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Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A degree which included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.


  2. NOTE: Courses such as sociology, correctional administration, criminal justice, government/political science, psychology, social work, counseling, and other related social or behavioral science courses may be used to satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement.

    Graduate education must have been in corrections or a related field such as criminal justice, sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, or other course work related to the position.

    OR

  3. Combination of education and experience--that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences, and that provided applicants with knowledge of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a 4-year degree as shown in A above.

    NOTE: Experience must have been gained in (1) casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting; (2) counseling in any setting, provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals; or (3) work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level, MUST also possess one of the following Selective Placement Factors. In the event you do not possess one of these Selective Placement Factors, you will be found ineligible for the position. From the choices below, select the factor you possess.
  1. I have 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work in alcohol and/or drug abuse.

    Preference will be given to those completing an internship within a treatment facility and/or those working toward substance abuse certification.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts and certification (if applicable) for verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 12 months of professional experience in counseling drug and/or alcohol abusers.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST clearly address this professional experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  3. I do not possess either Selective Placement Factor.


* 4.TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet time in grade requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Select one of the following:
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Select one of the following:
    1. I am currently at the GS/GL-09 grade level or higher, or was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level or higher.
    2. I am currently at the GS/GL-08 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-08 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    3. I am currently at the GS/GL-08 grade level and will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-08 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, however I was previously at the GS/GL-07 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    4. I am currently at the GS/GL-07 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-07 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    5. I was previously at the GS/GL-08 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    6. I was previously at the GS/GL-07 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    7. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because, I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-07 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    8. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because I am below the GS/GL-07 grade level.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee and will be a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  3. I am a WS/WG employee and have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks.

        BRANCHED: 1.If you have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks, select one of the following:
    1. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 or higher grade level.
    2. I was previously at the GS/GL-08 grade level for 52 weeks.
    3. I was previously at the GS/GL-07 grade level for 52 weeks.
    4. I was previously at the GS/GL-07 or GS/GL-08 grade level for less than 52 weeks.
    5. I was previously at a grade level below the GS/GL-07.
    6. I was not previously in the GS/GL pay system.

        BRANCHED: 2.If you were not previously in the GS/GL pay plan, but were in another federal civilian pay plan, please provide your pay plan and salary information below. ( i.e., JS pay system, 44,500 per annum)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. Other

        BRANCHED: 1.Please provide your salary information below. If you are a federal employee, include your pay plan, and grade or pay band.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


DETERMINING YOUR NEED TO COMPETE FOR THIS POSITION: Please CAREFULLY read all of the information outlined below.

* 5.In order to determine your need to compete for this position, select the statement which best applies to you.
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.
    Some General Schedule (GS) and LEO (GL) applicants may be considered for selection without "competing" for this position (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc). Examples include applicants eligible for reassignment, changing to a lower grade, or repromoting to a grade previously held on a permanent basis.

    You do not need to compete for this job if you, on a permanent basis (SEE NOTE BELOW ON TEMPORARY PROMOTIONS), are a GS-11 or higher, or are in a job with a career ladder of GS-11, or are in a trainee position which may lead to a non-competitive promotion upon successful completion of a training program. You also would not compete if you were previously a GS-11 on a permanent basis or held a position with a career ladder of GS-11 and were not demoted for disciplinary reasons. You are encouraged to check with your local HR office if you are uncertain of your response to this question.

    What is a career ladder? A career ladder is the normal grade progression through which employees advance to reach the full performance level (top grade of the career ladder) of a particular occupation without having to apply for and compete with other employees. A career ladder consists of grades ranging from the lowest level of the position at which an employee can be hired, to the highest level, also known as the full performance level. For example, for a position that is announced at the GS/GL-5/7/9/11 grade levels, the top grade of the career ladder is GS-11. An employee who is selected at the GS/GL-7 grade level is eligible to receive career ladder promotions up to the GS-11 grade level without further competition.

    NOTE: If you have "competed" for a temporary promotion (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc), AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition, you do not need to compete for this position. You must provide the promotion SF-50. Failure to do so will result in you being considered competitively.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet the condition listed above?
    1. Yes, I am currently at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, the position I currently hold is a career ladder position which goes to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete; or, I am a trainee who has competed to the GS-11 grade level or higher.
    2. Yes, I was previously at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, I previously held a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level without having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have competed for a temporary promotion to the GS-11, AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition. YOU MUST PROVIDE PROMOTION SF-50.
    4. No, I am currently on a temporary promotion to the GS-11, not to exceed 120 days.
    5. No, my current grade level is GS/GL-10 or lower.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee.
    For WS applicants to be considered for this position without competing (i.e., be eligible to be reassigned, changed to a lower grade or repromoted), WS EMPLOYEES MUST meet one of the conditions described below:

    • A) You must have been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks; AND Your current annual salary MUST BE equal to or greater than the representative rate identified in the remarks section of the vacancy announcement.

