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U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide OPERATIONS PLANNING SPECIALIST in Whiteman AFB, Missouri


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 provide an operations planning specialist; applying Air Force military pilot, navigator, or aircrew experience to interpret and advise on regulations, directives, instructions, programs, projects, methods and procedures in substantive military operations associated with the Bomb Wing mission.


Provide expertise in planning, developing, and execution of BACE, OPLAN, BTF, and exercise packages. Works

alongside the mission planning team to oversee the planning process. Performs in depth analysis of mission requirements and develop packages.

Provides support to management in planning, organizing, and overseeing the activities of the Operations Support

Squadron Combat Plans Flight with direct oversight of plans and programs functions.

Represents the Operations Group with a variety of installation and functional area organizations. Establishes, develops, and maintains effective working relationships with other group and base organizations, senior leadership, and major command.

Establishes, defines, and implements requirements for Operations Group programs to ensure support and functions are in line with organizational goals and mission requirements. Develops, monitors, and analyzes applicable data.


Conditions of Employment


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 Position, 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-09, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes in depth knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to group-level issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of substantive military operations and program management in such areas as war, mobilization, deployment, exercise, command and control, bomber, special operations, or similar operations. Knowledge of the various command entities involved in overall planning and coordination of military operations and the ability to convey complex concepts and technical procedures. Skill to research issues and develop courses of action (COAs) in the assigned area (i.e. Bomber Operations support planning) which involve important and sensitive command operational and contingency requirements. OR

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts. OR

LL.M., if related. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts. OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts. 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-09 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. 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. Knowledge of military operations planning as it applies to assigned programs, operations, weapon systems, personnel readiness, tactics, and strategy in support of major military operations such as war, mobilization, deployment, exercise, ISR, Special Operations, command and control, global strike, or similar operations. Prior military experience as a bomber pilot, navigator, or aircrew member on bomber weapon systems, is highly desirable when recruiting for this position. 2. Knowledge of Air Force and command program goals and objectives; the sequence and timing of key operational events and milestones; methods of evaluating the effectiveness of planning actions related to actual events; and the relationship of the various command entities involved in overall program planning and execution of military operations and evaluation of the same. 3. Knowledge of fact finding and coordinating techniques to obtain information and coordinate mission requirements, plan operations, ensure personnel readiness, coordinate training program requirements; and apply related regulations,principles, and peculiarities associated with scheduling functions related to defense bomber programs. 4. Ability to plan and coordinate military operations; and prepare solutions to broad, important, and sensitive military operational and contingency issues; to include applying established agency safety and security policies and procedures. 5. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; negotiate complex issues; and maintain good working relationships. 6. Ability to access or locate information through the use of a personal computer and software programs 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.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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.