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Grade: 14

1 Select the one answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the Safety Specialist, GS-14, position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or experience /education combination options above.
2 The incumbent of the position must have and be able to maintain valid driver's license and be able to drive a car on local streets as well as highways in urban and suburban/rural areas. Select one of the following options: Answer to this question is required
  • I have and can maintain a valid driver's license.
  • I am able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license before entrance on duty into this position.
  • I do not have a valid driver's license or will not be able to obtain a valid driver’s license before entrance on duty into this position.
3 From the list below, select all the responses that best describe situations you have encountered in either your current position or past employment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Led safety and health team investigations, adapting leadership style to incorporate individual talents and areas of expertise.
  • Developed the talents of the staff, recognizing individual areas of expertise and motivators, recommended rewards/recognition.
  • Maintained safety and health contacts, actively engaged the cooperation of internal and external stakeholders in working on common tasks or group projects; shares work and decision-making with others.
  • Promoted open lines of communication, where employees are provided the tools necessary to accomplish set goals and tasks. Handles workplace disputes promptly and effectively.
  • Stressed innovation and risk-taking and analyzing problem, develop alternative solutions, emphasizing new approaches. Took calculated risks to move program forward.
  • Anticipated and met the needs of clients and customers, set standards for customer needs and satisfaction.
  • Implemented a special project or an unanticipated task, by analyzing the problem, developing alternative solutions, and emphasizing new approaches, and carries out these special projects in a timely manner.
  • None of the above
4 Choose all of the following supervisory duties you have performed by checking the appropriate boxes. (Choose all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  • Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities or employees.
  • Evaluated work performance and gave performance appraisals to subordinates.
  • Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions.
  • Counseled and/or disciplined employees regarding performance and/or conduct issues.
  • Identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget realities and used merit principles to take actions to satisfy needs
  • Interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  • Identified performance problems (management data analysis, organizational analysis, task analysis or person analysis)
  • Established remedial action plans with milestone goals and objectives
  • Developed follow-up feedback mechanism to assess resolution of organizational performance problems.
  • I have not performed any of the previously listed duties.
5 I have performed the following leadership functions in a project, program or activity. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Served as a supervisor, team leader or project coordinator.
  • Coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of a complete project or program goal.
  • Followed-up with team members to ensure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  • Planned work assignments to be assigned to colleagues, team members, and others.
  • Reported progress to senior management.
  • Resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members.
  • Reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  • Set goals, milestones and expectations.
  • None of the above
6 Select the top three statements below that describe your leadership skills. Answer to this question is required
  • Establishing performance plans for staff, communicating expectations and evaluating performance.
  • Identifying and distributing work assignments; monitoring progress and evaluating performance.
  • Providing technical advice and assistance to staff members.
  • Providing feedback to supervisor on progress and advice on technical issues or problems.
  • Communicating overall goals and objectives to staff.
  • Monitoring work in-progress, ensuring timeframes are met and quality of work.
  • Assigning work based on priorities and capabilities of employees.
  • Interviewing candidates for positions.
  • Hearing and/or resolving complaints from employees.
  • Managing the unit's training needs to ensure that necessary skill sets are developed.
  • Identifying overall training needs for new programs and establishing time frames for training completion.
  • Recognizing and rewarding employees for their contributions.
  • Counseling and/or disciplining employees regarding poor performance and/or conduct issues.
  • None of the above.
7 Select all responses to the following statement that apply to your experience communicating with others orally. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Conducting and/or facilitating group discussions
  • Conducting and/or facilitating formal meetings
  • Interviewing people to elicit facts or obtain information.
  • Consulting or advising on occupational safety and health issues.
  • Communicating results of evaluations or reviews.
  • Presenting complex, technical information to persons unfamiliar with the subject.
  • Participating in education, training, or apprenticeship programs requiring oral presentation.
  • Providing instructions, training, and advice to other professional employees
  • None of the above.
8 Select the response that best describes your written communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I clearly communicate, explain, and defend, in writing, very highly complex or sensitive information about my office's or agency's activities to senior management, staff, and representatives from other Federal agencies and the private sector.
  • I write documents for internal staff addressing sometimes complex issues relating to office and agency activities.
  • I respond appropriately to questions and requests for information, explaining moderately complex ideas.
  • I respond to requests for basic information.
  • None of the above.
9 Check all the responses that describe your current writing activities. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Compose team/project status reports.
  • Compose documents or correspondence of a business nature.
  • Develop comprehensive material for reports, briefings or meetings of senior management officials.
  • Write reports or findings regarding occupational safety and health such as accident investigation reports, interrogatories, or memoranda regarding significant case files, etc.
  • Develop technical guidance or other instructional materials.
  • Review written work of others for grammar and accuracy.
  • Compose daily activity reports regarding complex safety and health investigations.
  • Write trade or professional association publication articles.
  • Write graduate level or professional school thesis, practicum, or dissertation (or equivalent).
  • None of the above.
10 Select the answer(s) that best describe your experience identifying and analyzing problems, making decisions, and providing solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified and analyzed problems; distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • I have used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  • I have prepared and presented analytical information to senior management officials within the organization.
  • My experience in identifying and analyzing OSHA related problems, making logical decisions, and providing solutions has been recognized through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the statement that describes your highest level of experience in strategic planning. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been a key participant in a strategic planning process and system (regional or national level).
  • I have participated in strategic planning efforts by providing and drafting input related to my office or organization (regional or national level).
  • I have led a team in implementing a new program or process in line with the organization's strategic plan and goals (regional or national level).
  • I have not had direct experience in strategic planning but am knowledgeable of its steps and importance to an agency and department.
  • None of the above.
12 Select the response that best describes your ability to adjust to program changes, to establish priorities, and exercise judgment in resolving work-related problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I adapt to continuous, significant, sudden or permanent changes affecting numerous programs or priorities. I make immediate adjustments in situations where conditions change frequently or availability of information is limited, unpredictable, or sporadic.
  • I adapt to significant, expected, or temporary changes affecting project work or deadlines. On my own initiative, I adjust quickly in these situations, and support others in the change process.
  • I adapt to minor or temporary changes affecting my own assignments or work schedule. After consultation with my supervisor, I adjust work activities appropriately in these situations.
  • None of the above.
13 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  • Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to colleagues and support staff.
  • Hold others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  • Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • None of the above.
14 Select all of the following statements that apply to you (check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  • I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus.
  • I have received formal training (classroom, apprenticeship, seminars, etc.) covering alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution, or negotiation skills.
  • I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  • I have worked with labor management officials, bargaining unit representatives, or union representatives on occupational safety and health issues.
  • I have been successful in influencing others with my ideas and recommendations.
  • I have presented controversial findings to senior level managers or officials.
  • None of the above.
15 Select all of the following which you utilized to promote voluntary compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Answer to this question is required
  • Participated in Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) inspections.
  • Successfully negotiated with an employer to abate a hazard for which there was no specific OSHA regulation or rule (TLVs, ACGIH, RELs).
  • Participated in the successful development of an OSHA partnership and/or alliances.
  • Provided training to professional organizations, unions, trade groups, or other similar groups on safety and health issues.
  • Identified strategies with employers with limited resources to achieve compliance with safety and health standards.
  • Worked with state health departments, state or local consultation groups, and/or Federal agencies to promote voluntary compliance.
  • None of the above.
16 Choose the effort(s) you have been responsible for leading. To "lead" in them, you must have been the primary, accountable and responsible official in charge at least once for each effort described. Answer to this question is required
  • Safety, workers compensation, and/or occupational health program reviews.
  • Accident investigation, including accident review boards.
  • Development of safety and occupational health program policy, or development of workers compensation policy.
  • Safety and occupational health inspections.
  • Hazard identification, analysis, and investigation.
  • Injury, illness, or workers compensation statistical analysis.
  • Development and implementation of training.
  • Development and implementation of written safety and occupational health programs such as Bloodborne Pathogen, Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Laboratory Safety, and Respiratory Protection programs.
  • Development and implementation of written safety and occupational health programs such as fall Prevention, Electrical Safety or Machine guarding.
  • None of the above
17 Please select the response(s) that relate to your experience with Occupational Safety and Health rules and regulations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed Occupational Safety and Health legislation, laws or regulations for comments and input
  • I have implemented Occupational Safety and Health policies, standards, directives, systems or procedures in support of new policies and concepts.
  • I have developed and overseen compliance of Occupational Safety and Health policies, standards, regulations, and directives.
  • I do not have this type of experience.

