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Job Title:  Telecommunication Specialist, GS-0391-11/12 (DEU)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NWS-SR-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$60,681.00 to $94,551.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 20, 2013 to Monday, January 06, 2014
Career-conditional/Career - Permanent/ Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Worth, TX View Map
All qualified United States citizens or Nationals


About the Agency

 Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service (NWS), the world's preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, the NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. The National Weather Service...Working together to save lives. For more information please visit


This position will be located with the National Weather Service (NWS), Southern Region Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX. This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-SR-2014-0003 (MAP) which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • This position is in a bargaining unit.

 *This vacancy may be used to fill other Telecommunication Specialist, GS-0391-11/12 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


  • Occasional Travel
  • may be required.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or National to apply.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.


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This position is responsible for acquisition, development, deployment, and sustainment of all voice and data communications systems including frequency spectrum management for the NWS Southern Region. Responsibilities include:

  • Establishing priorities for service provisioning for all Southern Region facilities.
  • Reviews and analyzes telecommunications disaster avoidance and service restoration procedures, develops critical service requirements and deploys new strategies and plans for the protection of critical services; this includes developing and leading the teams to effect these goals. Identifies potential vulnerabilities and recommends solutions.
  • Resolves telecommunication problems and issues often involving complex technical solutions or methods.
  • Applies knowledge of telecommunication regulations and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Initiates economic comparisons for telecommunication support services, such as maintenance, and recommends solutions. Participates in implementations and change-outs; initiates all administrative changes, including cancellation of existing contracts; participates and leads technical review committees.
  • Applies current knowledge of telecommunications systems to develop plans to incorporate new technologies or equipment to include project time lines, logical sequences of activities, and coordination of both internal and external resources.
  • Responds to emergency outages or communications faults and recommends and/or implements timely and effective resolutions in accordance with established procedures.
  • Reviews telecommunications contracts and coordinates telecommunications services with outside vendors and telecommunications maintenance contractors.


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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:

There is no education requirement required for this position.
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
To qualify at the GS-11 level: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-9) is defined as experience:

  • applying voice and data communications concepts, practices, principles, technologies and standards;
  • responding to emergency outages or communication faults and recommending solutions;
  • reviewing telecommunications contracts and coordinating telecommunications services with outside vendors and telecommunications maintenance contractors.

OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, public utilities, statistics, computer science, telecommunications management, information systems management, business administration, industrial management, other fields directly related to the position to be filled.
OR A combination of graduate level education in a directly related field of study and specialized experience.

To qualify at the GS-12 level: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-11) is defined as experience:

  • advanced knowledge in a wide range of voice and data communications concepts, practices, principles, technologies and standards, e.g., point-to-point analog and digital signaling, VoIP, TCP/IP networking, and other commonly used telecommunication equipment, services, and protocols;
  • provisioning federal voice and data telecommunications services from multiple vendors using various acquisition resources;
  • telecommunication infrastructure operations including service restoration, vendor coordination, and customer satisfaction;
  • Fiscal planning and execution of regional telecommunications services.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement.

Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.


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 or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to 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 assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of acquisition regulations for procuring telecommunications services.
  • Skill in formulating acquisition documentation needed to acquire telecommunication services.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of telecommunications operating techniques, digital and analog communications requirements, local and wide area networking.
  • Ability to evaluate and recommend methods for enhancing efficiency of operations and disaster avoidance using evolving technology.
  • Ability to provide timely response and assistance during emergency outages or communication faults.
  • Skill in developing collaborative relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to fiscally administer voice and data communication services including maintenance and repair expenditures.
  • Ability to prioritize and/or balance service provisioning among competing requirements within fiscal resources.

For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating
To preview questions please click here.


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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:
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; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; 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, etc;
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: *VRA * 30% or more disabled veteran *Persons with Disabilities * ICTAP .
NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


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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 USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom 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 USAJOBS 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 or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 am, to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.


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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s)
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see: Veterans Preference.
Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit. Service Records.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualifications for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website Qualifications: You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
DOC/NOAA/WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E 12st Street Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


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: USAJOBS
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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