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Grade: 06
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 as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience 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.

2.Religious Services Assistants perform clerical support services for the Religious Services Department or the Life Connections Program. They must prepare and submit monthly reports, prepare budget information, write memorandums to management, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have summarized data in a report as instructed by higher level staff or supervisor; and/or I have prepared agendas for meetings, using established procedures and formats; and/or I have prepared minutes for staff meetings from written notes.
  2. I have developed and written internal office procedures; and/or I have prepared itineraries for conferences; and/or I have reviewed written work of lower level co-workers for grammar, content, and format.
  3. I have assisted in the preparation of itineraries for conferences; and/or I have written incident reports; and/or I have typed correspondence from draft form.
  4. None of the above.


3.Religious Services Assistants are required to orally convey information to his/her supervisor, co-workers, vendors, the general public, inmates, central office and regional office staff. Verbal contacts are made for the purpose of obtaining and exchanging pertinent information regarding assignments. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded to basic requests for information; and/or I have assisted in presenting information to a small group; and/or I have contacted a vendor to gather information requested for purchase.
  2. I have responded to inmate inquiries; and/or I have directed callers to the appropriate staff member; and/or I have explained general regulations or procedures to the general public or employees.
  3. I have given an oral presentation on the status of a project to a small group in the work unit; and/or I have participated as part of a team to provide information; and/or I have assisted in minor complaints impacting work area.
  4. None of the above.


4.Religious Services Assistants must be able to research, retrieve, review and process various information pertaining to religious services or Life Connection program operations. They must be able to research and retrieve information and prepare reports and correspondence relative to program objectives. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared memorandums using WordPerfect; and/or I have prepared requests for purchase; and/or I have edited correspondence prepared by others on the computer.
  2. I have provided general information to managers and staff via e-mail; and/or I have used the Internet to retrieve information, news articles, updates and related information; and/or I have used a database to track information.
  3. I have entered and printed information from established files; and/or I have created general correspondence; and/or I have created labels for file folders.
  4. None of the above.


5.Religious Services Assistants must maintain systematic files, ledgers, and other required information relative to religious services or Life Connections program area. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used established checklists for individual files; and/or I have reviewed program area files for completeness; and/or I have maintained an established filing system for document/information storage/retrieval.
  2. I have maintained information in established files, adding topics/files as needed; and/or I have collected information requested on a standardized form; and/or I have maintained an automated database.
  3. I have established files to enable co-workers/supervisors to retrieve information easily; and/or I have assisted with the annual inventory of supplies; and/or I have gathered and organized requested data for supervisor's use.
  4. None of the above.


6.Religious Services Assistants must have a knowledge of the policies and procedures of a correctional environment, along with religious services or Life Connections Programs specific policies and guidelines. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared basic correspondence in accepted format; and/or I have keyed in time and attendance records; and/or I have maintained files in accordance with policy.
  2. I have referred to standard operating procedures to complete work assignments; and/or I have requested clarification on policy or procedures prior to completing tasks; and/or I have assisted in maintaining time and attendance files for unit employees.
  3. I have reviewed post orders and emergency plans, as required by policy; and/or I have collected required data according to guidelines or procedures to be forwarded for action; and/or I have reviewed time and attendance records for accuracy.
  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-6 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience 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.

2.Religious Services Assistants perform clerical support services for the Religious Services Department or the Life Connections Program. They must prepare and submit monthly reports, prepare budget information, write memorandums to management, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed and written internal office procedures; and/or I have prepared itineraries for conferences; and/or I have reviewed written work of lower level co-workers for grammar, content, and format.
  2. I have summarized data in a report as instructed by higher level staff or supervisor; and/or I have prepared agendas for meetings, using established procedures and formats; and/or I have prepared minutes for staff meetings from written notes.
  3. I have summarized inventory data in a report; and/or I have prepared grammatically error free memoranda for supervisory signature; and/or I have prepared a detailed report explaining potential problems in department operations which included recommendations for further consideration/implementation; and/or I have prepared devotional and religious educational materials.
  4. None of the above.


