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Vacancy Details

Grade: 15

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

1 SELECTIVE FACTOR: 

EDUCATION: Do you have an advanced degree (e.g., MA, PhD) in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Policy, History, or other fields related to Mexico, US-Mexico and/or US-North America studies.  Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 SELECTIVE FACTOR: 

Language Proficiency: Speaking - Spanish
Please choose the most appropriate response to describe your ability to speak Spanish. 

Note: Part of the interview may be conducted in Spanish to assess your proficiency.  Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have a practical reading proficiency in Spanish.
  • I am able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements (Elementary Proficiency / Level 1).
  • I am able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements (Limited Working Proficiency / Level 2).
  • I am able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics (Minimum Professional Proficiency / Level 3).
  • I am able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs (Full Professional Proficiency / Level 4).
3 SELECTIVE FACTOR: 

Language Proficiency: Reading - Spanish
Please choose the most appropriate response to describe your ability to read in Spanish.

Note: Part of the interview may be conducted in Spanish to assess your proficiency.  Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have a practical reading proficiency in Spanish.
  • I am able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers and isolated words and phrases (Elementary Proficiency / Level 1).
  • I am able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context (Limited Working Proficiency / Level 2).
  • I am able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individual’s special field. (Minimum Professional Proficiency / Level 3).
  • I am able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs. (Full Professional Proficiency / Level 4).
4 SELECTIVE FACTOR: 

Language Proficiency: Writing - Spanish
Please choose the most appropriate response to describe your ability to write in Spanish. 

Note: Part of the interview may be conducted in Spanish to assess your proficiency.  Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have a practical writing proficiency in Spanish.
  • I have limited proficiency writing in the foreign language. I can write simple statements and questions on topics very familiar to me within the scope of my limited language experience. My proficiency requires me to use other resources to check my sentence structure or grammar (Elementary Proficiency / Level 1).
  • I am able to write routine social correspondence and prepare routine documents in the foreign language with minimal grammatical and sentence structure errors. (Limited Working Proficiency / Level 2).
  • I am able to write effectively in most formal and informal written exchanges on practical, social, and professional topic. I am comfortable in writing reports, summaries, and research papers in the foreign language (Minimum Professional Proficiency / Level 3).
  • I am able to write precisely and accurately in a variety of prose styles pertinent to professional and educational needs. At this level, errors of grammar and sentence structures are rare (Full Professional Proficiency / Level 4).
5 BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM):  

All applicants must meet the basic requirement for this GS-0101 position. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes how you meet this requirement. Where applicable, applicants must provide transcripts to verify. Answer to this question is required
  • Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study that included at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses).
  • Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
  • Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
  • None of the above.
6 Applicants must have specialized experience in the amounts shown below to be considered for this position. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes the highest level of experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform the Program Administrator, Mexico Studies, GS-0101-15, position. 


(Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour work week. Your resume must specify the hours per week for each professional experience to properly calculate the one year specialized experience. We will not make assumptions that your experience is full-time.) Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Providing strategic leadership and developing public programming related to Mexico studies / US-Mexico relations / Mexico-North America relations; conducting research for publication related on Mexico issues, US-Mexico relations and Mexico-North American relations; speaking about major issues in North America-Mexico relations and interacting proactively and effectively with high level officials, academia, media and public audiences; leading employees; and developing and implementing fundraising and outreach strategies, to include grant writing and administration, to sustain the operation of the Institute.
  • I possess some, but not all, of the required experience described above.
  • I do not possess the experience listed above.
7 Please describe your experience developing original research that informs policy discussions with Mexico, US-Mexico and Mexico-North America key issues.

