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Grade: 15
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-14 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.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, prepares a variety of reports, correspondence, articles for external publication, briefings for national level groups, etc. He/she must possess comprehensive written communication skills to effectively communicate information to targeted audiences. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have authored an article which was published in a national publication; and/or I have prepared national policy for an agency/organization based on changes in laws and regulations; and/or I have prepared a response to a regulatory agency which impacted/changed current laws and regulations.
  2. I have designed and implemented a needs assessment plan for agency/organization staffing levels; and/or I have prepared briefings for presentation to individuals outside the agency/organization on complex, technical issues or proposals having national impact.
  3. I have prepared budget request packages; and/or I have written strategic plans; and I have written emergency/contingency plans; and/or I have prepared a briefing in response to program review/comparable external audit evaluators concerning program procedures; and/or I have prepared position paper justifying decision made by agency/organization; and/or I have developed standard operating procedures/manual/procedural guide explaining laws, regulations, etc., in laymen terms.
  4. I have documented findings as a participant of a Program Review, or comparable external audit; and/or I have prepared a portion of a highly technical report/document; and/or I have revised internal policy/Institution Supplement/Operations memorandums.
  5. None of the above.


3.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, communicates on a regular and recurring basis with a variety of individuals, ranging from the general public to high level officials both internal and external to the agency/organization. He/she must possess comprehensive oral communication skills in order to interact, negotiate and persuade others on the mission and objectives of the Bureau of Prisons. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have presented an oral brief during a congressional subcommittee meeting on issues having major organization/agency impact; and/or I have served as a chief negotiator with agency/organization union officials on national level bargaining issues/concerns.
  2. I have chaired workgroups tasked with the responsibility of developing/modifying and implementing agency/organization wide programs; and/or I have presented an agency/organization position paper on a streamlined procedure during a national conference/meeting.
  3. I have participated on a work group which included members of the executive staff in other agencies; and/or I have assisted in representing the agency/organization at a briefing with a members of Congress or their staff; and/or I have presented agency statements for the national news media; and/or I have given interviews to news media on sensitive issues.
  4. I have given informal presentations to the Executive Staff/top management of an agency/organization; and/or I have provided guidance/advice to others regarding public affairs issues.
  5. I have represented division/unit/field office/office on a national work group; and/or I have represented agency at a community hearing regarding a proposal to build a correctional institution in the area; and/or I have interacted with other federal agency personnel; and/or I have served in leadership role on community involvement committee; and/or I have served on labor negotiation team.
  6. I have participated in community based meetings to promote agency/organization; and/or I have participated in the resolution of internal departmental issues; and/or I have communicated finding of a staff assist visit to managers/wardens/CEO's, providing recommendations for discrepancies noted; and/or I have participated in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.
  7. None of the above.


4.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, must evaluate information to ascertain whether the current AE program meets the goals of the agency. He/she is involved in reviewing and coordinating the development of policies, plans and programs related to Affirmative Action. He/she is required to discuss conclusions with top level program managers and provide recommendations for solutions to the critical problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have made budgetary recommendations based on specific reports provided by the business office; and/or I have analyzed current trends and practices and submitted a position allocation proposal to meet future needs/goals of division/unit/office.
  2. I have participated as a member of a task forced charged with updating/streamlining current local procedures; and/or I have reviewed current internal policy/procedures to ensure compliance with national policy or standards; and/or I have reviewed key indicators to compare operations in similar facilities to assist in the preparation of a funding request; and/or I have made recommendations based on statistical information to improve current programs or processes.
  3. I have gathered and evaluated comprehensive agency/organization data and devised/implemented changes which significantly improved program; and/or I have chaired a task force that analyzed complex problems involving cumbersome documentation requirements and recommended appropriate means of reducing needless or redundant paperwork.
  4. I have recommended method to implement new agency/organization policy which impacted several differing divisions/units/offices; and/or I have reviewed departmental organization and made appropriate adjustments in resources to ensure efficient and effective operations are maintained.
  5. I have analyzed and evaluated current unit/division/office operating procedures and recommended methods to improve work, productivity and morale of subordinate employees; and/or I have updated local policies or procedures based on review of governing policies, laws and regulations; and/or I have reviewed program review/operational reviews and ensured corrective action was initiated.
  6. I have reprogrammed current division/unit/office workforce to optimize staffing utilization plans and goals; and/or I have set specific standards for subordinate managers and held them accountable for meeting those goals.
  7. None of the above.


