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Grade: 11

1 Choose the one statement that best describes your education and/or experience as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  • I have successfully completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  • I have an LL.M., related to the position.
  • I have 1 year of specialized experience at or at least equivalent to the Grade 9 level in the Federal service which is in or related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  • I have a combination of education and experience (as described above).
  • I do not meet the requirements as described.
2 Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as facilitating collaborations and partnerships with cultural heritage organizations, (culturally-related museums, libraries, archives, or preservation organizations); coordinating and convening diverse stakeholder meetings; crafting and implementing programs; and preparing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), proposals, contracts and fulfilling a range of procurement duties.
    2.1 Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous questions: i.e. agency/company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have successfully completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related to the position.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do NOT meet the requirements as described.
3 Which of the following indicates your experience with planning and procurement processes related to program development, fieldwork and execution? Answer to this question is required
  • I have led the planning, organization, and execution of projects with multiple components.
  • I have developed and monitored complex project schedules with multiple, simultaneous workflows and deliverables.
  • I have developed and monitored project budgets.
  • I have been responsible for project procurement.
  • I have managed projects and/or teams with staff from outside organizations.
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  • I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  • I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  • I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  • I have not had experience or training in analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
5 Which of the following best reflects your skill in planning, implementing, and/or managing cultural programs and/or outreach and community engagement? Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned and executed culturally specific public programs for a museum or cultural center.
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in planning and executing culturally specific public programs.
  • I have had education or training in planning and executing culturally specific public programs but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have planned and executed culturally specific public programs for a museum or cultural center that were specifically designed for an exhibit or event.
  • I have had oversight for planning and executing culturally specific public programs for a museum or cultural center that were specifically designed for an exhibit or event.
6 Which of the following statements describe your ability to work under pressure or provide services with changing deadlines? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have had to deal calmly and effectively with stressful situations (i.e., tight deadlines, hostile individuals, etc.).
  • I have had to manage time and resources where numerous shifts in priorities occur to develop a product or meet program objectives.
  • I have completed complex assignments under tight time constraints requiring accurate, timely, and technically sound decisions or products.
  • I have identified and responded to unforeseen events with diplomacy and action with multiple tasks.
  • I have no experience performing this task.
7 Which of the following responses best describes your collaboration with others or work on teams to accomplish work projects? Answer to this question is required
  • I have collaborated with others or worked on teams to accomplish work projects on the job under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have not had experience, education or training in collaborating with others or team building to accomplish work projects.
  • I have had education or training in collaborating with others or team building to accomplish work projects, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have collaborated with others or worked on teams to accomplish work projects as a central or major part of my work and/or I have trained others in performance of this task, and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  • I have collaborated with others or worked on teams to accomplish work projects as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
8 Which of the following describes your experience providing interpersonal communication support of an organization? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have promoted and maintained good working relationships with key individuals or groups.
  • I have initiated and maintained contact with individuals outside the organization.
  • I have explained technical or other complex information to a wide variety of individuals.
  • I have persuaded others to take a particular course of action.
  • I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
  • I have expressed information to individuals or groups while effectively taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
  • I have effectively dealt with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  • I have participated in and represented the organization at briefings, meetings or conferences.
  • I have communicated with a variety of individuals to explain involved procedures.
  • I do not have experience providing interpersonal communication support.
9 Which of the following best describes your experience implementing domestic and international programs that engage diverse publics and constituencies? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently implemented a comprehensive domestic and international program that encompasses multiple levels and diverse constituencies, and program evaluation for a museum or similar cultural entity.
  • I worked on a team that implemented a comprehensive domestic and international program for a museum or similar cultural organization that encompasses multiple learning levels, diverse constituencies, and program evaluation.
  • I have assisted senior staff with implementing domestic and international program that encompasses multiple levels.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
10 Which of the following statements best describe your ability to communicate orally (check all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • On behalf of my supervisor/manager, I have orally presented ideas and decisions to office staff so as to provide directions.
  • I have contacted other agency personnel in order to resolve, obtain, and provide information.
  • I have conducted briefings to upper management under challenging circumstances. (Communication involved answering difficult questions, debating an issue, and providing a point of view. Communication was clear and concise.)
  • I have prepared and exchanged information to management that was fairly demanding. (Communication involved interaction with the audience. Audience was responsive to information presented.)
  • I have prepared and exchanged information to management that was fairly demanding. (Communication involved interaction with the audience that was not responsive to information presented.)
  • I have prepared and exchanged information that was routine in nature. (Communication involved little or no interaction with the audience.)
  • I have communicated with a variety of individuals which may involve explanation of involved procedures.
  • I have communicated administrative information to internal audiences.
  • I have taught less experienced personnel on administrative operations.
  • I have not performed any of the tasks above.
11 Which of the following best describes your experience gathering and assembling background materials for meetings ? 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 this task, but have not yet 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 the 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.
