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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Vacancy Details

Grade: 15

1 I qualify for the GS-15 because I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the federal service as described in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Develop and implement a strategy for targeted communications in a program with the public and special constituencies, including congressional members and staff, and local state government officials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
3 Select the one best answer that describes your experience advising managers on policy matters. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience advising senior managers on complex policy matters.
  • I have experience advising senior managers on routine policy matters.
  • I have experience advising first-line managers on complex policy matters.
  • I have experience advising first-line managers on routine policy matters.
  • I do not have experience advising managers on policy matters.
4 Select the statement that best describes your ability to explain the position of the organization as it relates to varied and conflicting points of view regarding natural resource issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
5 Select the statement that best describes your experience in developing networks and coalitions and building partnerships. Answer to this question is required
  • I provide advice to staff, higher-level managers, peers, program and administrative staff of other organizational units, internal and external customer and stakeholders; I am able to gain cooperation from interested parties to obtain information needed to accomplish goals, and to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions that benefit the organization’s interest.
  • Through networking and partnerships, I obtain information required to compose, review, or edit materials related to my area of expertise for inclusion in policy statements and/or technical reports.
  • I am able to provide technical guidance to staff, determine project scope and benchmarks, and review progress/results for technical adequacy, as well as serve as technical expert on high-level office committees, due to my ability to gain cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals and negotiating mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Through networking and partnerships, I have become more effective in my job.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
6 Indicate the level of your experience in developing and executing a public affairs program to educate and inform individuals and groups with interests in natural resource programs conducted on public lands. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  • I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.
7 Select the statement that best describes your experience working for a media outlet (e.g. newsletter, newspaper, radio or TV station) covering natural resources issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yetperformed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitoredclosely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with properprocedures
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed itindependently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervisedperformance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by otherworkers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
8 Indicate your level of your experience in providing responses and content to new media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  • I have had education, training or experience in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work is closely monitored by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my experience

Grade: All Grades

1 ECQ 1 LEADING CHANGE Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values and other factors. Continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Answer to this question is required
  • Formulates long-term goals for an organization that are consistent with key organizational priorities and values and develops a shared vision of a desirable future state.
  • Sets priorities and establishes strategies for implementing a vision which affect Bureauwide program(s)/project(s) within an agency at the key management level.
  • Identifies the organization's key issues and develops strategies to build strengths and leads organizational change by adapting to present economic, political, social or technological factors.
  • Redirects program activities in direction of a new strategic thrust, experience in setting priorities and establishing strategies for implementing vision.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
2 ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Answer to this question is required
  • Provides leadership to accomplish the goals for an organization by guiding and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of internal and external customers and stakeholder groups.
  • Assesses the needs and develops promotion potential opportunities for subordinate staffs; motivates employees by sharing credit for successful accomplishments (e.g. giving them opportunities to present their work); and recognizing employees through effective use of the organization's performance management and awards systems.
  • Serves as formal and informal mentor for staff; gives employees latitude to plan and perform work; maintains open communication.
  • Fosters culturally diverse work organizations to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Achieves voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapts leadership style to different work situations.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the Management tasks that you have performed on the job: Answer to this question is required
  • Monitor and evaluate various programs simultaneously in order to ensure the successful accomplishment of each program's goals.
  • Apply knowledge of management principles, processes, analytical methods and techniques to investigate issues and problems of a procedural or factual nature.
  • Apply knowledge of workforce utilization and determine when deviations from projections occur and the implications on program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Apply principles of fiscal management to provide forecasts of future budgetary needs for operations and capacity growth.
  • Plan, organize and direct team study work.
  • None of the above.
4 ECQ 3 RESULTS-DRIVEN Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies. Answer to this question is required
  • On own, develops ideas, programs, etc. that have an impact on a wide range of activities within the organization.
  • On own, identifies opportunities to develop services within or outside the organization taking risks to pursue a benefit, advantage or savings for the organization.
  • Anticipates and identifies potential or actual problems relating to the achievement of program goals and provides corrective actions and/or develops contingency plans.
  • Develops leadership and professional skills by participating in professional, management or community activities, or serving on multi-functional committees.
  • Takes initiative to organize the workload, balancing the interests and needs of clients and readjusting/adapting the workload and priorities to unforeseen demands and emergencies.
  • None of the above.
5 Select the statements that apply to your experience in the multiple-use management of natural resources and collaborative approaches to managing healthy ecosystems as they relate to public affairs responsibilities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed marketing strategies using natural resource management principles for the purpose of advising management on potential public reaction to new policies and related communication needs.
  • I have implemented and evaluated public affairs and outreach programs designed to meet the public need for information on natural resource management activities.
  • I have worked with local and/or regional media and special interest groups on natural resource issues such as energy development, recreational, rangeland, wildfire and wildlife programs
  • I have served as a spokesperson on behalf of an organization regarding natural resource programs.
  • I have prepared major speeches or talking points covering natural resource program activities and issues.
  • I do not have experience as described above.
6 Select the functional areas for which you have developed public affairs communication plans and materials: Answer to this question is required
  • Cultural Resources
  • Biological Resources
  • Grazing
  • Fire
  • Wild Horse and Burro
  • Recreation
  • NEPA/Planning
  • Forestry
  • Oil, Gas, and Mining Interests
  • Endangered Species
  • None of the above
7 Select the statements that best describe your skill in communicating/presenting information through various formats: Answer to this question is required
  • I have created public relations campaigns (actual or academic) designed to persuade an audience to take action.
  • I have created websites aimed at presenting information to the public.
  • I have created and delivered presentations to an audience that are persuasive in nature, using PowerPoint or related software.
  • I have written articles, papers, reports, or other documents intended to convey information to a mass audience, with readership at accepted journalistic standard (8th grade) level.
  • I have prepared briefing papers for various levels of a natural resource organization.
  • I have experience with public speaking as a representative of an organization or in an academic setting.
  • I have work experience with broadcast media, radio and television.
  • None of the above
8 ECQ 5 BUILDING COALITIONS Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Answer to this question is required
  • Uses persuasion to change the decision, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level management, congressional staff, internal and external customers, and stakeholders including local unions.
  • Brings opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a wide range of office activities, or the general public.
  • Collaborates with key individuals (e.g. higher-level managers, congressional staff, union officials, etc.) to implement a new controversial program or initiative; represents the organization and its policies as chair of intra- or inter- office committees to build consensus.
  • Represents the organization in negotiations with key managers, congressional staff and union officials; negotiates with other groups within the organization to obtain resources and/or services; negotiates with internal and external groups to facilitate programs or partnerships.
  • None of the above.