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Headquarters, Air Force Space Command ORBITAL ANALYST in Schriever AFB, Colorado

Summary

Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. The primary purpose of this position is to perform space situational domain awareness (SDA) analysis duties, to include space surveillance, orbital analysis, and other SDA functions that support the National Space Defense Center (NSDC). Serves as a senior SSA analyst performing orbital analysis duties, to include space surveillance, SDA, and orbital protection functions

Responsibilities

Independently performs orbital analysis and conjunction assessment functions using the high accuracy catalog of space objects by using Special Perturbations (SP) theory and modeling, and evaluates operational activities.

Develops new methods, procedures, and training for performing SDA and orbital analysis in support of DoD, AF, USSF, USSPACECOM and NSDC ?s space defense mission.

Participates in NSDC crisis action and deliberate planning.

Participates in briefings, meetings, committees, boards, conferences, etc.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

This is a Mission Essential (ME) position performing a Mission Critical Function (MCF) which must continue uninterrupted after the occurrence of an emergency and continued through full resumption of all functions. IAW, DoDI 3020-42, Defense Continuity Programs. This position is designated as a Key position IAW AFI 36-507. Duties of this position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations. Incumbents of key positions must be removed from their ilitary recall status if alternative for filling of the position during an emergency are not available. QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions, Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series, 0301. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includesmastery knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices associated with conjunction assessment methods and tools, including comparing owner/operator-provided ephemerides/trajectories to National Space Defense Center (NSDC) internal Special Perturbations (SP)- derived ephemerides/trajectories to verify accuracy, and identify and account for owner/operator planned maneuvers; expert operational knowledge of a wide range of computer techniques, analysis methods, operational procedures, orbital mechanics, to include a thorough understanding of the operation of the NSDC mission systems in order to accomplish the; and Mastery knowledge of current orbital analysis methods and astro-dynamic tools such as: Automatic Differential Correction (ADC), Manual Differential Correction (MDC), Manual Piece Separation (MPS), Special Perturbations (SP), Simplified General Perturbations Version 4 (SGP4), Computation of Miss Between Orbits (COMBO), SuperCOMBO, and Satellite Propagation and Element Correction for Test and Research (SPECTR) in order to interact with NASA, the IC, National Reconnaissance Office, sensor sites, and other analysts and exchange information that is created, analyzed or maintained by the use of these tools. FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Expert knowledge and ability to perform satellite conjunction assessment screenings and thoroughly analyze associated SDA observations, orbital parameters, owner/operator ephemeris data, trajectory accuracy, and special perturbations (SP) vector quality including precision orbit determination updates containing manual differential corrections and other statistical estimation techniques.

  1. Advanced knowledge of current SDA systems including NYX to access, retrieve, and display satellite catalog and observation catalog database information.

  2. Ability to perform orbital analysis on earth-orbiting objects.

  3. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and present data and supporting analyses to management by manipulating extremely large amounts of data in the emerging SDA operating system environment.

  4. Ability to independently plan, coordinate, and organize work to identify problems and develop innovative solutions while communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

  5. Ability to document operational knowledge into checklists, lesson plans, and updated procedures.

  6. Broad knowledge of accepted Space Situational Awareness procedures and policies. Knowledge of AF, USSF, and USSPACECOM procedures and policies. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Additional Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here. Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.

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