Grade: All Grades

1 I understand that the responses I selected in this questionnaire must be fully supported by detailed descriptions of my work experiences in my resume. In the event that my responses are not supported by my resume, the human resources office will amend my responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency demonstrated in my resume. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD-214, SF-50, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Are you eligible for a military spouse noncompetitive appointment?  If yes, select one of the choices below to determine your eligibility. Answer to this question is required
  • Military Spouse - married to active duty service member.
  • Military Spouse - married to a retired or released service member who is 100% disabled due to a service-connected injury.
  • Military Spouse - married to a service member killed while on active duty.
  • None of the above.
Please indicate your most recent performance appraisal rating from your most recent performance appraisal (within 18 months).
Answer to this question is required
  • Outstanding
  • Exceeds Fully Successful
  • Fully Successful
  • Minimally Successful
  • Unacceptable
  • Pass (for non-DOL agencies)
  • Fail (for non-DOL agencies)
  • Other (for non-DOL agencies)
  • I am not a current Federal civilian employee.
  • None of the above
5 Where did you learn about this Department of Labor job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • DOL Website
  • DOL Employee (former or current)
  • Employment Office (Federal, State, or Local)
  • Friend or Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference or Convention
  • Public Notice or Service Announcement
  • Radio/Television Broadcast/Magazine Ads
  • Government Recruitment at School
  • Other
  • Email recruitment communication