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Job Title:  Telecommunications Specialist-GS-0391- 11/12
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG201301541-832078-KST-COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,758.00 to $97,787.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Maynard, MA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


This position is ideal for a Telecommunications Specialist  under the supervision of the Disaster Emergency Communications Branch Chief within the Response Division, as well as serving in a collateral duty role as the Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Specialist for the Region I IMAT (Incident Management Assistance Team).  Incident Management Teams  (IMAT’s) are 10 member teams designed to be a rapidly deployable resource to support the National Response Framework to assist State and local officials in managing large scale incidents and to provide a forward deployed Federal support team for coordination with the  Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC). This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund. This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service 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 that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • This position requires a Top Secret background check.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period of 1 year.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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This position is located in the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I, Response  Division, as well as serving in a collateral duty role as the Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Specialist for the Region I IMAT (Incident Management Assistance Team) located in Maynard, MA. IMAT’s are 10 member teams designed to be a rapidly deployable resource to support the National Response Framework to assist State and local officials in managing large scale incidents and to provide a forward deployed Federal support team for coordination with the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC).  This position provides disaster response support by fulfilling the role of the DEC Support Function (ESF) #2 coordinator in the  (RRRC) when activated or forward deploying to the Joint Field Office (JFO), performing duties in the collateral IMAT role.


Specific Duties:

  • Providing project management support to the regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), which is designed to promote information sharing, solving complex interoperability issues, develop standards and advocate on behalf of the emergency management community to meet anticipated mission disaster emergency communications requirements.
  • Converting complex Federal, State, local and tribal policies into operational plans, standards and instructions for new communication systems and provides recommendations to the RECC to ensure standardizations, compliance, and uniformity throughout the entire area of responsibility.
  • Developing scopes of work (SOW's) for the acquisition and integration of telecommunication systems, subsystems , and associated support systems.
  • As a possible member of a Regional IMAT the incumbent will provide technical expertise in emergency management primarily at Level II and Level III incidents, and potentially at Level I disasters.
  • As an IMAT DEC Specialist you will play a lead role in supporting disaster emergency communications. The DEC Specialist may pre-deploy proceeding a known event or respond after an incident has occurred to provide emergency communications support to disaster responders.  
  • IMAT employees are subject to 24-hour-on-call- work schedules in the event of an emergency and should be ready to relocate to emergency sites with little advanced notice.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level you must possess the following:

At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level that has given me the ability to install, test, troubleshoot, maintain and operate various types of telecommunications equipment in both normal operating and stressful environments anticipating needs and developing contingency plans accordingly.

Successfully completed the requirements for a PhD or equivalent graduate degree OR have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M that is related to the position.

A combination of experience and education.

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level you must possess the following:

At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that has given me a Mastery technical knowledge of one or more telecommunications specialties such as HF, VHF, UHF, 800Mhz, Cellular, Two-Way/Land Mobile Radio, satellite communications, Information Technologies (IT), Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), data, video teleconferencing, communications  bridging equipment, analog, digital and encryption technologies.
All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: This is aTop Secret position that requires a background investigation. Appointment to the position is subject to the applicant or appointee successfully completing essential security investigation forms, the applicant or appointee cooperating with the investigator, the completion of the investigation, and the favorable adjudication of the investigation. Failure to satisfactorily complete any aspect of this process is grounds for immediate termination. Applicants for this position may be required to submit to a urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment.


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement.  Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

Technically proficient in a major area of telecommunications specialization or has demonstrated experience in general public safety telecommunications policies, technologies and programs.

Able to perform hands on repair, routing and connection of various wiring and cabling infrastructure such as coaxial cable and networking Cat5/5e/6/7 wiring schemes.

Practical working knowledge of frequency spectrum use as regulated by the FCC and NTIA when considering Federal and non-Federal; use of radio communications.


To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


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Our career opportunities feature the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  Other benefits that may be available include a uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, fitness centers, and telework.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.

CITIZENSHIP:  Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:


1. Your Resume;

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire;

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 08, 2013.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Please ensure you click the Apply for this position now! button at the end of the process.  You will be redirected to Application Manager,, to complete your application package.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. 


Note:  To check on the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the following vacancy ID:  832078.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144.

4. Print the fax cover page ( and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g. resume, transcripts, veterans documents, etc) to the same fax number in #3.


Please do not complete steps 1 – 4 if you are applying on line. 


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents.  To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account ( for this vacancy announcement.  You documents will be displayed under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documents, you MUST use the special coverage page.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the uploaded documents screen of Application Manager or you may click this link: to print a copy of the cover page.  When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

·         Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: 832078

·         Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·         Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


In addition to your Resume and complete Occupational Questionnaire: 

  • Eligible veterans are encouraged to attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) or other proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status, when a DD-214 is not available.
  • Applicants claiming 10-point preference based on a compensable disability, receipt of a purple heart, or preference for a spouse, widow/widower, or natural mother must complete and attach the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required proof as listed on the backside of the SF-15.  The SF-15 is available at:
  • Current or former Federal civilian employees are encouraged to attach a copy of a non-award SF-50.
  • If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience or if the position has a positive education requirement, you are encouraged to provide a copy of your college transcript.
    • Foreign Education:  to receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


Kym A. Thompson
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received.  After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. 

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