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Grade: 05
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 three years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GS-04 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.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to converse effectively and speak clearly and concisely with individuals inside the agency and outside. They must interact with executive staff, central office and regional staff, education administrators, teachers, a diverse inmate/student population, contractors, volunteers, institution staff, and other outside individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have supervised work of inmate crew (workers); and/or I have counseled an inmate student regarding proper uniform attire; and/or I have provided updates in departmental/staff meetings.
  2. I have explained meal time to newly incarcerated inmates/students; and/or I have assisted the Front Lobby Officer in visitor processing; and/or I have communicated with co-workers; and/or I have answered routine questions.
  3. I have conducted tutor training sessions; and/or I have given presentation to a new staff member; and/or I have counseled an inmate/student who requested educational assistance; and/or I have conducted telephonic vouchering of potential contractor or volunteer.
  4. None of the above.


3.Vocational Training Instructors are required to possess a thorough knowledge of the various philosophies and methods of teaching and be able to use this knowledge to motivate and educate inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have given presentations without demonstration; and/or I have provided instruction from standardized textbooks; and/or I have lectured from lessons provided by commercial curricula or substitute teacher lesson plans.
  2. I have assisted in presenting, instructing workshop; and/or I have taught a class with a vocational instructor; and/or I have worked as a substitute teacher.
  3. I have conducted lay workshop; and/or I have presented material for external organization/club, or philanthropic organizations; and/or I have provided a demonstration in a school classroom.
  4. None of the above.


4.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to develop a curriculum design and record-keeping system to organize and track student progress. They must be able to make modifications in curriculum materials and techniques as needed by students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used established course objectives; and/or I have used assessment results to assist with placement; and/or I have used curriculum provided by supervisor.
  2. I have used individualized learning plans provided by other professionals with few modifications; and/or I have adapted basic curricula provided by another organization, (i.e., philanthropic, civic, religious, etc.); and/or I have created an individualized self-paced lesson plan for a specific learning-disabled student.
  3. I have developed specific lesson plan for student's area of interest; and/or I have utilized commercially available course curriculum with modifications; and/or I have utilized individual self-paced instruction materials.
  4. None of the above.


5.Vocational Training Instructors in a correctional setting provide instruction to a variety of students with diverse needs and backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conducted a training class unique for correctional staff; and/or I have assisted with the selection of curriculum, or modified existing curriculum objectives, to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds; and/or I have addressed different perspectives of students through communication techniques which were sensitive to those differences.
  2. I have identified supplemental teaching materials, or assisted with the modification of supplemental teaching materials, to assist those with diverse needs or backgrounds; and/or I have worked with diverse groups of individuals in a community setting such as coaching sports, serving as a leader in a youth civic organization, etc.
  3. I have identified and intervened if (when) cultural or other differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have administered assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  4. I have completed course work related to teaching culturally diverse individuals; and/or I have assisted in teaching ESL; and/or I have participated in group discussions regarding cultural differences.
  5. I have supervised and maintained control of group activities; and/or I have assisted with the administration of assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  6. None of the above.


6.Vocational Training Instructors must have a good knowledge of the trade industry standards, methodologies and techniques for teaching their respective trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed common tasks of the apprenticeship level; and/or I have worked as a crew-member for a building contractor; and/or with assistance, I have followed blueprints and drawings.
  2. I have extensive work experience in trade; and/or I have assisted with teaching trade in small groups such as mini-seminars; and/or I have participated (practiced) in voluntary community service projects which utilized trade-related skills (i.e., building/constructing homes for individuals without homes).
  3. I have completed an apprenticeship through union; and/or I possess a 4 year degree unrelated to position/trade; and/or I possess a certificate from a technical trade school.
  4. None of the above.


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.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to converse effectively and speak clearly and concisely with individuals inside and outside the agency. They must interact with Executive Staff, Central and Regional Office staff, Education Administrators, Teachers, a diverse inmate/student population, contractors, volunteers, institution staff, and other outside individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have supervised inmate work crews; and/or I have counseled an inmate student regarding proper uniform attire; and/or I have provided updates in departmental/staff meetings.
  2. I have presented an overview of the program area; and/or I have spoken to community service groups; and/or I have attended inner-city youth conferences; and/or I have spoken to members from trade advisory boards or citizen volunteer groups.
  3. I have conducted tutor training sessions; and/or I have given a presentation to new staff members; and/or I have counseled an inmate/student who requested educational assistance; and/or I have conducted telephonic vouchering of potential contractors or volunteers.
  4. None of the above.


3.Vocational Training Instructors are required to possess a thorough knowledge of the various philosophies and methods of teaching. They must be able to use this knowledge to motivate and educate inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have given presentations without demonstration; and/or I have provided instruction from standardized textbooks; and/or I have lectured from lessons provided by commercial curricula or substitute teacher lesson plans.
  2. I have modified/adapted curriculum to meet multiple learning styles; and/or I have demonstrated teaching techniques by using hands-on applications; and/or I have supervised computerized curriculum labs or other independent study curricula (i.e., study guides, units, testing, etc.).
  3. I have conducted lay workshops; and/or I have presented material for external organizations/clubs or philanthropic organizations; and/or I have provided a demonstration in a school classroom.
  4. None of the above.


4.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to develop a curriculum design and record-keeping system to organize and track student progress. They must be able to make modifications in curriculum materials and techniques as needed by students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed specific lesson plans for student's area of interest; and/or I have utilized commercially available course curriculum with modifications; and/or I have utilized individual self-paced instruction materials.
  2. I have assisted in writing a manual and/or supplemental teaching materials; and/or I have assisted in writing specific modules/units within a textbook; and/or I have assisted in developing course curriculum in similar areas.
  3. I have used individualized learning plans provided by other professionals with few modifications; and/or I have adapted basic curricula provided by another organization (i.e., philanthropic, civic, religious, etc.); and/or I have created an individualized self-paced lesson plan for a specific learning-disabled student.
  4. None of the above.


5.Vocational Training Instructors in a correctional setting provide instruction to a variety of students with diverse needs and backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have identified supplemental teaching materials, or assisted with the modification of supplemental teaching materials, to assist those with diverse needs or backgrounds; and/or I have worked with diverse groups of individuals in a community setting, such as coaching sports, serving as a leader in a youth civic organization, etc.
  2. I have instructed juveniles in a juvenile detention type facility from diverse economic levels and cultures; and/or I have selected and used available curriculum and supplemental activities to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds; and/or I have used curriculum materials developed by others; and/or I have identified assessment tools/criteria for student selection into the occupational program.
  3. I have conducted a training class unique for correctional staff; and/or I have assisted with the selection of curriculum, or modified existing curriculum objectives, to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds.
  4. I have supervised and maintained control of group activities; and/or I have assisted with the administration of assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  5. I have addressed different perspectives of students through communication techniques which were sensitive to those differences; and/or I have identified and intervened if/when cultural or other differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have administered assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  6. None of the above.


6.Vocational Training Instructors must have a good knowledge of the trade industry standards, methodologies and techniques for teaching their respective trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed an apprenticeship through union; and/or I possess a 4-year degree unrelated to the position/trade; and/or I possess a certificate from a technical trade school.
  2. I have taught professional classes related to the specialty trade area; and/or I have conducted one-on-one, on-the-job training at the work site; and/or I have tutored entry level trade students, such as in high school, community seminars, or adult/juvenile correctional facilities.
  3. I have extensive work experience in the trade; and/or I have assisted with teaching the trade in small groups, such as mini-seminars; and/or I have participated (practiced) in voluntary community service projects which utilized trade related skills (i.e., building/constructing homes for individuals without homes).
  4. 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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