path**? **NOTE: If selected for this position, you will be
required to submit the following documentation to validate your
eligibility for Land/Base Management consideration. **
Validation of your eligibility will be conducted prior to

- Copies of your Notifications of Personnel Actions (SF-50's)
showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) that total
more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more
years. You MUST include the initial hire actions, extensions,
conversions and termination/separation SF-50's for each period
of employment to determine your eligibility.
- Copies of your performance ratings showing an acceptable level
of performance for each period of employment counted towards
your eligibility under this authority. If documentation of a
rating does not exist for one or more periods of employment,
submit a statement from your supervisor(s) or another individual
in your chain of command indicating your performance was at an
acceptable level for the periods of employment being used.

1. **Are you a veteran**? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or
other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
and/or documentation of service connected disability. If
applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to
Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed
Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty
within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must
indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you
will be separated under honorable conditions. View more
veterans' information.
2. **Claiming special priority selection rights under the
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)**?
Submit copies of your:

- Agency Notice
- Most recent performance rating, and
- Most recent SF-50, Notification of personnel Action, noting your
current position, grade level and duty location.

1. **Current/former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career
SES or Presidential Appointee employee**? Submit copy of your
applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the
following information regarding your most recent political

- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or
Presidential Appointee)
- Agency
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment

#### 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

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

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package,
including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care
insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan \[similar to a
401(k)\]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program;
personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may
include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement;
transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness
programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee
development and offers a variety of employee training and
developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS
Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be
available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5,
2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of
30 percent or more.

Review our 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.

- How to Apply

To begin your online application, click the **Apply Online** button
and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the
online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See
**Required Documents** section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply
online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant
experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have
access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper
application and the required forms. To do so, please contact the
Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information
prior to the close of this announcement.

**NOTE: Current FEMA Stafford Act employees with prior competitive
status AND current or former FEMA Stafford Act employees applying
for consideration for this Merit Promotion announcement MUST change
their current, default response to Eligibility Question \#8 "If you
are a Federal Employee, under what type of appointment are you
currently serving?" to "Term (Time-Limited Appointment - more than
one year, not more than 4 years)", in order to successfully submit
an application for this position.**

### Agency contact information

### Vonda Sparks

##### Phone


##### TDD


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Please apply online
Washington, District of Columbia 20472
United States

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### Next steps

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and
training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those
applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and
interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps
has been completed. We expect to make a tentative job offer within
30 days after the deadline for applications.

View more information on applying for federal employment.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be
consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential
Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies
concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission to
share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Washington, DC