5.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, is responsible for the continuous evaluation of the Affirmative Employment program, the coordination of division mission and other related program activities and decision making which impacts the overall operations. He/she directly and indirectly supervises subordinate employees and provides opportunities for training and career enhancement. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have combined monthly staff meeting with technical training sessions which improved subordinate employee's job knowledge; and/or I have utilized the performance appraisal system to track assignments and ensure all deadlines are met by subordinate workforce; and/or I have instructed a class designed to improve performance or career development using pre-established program directives and existing lesson plan; and/or I have coached and mentored subordinate through formal mentoring program.
  2. I have devised and implemented management staff work assignments to maximize subordinate work product and/or increase morale; and/or I have reorganized subordinate workforce to enhance operations/efficiency.
  3. I have identified employee performance deficiencies and established/implemented a plan for improvement prior to taking official action, which resulted in improved performance; and/or I have developed and facilitated a training course that fulfilled and identified training needs in subordinate workforce; and/or I have developed a mentoring program for an agency/organization.
  4. I have met with subordinates according to policy to discuss performance and provide feedback; and/or I have assigned subordinates reading assignments in their area of expertise; and/or I have advised subordinates of available training that would enhance their job knowledge or performance level.
  5. None of the above.


6.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, interprets and applies personnel policy and regulations in the development and implementation of an effective Affirmative Employment program for the agency. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have submitted a proposal to significantly change a current Human Resource program or procedure which was accepted and implemented by Executive Staff; and/or I have chaired Department wide workgroup to establish a department-wide HR policy; and/or I have justified the need for additional staffing and resource requirements to expand/improve agency HR operations.
  2. I have participated in an agency/component wide workgroup to develop a new HR program such as performance standards, automated applicant process, etc.; and/or I have recommended ways to improve staff development and/or mentor ship programs which were adopted by management; and/or I have restructured work flow operations which resulted in position/supervisory ratio reductions.
  3. I have commented on draft agency and/or OPM policy being considered for implementation; and/or I have recommended detailed guidelines on discretionary issues relating to such things as pay, benefits, job qualifications, etc.; and/or I have implemented operational changes based on a review of national audit findings, problematic HR trends, or other system barriers.
  4. I have ensured the active recruitment and placement of women and minorities in locations having relative low cultural diversity; and/or I have developed short and long term curriculum plans for training; and/or I have briefed top management on major HR or Training initiatives and recommended options for local implementation.
  5. I have initiated studies to determine the immediate and long range training needs of an institution; and/or I have identified ways that training can assist in solving problems of morale, excessive turnover, low production and under-utilization of employees' skills and abilities; and/or I have advised management on complex staff accommodation/disability issues; and/or I haveresearched and interpreted technical policies to resolve a controversial HR issue.
  6. I have drafted a local institutional supplement on an HR topic; and/or I have provided input for a management assessment functions to determine needed changes to policy; and/or I have provided response or served as a representative during a MSPB case.
  7. None of the above.


7.The Chief, Affirmative Employment Programs, provides guidance and recommendations based on applicable federal EEO laws, rules and regulations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have explained the EEO process as a result of inquiries received; and/or I have assisted in an EEO investigation by organizing and gathering information requested; and/or I have developed a local affirmative action plan.
  2. I have developed and implemented national training policies and materials for an agency/organization EEO/Affirmative Action Program; and/or I have implemented changes to national EEO/Affirmative Action policy which had a significant and positive impact to program operations and effectiveness.
  3. I have directed the Affirmative Action program in a private industry setting; and/or I have researched EEO information for a policy review project and provided recommendations to edit current policies based on regulatory changes; and/or I have revised an existing EEO training manual to tailor it to intended audience and promote understanding of EEO principles.
  4. I have participated in the resolution of a complex EEO case, resulting in monetary savings to the agency/organization and satisfying the complaint; and/or I have implemented a program top advocate EEO/Affirmative Action program knowledge of managers, supervisors and line staff, which resulted in the number of EEO complaints submitted.
  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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