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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 that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to this position.
  2. OR

  3. A combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.


* 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 qualification 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


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.

3.Education Specialists must be knowledgeable of instructional theories, practices and techniques and provide individualized instruction in a Literacy/GED program, adult continuing education, parenting, release preparation programs, etc. They recognize different learning styles and educational needs of inmates and adjust programs and implement changes to meet the individual needs of the inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess a general knowledge of teaching techniques; and/or I have worked as a student teacher; and/or I have worked as a teacher's aide with close supervision from the master teacher.
  2. I have modified evaluations for various program areas; and/or I have written several assigned chapters for a teaching manual; and/or I have co-authored several program evaluations; and/or I have used various teaching techniques such as group instruction and independent seat work.
  3. I have assisted others with modifying evaluations for program areas; and/or I have assisted others with writing chapters for teaching manuals; and or I have assisted the master teacher with utilizing various teaching techniques in the classroom.
  4. None of the above.


4.Education Specialists are required to develop and/or assist in writing competency-based curriculums for assigned areas of responsibility. They may write lesson plans, periodic inmate progress reviews, and reports for other educational areas. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided written input for the annual education report; and/or I have written articles for internal newsletter/updates; and/or I have prepared responses to written requests from other departments; and/or I have assisted in preparing a response, of a sensitive nature, to a request from another government agency.
  2. I have prepared progress reports and/or case summaries with appropriate recommendations; and/or I have written lesson plans and post-test questions; and/or I have prepared reports regarding inmate/student's learning progress for an internal/external source.
  3. I have prepared technical education reports that were used by upper management; and/or I have prepared detailed summaries of investigative reports; and/or I have prepared responses to complex Administrative Remedy Requests (BP-9s); and/or I have written an article which appeared in an internal/external newsletter or institution's homepage.
  4. None of the above.


5.Education Specialists must possess the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with inmates or individuals of diverse educational, social, economic, and cultural backgrounds concerning their education needs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided diverse speakers for classes; and/or I have identified and intervened when cultural differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives through communication/discussions in the classroom; and/or I have worked as a translator.
  2. I have developed curriculum appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds; and/or I have developed supplemental activities in order to integrate diverse content and perspective; and/or I have independently developed and tailored motivational techniques for a diverse student population.
  3. I have taught students from diverse backgrounds in public schools; and/or I have encouraged open discussions of various cultures/backgrounds; and/or I have used established supplemental activities to integrate diverse content and perspectives.
  4. None of the above.


6.Education Specialists must posses good skills to communicate with students/inmates in a correctional setting as well as a variety of other individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have presented an overview of the program area; and/or I have provided oral updates regarding the specific area during formal meetings with supervisors/managers; and/or I have spoken to members from trade advisory boards or citizen volunteer groups; and/or I have discussed enrollment procedures and course curriculum with students; and/or I have discussed a student's progress with student or education review team/unit team.
  2. I briefed management and/or unit team and others on information pertaining to inmate/student education; and/or I have spoken with representatives from outside organizations; and/or I have communicated with outside organization/individuals in an effort to enhance classroom instruction; and/or I have informed a supervisor of an unusual issue and provided alternatives for resolution.
  3. I have conducted tutor training sessions; and/or I have given A&O introductory presentations to new inmates/students; and/or I have counseled an inmate/student who requested educational assistance; and/or I have researched and shared technical information with teachers or other peers.
  4. None of the above.


7.Education Specialists serve as a program/services coordinator with planning and coordination responsibilities for a variety of programs. Those programs include such areas as: Literacy, English as a Second Language, vocational/occupational/related trades training, release preparation, Adult Continuing Education, parenting program, advanced education, life skills programs, and inmate tutor training programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed training for or am familiar with academic testing administration; and/or I have developed schedules for a single education-based program; and/or I have served on release (reentry) committee; and/or I have served on community-based improvement committee (classes).
  2. I have organized/coordinated ACE/evening program; and/or I have served as coordinator of community-based or institutional education programs; and/or I have utilized community resources to offer programs; and/or I have analyzed inmate/student assessment (questionnaire) results.
  3. I have, with assistance, organized/coordinated oversight for established ACE/evening program; and/or I have served on committee for community/institutional education-based program (i.e., Parent-Teacher Organization (PTA), hospital/mental health programs and church related programs); and/or I have implemented changes in program offerings.
  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 that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to this position.
  2. OR

  3. A combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.


* 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 qualification 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


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.

