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Grade: 15

1 [344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [3182] Select statement(s) that describe(s) your ability to formulate long-range plans to achieve the strategic aims of the organization; analyze policy issues and proposals with a long-term perspective; determine business objectives and set priorities; and anticipate potential threats or opportunities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have formulated long-term plans consistent with the mission, vision, and strategic aims of the organization.
  • I have established clear goals and priorities.
  • I have adjusted policies and plans in anticipation of internal and external change.
  • I have assessed potential risks and opportunities, prepares contingency plans.
  • None of the above.
3 [2910] Select the response(s) that describe your experience directing a program. Answer to this question is required
  • Set the short-range (1-2 years) objectives for the accomplishments of work
  • Set long-range (3-5 years) plans for the organization considering the possible changes in program direction and national goals
  • Directed, planned, or developed a program utilizing new technology and innovative approaches using quality management techniques
  • Advised and consulted and/or negotiated with customers in the promotion of programs
  • None of the above
4 [4517] Select the organizational and strategic leadership competencies that you possess and have applied in your current and/or prior work experiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed insights into situations and applied innovative solutions to projects, programs, and problems.
  • I have prepared and justified budgets for an organization.
  • I have monitored planned and actual expenses.
  • I have applied new technologies to organizational needs.
  • I have formulated effective strategies consistent with business and organizational goals.
  • I have examined policy issues and strategic planning with long-term perspective.
  • I have acted as a catalyst for organizational change.
  • I have built a shared vision with others.
  • I have identified and kept up-to-date on key national and international policies that affect an organization.
  • I have identified and initiated steps to improve processes, products, and services of an organization.
  • None of the above.
5 [5640] Select the statement that best describes your ability to analyze and interpret agency policies and procedures to draw logical conclusions and make recommendations relative to regulatory or programmatic and resource allocation issues, where information is usually complex, technical, conflicting, ambiguous, or nonexistent. Answer to this question is required
  • I have previously held a position in government or industry which routinely required the above qualifications.
  • I have previously held positions where the above qualifications were occasionally required.
  • I have participated in working groups where the above qualifications were employed.
  • I have never worked in a position requiring these qualifications.
6 [20530] Select the statement that best describes your experience interpreting and conducting administrative evaluations to ensure compliance with appropriate agency policies, regulations, or laws. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 [7159] Select the statement that best describes your experience working with technical and complex issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience or training in working with technical and complex issues.
  • I have received training in working with technical and complex issues, but have not applied it to a job.
  • I have experience in working with technical and complex issues, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have independently worked with technical and complex issues, with minimal supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have regularly and independently worked with technical and complex issues, and I am considered to be an expert who is sought after for advice and information in this field.
8 [1867] Choose the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience with transportation related research. Answer to this question is required
  • Have experience in reviewing and disseminating transportation related research reports, papers, and technical bulletins.
  • Have experience with monitoring and managing transportation related research program.
  • Have experience in using office tracking systems to effectively manage Federally financed research projects and programs.
  • Have experience in promoting developed technologies, including the gathering of needed research, marketing available research products and tracking the implementation of those products.
  • Have no experience in transportation related research.
9 [3175] Select the area(s) where you have substantial experience evaluating policies and programs and ensuring results. Answer to this question is required
  • Serving as technical specialist on the impact of legislation for specific organizational programs.
  • Identifying how organizations or program results will be measured.
  • Establishing local program standards that ensure accountability, continuous improvement, and adherence to policies.
  • Planning, scheduling, and implementing the evaluation of key business processes.
  • Evaluating options and alternatives for making decisions and resolving issues where no precedent or guidelines existed.
  • Establishing and using feedback systems to determine customer requirements and expectations.
  • I have no program evaluation experience.
10 [2347] Select the statement that best describes your experience and skill in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
11 [59082] Choose the statement(s) that describe your ability to exercise tact, discretion and persuasiveness when resolving and negotiating differences, sensitive issues, and problems among various groups. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed non-standard and innovative approaches to dealing with complex, controversial and sensitive issues.
  • I have determined customer expectations and requirements and used the knowledge to improve work methods, procedures, products and services.
  • I have gained respect and confidence from team members, colleagues, customers and managers, in the performance of tasks.
  • I have assessed needs, provided assistance, resolved problems, satisfied expectation, provided quality products and services for customers.
  • None of the above
12 [20350] Select the areas in which you have experience with interpersonal communication skills as they pertain to transportation issues. Answer to this question is required
  • Represented organization at meetings on transportation and oversight issues.
  • Coordinated and negotiated with other agencies to advance agency positions and resolve issues.
  • Assisted negotiations toward resolution.
  • Provided consulting services to aid Headquarters or field staff of or other agencies in dealing with projects and programs.
  • Participated in significant team reviews or served as a member on task forces regarding coordinating policies, programs, procedures and initiatives.
