Language Specialist

### Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
#### 1 vacancy in the following location:
Pentagon, Arlington, VA
##### Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Wednesday 10/26/2016 (14 day(s) ago)
Closes Wednesday 11/9/2016 (0 day(s) away)
## Job Overview
### Summary
Department of Defense (DoD)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Joint Staff (JS)
Operations Directorate, Deputy Director for Operations (J3)
Operations, Training and Standardization (OTSD)
Mission Statement: The MOLINK Branch is a small, elite, one-of-a-kind organization providing direct support to the Chief Executive and, when directed by the President, other government officials at the highest level. Established in 1963 by bilateral agreement with the former USSR (now the Russian Federation), MOLINK personnel maintain around-the-clock instantaneous crisis and privacy communications links and translation support for the President, operating the Presidential Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link (the Presidential HOTLINE) directly linking the American and Russian heads of state. This is the only head-of-state to head-of-state link maintained by the United States Government. For more information see:
If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:
All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or
If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens
### Duties
As a Language Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:
Provide written and oral sight translations of head-of-state communiques.
Prepare, formats, dispatches, receives and processes head of state communiques via multiple communications links.
Oversee the operation and maintenance of multiple communication links to the Kremlin, to include operator terminals, communications control and switching equipment.
Develops and presents briefings to foreign dignitaries, military officials. and numerous high-level delegations at the CJCS/VCJCS/SECDEF level.
Develops and coordinates an authoritative US Government policy/position for bilateral technical-expert's meetings with representatives from the Presidential Communications Directorate of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defense.
Serves as one of five translators to man the HOTLINE around the clock in rotating shifts in order to provide rapid or time sensitive oral, sight, and written translations of political communiques, military and other technical, scientific or general translations to the President and designated select Executive Branch (NSA/Director White House Situation Room, etc.) or Senior DoD officials (SecDef, CJCS).
### Travel Required
Not Required
### Relocation Authorized
## Job Requirements
### Key Requirements
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
This is a drug testing designated position.
### Qualifications
This position has a Basic Requirement for the (1040) series: Experience in translating, interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and the other language; or a combination of work (that required English and the other language) and training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or comparable training.
The following are examples of work in the required language that may have provided the required abilities: translator; interpreter; librarian or information specialist required to make abstracts, screen, index, and scan material; intelligence; writer or editor; international organizational work, such as the Peace Corps, World Bank, United Nations, business, or other organizations; or professor, teacher, or instructor work at the high school or college level that required use of the foreign language.
Agencies may test applicants for foreign language proficiency on a pass/fail basis prior to appointment. Agencies must document the connection between the level of proficiency required and the duties of the position to be filled. Test material for applicants for the same position or grade level should be equally difficult, and should be selected from typical work-related documents.
Testing Provisions
The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Wednesday, November 09, 2016.
You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position is:
Develops and presents briefings to foreign dignitaries, military officials. and numerous high-level delegations at the CJCS/VCJCS/SECDEF level.
Maintain current information on events in Russia and international events affecting US-Russian relations through monitoring of domestic and international open-source materials and classified intelligence reports and material.
Complete linguist communications operations and procedures, and coordination with Executive Branch agencies, DoD agencies, organizations outside of Joint Staff, and other US government agencies.
Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of both Russian and English translations
2. Knowledge of US intelligence matters
3. Skill to oversee operation and restoration of all DCL circuits
4. Ability to communicate professionally both orally and in writing
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
OVERTIME: Occasionally
TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible, the incumbent is on "On-call" status.
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is not telework eligible
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: Please visit for more information.
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
Other Notes: Delegated Examining -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
The work schedule is subject to rotating shifts. The incumbent is subject to work Federal holidays, weekends, and night shifts.
Must obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
### Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI
## Additional Information
### What To Expect Next
Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:
### Other Information
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-1040-13/13
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates
Control Number: 454519900
Job Announcement Number: JCS-17-1828032-B f8d84d58a21841da83a88d9bc6fc4226

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