    • OR


    • B) If you are a WS employee, but have not been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks, THEN the career ladder of the position you held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee MUST BE equal to or greater than the GS-11 grade level.
    • OR


    • C) If you previously held, on a permanent basis, a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher.


        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet any of the conditions listed above?
    1. Yes, I have been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks; AND my current salary is equal to or greater than the representative rate of the position as indicated on the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
    2. Yes, I am a WS employee, but I have not been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks, and the position I held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee was a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have been in a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher, on a permanent basis.
    4. No, I am a WS employee and do not meet any of the conditions listed above.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  3. I am a federal employee in a different pay plan.
  4. I am applying under a special hiring authority (i.e., Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or 30% or More Disabled Veterans).

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please select the special hiring authority under which you are requesting consideration.
    1. Veterans` Employment Opportunities Act
    2. 30% or More Disabled Veterans
    NOTE: This vacancy is not open to VEOA eligibles. You will not receive consideration for this position applying under this special hiring authority.

    In order to receive consideration as a 30% or More Disabled Veteran, you MUST provide ALL supporting documentation, as stated in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT by the closing date and time of the vacancy.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

6.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group or individual setting. They must learn and apply new assessment and treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions of 8-15 inmates while simultaneously monitoring the behavior and facilitating the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate practitioner with a correctional population: I have had work co-signed by a clinical supervisor; and/or I have, under supervision, provided individual treatment to offenders with substance abuse problems.
  2. I have co-facilitated family support groups as a practicum student, intern, or volunteer; and/or I have provided group or individual counseling with battered women and/or perpetrators of domestic violence; and/or I have provided group or individual counseling for individual(s) with learning disabilities.
  3. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate pactitioner with a correctional population: I conducted group sessions on issues related to drug or alcohol abuse, such as a group or class for Driving Under the Influence, a group or class on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, a group or class on the pharmacological effects of drug use, etc.
  4. I have assisted a primary counselor or supervisor while he/she was conducting group counseling; and/or I have had work reviewed and signed by a clinical supervisor; and/or I have observed techniques of individual counseling in a work or academic setting; and/or I have presented information on an individual's substance abuse history for use in a counseling session; and/or I have presented information on an individual's substance abuse history for use in treatment planning.
  5. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate practitioner with a correctional population: I have provided short term crisis counseling or intervention to individuals in distress; and/or I am currently a certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
  6. None of the above.


7.Drug Treatment Specialists must understand the nature of addiction to effectively plan and implement treatment for the inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and addiction and the psychological and social problems associated with those problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have identified offenders to be referred for more comprehensive psychological testing; and/or I have made referrals to specific treatment programs; and/or I have taken a course in substance abuse treatment interviews or substance abuse evaluations.
  2. I have developed a provisional diagnosis of a drug or alcohol disorder; and/or I have taken a class in the criteria and uses of the DSM; and/or I have completed a basic substance abuse checklist for supervisory review; and/or I have participated in case staff meetings that included treatment discussions about specific individuals and how to treat their specific diagnosis.
  3. I have provisionally diagnosed mental health disorders; and/or I have identified and provisionally diagnosed individual's with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and recommended an appropriate referral; and/or I have taken a class in the criteria and uses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); and/or I am knowledgeable of behaviors associated with DSM diagnosis'; and/or I am knowledgeable of the psychological progression of addiction.
  4. None of the above.


8.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to write comprehensive clinical reports for treatment planning, treatment progress reports and discharge summaries. These reports are often included with correspondence to the Judiciary, United States Probation, Community Based Treatment Providers and Community Corrections Centers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written notes on an individual's participation in individual or group counseling; and/or I have developed referrals for other clinicians; and/or I have developed treatment plans for supervisor's signature; and/or I have developed treatment summaries for supervisor's signature.
  2. I have performed an interview to determine if program criteria are met; and/or I have developed a report based on an intake interview; and/or I have conducted a comprehensive psycho-social assessment and developed a summary of the interview; and/or I have developed documents for forwarding to the next treatment provider.
  3. I have developed substance abuse treatment plans for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have composed clinical progress reviews for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have developed treatment summaries for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have developed drug abuse discharge plans for a clinical supervisor's review.
  4. None of the above.


