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Grade: 12

Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf
1 GS-12: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 At what level have you planned, developed, and implemented program management activities? Answer to this question is required
  • I have trained or assisted others in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and usually without assistance from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have education, training, or experience in performing this task, but have not yet applied it on the Job.
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
4 Which of the following best reflects your training and/or experience in applying program management techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had formal education / training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this skill in work situations.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in applying program management techniques.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in establishing program goals, analyzing program strengths and weaknesses, and developing clear performance measures and plans.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in creating a vision for a program, establishing an agenda for implementing the vision, establishing effective management procedures and constraints identifying challenges to, and opportunities for the program.
  • I have no formal education / training in this area but I have work experience in applying program management techniques.
  • I have no experience, formal training, or education in this area.
5 With which of the following program management techniques do you have education or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance, Evaluation, and Review Techniques (PERT)
  • Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Strategic planning
  • Budgeting
  • Benchmarking
  • Process management
  • Developing milestones
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following sources have you used to conduct research? Answer to this question is required
  • Internet
  • Electronic databases
  • Periodicals
  • Books
  • Regulatory / statutory materials
  • Interviews
  • Multi-media
  • Original sources
  • Surveys
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following best reflects your level and experience performing program and management analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use different qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze programs and/or management processes. I work with others to develop recommendations or conclusions about specific program and/or management situations and issues.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a variety of analytical methods to assess and evaluate programs and/or management practices. I typically work independently to complete this analysis and provide recommendations and/or solutions addressing programmatic and management concerns.
  • I have work experience conducting complex analysis of high visibility programs and/or management practices. I apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others.
  • None of the above.
8 I have communicated technical information to the following audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
9 Which of the following forms of communication have you used to communicate technical information? Answer to this question is required
  • Formal presentations
  • Informal presentations
  • Information memoranda
  • Policy or other briefing documents
  • Journals
  • News media
  • Instructional aids
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Budget justifications
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers/ decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • None of the above
11 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • None of the above.
12 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience working in teams? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in teams.
  • I have experience working in teams that required developing cooperation of team members, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience working in teams that required agreement on complex issues, building team spirit and cohesiveness, interacting with team members constructively, and solving problems as a group.
  • I have experience working in teams that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse members, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
13 Identify all of the following types of teams on which you have participated: Answer to this question is required
  • Multi-organizational
  • Multi-disciplinary/ cross functional
  • Multi-agency
  • Within a work group
  • None of the above
14 From the list below, identify those work behaviors that you commonly use: Answer to this question is required
  • I routinely handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • I shift what I am working on as a priorities change. I meet deadlines or negotiate with my supervisor for a new deadline.
  • I ask my supervisor for help when I'm unsure of priorities.
  • I an easily change my focus from one task to another as needed.
  • I manage my time so everything gets done.
  • None of the above.
15 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied? Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an 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 staff.
  • Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  • None of the above.
16 Select one description that best represents your highest level of experience in interacting with various groups and individuals: Answer to this question is required
  • Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  • Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems that arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  • Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  • Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  • None of the above.
17 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience serving in a liaison capacity? Answer to this question is required
  • I have served in a liaison capacity with a variety of persons inside and outside the organization for the purpose of receiving or providing information relating to the work OR to resolve operating problems in connection with recurring responsibilities.
  • I have served in a liaison capacity mainly with co-workers to exchange routine information relevant to daily work activities.
  • I have served as the initial point-of-contact and have functioned in a liaison capacity between the supervisor and staff at all levels.
  • I have served as a liaison between other government agencies, state and local officials, foreign officials and/or individuals from the private sector.
  • As an initial point-of-contact for internal and external customers, I have functioned in a liaison capacity for an organization.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 13

