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Job Title:Telecommunications Specialist

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Aviation Administration

Job Announcement Number:ASO-ATO-14-B616R-34813

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$60,802.00 to $94,233.00 / Per Year
The salary above does not contain a locality pay rate. The different locality pay rates are shown further into this announcement.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


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U.S. Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency

Business Component: Air Traffic Organization, Technical Operations, National Enterprise Operations, Network Management Group, AJW-B111

No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) payments are authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • U.S. Citizen


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The incumbent performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments under the limited direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced technical specialist. May act as a contributing specialist on large work activities or as a team leader for single or small work activities.

Applies experience and advanced technical knowledge applicable to his/her discipline to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Understands how his/her technical area interacts with, or is affected by other disciplines, and considers the objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/Staff Office when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems. Typical assignment may include: system design and integration; rule making; investigation and inspection activities; compliance and enforcement actions; extensive research; and shared responsibility for project/program management.


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All Applicants must demonstrate one year of Specialized Experience. To be creditable, Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to the next lower level grade level (FG/GS-12) or Band Level (H) in the Federal service. Specialized Experience may include, but is not limited to skills in project management, administration, implementation, integration, operations, and maintenance of telecommunications systems; experience with a variety of telecommunications applications ranging from IP Networks, TDM technology, fiber optics, microwave technology, telephone systems and PBX; FAA NAS knowledge is essential to understand the critical nature of the operations; Specific knowledge with FAA NAS systems such as FTI, FAVES, BWM, Radio Communication Link/Low Density RCL (RCL/LDRCL).

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSAs listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:
Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
1. Ability to focus on overall NAS systems performance and causes of system degradation related to telecommunications architecture.
2. Skill in planning and scheduling the installation of new or modified hardware/software and telecommunications systems.
3. Skill in identifying, resolving, developing, and recommending solutions to technical problems and network issues.
4. Ability to present clear and concise technical information consistent with the targeted audience.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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You can review our benefits at:


We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Duty Locations and Salary Range, including the Locality Pay Rate are as follows:

-Anchorage Alaska - ($75,814 - $117499; 24.69% locality pay rate. In addition, a 5.57% Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) is authorized. Locality & COLA are subject to change).

-Des Plains, Illinois ($76,063 - $117,885; 25.10% locality pay rate)

-Kansas City, MO - ($ 69,412 - $107576; 14.16% locality pay rate)

-Fort Worth, Texas - ($73,370 - $113,711; 20.67% locality rate)

Interviews: The Agency may choose to interview some, none or all of the candidates on the list.

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

Please upload all required documentation before the closing date of this announcement. The second option is to fax them to 404-393-0636.

These positions are also being announced as vacancy announcement number ASO-ATO-14-B703-34722 for Current or Former Federal Employees and EVHO. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship


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You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Submitted" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Submitted" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

  • Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) - optional for current and former federal employees.

If you are unable to upload your required documents in the system application process, please fax them to 404-393-0636.
All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.


Alice Boswell
Phone: 404-305-5357
Email: Alice.Boswell@FAA.GOV
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
Human Resource Management Office
PO Box 20636
Atlanta,, GA


Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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