9.Drug Treatment Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual/group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They also present drug abuse treatment programming to the institution administration, staff and community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written and made a presentation at a Recall; and/or I have made a presentation to a community group; and/or I have made topical presentations at a conference; etc.
  2. I have had experience in instructing groups; and/or I have made presentations to professional groups; and/or I have developed and delivered multi-session training or treatment curricula.
  3. I have served as a co-therapist; and/or I have been a student-teacher; and/or I have taken a teaching or a counseling course requiring practice and observation; and/or I have done volunteer work that included training in clinical group work or teaching.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 11
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A degree which included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.


  2. NOTE: Courses such as sociology, correctional administration, criminal justice, government/political science, psychology, social work, counseling, and other related social or behavioral science courses may be used to satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement.

    Graduate education must have been in corrections or a related field such as criminal justice, sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, or other course work related to the position.

    OR

  3. Combination of education and experience--that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences, and that provided applicants with knowledge of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a 4-year degree as shown in A above.

    NOTE: Experience must have been gained in (1) casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting; (2) counseling in any setting, provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals; or (3) work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level, MUST also possess one of the following Selective Placement Factors. In the event you do not possess one of these Selective Placement Factors, you will be found ineligible for the position. From the choices below, select the factor you possess.
  1. I have 18 semester hours of graduate course work in alcohol and/or drug abuse.

    Preference will be given to those completing a practicum within a substance abuse treatment facility and/or those with a certification in substance abuse or addictions.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts and certification as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 24 months of professional experience in counseling drug and/or alcohol abusers.

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this professional experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  3. I do not possess either Selective Placement Factor.


* 4.TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Select one of the following:
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Select one of the following:
    1. I am currently at the GS-11 grade level or higher, or was previously at the GS-11 grade level or higher.
    2. I am currently at the GS/GL-10 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-10 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    3. I am currently a GS/GL-10 employee and I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-10 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, however I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    4. I am currently at the GS/GL-09 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-09 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    5. I was previously at the GS/GL-10 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    6. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    7. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because as a GS/GL-09 employee, I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-09 or GS/GL-10 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    8. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because I am below the GS/GL-09 grade level.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee and will be a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  3. I am a WS/WG employee and have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks.

        BRANCHED: 1.If you have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks, select one of the following:
    1. I was previously at the GS-11 or higher grade level.
    2. I was previously at the GS/GL-10 grade level for 52 weeks.
    3. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for 52 weeks.
    4. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 or GS/GL-10 grade level for less than 52 weeks.
    5. I was previously at a grade level below the GS/GL-09.
    6. I was not previously in the GS/GL pay system.

        BRANCHED: 2.If you were not previously in the GS/GL pay plan, but were in another federal civilian pay plan, please provide your pay plan and salary information below. ( i.e., JS pay system, 44,500 per annum)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. Other

        BRANCHED: 1.Please provide your salary information below. If you are a federal employee, include your pay plan, and grade or pay band.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


DETERMINING YOUR NEED TO COMPETE FOR THIS POSITION: Please CAREFULLY read all of the information outlined below.

* 5.In order to determine your need to compete for this position, select the statement which best applies to you.
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.
    Some General Schedule (GS) and LEO (GL) applicants may be considered for selection without "competing" for this position (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc). Examples include applicants eligible for reassignment, changing to a lower grade, or repromoting to a grade previously held on a permanent basis.

    You do not need to compete for this job if you, on a permanent basis (SEE NOTE BELOW ON TEMPORARY PROMOTIONS), are a GS-11 or higher, or are in a job with a career ladder of GS-11, or are in a trainee position which may lead to a non-competitive promotion upon successful completion of a training program. You also would not compete if you were previously a GS-11 on a permanent basis or held a position with a career ladder of GS-11 and were not demoted for disciplinary reasons. You are encouraged to check with your local HR office if you are uncertain of your response to this question.

    What is a career ladder? A career ladder is the normal grade progression through which employees advance to reach the full performance level (top grade of the career ladder) of a particular occupation without having to apply for and compete with other employees. A career ladder consists of grades ranging from the lowest level of the position at which an employee can be hired, to the highest level, also known as the full performance level. For example, for a position that is announced at the GS/GL-5/7/9/11 grade levels, the top grade of the career ladder is GS-11. An employee who is selected at the GS/GL-7 grade level is eligible to receive career ladder promotions up to the GS-11 grade level without further competition.