3.Religious Services Assistants are required to orally convey information to his/her supervisor, co-workers, vendors, the general public, inmates, central office and regional office staff. Verbal contacts are made for the purpose of obtaining and exchanging pertinent information regarding assignments. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded to inmate inquiries; and/or I have directed callers to the appropriate staff member; and/or I have explained general regulations or procedures to the general public or employees.
  2. I have responded to employees and telephone callers interested in obtaining information; and/or I have communicated with vendors to request information (e.g. bids for office equipment); and/or I have discussed with supervisors information gathered; and/or I have relayed information regarding specific programs/issues to staff.
  3. I have given an oral presentation on the status of a project to a small group in the work unit; and/or I have participated as part of a team to provide information; and/or I have assisted in minor complaints impacting work area.
  4. None of the above.


4.Religious Services Assistants plan and organize work, efficiently utilizing time and available resources. They must complete assigned tasks according to priorities established by the supervisor and rearrange priorities when workload dictates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have trained fellow employees and subordinates on routine office procedures/methods; and/or I have made changes where necessary for the accomplishment of day-to-day work assignments; and/or I have scheduled staff for training; and/or I have provided assistance to individual staff members/supervisor in completing projects.
  2. I have made travel arrangements for staff; and/or I have maintained supervisor's calendar; and/or I have reserved local conference rooms for meetings; and/or I have maintained tracking system of office expenditures/budget; and/or I have gathered information for special projects.
  3. I have monitored, adjusted and distributed the workload for staff, ensuring deadlines were met; and/or I have ensured any budget concerns or issues were addressed for planning future purchases; and/or I have established a new filing systems or other data collection system; and/or I have operated and maintained libraries (audio, video, and literary) for a program area.
  4. None of the above.


5.Religious Services Assistants must be able to research, retrieve, review and process various information pertaining to religious services or Life Connection program operations. They must be able to research and retrieve information and prepare reports and correspondence relative to program objectives. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared a memo using WordPerfect; and/or I have prepared requests for purchase; and/or I have edited correspondence on the computer.
  2. I have provided general information to managers and staff via e-mail; and/or I have used Internet to retrieve information, news releases, updates and related information; and/or I have used a database to track information.
  3. I have created tables on WordPerfect; and/or I have used of Microsoft access to create a database; and/or I have created a desk guide using a variety of WordPerfect functions; and/or I have used computer to obtain criminal records (NCIC/NLETS) checks.
  4. None of the above.


6.Religious Services Assistants must maintain systematic files, ledgers, and other required information relative to religious services or Life Connections program area. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have established files to enable co-workers/supervisors to retrieve information easily; and/or I have assisted with the inventory of supplies; and/or I have gathered and organized requested data for supervisor's use.
  2. I have maintained files for program review or comparable external audit purposes; and/or I have developed a checklist for various program processes which ensured compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
  3. I have used established checklists for individual files; and/or I have reviewed program area files for completeness; and/or I have maintained an established filing system for document/information storage/retrieval.
  4. I have established a filing system to meet the individual needs of a department or division; and/or I have collected and organized information for use by others in preparing comprehensive reports or correspondence; and/or I have conducted property inventories and maintained appropriate records.
  5. None of the above.


7.Religious Services Assistants must have a knowledge of the policies and procedures of a correctional environment, along with religious services or Life Connections Programs specific policies and guidelines. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed post orders and emergency plans, as required by policy; and/or I have collected required data according to guidelines or procedures to be forwarded for action; and/or I have reviewed time and attendance records for accuracy.
  2. I have applied necessary changes in procedures as indicated by federal policy; and/or I have adhered to policy when determining deadline for vendor payments; and/or I have explained policy and procedures to inmates, staff, or others; and/or I have interpreted and applied policies and guidelines pertaining to the processing of employee Time and Attendance records.
  3. I have responded to inquiries received regarding program/area requirements; and/or I have responded to general leave policy questions; and/or I have maintained files in accordance with policy.
  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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