  • None of the above
13 [7420] Select the statement(s) that describe the person-to-person communication or briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • I have effectively communicated technical information to internal or external audiences.
  • I have effectively communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  • I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  • I have interviewed employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  • I have conducted training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  • I have briefed managers/executives outside of my organization.
  • I have coordinated meetings, workshops, or conferences.
  • I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  • I have taught a class, provided one-on-one instruction, or similar experience.
  • I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  • I have provided briefings on controversial issues.
  • I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  • None of the above
14 [5739] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on organizational change, business processes improvements (and related matters), such as reports, analyses, recommendations, briefing papers, and correspondence (and/or other materials) to various individuals and audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  • I have experience in preparing related written documents, such as summaries of analyses, business process mapping, and draft recommendations, and other documents which cover routine issues with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  • I have experience in preparing related written documents, such as summaries of analyses, business process mapping, and draft recommendations, and other documents including non-routine issues, and programs that have some complex elements. Recipients include individuals and groups within and outside my own organization, but I have not interacted directly with customers.
  • I have experience preparing written documents, such as research reports, briefing papers and recommendations, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover issues involving complex programs and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle, or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  • I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex or controversial studies, policy guidance, and reports to legislatures, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  • None of the above.
15 [5127] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience representing your agency or large bureau in briefings, meetings, or conferences with strategic partners within and outside the agency. Answer to this question is required
  • I have periodically attended interagency committee meetings with a senior official.
  • I have represented my organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences with Federal, State, or local government officials, consulting firms, and/or technical organizations to disseminate information and justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  • I have represented my organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences with other interested parties (e.g., peers, colleagues, and/or members of professional organizations) to share information.
  • I have represented my organization actively at conferences, seminars, and workshops to ensure that senior management's concerns, viewpoints, and interests are effectively represented.
  • I have chaired internal agency advisory groups and committees to communicate, facilitate and explain policy matters within an agency or large bureau.
  • I have delivered specific technical information or assistance at conferences, seminars and workshops to support effective decision-making.
  • None of the above
16 [3646] Select the statement(s) that describe your abilities and experience in leadership and your organizational skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key agency and program goals, priorities, values and other factors to outside stakeholder groups.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to apply the management concepts of accountability and continuous improvement, including the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner and to negotiate and produce results with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to develop an expansive professional network with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate organizational meetings, seminars and workshops with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • None of the above.
17 [2882] Select the function(s) that you have performed in supervising or managing a project, organization, team, working group, or contractor staff. Answer to this question is required
  • Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  • Set and adjusted short-term priorities as needed.
  • Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  • Developed performance measures.
  • Evaluated and recommended or assigned performance ratings.
  • Planned, assigned, reviewed, and accepted, amended, or rejected work done by others.
  • Coached or mentored individuals about their work performance.
  • Took administrative or other action to correct poor performance of an employee or contractor.
  • Maintained adherence to program policies and applicable laws and regulations.
  • I have not performed any of the functions described above.
18 [52087] Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: assigning work; training or instructing employees; reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; monitoring work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities but have participated in multiple research project teams.
  • I have conducted segments of projects, and have planned, scheduled and coordinated some of the work activities listed above with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have conducted projects, and have planned, scheduled and coordinated all the project activities listed above with some guidance from my supervisor.
  • I have conducted projects, and have planned, scheduled and coordinated all the project activities listed above with little supervision.
  • I have coordinated all the project activities listed above as a team leader over a group of employees assigned to a project.
  • None of the above.
19 [1959] Select all the tasks that you were PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE for the success of programs in your area of responsibility for completion in a timely manner and within budget. Answer to this question is required
  • I have formulated strategic program plans that assess policy/program feasibility including short and long term goals and objectives.
  • I have identified the parameters for staff members to operate in achieving program goals and objectives.
  • I have developed standards of performance to evaluate and measure program accomplishments and specific reporting times.
  • I have monitored, evaluated, and measured the effectiveness of program accomplishments where I focused on the results and NOT on processes and methods.
  • I have assessed current and future staffing needs based on program goals and budget realities.
  • I have identified and explained the consequences, both good and bad, to staff members regarding the completion of the program mission.
  • I have ensured that staff members are appropriately selected and utilized.
  • I have developed performance standards to evaluate and measure staff members' accomplishments.
  • I have structured and organized work and adjusted priorities to balance the interests of clients and/or respond to customer demands.
  • I have identified opportunities to develop and market new products and/or services outside of my organization including taking risks to pursue a recognized benefit or advantage.
  • None of the above.
20 [3339] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience as a change manager. Answer to this question is required
  • Developed strategic goals for change.
  • Led change initiatives and acted as a change agent.
  • Assessed the readiness for change and identified appropriate change strategies.
  • Communicated change goals and strategies to appropriate parties.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
2 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
5 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not held a government position.
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6 [59279] In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
  • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
8 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    9.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.