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    About the Position:
    This is an Excepted Service Appointment. If a current federal employee with career or career conditional status is hired for this position, the employee will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding prior to being converted to the excepted service.


    Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.


    Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.


    In addition to using the USA Staffing tool, applicants must follow "Additional Requirements" instructions to be considered for this position.


    About the Surrounding Area:
    This position is located in Southwest Oklahoma and historic Fort Sill. Nestled in the historic American Southwest, the Fort Sill area boasts numerous attractions, expanding/affordable housing, quality school districts and ready access to shopping/dining. Lawton/Fort Sill is surrounded by a national treasure, the Wichita Wildlife Refuge. There are thousands of acres for hiking and open ranges for buffalo, elk, longhorn and other wildlife. For those desiring a big city atmosphere, Oklahoma City is only 70 minutes from Fort Sill and Dallas/Fort Worth is only 3 hours away.


    Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


    Army employees who currently hold Schedule A Excepted Service Religious positions must submit a copy of their current SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that reflects the highest grade held on a permanent basis.



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    • Responsible for comprehensive Religious Education program for all specific faith groups at the USAG Fort Sill; operating as the garrison chaplain's key resource person in the area of religious education and religious formation.
    • Ensures that soldiers, reservists, authorized civilians, and family members are afforded religious educational programs, which allow them to exercise their religious beliefs regardless of faith group.
    • Advise Garrison Chaplain on multiple faith groups for Installation matters of religious education and youth ministry.
    • Provide guidance and direction for religious program design, curriculum and resource selection, teaching training, management of volunteers, and administration of the religious education program for all religious group.
    • Directs and coordinates a full scope of functions and activities to include instruction, curriculum development and evaluation, logistics, and advising the installations Chaplain on religious issues, needs, and solutions.
    • Develop curriculum, theological instruction, teacher training and volunteer requirements for the full range of specific faiths.
    • Assess religious education and resource needs and deficits of various groups such as junior enlisted personnel, young married couples, NCOs, officers, military civilians, family members, DOD contractors, and retirees through use of surveys, questionnaires, and through personal community involvement in order to meet the needs of religious education programming across the Installation.
    • Create marketing and advertising products for the comprehensive religious education program to include unit, installation, seasonal, special and congregational events and youth ministry opportunities.
    • Serves as installation focal point and liaison for policies and practices in religious education and youth ministries  with installation directorates and higher headquarters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Up to 5% to attend and provide training and to attend conferences

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses are authorized
    • Defense National Relocation Program will NOT be authorized

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • This position has specific initial background investigation and periodic re-verification requirements since its duties require interaction with children and youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age on a recurring basis.
    • This position requires incumbent to work on Sundays and may require working nights, weekends and holidays.

    The Chief of Chaplains requires that only applicants who have been certified at a grade level equivalent to or higher than the stated grade of this position or those currently serving in a validated Army RE position will be considered fully qualified.

    To be certified for positions in the Religious Education Career Field, applicants must:
    1. Email a copy of their USAJobs/USA Staffing-generated resume to: Donald.e.ericson.civ@mail.mil (The USA Jobs resume builder system has an option built in to the program for forwarding copies to other agencies – see bottom of vacancy announcement for instruction on building a resume in USAJobs or self-nominating for a position.)

    2. Request transcripts w/official seal be sent directly from all accredited college/universities/theological schools to:

       HQ IMCOM Religious Support
       ATTN: Mr. Donald Ericson
       2405 Gun Shed Road, Bldg. 2261
       JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX  78234

    Only Official transcripts sent directly from the accredited academic institution and postmarked by the closing date of the announcement will be considered. Please do not send any documents other than your resume and transcripts. All other information will not be considered and must be discarded. Submission of the USAJobs generated resume, for the purposes of certification by the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, is in addition to the documents the applicant sends to the CPOC or submits digitally as part of the self-nomination process.


    The Chief of Chaplains requires that Candidates meet the following minimum qualifications (See AR-165-1).

    Director, Religious Education, GS-1701-11

    Masters Degree in Religious Education and a minimum of 5 years documented professional experience conducting Religious Education programs. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. *You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.
    Masters Degree (in any discipline) with a minimum of 24 graduate credits in Religious Education and a minimum of 5 years of documented professional experience conducting Religious Education programs. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. *You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

    Director, Religious Education, GS-1701-12

    Masters Degree in Religious Education and 5 years of full time experience, conducting Religious Education programs while serving as an Army Director of Religious Education, GS 1701-11. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. *You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.
    Masters Degree (in any discipline) with a minimum of 24 graduate credits in Religious Education and a minimum of 5 years of documented professional religious education experience conducting Religious Education programs. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. *You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration

    Best qualified applicants must show in their resume that they have experience which has provided the following:

    • Religious Education Program Management and Administration.
    • Religious Education Course and curriculum development, evaluation, and selection for all denominations and faith groups.
    • Knowledge of multi-faith religious requirements and religious education program awareness and coordination
    • Religious developmental theory and basic principles of faith formation.
    • Experience designing spiritual formation venues for children, youth, adults, and intergenerational groupings.
    • Coordination of Youth Ministries.
    • Religious education volunteer teacher/leader training experience.
    • Religious volunteer management experience.


    * The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.


    * Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html


    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted. 


    There is a Positive Education requirement for this position:


    A Master of Religious Education degree or its equivalent from an accredited graduate school.
    A Master's Degree in any discipline other than religious education which includes a minimum of 24 documented credits in religious education.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or substitute education for experience. Additional information: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

     Foreign Education: Education that has been completed in a foreign college or university may be used to meet the job requirements. In order to receive credit in the examination for your foreign education, you must have your foreign education evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education credentials. Such education must be declared the equivalent of similar undergraduate or graduate work in a U.S. institution. Please include this information in your resume.

    Additional information

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

    If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 2003264. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    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.

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    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.

    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 22, 2017 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    Central Resume Processing Center


    DA SWR Fort Sill
    Please contact by email
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
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    Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

    Next steps

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

    If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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.

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479232400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.