Army National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5) PLANS AND OPERATIONS SPECIALIST in Camp Dodge Military Reservation, Iowa

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IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD - TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION This position is open to current on board technicians (Tenure 1 and 2) employed with the Iowa Army National Guard

LOCATION: G5-JFHQ, Johnston, Iowa

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As a PLANS AND OPERATIONS SPECIALIST, GS-0301-11 your duties are below; Serves as the State NG focal point for Crisis Action Planning for the Joint Operations Center (JOC) that remains operational 24 hours/7 days a week. Is responsible for the development of operational procedures that effectively and efficiently execute Civil-Military taskings from the National Command Authority, Governor or National Guard Senior Leader directed responses to Natural Disasters, Support for Civil Disturbance (MACDIS), Homeland Defense/Security, WMD response, Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP), the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIPP), National Security Special Events (NSSE), and Continuation of Governmental Operations and Public Services, from the JOC. Responsible to establish and validate procedures, practices and tasks that provide command staffs located in the JOC, designated geographically separated Quick Reaction Force Platforms and the ANG Survival Recovery Center effective situational awareness and continuous command and control over tasked organizations and members. Incumbent must plan for and establish appropriate security for the JOC and staff; effective redundant communication processes to ensure safe secure receipt and dissemination of WARNORDs, OPORDs, FRAGORDs, Status of Forces and Resources and situational awareness reporting; and operational sustainment support for activated operational centers, quick reaction forces and equipment. Responsible for developing and maintaining Common Operating Picture (COP). Ensures self inspection procedures are developed, conducted, results evaluated and changes incorporated into operational procedures. Responsible for command and control crisis action training and certification program. Establishes, executes, evaluates and maintains the training program effectiveness through inspections, exercises and testing. Establishes and maintains training and certification documentation process for crisis action team members and controllers. Ensures newly assigned members and controllers receive orientation. Participates as an Operations Officer in the Joint Operations Center (JOC). Develops operational procedures to implement contingency and emergency plans. Coordinates with higher, adjacent, lower headquarters, Federal, state and local agencies as necessary, as well as other staff officers in the JOC to effectively accomplish emergency operations. Develops message routing procedures. Plans shift operations. Prepares operations orders. Develops after action reports to include cost factors. Identifies specific unit capabilities to support emergency operations. Identifies equipment and special civilian occupational skills needed for missions or command and control functions. Develops emergency response time estimates. Recommends improvement of NG resources to support emergencies. Coordinates operational control over committed NG forces during training simulations. Responsible for the administrative over-site of the command and control network to include defining required system capabilities, e.g. communications and collaborating with J6 administrators to identify specific equipment to meet mission needs; budgeting for and the purchase of crisis action infrastructure; and identifying and securing resourcesfor full-time staffing for effective 24/7 continuous operations, as well as system readiness needs.Performs other duties as assigned. D1246

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED:This is an excepted position that requires military membership in a compatible military assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of this excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY07/20/2018* . FAILURE TO PROVIDE COMPLETE INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN YOUR NOT RECEIVING CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.*Please refer to the Qualifications and Evaluations Section of this Announcement to understand the qualification requirements, and the How to Apply Section for detailed instruction on applying.

Military Rank Requirements:Officer and Warrant Officer (LTC and below) MOS Compatibility (but not limited to):42B 42H 90A 92A 01A 24A 34A 53A 59A 92 011A 420A Security Clearance:Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET Security clearance


**In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address the minimum/specialized experience needed for the position in their resume will not be referred for consideration.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:**Experience, education, or training which provided a general knowledge of principles of organization, management, and administration. Experience using computer and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: GS-0301-11:Must have at least* 36 monthsexperience in the following:* 1. Experience, education or training in program or managerial experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to the position to be filled or in comparable work or functions. 2. Experience developing and recommending policy; organizing and carrying out specific programs, evaluating and recommending changes in methods of operations. 3. Experience in supervisory, staff or technical work which included study, analysis or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of managerial or administrative policies, practices and procedures. Experience preparing written communications and oral presentations.


Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience -Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university, meets the GS-5 level requirements.

Completion of courses such as the Officer Advanced Course, Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff College, Air and Army War College, National Security Management Course and others of comparable level will be credited at the rate of 1 month of education for two months of specialized experience.

To receive credit for Education, you must provide college transcripts to support your Educational claims.

Additional information

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENT: Employment is subject to attaining and maintaining a secret clearance as required by this position. If the selectee does not possess the applicable security clearance when hired, application must be made within 30 days of the start date. Failure to make application for the required security clearance will result in termination of employment. Failure to complete NGB prescribed courses at the PEC for new FTS personnel within the first year of employment may be cause for reassignment or termination of FTS. ENLISTMENT CASH BONUSES: Acceptance of a technician position may affect any bonus and/or educational assistance that may be applicable. Please contact your Education Office prior to accepting a position with the Iowa Army National Guard. Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position:?

  1. Knowledge of ArcGIS (Geographic Information System) software
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of, and skill in analytical thinking and evaluative methods sufficient to analyze standards, procedures, and work processes to continually improve them to meet tasking agency and public requirements, while maintaining compliance with regulatory provisions in full-spectrum crisis action planning, operational protocols, procedures and impacts; doctrinal programs; Federal and State mobilization processes; force structures and readiness postures; and NG wartime and peacetime missions.
  3. Skill in leading and participating in complex, fluid negotiations with various DoD, Federal and state command authorities, Federal and state agencies and contractors. Ability to analyze and evaluate diverse data and formulate into coherent practical operation plans, processes and procedures.
  4. Skill in oral and written communications to prepare and present briefings/project papers, and staff reports; coordinate planning efforts; and manage programming activities, to effectively communicate requirements with staff and line personnel to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations, and to collaborate or negotiate with senior civil and military leaders.
  5. Knowledge of training program principles and practices and skill in establishing, executing and evaluating training program effectiveness and incorporating changes to meet mission requirements.
  6. Knowledge of, and skill in budget analysis sufficient to develop budgetary requirements and recommendations for Assigned command and control centers and operational endeavors.

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Required Documents

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

  1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (format should include Month and Year) of employment and duties performed.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

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Agency contact information
Kelsey Charley-Germain

(515) 252-4677


(515) 252-4604



IA G5 DOMS 7105 NW 70th Ave Johnston, IA US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 07/11/2018 to 07/20/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent