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Grade: 12

1 I have at least one year of full time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly in or closely related to the field of work for which application is made that demonstrates skill to perform the duties of the position described in this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job in a print journalism/news media outlet, public relations firm, and/or a museum or cultural organization setting?  This specialized experience is defined as researching, writing, editing, and proofreading a variety of print and electronic projects (newspapers, magazines, press releases, blogs, books, speeches, etc.) for the public; employing print production experience for publications projects, and ensuring that all projects conform to content development and educational standards. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please identify the position or positions on your resume that demonstrate this experience, and briefly state that experience. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
3 Which of the following best describes your work experience in planning and managing schedules and budgets for complex projects? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education or training in developing budgets, project plans or schedules for complex projects.
  • I have received education or training in developing budgets, project plans or schedules for complex projects but have not had the opportunity to perform this task on the job.
  • I have experience in developing budgets, project plans or schedules for complex projects but under close supervision or direction of a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I have experience in developing budgets, project plans or schedules for complex projects and have done so with minimal direction and with only periodic review and oversight from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I have experience leading the development of budgets, project plans or schedules for complex projects and have supervised others doing this work.
4 Which of the following production tasks have you performed for print or electronic publications? Answer to this question is required
  • I have circulated manuscripts for internal review within my organization
  • I have circulated manuscripts for peer review outside of my organization
  • I have circulated manuscripts for editing
  • I have compiled comments and revisions from multiple reviewers into a single document for action
  • I have reviewed print layouts for proper placement of images in relation to text
  • I have reviewed on-line layouts for proper placement of images in relation to text
  • I have circulated page proofs or bluelines for review
  • I have maintained production schedules by dates and status of different tasks
  • I have monitored production schedules and reminded authors or reviewers of impending deadlines
  • I have maintained correspondence records to track acceptance/rejection letters for authors
  • I have acquired images and reproduction rights
  • I have reviewed credit lines to ensure accuracy
  • I have reviewed image license agreements or contributor agreements and ensured that the requirements specified therein were fulfilled
  • I have served as a liaison with other departments within my organization
  • I have served as a liaison with authors or copyright owners
  • I have served as a liaison with a co-publisher
  • I have not performed any of these production tasks
5 Which statement best describes your experience preparing materials for publication, determining layout and design of content elements, and selecting illustrations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
6 Which of the following best describes your experience in editing materials for grammar, spelling, punctuation, good English usage, and consistency of editorial style? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task
  • I have had education, training, or experience in performing this task, but have not performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in editing other's work and in developing grammatical and stylistic policy? Answer to this question is required
  • I have edited others work and have been part of a team that made grammatical and stylistic policy suggestions.
  • I have edited others' work, made suggestions on grammatical and stylistic policy suggestions for consideration, and collaborated with stakeholders and subject matter experts to implement these suggestions in a collaborative manner.
  • I have edited other's work and have used the insight gained from this experience to suggest grammatical and stylistic policy suggestions for consideration by my organization or agency.
  • I have experience editing other peoples work but do not have experience making grammatical and stylistic policy suggestions for an organization or agency.
  • None of the above.
8 Which statement best describes your experience writing magazine/newspaper columns and blogs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have been published in newspapers, magazines, blogs, trade publications and elsewhere.
  • I have worked primarily for in-house public or corporate trade publications.
  • I have mainly written for others.
  • I have published freelance pieces under my own name.
  • I do not have experience writing magazine/newspaper columns and blogs.
9 Which of the following tasks have you performed as part of content development for a scholarly publication? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed and selected essays or articles written by others.
  • I have solicited essays or articles for a catalog or journal.
  • I have participated as a reader in peer review of essays or articles for publication.
  • I have managed peer review for a publication, including consolidation of comments to be returned to author.
  • I have selected subject matter experts for a peer review panel.
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following copyediting tasks have you performed while reviewing text or manuscript written by another person? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed and corrected spelling
  • I have reviewed and corrected grammar and syntax
  • I have reorganized content or rewritten content to improve format or structure
  • I have performed fact-checking by researching and verifying information such as names, dates and titles
  • I have reviewed multiple text entries for consistency of style
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following demonstrates your ability to translate complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience or training in translating complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences.
  • I have completed training in translating complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have translated complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences, on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established procedures.
  • I have translated complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences, as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have translated complex concepts and language into publications suitable for general reading audiences, as 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.
12 Which of the following materials have you edited to ensure the style, grammar, completeness, clarity, consistency, and thoroughness of the product or content? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have edited museum exhibition scripts.
  • I have edited museum-related publications.
  • I have edited museum brochures.
  • I have edited social media content.
  • I have edited Web content.
  • I have edited non-museum material.
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following reflects your experience with Native American culture, history, and art? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed college level course(s) in Native American culture through academic research with Native Americans.
  • I have completed college level course(s) in Native American art history.
  • I have completed college level course(s) in Native American anthropology.
  • I have completed college level course(s) in Native American studies.
  • I have assisted in writing educational material about Native communities or groups.
  • I have conducted academic research with Native Americans.
  • I have created educational materials (including papers, museum gallery guides, etc.) about specific Native communities or groups.
  • None of the above.
14 Which statement describes your research experience? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have interviewed cultural experts within Native communities to gather information.
  • I have interviewed colleagues to gather information.
  • I have conducted scholarly research in libraries and archives.
  • I have conducted scholarly research online.
  • I do not have research experience.

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1 Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Job fair or informational session
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  • Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Community or professional organization
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.