12 Which of the following best describes your experience exercising tact and diplomacy in interacting with diverse public and staff members? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience or training in exercising tact and diplomacy when interacting with the public and staff members through telephone and personal interaction.
  • I have completed training in exercising tact and diplomacy when interacting with the public and staff members through telephone and personal interaction, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have exercised tact and diplomacy when interacting with the public and staff members through telephone and personal interaction on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • I have exercised tact and diplomacy when interacting with the public and staff members through telephone and personal interaction as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have exercised tact and diplomacy when interacting with the public and staff members through telephone and personal interaction as a central or major part of my work. I have trained others to exercise tact and diplomacy, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
13 Which of the following describes your experience, education, or training in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors, and/or volunteers? Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors or volunteers.
  • I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors or volunteers.
  • I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors or volunteers.
  • I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors or volunteers.
  • I have not had experience or education in maintaining or promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, contractors and/or volunteers.
14 Which of the following best represents your experience with planning, coordinating, and arranging meetings, conferences or workshops? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently planned and coordinated high-level conferences/meetings/ workshops to include participation on the national level or equivalent echelons in private industry. This included advising attendees on meeting agenda; travel requirements; identifying security issues and arranging for authorized access/entry; making arrangements for conference/meeting rooms and insuring availability of required equipment.
  • I have independently planned and coordinated high level conferences/meetings/ workshops within my organization (typically with heads of offices or museums). This included making travel arrangements, insuring proper meeting rooms were reserved, and insuring for proper levels of access.
  • I have independently arranged meetings for my assigned office/organization. This typically involves arranging for a conference room/office, and informing attendees of time and location. Attendees are typically from within the local organization but may have occasionally included other offices or external parties. If travel is involved, it is typically arranged for by the attendee's organization/office.
  • I have typically arranged meetings for my office/organization based on specific instructions from my supervisor or other higher-level employee. Arrangements are typically limited to reserving an office or conference room and informing attendees of time and location. Attendees are typically from within the same office/organization.
  • I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.
15 Which of the following best describes your written communication skills, experience, and/or ability? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher level officials.
  • I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, and/or conferences.
  • I have produced documents clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively written for varied audiences.
  • I have composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, management reports or articles.
  • I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations in written format.
  • I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization or material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have not done any of the above tasks.
16 Which of the following computer software applications have you used as part of your job? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Integrated office software (e.g., Corel office, MS Office).
  • Environmental monitoring software (e.g., Climate Notebook).
  • Document sharing software (e.g., Adobe Acrobat).
  • Database management systems.(e.g. FMP, Smartsheets, MS Project, Jira).
  • Digital imaging software and Image management programs (e.g., Adobe Photoshop).
  • Collections information systems (e.g., Emu, TMS).
  • ARC -GIS and mapping software systems.
  • Other common office software applications.
  • Travel and financial management software (e.g., Concur, PeopleSoft, Access).
  • Graphic or presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Visio).
  • Spreadsheets (e.g., Excel, Lotus).
  • Word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word).
  • I do not have experience with any common office software applications.
17 Which of the following describes your proficiency in digital asset management, inclusive of database creation and file management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education or training performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing these skills but have not yet performed them on the job.
  • I have performed these skills or components of these tasks on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed these skills as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of these skills and/or I have trained others in performance of these skills and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
18 Which of the following reflects your experience producing content for social media professionally? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • As a social media influencer, I regularly create content or facilitate for museums using social media in relation to issues of race and/or African American history and culture.
  • I have education or training in how museums use social media to interact with online audiences in relation to African American history and culture.
  • As a personal user of social media, I have used social media during a museum event or program to share content about the event.
  • I have produced content professionally on digital humanities platforms.
  • None of the above.
19 Which of the following statements best reflects your knowledge of African American history and culture? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed college level course(s) in African American studies.
  • I have conducted research in African American studies.
  • I have worked with African American collections in a library, archive, museum, or other research institution
  • I have provided reference & research assistance in African American history and culture subject areas
  • None of the above.
20 Have you worked in an institution with an emphasis on African American history or culture? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
21 Which of the following best describes your experience in working with diverse populations (particularly African American constituents)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience working directly with African American constituents in a museum, academic, or cultural institution setting and have performed this function as a regular and recurring part of my job.
  • I have moderate experience working directly with African American constituents in a museum, academic, or cultural institution setting and have performed this function occasionally as part of my job.
  • I have limited experience working with diverse populations such as African Americans, African, and/or Afro Diasporan populations.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.

Grade: All Grades

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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)
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  • Job fair or informational session
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  • Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)
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  • Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)
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  • Community or professional organization
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  • Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)
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