    NOTE: If you have "competed" for a temporary promotion (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc), AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition, you do not need to compete for this position. You must provide the promotion SF-50. Failure to do so will result in you being considered competitively.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet the condition listed above?
    1. Yes, I am currently at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, the position I currently hold is a career ladder position which goes to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete; or, I am a trainee who has competed to the GS-11 grade level or higher.
    2. Yes, I was previously at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, I previously held a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level without having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have competed for a temporary promotion to the GS-11, AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition. YOU MUST PROVIDE PROMOTION SF-50.
    4. No, I am currently on a temporary promotion to the GS-11, not to exceed 120 days.
    5. No, my current grade level is GS/GL-10 or lower.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee.
    For WS applicants to be considered for this position without competing (i.e., be eligible to be reassigned, changed to a lower grade or repromoted), WS EMPLOYEES MUST meet one of the conditions described below:

    • A) You must have been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks; AND Your current annual salary MUST BE equal to or greater than the representative rate identified in the remarks section of the vacancy announcement.

    • OR


    • B) If you are a WS employee, but have not been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks, THEN the career ladder of the position you held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee MUST BE equal to or greater than the GS-11 grade level.
    • OR


    • C) If you previously held, on a permanent basis, a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher.


        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet any of the conditions listed above?
    1. Yes, I have been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks; AND my current salary is equal to or greater than the representative rate of the position as indicated on the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
    2. Yes, I am a WS employee, but I have not been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks, and the position I held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee was a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have been in a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher, on a permanent basis.
    4. No, I am a WS employee and do not meet any of the conditions listed above.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  3. I am a federal employee in a different pay plan.
  4. I am applying under a special hiring authority (i.e., Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or 30% or More Disabled Veterans).

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please select the special hiring authority under which you are requesting consideration.
    1. Veterans` Employment Opportunities Act
    2. 30% or More Disabled Veterans
    NOTE: This vacancy is not open to VEOA eligibles. You will not receive consideration for this position applying under this special hiring authority.

    In order to receive consideration as a 30% or More Disabled Veteran, you MUST provide ALL supporting documentation, as stated in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT by the closing date and time of the vacancy.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

6.Drug Treatment Specialists must demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group/individual setting. They must learn and apply new assessment and treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions of 8-15 inmates while simultaneously monitoring the behavior and facilitating the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As an independent practitioner: I have provided group or individual counseling to a non-correctional, non-addictive population, such as parenting classes, victim impact groups, etc; and/or I have provided training on group or individual treatment techniques; and/or I have treated offenders with psychological problems, etc.
  2. As an independent practitioner: I have provided group or individual counseling to substance abusers with full responsibility for implementation of treatment plans; and/or I have provided final determinations for treatment plans for individuals who were in need of substance abuse treatment.
  3. As an independent practitioner with a correctional population: I have made final determinations of treatment(s) required for incarcerated individuals and implemented appropriate treatment plans; and/or I have facilitated substance abuse groups with oversight responsibility of program operations in a correctional environment.
  4. As an independent practitioner: I have trained others in treating substance abusers in individual or group counseling; and/or I have trained others in individual and/or group counseling techniques; and/or I am currently a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
  5. As an independent practitioner with a correctional population: I have provided individual and group counseling to drug addicted offenders; and/or I have trained others in individual and group counseling techniques for offender populations.
  6. None of the above.


7.Drug Treatment Specialists must understand the nature of addiction to effectively plan and implement treatment for the inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and addiction and the psychological and social problems associated with those problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed routine screenings for referrals to appropriate treatment settings; and/or I have performed routine screenings to determine individual's need for support services such as medical or housing services; and/or I have performed routine screening to determine if psychological testing is required.
  2. I have used a standardized interview to make a provisional mental health diagnosis; and/or I have formally evaluated prospective individuals to determine appropriateness of admittance into a treatment program; and/or I have developed appropriate treatment plans for individuals assessed from a psycho-social interview.
  3. I have performed a standardized interview to determine an individual's referral for treatment; and/or I have performed comprehensive psycho-social evaluations on individuals that resulted in specific treatment plans; and/or I have used a structured interview technique and provided provisional mental health and/or substance use diagnosis using the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  4. None of the above.