3.Education Specialists must be knowledgeable of instructional theories, practices and techniques and provide individualized instruction in a Literacy/GED program, adult continuing education, parenting, release preparation programs, etc. They recognize different learning styles and educational needs of inmates and adjust programs and implement changes to meet the individual needs of the inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted others with modifying evaluations for program areas; and/or I have assisted others with writing chapter for a teaching manual; and or I have assisted the master teacher with utilizing various teaching techniques in the classroom.
  2. I have developed evaluations for various program areas; and/or I have developed and used a variety of supplemental activities for each lesson plan; and/or I have developed a teaching manual to demonstrate various teaching techniques; and/or I have used multi-media applications.
  3. I have modified evaluations for various program areas; and/or I have written several assigned chapters for a teaching manual; and/or I have co-authored several program evaluations; and/or I have used various teaching techniques such as group instruction and independent seat work.
  4. None of the above.


4.Education Specialists are required to develop and/or assist in writing competency-based curriculums for assigned areas of responsibility. They may write lesson plans, periodic inmate progress reviews, and reports for other educational areas. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared technical education reports that were used by upper management; and/or I have prepared detailed summaries of investigative reports; and/or I have prepared responses to complex Administrative Remedy Requests (BP-9s); and/or I have written an article which appeared in an internal/external technical newsletter or institution's homepage.
  2. I have conducted research and written a report; and/or I have written competency-based curricula for assigned areas; and/or I have replied to congressional inquiries; and/or I have written an article which appeared in an external professional journal.
  3. I have prepared progress reports and/or case summaries with appropriate recommendations; and/or I have written lesson plans and post-test questions; and/or I have prepared reports regarding an inmate/student's learning progress for an internal/external source.
  4. None of the above.


5.Education Specialists must possess the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with inmates or individuals of diverse educational, social, economic, and cultural backgrounds concerning their education needs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used curriculum developed by others; and/or I have taught students from diverse backgrounds; and/or I have encouraged open discussions of various cultures/backgrounds; and/or I have used supplemental activities developed by others to integrate diverse content and perspectives.
  2. I have provided instructor-skills training to teach others regarding teaching students of a diverse background; and/or I have demonstrated how to develop curriculum and supplemental activities to integrate diverse content and perspectives; and/or I have taught ways to develop communication skills for dealing with diverse backgrounds; and/or I have developed and taught motivational techniques to encourage students to explore and explain their unique backgrounds.
  3. I have developed curriculum appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds; and/or I have developed supplemental activities in order to integrate diverse content and perspective; and/or I have independently developed and tailored motivational techniques for diverse student populations.
  4. None of the above.


6.Education Specialists must posses good skills to communicate with students/inmates in a correctional setting as well as a variety of other individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have made presentations to a professional organization/conference; and/or I have served as a union or management representative on work related issues; and/or I have successfully counseled and calmed hostile/contentious inmates/students; and/or I have lectured at post-secondary institution.
  2. I have briefed management and/or unit team and others on information pertaining to inmate/student education; and/or I have spoken with representatives from outside organizations; and/or I have communicated with outside organizations/individuals in an effort to enhance classroom instruction; and/or I have informed a supervisor of an unusual issue and provide alternatives for resolution.
  3. I have presented an overview of the program area to BOP staff; and/or I have spoken to members from a trade advisory board or citizen volunteer groups; and/or I have provided oral updates regarding specific area during a formal meeting with supervisor/managers; and/or I have discussed enrollment procedures and course curriculum; and/or I have discussed student's progress.
  4. None of the above.


7.Education Specialist serve as a program/services coordinator with planning and coordination responsibilities for a variety of programs. Those programs include such areas as: Literacy, English as a Second Language, vocational/occupational/related trades training, release preparation, Adult Continuing Education, parenting programs, advanced education, life skills programs, and inmate tutor training programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed ACE/evening programs; and/or I have planned and coordinated courses for adult school; and/or I have developed new curriculum and schedule for parenting activities; and/or I have recruited community-based resources to offer programs.
  2. I have assessed inmate/student population to identify needs for various services (i.e., library, release program, reentry program); and/or I have based on assessment results, implemented changes and modified programs accordingly; and/or I have served as alternate GED Examiner and alternate/coordinator for other standardized tests.
  3. I have organized/coordinated coverage and/or substituted for (evening) coordinator, with assistance; and/or I have served on a committee for community/institutional education-based programs (i.e., Parent-Teacher Organization (PTA), hospital/mental health programs, religious church education-related programs); and/or I have implemented changes in program offerings.
  4. I have organized/coordinated oversight of ACE/evening program; and/or I have served as coordinator of a community-based or institutional education program; and/or I have utilized community resources to offer programs; and/or I have analyzed inmate/student assessment (questionnaire) results.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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