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Job Title:Telecommunication Specialist GS-11/12 (EX)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Federal Bureau of Investigation

Job Announcement Number:22-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 09, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012




Excepted Service Appointment - Full-Time, Permanent




1 vacancy - Quantico, VA, USView Map


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens. This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number 22-2013-0005. FBI candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates must apply to both announcements.


Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.
Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

Division: Critical Incident Response Group 
Unit: National Assts Response Location: Quantico, VA Working Hours: 8:15am - 5:00p.m.
GS-11: $62,467 - $81,204 GS-12: $74,872 - $97,333


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Travel Required


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  • Implements primary and contingency telecommunication plans for Bureau-wide and/or mission specific operations requirements.
  • Installs, tests, modifies, and monitors performance of equipment, such as systems architecture and test beds.
  • Performs duties related to radio communications and the utilization of Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) plans and the maximum and efficient use of the radio spectrum and electromagnetic capability.
  • Performs maintenance of specialized communication system equipment.
  • Keeps current on new technological advances in assigned programs through contact with technical experts, vendors, other agency personnel in Government and the private sector.
  • Maintains accurate records of the location and disposition of all equipment and ensures that all acquired equipment is managed in accordance with FBI property management policies and procedures.
  • Reviews invoices for accuracy of services billed; verifies cost related to installation, recurring services, and usage; and works with vendors to resolve discrepancies and obtain corrected invoices as necessary. GS-12:
  • In addition to the duties described under the GS-11 level.
  • Interfaces with a variety of technical and management personnel to resolve existing or anticipated problems and participates in developing an interdisciplinary solution as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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    Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
    GS-11: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the GS-9 level. GS-12: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience 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.
    Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education may be substituted for experience as outlined below.
    GS-11: Completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST ACCOMPANY ALL APPLICATIONS. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

    This position may occasionally require time spent working in situations which expose incumbent to a potentially hazardous environment. These include electrical shock, falls from high towers, extreme weather conditions, etc. Safety precautions are required, including accompaniment by another technician/specialist when performing duties considered hazardous to life and limb, and utilization of safety belt while on high towers. Work may require conditions of extreme stress and tension resulting from need to maintain equipment in optimum working condition. Work requires strenuous physical exertion such as climbing tall ladders or towers, lifting heavy objects in excess of fifty pounds, and crouching or crawling in small work areas. Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination.


    Your application will be evaluated and rated under FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Technology Application
  • Technology Awareness
  • Telecommunication
  • Network Management
  • Customer Service


    High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:Benefits


    Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.
    All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.
    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim. For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference
    Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.
    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.
    The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
    The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.
    The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance. Step 1 - Establish an Account On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS. Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire. Step 3 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process. Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button. Step 5 - Submit Required Documents Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation. Follow the instructions provided. Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status. If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes: 1. Your résumé and cover letter (optional) 2. A complete assessment questionnaire and, 3. Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
    • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and most recent Performance Appraisal
    • Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees.

    • For Veterans: DD 214; For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.


    Jenean Thompson
    Phone: 202-324-6630
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 202-324-3000
    Agency Information:
    935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Mail Stop PA-520
    Attn: Staffing Unit
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. Status of Your Application: You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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