8.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to write comprehensive clinical reports for treatment planning, treatment progress reports and discharge summaries. These reports are often included with correspondence to the Judiciary, United States Probation, Community Based Treatment Providers and Community Corrections Centers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared a portion of a comprehensive assessment for inclusion in a final report; and/or I have prepared psychological assessments as an intern or limited-licensed practitioner; and/or I have written treatment plans for review; and/or I have summarized psychological histories based on self-reported information; and/or I have documented clinical treatment contacts.
  2. I have prepared substance abuse intake interviews with a summary of the interview outcome for a supervisor's review; and/or I have completed summaries of substance abuse histories; and/or I have completed draft treatment plans; and/or I have documented clinical notes resulting from treatment screenings.
  3. I have prepared comprehensive psycho-social assessments which determined specific treatment needs of individuals; and/or I have developed treatment plans from a psychologist's test interpretation; and/or I have prepared forensic reports; and/or I have developed and prepared discharge summaries for the court and/or other community supervision or treatment agency.
  4. None of the above.


9.Drug Treatment Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual/group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They also present drug abuse treatment programming to the institution administration, staff and community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed course work in teaching; and/or I have completed course work in counseling; and/or I have done volunteer work in activates such as drug education; and/or I have observed process-groups as an intern or practicum student; and/or I have taken a course in group therapy; and/or I have co-facilitated a process technique.
  2. I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have worked as a substance abuse counselor; and/or I have taught a drug education class; and/or I have presented to parents on drug prevention strategies; and/or I have facilitated process-groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist.
  3. I have facilitated process-groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist; AND I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have worked as a substance abuse counselor; and/or I have taught a drug education class; and/or I have conducted a presentation to parents on drug prevention strategies.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
Carefully read the information listed below.

Bureau of Prisons Bargaining Unit Employees

If you do not have a current yearly performance evaluation or your yearly evaluation is over 13 months old, you are considered to be Presumptive Successful.

Bureau of Prisons Non-Bargaining Unit Employees

The 2011 Performance Work Plans (PWP's) were issued in October, 2011. If you have not been issued a PWP for the 2011 rating period, you are considered to have a rating of Achieved Results.

Other Status Applicants

You must provide a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation within the last 13 months. Failure to submit all required information may result in a lowered score.

NOTE: If you lack a current performance appraisal or your current performance appraisal is older than 13 months due to a work related compensable injury or deployment to the uniformed service, you should report your most recent rating of record.

* 1.If you currently hold, or ever held, a civilian position in the Federal Government, what was your last yearly performance appraisal rating (within the last 13 months)? NOTE: If you receive an updated yearly performance evaluation during the life of this vacancy announcement, you MUST update your response.
  1. Outstanding

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Outstanding evaluation.
  2. Excellent

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Excellent evaluation.
  3. Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results evaluation.
  4. Minimally Satisfactory
  5. Unacceptable or Unsatisfactory
  6. Pass (not a BOP employee)
  7. Fail (not a BOP employee)
  8. None of the above. (not a BOP employee)


This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001). Applicants who provide inaccurate information within the application process (i.e. performance, awards, etc.) may be removed from future consideration under this vacancy.

Table of Award Points

  • QSI (Quality Step Increase) or SSP (Sustained Superior Performance) - add 4 points
  • Special Act or Time-Off Award - add 2 points
  • Letter of Commendation (CEO level) - add 1 point
  • Suggestion Award - add 1 point


2.Using the table of points for the types of awards you received within the last 5 years of federal employment, calculate your total award points.
  1. 0 point
  2. 1 point
  3. 2 points
  4. 3 points
  5. 4 points
  6. 5 points
  7. 6 points
  8. 7 - 15 points
  9. over 15 points


3.From the list below, please select the awards used to calculate your total award points.
  1. QSI (Quality Step Increase)
  2. SSP (Sustained Superior Performance)
  3. Special Act Award
  4. Time-Off Award
  5. Letter of Commendation (CEO level)
  6. Suggestion Award


* 4.Are you a current Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employee?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.BOP EMPLOYEES MUST enter a duty location for each position change within the past ten years of BOP employment. Title, Series, Grade and Location MUST be provided.

    Use the format below:

    • 10/12/2003 to Present; Unit Manager, GS-006-12; USP Correctional Facility
    • 5/25/2000 to 10/11/2003; Case Manager, GS-101-09; FCI Correctional Facility


       Maximum length of 5000 characters.
  2. No


If you applied to more than one grade level, BE ADVISED that you may be selected at ANY grade level for which you applied and are found qualified (i.e., if the job is announced at the 9/11 grade levels and you apply for the GS/GL-09 and the GS-11, and you are found qualified at BOTH grade levels, you may be selected at either grade level).

BOP EMPLOYEES are reminded to:
  • review their resume AND include all relevant experience for the position; and,
  • enter a duty location for each position change within the resume for at least the past five years of employment.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).