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Job Title:Communications Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Job Announcement Number:NTIA-OPSC-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President's principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy issues.  NTIA represents the Executive Branch in both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities.  NTIA also manages the Federal use of the radio spectrum, performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.

This position is located in the Office of Public Safety Communications (OPSC).  OPSC is responsible for developing and implementing the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) as outlined in Section 6302 of Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

This position will report directly to the Associate Administrator of OPSC and is a principal in the development of policies and activities that promote the development and implementation of public safety communications programs, including the SLIGP.  In this capacity and under the direction of the AA, the position will be responsible for performing high-level analysis necessary for the effective evaluation, award, and monitoring of public safety communications grants and other efforts.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov.)
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • You must be able to obtain security clearance.

DUTIES:

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At the GS-15 level, the incumbent will perform the following duties:  Apply significant expertise in public safety communications, wireless broadband networks, and project management towards the effective implementation and execution of public safety communications programs, including the State and Local Implementation Grant Program;  Collaborate with OPSC staff and NTIA Senior Management to facilitate the state, local, and tribal consultations between the recipients and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet); Partner with state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to help them participate in the planning process, technical requirements, and regulatory framework for deploying the nationwide public safety wireless broadband network; Use knowledge of grants program management to assist in the development of policies and procedures to facilitate the administration of public safety communications programs, including the State and Local Implementation Grant Program; Use extensive knowledge of and experience with public safety agencies and the telecommunications sector to assist in the development of guidance and technical assistance for states; Provide technical assistance to states ensuring that program objectives are achieved; Expertly administer, monitor, and provide oversight of state and local planning and governance activities, including maintaining an understanding of all various stakeholders within the states; communicating regularly with grant recipients; conducting technical assistance visits; and analyzing consultation and program outcomes; Work closely with senior appointed and/or elected state, local, and tribal officials on outreach and communications regarding the nationwide public safety broadband network; Represent NTIA as required at workshops, conferences, and meetings related to the state and local consultation; Serve as liaison with Federal agencies and other governmental and non-governmental entities on public safety broadband issues; Research and maintain expertise in public safety LTE wireless broadband issues relevant to the development and deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network;Provide critical analysis and recommendations to OPSC managers and staff responsible for carrying out purposes of the state and local team activities; Lead ad hoc OPSC project teams that will necessitate exhibiting informal team leadership abilities and providing task direction; Ensure that deliverables are completed on time and on budget; Prepare budgets to meet goals in a cost-effective and efficient manner; and As necessary, participate in Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) training.

At the GS-14 level, the incumbent will perform the following duties: Apply experience supporting public safety communications programs or policies, wireless broadband networks, and project management towards the effective implementation and execution of public safety communications programs, including the State and Local Implementation Grant Program; Collaborate with OPSC staff and NTIA Senior Management to facilitate the state, local, and tribal consultations between the recipients and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet); Partner with state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to help them participate in the planning process, technical requirements, and regulatory framework for deploying the nationwide public safety wireless broadband network; Use knowledge of grants program management to assist in the development of policies and procedures to facilitate the administration of public safety communications programs, including the State and Local Implementation Grant Program; Use general knowledge of and experience with public safety agencies and the telecommunications sector to assist in the development of guidance and technical assistance for states; Provide technical assistance to States ensuring that program objectives are achieved;  Effectively administer, monitor, and provide oversight of state and local planning and governance activities, including maintaining an understanding of all various stakeholders within the states; communicating regularly with grant recipients; conducting technical assistance visits; and analyzing consultation and program outcomes; Work closely with mid-level state, local, and tribal stakeholders on outreach and communications regarding the nationwide public safety broadband network; Represent NTIA as required at workshops, conferences, and meetings related to the state and local consultation; Serve as liaison with Federal agencies and other governmental and non-governmental entities on public safety broadband issues; and Research and maintain expertise in public safety LTE wireless broadband issues relevant to the development and deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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At the GS-15 level:  You must meet the basic requirements and possess one year of specialized experience.  Experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 level.  Specialized experience is defined as experience managing and overseeing public safety communications to include evaluation of projects against established program criteria, presenting and defending policy positions regarding the award of grants, and leading collaborative negotiations with senior officials from other organizations such as governments, industry, academics and non-profits.

At the GS-14 level:  You must meet the basic requirements and possess one year of specialized experience.  Experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-13 level.  Specialized experience is defined as experience working with in the public safety communications field as part of a team to evaluate and projects against established program criteria, assist in the development of guidance and technical assistance for grant recipients, and participate in collaborative negotiations with senior officials from other organizations such as governments, industry, academics and non-profits.


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. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements 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's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

1.  Knowledge of the public safety communications field, including wireless broadband.

2.  Knowledge of federal grant-making policies.

3.  Skill in collaborating with state, local, tribal governments to perform planning and implementation for public safety communications.

4.  Skill in providing oral presentations to mid-level state, local, and tribal government officials plus members of non-profit associations and the private sector.    

5.  Ability to serve as a program manager/project officer for grant-funded projects.

6.  Ability to facilitate consultations with state, local, and tribal government representatives.

7.  Ability to support stakeholder governance, outreach, and/or technical assistance activities.    

8.  Ability to develop and present outreach materials regarding public safety communications, including wireless broadband. 

For more information on category rating, please go to:

http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1.            A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.

2.            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.

3.            A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4.            Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA):  http://federaljobs.net/veterans.htm 

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

30% or more disabled veterans:  http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp 

Persons with disabilities: http://www.opm.gov/DISABILITY/

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

The Department of Commerce 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 Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Christine Covington at 202.482.3041 or CCovington@doc.gov.



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, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation.  If applicable, see Other Information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: CCovington@doc.gov
Agency Information:
NAT'L TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFO ADMINISTRATION
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1.  Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2.  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3.  Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

4.  Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).


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Job Announcement Number:

NTIA-OPSC-2013-0002

Control Number:

336084200