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  • Duties
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    The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community.

    This position is restricted to current Military members of the Air Force, Air Reserve, or Air National Guard willing and eligible to become a member of the Iowa Air National Guard. Please contact a recruiter at 515-412-1907 to verify eligibility.

    LOCATION: 132nd Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
    NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires military membership in a compatible military assignment in the Iowa Air 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 BY 04/16/2018 . 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.
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    As a AIRPLANE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, GS-2181-12/13 your duties are below;
    Administers combat flight training to military aircrews. Instructs and evaluates pilots through a broad training spectrum, in addition to performing pilot duties; Initial Qualification Training (IQT), Mission Qualification Training (MQT), Continuation Training (CT), Upgrade Training (UG), Special Capability Training. Assesses instructors, CMR and BMC pilots, CMR and BMC Sensor Operators (SOs), and Mission Coordinators (MCs) both assigned and attached to the unit. Assesses newly acquired pilots, SOs, and MCs to determine capabilities/proficiency in the RPA, and train them to effectively employ in a combat mission. Plans, develops, and presents comprehensive academic courses of instruction for both ground and flight training to assist aircrew in maintaining Mission Ready (MR) status. Performs as instructor, and/or flight examiner for ground training which consists of classroom academics and/or aircrew training device (ATD) (simulator) training. Performs as an IP, and/or FE to continually examine rated aircrew to assure training standards are met in the following areas: mission planning, briefing, ground operations, takeoff and landings, in-flight control, cockpit resource management, mission execution, and debriefing. Ensures RPA aircrew gain and maintain the skills necessary to deploy and conduct worldwide operations that provide direct combat support to Combatant Commanders (COCOMs) to include all previously listed mission sets. Projects unit training requirements and prepares required training records. Utilizes all available training aids to instruct airplane aerodynamics, aircraft systems, emergency procedures, and specific crew duties. Ensures that all applicable directives, instructions, and technical orders applicable to the aircraft and mission are current and adhered to. Reviews, analyzes, and disseminates accident reports, flying safety publications, and special interest items. Maintains a thorough knowledge of airplane systems and procedures under normal, instrument, and emergency conditions. Flight will be conducted in both day and night missions in visual and instrument conditions. Maintains current knowledge of the theory of flight, air navigations, meteorology, flying directives, aircraft operating procedures and mission tactics. CMR status as an RPA pilot. Responsible for mission planning and preflight briefings. Incumbent may perform work in any of the following Air Operations program support functional areas: Standardization/Evaluation, Weapons and Tactics, Training, Scheduling, Plans, Safety, Inspector General. Performs other duties as assigned. D2044P01

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    2181 Aircraft Operation

  • Requirements
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    Military Rank Requirements: Officer (2LT-MAJ)
    AFSC Compatibility: 11UX, 18GX

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position:
  • Knowledge of airplane systems and procedures under normal, instrument, and emergency conditions.
  • Knowledge of the theory of flight, air navigations, meteorology, flying directives, aircraft operating procedures and mission tactics.
  • Knowledge of aircraft operations as well as the skill to safely operate the aircraft.
  • Skills and knowledge as is necessary to pilot manned aircraft.
  • Skill in operating the aircraft at low altitudes over unfavorable terrain as well - in both desert and mountainous terrain.

  • Qualifications
    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.

    This position is advertised at the developmental grade of GS-12 and target grade of GS-13. Promotion to the next higher level is not automatic with the completion of a time-in grade requirement, but rather contingent upon the assignment and performance of higher level duties on a regular basis. The supervisor must assure that the developmental level has been mastered through actual performance (not just the passage of time) and the higher level duties are available and essential.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: An applicant must have a competent understanding of the occupation's basic principles and concepts. Applicants should have a minimum of one year on-the-job experience in the grade (or a comparable military rank) immediately below the next higher level.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: GS-2181-12 Must have at least 36 months experience in the following:
  • Experienced in mission planning, mission preparation, filing flight plans, and conducting crew briefings.
  • Experienced in RPA work during combat or non-combat training missions.
  • Experienced in applying lost- link emergency procedures.
  • Experienced in operating and updating Emergency Mission tactics to ensure aircraft terrain clearances; minimizing unintended flights over local populations; or, conforming to local airfield and airspace procedures.
  • Experienced in programming code/logic into the aircraft that directs its flight controls when the links between the pilot and the aircraft are lost during flight.
  • Experienced with directives, regulations, accident reports, safety data, and local operating conditions to determine unit safety program requirements.
  • Experienced with flight testing, maintenance testing, and Operational Test and Evaluation for existing or emerging RPA operating systems.
  • Experienced in reading and interpreting reports that discuss the RPA suitability, functions, and general practicability of the aircraft and its components or systems.
  • Competent in planning, scheduling, and conducting flights through Federal Aviation Administration controlled national airspace.

  • SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: GS-2181-13 Must have at least 36 months experience in the following:
  • Instructor Pilot Certified
  • Competencies in operating a specific main-frame military aircraft, mission planning, and mission preparation.
  • Must have competence to review and analyze mission taskings, intelligence, and weather information.
  • Experienced in supervising and/or filing of flight plans and conducting crew briefings.
  • Experiences include aircraft preflight inspections, aircraft loading, and equipment assessments.
  • Experienced in performing or supervising work procedures involved in navigation, in-flight refueling, search and rescue operations, surveillance, and/or reconnaissance.
  • Skilled to conduct training of crew members in simple to complex mission specific tasks.
  • Experiences may include developing plans and policies, monitoring operations, and advising commanders.
  • Experienced in flight theory, air navigation, meteorology, flying directives, mission tactics, and operating procedures.
  • Experienced in the unit flying, explosive, and ground safety programs.

  • Education
    GS-12/13 Air National Guard Officer Positions - An undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university is mandatory. A Graduate Degree from an accredited civilian academic college or from an equivalent professional military education school is optimum. Must have Federal Aviation Administration certifications awarded from accredited civilian aviation programs OR must have aviation certifications from accredited military aviation schools.

    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 Air 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 ( ).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

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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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret/SCI

  • Required Documents
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    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.

    2. Other supporting documents: College transcripts, AF Form 8, Pilot License

    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.

  • Benefits
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  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    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.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .

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    Agency contact information Kelsey Charley-Germain

    (515) 252-4677
    (515) 252-4604
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    IA 132nd Wing
    3100 McKinley Ave
    Des Moines, IA

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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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    Fair & Transparent
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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Air National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5)
Full time
Des Moines, Iowa, US