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Grade: 15

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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 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-14 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I have demonstrated experience in managing administrative and technical services for a diverse organization in at least four of the following areas: finance, human resources, acquisitions / procurements, information technology, property management, and security. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 I have demonstrated leadership experience analyzing and resolving complex program operation problems, developing and implementing improvements and assessing the results that support the organizations´┐Ż strategic goals. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 I have performed the following responsibilities, which are related to effective leadership : Answer to this question is required
  • Setting standards, expectations, and deadlines.
  • Developing, updating, and executing portions of operating budgets.
  • Planning work tasks and responsibilities to be assigned to employees.
  • Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments.
  • Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees.
  • Reviewing completed work for technical accuracy.
  • Following up with employees to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  • Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems.
  • Coaching and mentoring employees to achieve desired results.
  • Reporting progress to senior management.
  • Implementing work completed.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects.
  • None of the above.
5 Which of the following best describes your leadership knowledge and experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no leadership experience, education, or training.
  • I have completed leadership education or training, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have applied leadership traits / skills, but under close supervision
  • I have applied leadership traits / skills as a regular part of a job, independently and without supervision.
  • I have trained others in applying leadership traits / skills and others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
6 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.
7 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
8 Which of the following best describes your experience communicating verbally? Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly served as a representative in dealing with managers and employees. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  • I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, and/or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (e.g., representatives from Department, other Federal agencies, industry leaders, congressional staffs, and officials of foreign governments).
  • I have regularly conducted discussions and/or participated in workgroups as a program representative in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, and/or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, (e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation).
  • I have regularly served as a program representative and participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  • None of the above.
9 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
10 Which response(s) describes your writing accomplishments? Answer to this question is required
  • I have written undergraduate papers.
  • I have written graduate papers.
  • I have been a co-author on internal work documents in a professional setting.
  • I have been the sole author on internal work documents in a professional setting.
  • I have been a co-author on documents that were published externally.
  • I have been a sole author on documents that were published externally.
  • 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 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.
12 Based on the descriptions that follow, choose the level that best describes your experience and/or education reviewing contracts and negotiating terms and agreements with various contractors for the procurement of goods and services. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet applied this knowledge on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
13 Which of the following statements best describes your experience conducting contract reviews to evaluate contractor's performance and monitor activities to assure compliance? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet applied this knowledge on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
  • I have instructed or assisted other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
14 Which of the following best reflects how you organize and prioritize your work? Answer to this question is required
  • I plan and organize my work under close supervision.
  • I have assisted others in planning and organizing their work.
  • I have participated on a team that planned and organized work.
  • I have independently planned and organized work.
  • I have led others charged with planning and organizing work.
  • I have no experience planning and organizing work.
15 Which of the following have you performed as a routine part of your professional work experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Established priorities among multiple projects
  • Established timelines for multiple projects
  • Closed out projects
  • Started up and managed projects through completion
  • Established and monitored project progress
  • Met deadlines
  • Used project management software
  • Made resource decisions for competing projects
  • Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  • Anticipated and resolved problems
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following BEST illustrates your experience reconciling conflicting viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience performing this task.
  • I have studied conflict resolution and relationship building in coursework at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • I have helped to resolve differences between my colleagues and have been involved in team-building exercises.
  • I have been responsible for the resolution of differences between colleagues and have conducted team-building exercises.
  • I have instructed or assisted others in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.
17 Which of the following BEST describes your highest level of work experience in planning and coordination? Answer to this question is required
  • I have participated in the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations.
  • I have managed the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations.
  • I have led the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations.
  • I have education and/or training in strategic planning and coordination, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • None of the above.
18 Which of the following types of decisions have you made that demonstrates your ability to lead? Answer to this question is required
  • Hiring
  • Termination
  • Reorganization
  • Budget formulation
  • Program / Project initiation and/or termination
  • None of the above
19 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
20 Which of the following project management tools/techniques do you prefer to use? Answer to this question is required
  • Delegate, manage, and monitor task completion
  • Hands-on management of project tasks
  • Project management software to track progress
  • Solicit periodic feedback from stakeholders
  • Negotiate project funding and timelines
  • None of the above.
21 Which of the following best reflects how you organize and prioritize your work? Answer to this question is required
  • I generally work on projects or assignments that are of higher priority. I complete these assignments in a timely fashion.
  • I work on multiple tasks or assignments simultaneously and complete these assignments in a timely fashion.
  • My supervisor establishes timelines for the completion of my assignments or projects and I usually complete the task earlier than the deadline.
  • I establish timelines for the completion of an assignment or project and usually complete the task earlier than the deadline.
  • None of the above
22 Which of the following types of situations illustrate your experience negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • Monetary impact, such as outsourcing
  • Policy changes
  • Adding, dropping, or modifying programs
  • Congressional mandates
  • Contracts
  • Employee relations
  • Organizational realignment
  • None of the above
23 With which of the following elements of supervision do you have experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance evaluation
  • Recruitment / hiring
  • Disciplinary action
  • Awards
  • Time and attendance
  • Scheduling resources
  • Staffing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coaching and or counseling
  • Labor relations
  • Managing diversity
  • Employee development
  • None of the above