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Grade: 15

1 GS-15: 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 in this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 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-14 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 From the following list of qualitative and quantitative methods, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Survey development
  • Qualitative interviews
  • Statistical analysis
  • ISO 9000/9001
  • Malcolm Baldridge
  • Six sigma
  • Focus groups
  • None of the above
3 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents: Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs, including budget and human resources
  • To implement programs
  • To make recommendations to improve programs/ operations
  • To decide on continuation or termination of programs
  • To make recommendations to senior agency officials
  • To negotiate program direction and completion alternatives
  • To identify problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • To develop new policies or procedures for the agency
  • To formulate policy to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following best describes your ability to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in negotiation techniques. However, I have not yet applied this ability to work situations.
  • I have formal training or education in negotiation techniques and I have experience in negotiating.
  • I have no formal training or education in negotiation techniques. However, I have experience in negotiating.
  • I have no experience, formal training, or education in negotiation.
5 Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Establish priorities among multiple projects
  • Establish timelines for multiple projects
  • Close out projects
  • Start up and manage projects through completion
  • Establish and monitor project progress
  • Meet deadlines
  • Use project management software
  • Make resource decisions for competing projects
  • Assign tasks and monitor performance
  • Anticipate and resolve problems
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following choices best reflects your highest level of experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required developing cooperation, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, interacting with individuals constructively, and solving problems.
  • I have experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
7 With which of the following elements of supervision do you have experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance evaluation
  • Recruitment / hiring
  • Disciplinary action
  • Employee recognition
  • Assign and delegate work
  • Establish performance standards
  • Team building
  • Time and attendance
  • Scheduling resources
  • Staffing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coaching and or counseling
  • Labor relations
  • Managing diversity / Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Employee development / training
  • Mentoring
  • None of the above
8 From the following list, select those activities that represent your experience in solving problems: Answer to this question is required
  • Resolved problems under close supervision.
  • Resolved problems independently.
  • Worked closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  • Facilitated the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet objectives.
  • Prepared analytical documents such as decision memos that identify policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  • Reviewed and recommended improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other complex documents.
  • Served on teams that are assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  • None of the above
9 How would you describe the extent of your knowledge and experience devising and implementing systems to monitor and evaluate programs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in devising and implementing systems to monitor or evaluate programs.
  • I have education or training in devising and implementing systems to monitor and evaluate programs, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have devised and implemented systems to monitor and evaluate programs as a regular part of a job under supervision by a manager, or senior employee.
  • I have significant skill and experience in devising and implementing systems to monitor and evaluate programs as a regular part of a job with minimal supervision.
  • I am highly skilled and experienced in devising and implementing systems to monitor and evaluate programs, and have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
10 Please select from the list below situations in which you have interpreted and applied administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents: Answer to this question is required
  • Inspection
  • Program reviews / evaluations
  • Audits
  • Qualitative analyses
  • Adjudicating administrative actions or processes
  • Program budget
  • Organization Finances
  • None of the above
11 Select the response that BEST describes your experience interpreting and analyzing highly complex information to discern patterns, trends, and relationships and to draw conclusions by applying rules that involve many steps: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task / competency.
  • I have education and training in performing this task / competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task / competence on the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task / competency on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task / competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task / competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task / competency.
12 Which of the following types of teams have you planned, organized, and managed? Answer to this question is required
  • Multi-organizational
  • Multi-disciplinary/ cross functional
  • Multi-agency
  • Within a work group
  • None of the above
13 In which of the following events / activities have you communicated verbally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • One-on-One discussions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Interviews
  • Briefings
  • None of the above
14 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Congress
  • Foreign government officials
  • Media
  • None of the above
15 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Case summary report
  • Talking points
  • Congressional inquiry responses
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Directives
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers / decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • Newspaper or magazine articles
  • Research papers
  • Strategic plans
  • Budget or financial plans
  • Performance measures
  • None of the above
16 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written analytical reports for internal audiences.
  • I have written analytical reports for external audiences
  • I have written briefing material on policies and procedures for a broad internal audience
  • I have written briefing material on policies and procedures for a broad external audience
  • I have written to defend a position and persuade a skeptical audience.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels.
  • I have reviewed and edited reports for accuracy, grammar, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • None of the above.
17 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.
18 How many people have you managed on a team? Answer to this question is required
  • 1 to 3
  • 4 to 6
  • 7 to 10
  • 11 and above
  • I have never managed a team.
19 Which of the following best describes your experience in the area of supervising employees? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in all of the following topics: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development, performance evaluation.
  • I have experience in many aspects of supervision, including 6 of the 7 following topics: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development, performance evaluation.
  • I have experience in many aspects of supervision, including 4 of the 7 following topics: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development, performance evaluation.
  • I have been a team leader.
  • I have limited supervisory experience.
  • None of the above.
20 Which of the following reflects your leadership abilities? Answer to this question is required
  • I perform key decision making and policy developing responsibilities in very difficult assignments.
  • I advise top-level agency officials and subject matter managers on new developments and advances.
  • I plan, organize, and direct others in long-range studies and forecasts.
  • I plan, organize, and direct the work of others for a particular assignment / project.
  • Others regularly consult me for guidance and/or advice.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

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