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Grade: 07
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.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 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


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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.

2.Sports Specialists must deal effectively with individuals of differing backgrounds, race, religions, sexes, cultures and behavioral patterns. They typically interact with inmates, co-workers, institution officials, contractors, manufacturers, entertainers, guests, community officials and civic organizations to assist in the operation of a recreation/wellness/leisure program for incarcerated individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted a supervisor with ordering supplies and maintaining equipment inventory; and/or I have volunteered to assist in coordinating a play-off tournament; and/or I have provided safety talks to an inmate work detail.
  2. I have explained and assigned activity schedules to participants and coaches during planned meetings; and/or I have communicated league/team requirements and expectations to participants; and/or I have successfully proposed recreational program needs to supervisor, which resulted in additional equipment being purchased or programs being implemented; and/or I have performed individual/group fitness counseling sessions and recommended program referrals.
  3. I have assisted in coaching a sporting team; and/or I have participated in group counseling sessions which encouraged increased participation; and/or I have participated in facilitating a training session on recreation/leisure program procedures.
  4. None of the above.


3.Sports Specialists must be able to communicate in writing in a clear and concise manner. In addition, they must be cognizant of their intended audience and tailor their written communication accordingly. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared internal memorandums; and/or I have maintained written activity logs to document participation and daily program hours; and/or I have provided program participation information to supervisor for report reference; and/or I have documented game results, score keeping, etc.
  2. I have prepared articles for publication in internal newsletter, etc. (league standings/game results); and/or I have drafted announcements for upcoming events (leagues, holidays, courses); and/or I have prepared reports and/or correspondence for supervisor approval and signature.
  3. I have assisted in preparing a proposal to update current policy as a result of new developments; and/or I have assisted in preparing program plans at local recreation centers, health clubs, etc.; and/or I have prepared activity fliers and schedules announcing dates and times of upcoming events.
  4. I have completed standardized letters; and/or I have prepared an Incident Report; and/or I have prepared routine, recurring responses to inquiries.
  5. None of the above.


4.Sports Specialists are responsible for developing recreation programs, planning hours of operation, activity schedules and coordinating number of participants, volunteers, officials, etc., in order to effectively develop program rules and program expectations. They must possess a thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations and governing policies or recreation, sports management, wellness and leisure programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in scheduling arts and craft activities in an assisted living facility; and/or I have assisted a supervisor in coordinating a bocce ball league; and/or as a member of a group, I have coordinated an end of season party for little league baseball players.
  2. I have monitored day to day operations at a recreational facility; and/or I have assisted in umpiring/officiating team sporting events; and/or I have coached in a sports league or have been employed in a health club.
  3. I have coordinated a basketball tournament according to league standards; and/or I have umpired or officiated a team sporting event; and/or I have developed playing schedules, team sign-ups, rules and regulations for an intramural sporting event; and/or I have prepared outdoor playing areas to meet sanctioned league requirements.
  4. None of the above.


5.Sports Specialists must understand current philosophy and guidelines regarding recreation, wellness and leisure activities. They must possess the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously with other assignments, along with planning and organization skills. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in supervising unstructured recreational activities (open gym, playground, etc.); and/or I have utilized manual tracking methods to organize and complete assignments; and/or I have successfully completed a college level time management course and a supervisory course.
  2. I have scheduled and coordinated hours of operation and recreation programs for a gymnasium; and/or I have assisted in the organization and operation of unrelated wellness/fitness/leisure programs; and/or I have utilized existing database to complete/track assignments; and/or I have exceeded internal deadlines; and/or I have tracked supply usage and advised a supervisor of supplies needed to maintain effective programs.
  3. I have supervised unstructured recreational activities (open gym, playground, etc.); and/or I have met internal deadlines; and/or I have supervised small groups of participants independently; and/or I have conducted inventories of equipment and supplies.
  4. None of the above.


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.

* 1.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


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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.

