Job and Career Field Guide

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The Guide to your Job and Career Field
Dave Edwards
MGT 5112 IX
Seminar in Contemporary Issues in HRM
Oct 20, 2012
Dr. Tammy Means

Introduction
The Department of Defense (DOD) has redesigned itself and some of the functions it performs. It has developed from a cold war/large war strategy to a peace keeping/small war strategy. DOD’s budget has been drastically cut, as well as associated personnel. The acquisition community has taken on the challenge to reform and modernize itself in order to perform efficiently in the present environment. This paper will discuss job overview, involvement in organizational policies and operations, historical development, ideal educational preparation, continuing education, compensation, present and future prospects, as well as advice for others.

Job Overview
What is your job supposed to do? For example, purpose, goals, activities, authorities, etc.
I am currently employed as a Department of the Army Civilian for the Field Support Directorate, Software Engineering Center – Fort Belvoir, Army Communications Command (CECOM). My duty position is Software Field Deployment Specialist, DE-301-03. My duties include participation in defining assignments, identifying the work to be done and deadlines for completion. Plans and organizes the work; interprets regulations, applies new methods or procedures; and coordinates with others as necessary. I also perform assignments in technical support aspects of substantive mission-oriented programs of unusual difficulty and responsibility. Exercise the ability to interpret, select, adapt and apply many guidelines, precedents, principles and practices which relate to an area of technical specialization such as engineering/electronic technician, telecommunications, quality assurance, information technology, technical writing and editing, equipment management, etc. Applies knowledge, experience, and critical judgment in making major compromises to satisfy overall technical requirements. I serve as an organizational representative on teams or committees outside the organization developing new policies, approaches, or techniques that impact beyond the scope of the organization. Additional duty of Contracting Officer's Technical Representative. Interacts independently and proactively with customers to identify and define complex/difficult problems and to develop and implement strategies. The nature of the work can involve frequent (almost daily) contact with representatives from higher headquarters within the organizational chain, and to communicate project or program results at high levels within and outside the organization. Assignments may involve support for research and development (R&D) projects with goals and objectives similar to professional level engineers and scientists. Applies an in-depth knowledge of the practical methods and techniques and substantial experience in developing results, recommendations and conclusions that may have a broad impact on the R&D internal and external programs, resources, and the organization. What do you actually do?

Serves as System Integration Manager, Functional Analyst, and Fielding Trainer, that supports the Product Director-Transportation Information System (PD-TIS) TC-AIMS II (TIS) charged with integrating, configuring, analyzing, implementing, and testing various information systems in a distributed and client or server computing environment for Unit Move (UM), System Administrator/Database Administrator and Theater Operation application. Besides, I coordinate training and fielding events within the region where I attend New Material in Briefs (NMIBs) to conduct site surveys to gather and submit required Property Book Unit Supply – Enhanced (PBUSE) information. Synchronize classrooms to ensure adequate space, electrical and network requirements, and physical security to include set up classrooms (workstations, AIT suites, furniture). Provide technical and software specific...
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