Telecommunications Specialist

Department Of Homeland Security Denton, TX
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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. Please visit for additional information.

The ideal candidate for this position will be technically competent, telecommunications specialist who can enhance coordination and collaboration across the region. This position starts at a salary of $93,325 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 6 team within FEMA..

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which 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 with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

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In this position, the incumbent will be responsible for advising the Regional Administrator on matters related to communications support and disaster emergency communications. Typical assignments include:

* Conducting a variety of activities intended to avoid or resolve Federal, state and local interoperability related problems.

* Serving as the principal advisor to the Regional Administrator on the employment of disaster emergency communications systems in support of first responder

* Working with the Regional Administrator the incumbent coordinates the meetings and work of the Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator (RECC) Working Group designed to promote information sharing, solve complex interoperability issues, developing standards and advocating of behalf of the emergency management community to meet anticipated mission requirements.

* Serving as the regional expert in tactical communications, may be assigned to the Joint Field Office during a disaster deployment and be in charge of a team of other telecommunications specialists providing technical guidance and direction for the duration of the deployment.

Travel Required

25% or less - Up tp 25% travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* Status Candidates

* Former Overseas Employees





* 30% or More Disabled

* Schedule A

* Military Spouses

* Peace Corps

* Americorps

* Vista

* Interchange Agreement Eligibles

Individuals who do not meet the requirements shown below may apply under FEMA-18-NSA-230021-DE1 which is open to the public.

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) (Tuesday, 6/17/2018).

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

* You must successfully pass a background investigation.

* Selective Service registration required.

* Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.

* You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.

* Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.


Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $93,325) if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level that demonstrates the following: 1.) Operating telecommunications equipment including at least three of the following: -LOS microwave -HF -VHF -SHF -Single user Satellite 2.) Serving as a project officer or one planning team with an emphasis on communications; 3.) Serving as project officer and contracting officer's technical representative (COTR) for the acquisition and integration of telecommunications systems, subsystems, and associated support systems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


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