2.Sports Specialists must deal effectively with individuals of differing backgrounds, race, religions, sexes, cultures and behavioral patterns. They typically interact with inmates, co-workers, institution officials, contractors, manufacturers, entertainers, guests, community officials and civic organizations to assist in the operation of a recreation/wellness/leisure program for incarcerated individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in coaching a sporting team; and/or I have participated in group counseling sessions which encouraged increased participation; and/or I have participated in facilitating a training session on recreation/leisure program procedures; and/or I have assisted a supervisor with ordering supplies and maintaining inventory.
  2. I have, under strict time constraints, effectively arranged a recreational program for a diverse group of participants in a manner which ensured high participation levels; and/or I have successfully resolved issues encountered while assigning uncooperative individuals to programs, teams, or groups.
  3. I have coordinated efforts with a community based sporting team and organized a tournament, play-off, etc.; and/or I have developed and implemented tournament rules and game schedules; and/or I have presented fitness/health seminar or training to individuals in the fitness/health field.
  4. I have explained and assigned activity schedules to participants and coaches during planned meetings; and/or I have communicated league/team requirements and expectations to participants; and/or I have successfully proposed recreational program needs to supervisor, which resulted in additional equipment being purchased or programs being implemented; and/or I have performed individual/group fitness counseling sessions and recommended program referrals.
  5. None of the above.


3.Sports Specialists must be able to communicate in writing in a clear and concise manner. In addition, they must be cognizant of their intended audience and tailor their written communication accordingly. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared internal memorandums; and/or I have maintained written activity logs to document participation and daily program hours; and/or I have prepared routine, recurring responses to inquiries; and/or I have provided program participation information to a supervisor for report reference; and/or I have documented game results, score keeping, etc.
  2. I have developed a curriculum and lesson plan for a new wellness plan initiative; and/or I have prepared a proposal which incorporated changes or new developments in recreational/wellness/leisure programming; and/or I have prepared recommendations for corrective actions to recreation related deficiencies noted during a program review or comparable external audit.
  3. I have prepared articles for publication in internal newsletter, etc. (league standings/game results); and/or I have drafted announcements for upcoming events (leagues, holidays, courses); and/or I have prepared reports and/or correspondence for a supervisor's approval and signature.
  4. I have prepared individual/group program plans as a personal health trainer; and/or I have prepared multiple monthly/seasonal sporting league schedules.
  5. I have assisted in preparing a proposal to update current policy as a result of new developments; and/or I have assisted in preparing program plans at local recreation centers, health clubs, etc.; and/or I have prepared activity fliers and schedules to announce dates and times of upcoming events.
  6. None of the above.


4.Sports Specialists are responsible for developing recreation programs, planning hours of operation, activity schedules and coordinating number of participants, volunteers, officials, etc., in order to effectively develop program rules and program expectations. They must possess a thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations and governing policies or recreation, sports management, wellness and leisure programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have managed sports programs/leagues that required scheduling, drafting and coordinating a large group of participants; and/or I possess accredited certification as a personal trainer or athletic director; and/or I have developed and implemented guidelines for a variety of team sports.
  2. I have coordinated a basketball tournament according to league standards; and/or I have umpired or officiated a team sporting event; and/or I have developed playing schedules, team sign-ups, rules and regulations for an intramural sporting event; and/or I have prepared outdoor playing areas to meet sanctioned league requirements.
  3. I have directed a regional or national recreational event; and/or I have created new sports activity or modified an existing or established sports program to specific situations that appropriately address the needs of the inmate population.
  4. I have assisted in scheduling multi activities; and/or I have monitored day to day operations at a recreational/sports facility; and/or I have assisted in umpiring/officiating team sporting events; and/or I have coached in a sports league or have been employed in a health club.
  5. None of the above.


5.Sports Specialists must understand current philosophy and guidelines regarding sports, recreation, wellness and leisure activities. They must possess the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously with other assignments, along with planning and organization skills. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have successfully coordinated and oversaw multiple recreation/wellness activities that involved several simultaneous events and/or programs; and/or I have effectively managed multiple programs by training a number of participants to assist in various tasks; and/or I have prioritized or changed priorities depending on program requests or needs.
  2. I have scheduled and coordinated hours of operation and recreation programs for a gymnasium; and/or I have assisted in the organization and operation of unrelated wellness/fitness/leisure programs; and/or I have utilized an existing database to complete/track assignments; and/or I have exceeded internal deadlines; and/or I have tracked supply usage and advised supervisor of needed supplies to maintain effective programs.
  3. I have supervised unstructured recreational activities (open gym, playground, etc.); and/or I have utilized manual tracking methods to organize and complete assignments; and/or I have met internal deadlines; and/or I have conducted inventories of equipment and supplies.
  4. I have established and implemented a database to track progress of assignments; and/or I have prepared quarterly/annual supply needs based on program usage; and/or I have purchased needed supplies based on assigned program budgets.
  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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