1 GS-13: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf
3 At what level have you planned, developed, and implemented program management activities? Answer to this question is required
  • I have trained or assisted others in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and usually without assistance from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have education, training, or experience in performing this task, but have not yet applied it on the Job.
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
4 Which of the following best reflects your training and/or experience in applying program management techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had formal education / training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this skill in work situations.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in applying program management techniques.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in establishing program goals, analyzing program strengths and weaknesses, and developing clear performance measures and plans.
  • I have had formal education / training in this area and work experience in creating a vision for a program, establishing an agenda for implementing the vision, establishing effective management procedures and constraints identifying challenges to, and opportunities for the program.
  • I have no formal education / training in this area but I have work experience in applying program management techniques.
  • I have no experience, formal training, or education in this area.
5 With which of the following program management techniques do you have education or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance, Evaluation, and Review Techniques (PERT)
  • Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Strategic planning
  • Budgeting
  • Benchmarking
  • Process management
  • Developing milestones
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following sources have you used to conduct research? Answer to this question is required
  • Internet
  • Electronic databases
  • Periodicals
  • Books
  • Regulatory / statutory materials
  • Interviews
  • Multi-media
  • Original sources
  • Surveys
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience using qualitative or quantitative methods to analyze, assess, and improve program effectiveness? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in various qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and evaluate programs. I typically work with a supervisor or someone else to conduct analyses, and develop conclusions or recommendations based on analysis.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to independently conduct program analyses and make recommendations. I have experience applying these analytical skills to a variety of projects and programs and presenting conclusions and recommendations to others.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to conduct complex program and project analysis and developing corresponding recommendations. I routinely apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others and present these recommendations to senior management leadership.
  • None of the above.
8 Which of the following best reflects your level and experience performing program and management analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use different qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze programs and/or management processes. I work with others to develop recommendations or conclusions about specific program and/or management situations and issues.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a variety of analytical methods to assess and evaluate programs and/or management practices. I typically work independently to complete this analysis and provide recommendations and/or solutions addressing programmatic and management concerns.
  • I have work experience conducting complex analysis of high visibility programs and/or management practices. I apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others.
  • None of the above.
9 I have communicated technical information to the following audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following forms of communication have you used to communicate technical information? Answer to this question is required
  • Formal presentations
  • Informal presentations
  • Information memoranda
  • Policy or other briefing documents
  • Journals
  • News media
  • Instructional aids
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Budget justifications
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers/ decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • None of the above
12 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • None of the above.
13 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience working in teams? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in teams.
  • I have experience working in teams that required developing cooperation of team members, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience working in teams that required agreement on complex issues, building team spirit and cohesiveness, interacting with team members constructively, and solving problems as a group.
  • I have experience working in teams that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse members, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
14 Identify all of the following types of teams on which you have participated: Answer to this question is required
  • Multi-organizational
  • Multi-disciplinary/ cross functional
  • Multi-agency
  • Within a work group
  • None of the above
15 From the list below, identify those work behaviors that you commonly use: Answer to this question is required
  • I routinely handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • I shift what I am working on as a priorities change. I meet deadlines or negotiate with my supervisor for a new deadline.
  • I ask my supervisor for help when I'm unsure of priorities.
  • I an easily change my focus from one task to another as needed.
  • I manage my time so everything gets done.
  • None of the above.
16 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied? Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an 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 staff.
  • Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  • None of the above.
17 Select one description that best represents your highest level of experience in interacting with various groups and individuals: Answer to this question is required
  • Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  • Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems that arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  • Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  • Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  • None of the above.
18 Which of the following statements BEST describe your experience serving in a liaison capacity? Answer to this question is required
  • I have served in a liaison capacity with a variety of persons inside and outside the organization for the purpose of receiving or providing information relating to the work OR to resolve operating problems in connection with recurring responsibilities.
  • I have served in a liaison capacity mainly with co-workers to exchange routine information relevant to daily work activities.
  • I have served as the initial point-of-contact and have functioned in a liaison capacity between the supervisor and staff at all levels.
  • I have served as a liaison between other government agencies, state and local officials, foreign officials and/or individuals from the private sector.
  • As an initial point-of-contact for internal and external customers, I have functioned in a liaison capacity for an organization.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

No questions specified.