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.
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.
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:
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.
- 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.
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.
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 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.