Note: You will not get credit for a "See Resume" response. Maximum length of 5000 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Select the response below that best describes your skill in applying strategic thinking. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience applying strategic thinking to work activities.
  • I analyze options based on outcomes to formulate objectives.
  • I identify the sequence of tasks, the resources needed to achieve a goal, and prioritize key action steps.
  • I implement plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment
  • I collaborate on organization-wide projects, themes, special activities, and new initiatives that advance the organization's mission and interests.
9 Select the response(s) below that reflects your experience with entrepreneurship. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I identify new opportunities and build the organization by developing or improving programs.
  • I represent the organization to outside contacts with funding sources, professional associations, and all other organizations with an interest in Mexico studies, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • I maintain an individual scholarly base of research and publications in area of expertise focused on Mexico studies, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • I plan and implement conferences, seminars, and targeted briefings involving individuals from the scholarly, business, government, and NGO worlds on initiatives related to Mexico studies, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • None of the above.
10 Select the response(s) below that reflects your skill in oral communication. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I convey ideas and facts orally using language that the audience will best understand.
  • I participate in interviews with the media and through online platforms on current events involving Mexico.
  • I make oral presentations to groups and the media on Mexico, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • I advise senior leadership (or executives) pertaining on key issues related to Mexico, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • I participate on panel discussions in public forums as an expert strategist on Mexico, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • I facilitate panel discussions in public forums related to Mexico, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relations.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the response below that best describes your creativity and innovation. Answer to this question is required
  • I seldom apply creativity and innovation in my positions.
  • I develop fresh ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges.
  • I contribute original and resourceful ideas in brainstorming sessions.
  • I design and implement new or cutting edge programs or processes.
  • I develop original research that provides information for policy discussions on key Mexico, US-Mexico relations and/or North America-Mexico relation issues.
12 Select the response(s) below that reflects your experience with resource management. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I keep current on resource management principles, policies, and procedures.
  • I oversee expenditure and reporting responsibilities for all money raised to cover program outreach activities and expenses.
  • I develop and formulate strategies to support program activities.
  • I oversee major grants and donations.
  • I cultivate relationships with individuals, corporations, and/or institutions.
  • I identify potential national and international funding sources to develop and formulate strategies to support program activities.
  • None of the above
13 Please provide a short narrative describing the nature of your experience overseeing major grants and donations.

Note: You will not get credit for a "See Resume" response. Maximum length of 5000 characters. Answer to this question is required
14 Please provide a short narrative describing the nature of your experience cultivating relationships with individuals, corporations, and/or institutions.

Note: You will not get credit for a "See Resume" response. Maximum length of 5000 characters. Answer to this question is required
15 Select the response(s) below that reflects your experience with human capital management. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I provide administrative direction to the office supervised.
  • I identify resources and staffing needs for the office that I supervise.
  • I plan work, set priorities, and prepare schedules for the completion of work.
  • I supervise staff members to ensure performance in accordance with the organization’s regulations and practices.
  • I nominate subject matter experts to serve on peer review panels.
  • I resolve employee grievances, appeals, and disciplinary actions.
  • None of the above.
16

Please describe your experience interacting with high-ranking Mexican, US and foreign government officials.


Answer to this question is required
  • I attended as an audience in a meeting, presentation or conference.
  • I met high-ranking officials in an informal meeting or setting (e.g., formal gathering, gala).
  • I provided recommendations to principal advisors of government officials to influence on key policy issues relating to Mexico, US-Mexico and North America-Mexico relations.
  • I provided direct recommendations orally to influence a key policy issue relating to Mexico, US-Mexico and North America-Mexico relations.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the response below that best describes your political savvy. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience requiring political savvy.
  • I evaluate social and political trends that affect the organization.
  • I am cognizant of internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.
  • Using a global perspective, I forecast future needs and devise plans to meet those needs.
  • I share new ideas on U.S. policy towards Mexico with the U.S. Congress and key policy making communities.
18 As explained in the vacancy announcement, your responses to this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses and rating. Providing false or fraudulent information in or attached to your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for separating you after you begin work. All information you provide is subject to investigation. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing below to this verification statement, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this verification statement, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to this verification statement will disqualify you from further consideration for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I agree to this verification statement. I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from consideration.
  • No, I do not agree to this verification statement and therefore I will be disqualified from further consideration for this position.