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Grade: 13
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-12 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Placement Factors. In the event you do not possess the Selective Placement Factors, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:
  • Applicants must have 5 years or more of current experience with local Jails in the United States. Experience may have been gained in one or more of the following areas: administering a jail; managing one or more components of jail operations; managing a jail accreditation project; managing the transition into a new jail; developing or implementing jail standards and inspections; or providing consulting or training services to jails in the areas such as jail administration, jail operations, or new jail planning. The aforementioned experience must have given the applicant a thorough knowledge of policy, techniques, and issues related to jail administration, management, and operations.


To be found qualified, your resume MUST clearly address this experience.

* 2.Do you meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position AND my resume clearly addresses this factor.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position.


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.Correctional Program Specialists are responsible for assisting in policy development, developing and facilitating training, briefings and presentations to management level officials of the corrections community. They must possess communication and facilitation skills and are responsible for coordinating, conducting and facilitating meetings, panels, and discussions to achieve results desired by the Institute. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided training to co-workers and/or peers; and/or I have modified instructional methodologies to accommodate different learning styles and adult learners; and/or I have participated in departmental meetings or attended executive level meetings and presented information in an acting capacity.
  2. I have facilitated meetings and presented briefings/training/presentations for a specific correctional issue, which were utilized at the national level of an agency/organization; and/or I have developed and facilitated a presentation addressing a correctional issue impacting jails nationwide, and provided recommendations for an improved method or procedure; and/or I have resolved an issue by negotiating with contractors or cooperative agreement employees which satisfied all parties involved.
  3. I have facilitated meetings with upper management officials to develop policy, training programs or resolve a non-routine issue; and/or I have developed effective presentations, to train or inform participants at a local level or specific organization; and/or I have presented/facilitated training classes or presentations in multiple program areas to a diverse audience of line staff, supervisors and upper level managers.
  4. None of the above.


4.Correctional Program Specialists will be responsible for writing reports, assisting in policy development, and other documents that are used to maintain and improve the programs and services offered by the National Institute of Corrections. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed/updated Jail Supplements/local policy; and/or I have prepared written documentation in response to requests from executive staff within the BOP or comparable management level in the private sector; and/or I have participated in a Program Review or professional audit; and/or I have responded to Congressional inquiries regarding constituent concerns.
  2. I have prepared written responses to inquiries from other departments; and/or I have participated in an Operational Review or comparable internal audit in the private sector; and/or I have written a memo for all department heads regarding a newly established procedure; and/or I have acted as editor of an internal newsletter.
  3. I have developed policy; and/or I have prepared technical and complex responses to inquiries originating from outside the agency; and/or I have prepared detailed correspondence to others regarding critical needs or concerns; and/or I have written an article which was published in a technical publication, journal, newsletter, etc.; and/or I have prepared a record of a staff member's testimony for submission to the court system.
  4. None of the above.


5.Correctional Program Specialists are responsible for analyzing information from a variety of sources (both correctional and non-correctional), determining appropriate intervention strategies, and making policy and program recommendations based on this analysis. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have obtained data from national data/information sources to assist in program planning activities; and/or I have assisted in the research, analysis and reporting of program assessments relating to jails and presented information to the supervisor; and/or I have determined workforce characteristics through an analysis of statistics.
  2. I have researched information and made recommendations to increase program effectiveness in a jail; and/or I have gathered data for evaluating agency practices and submitted proposal to improve or streamline current procedures; and/or I have participated on a task force which analyzed problems with inmate management and recommended appropriate procedures for further consideration.
  3. I have conducted a research project which involved data collection and the presentation of suggestions for future research regarding jails; and/or I have analyzed employee performance and made recommendations for training; and/or I have served on an operational review/internal audit review team.
  4. None of the above.


6.Correctional Programs Specialists possess a comprehensive knowledge of criminal justice and legal issues, along with correctional theories, techniques and practices. This knowledge is essential in order to make effective recommendations regarding the new initiative or the modification to existing products and services of the NIC. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have interacted with local federal, state and/or local departments of corrections in researching, implementing or explaining the impact of and emerging issues relative to jail operations; and/or I have participated as a member of a group which significantly contributed to the creation or implementation of policies or programs having nationwide impact on jails.
  2. I have prepared a document that analyzed similarities in programs for use in management decision making; and/or I have analyzed new theories and/or practices and prepared review paper for further consideration; and/or I have participated in information gathering on current and/or emerging correctional initiatives for possible future research projects.
  3. I have provided a suggestion or plan in the form of an Information Paper which significantly improved the operations of an agency.
  4. I have provided recommendations for the interpretation and implementation of procedures on a local level as a result of new judicial policy; and/or I have participated as a member of a local workgroup established to determine the impact of policy changes to current operations; and/or I have provided recommendations for program implementation based on evaluation of programs in a similar setting.
  5. None of the above.


7.Correctional Program Specialists must establish and maintain working relationships with a individuals in order to promote the mission, products and services offered by the National Institute of Corrections. They must effectively negotiate and manage actions with other agencies while providing the information, research, or technical assistance to the corrections community. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have negotiated resolution of issues involving agency/organization management and contractors regarding correctional issues or programs; and/or I have participated in meetings with leaders in corrections to discuss impact of new legislation and national public policy issues on current operations and provided suggestions which resulted in mutual agreement/understanding of plan of action required by all parties involved.
  2. I have briefed executive staff on inmate case information; and/or I have provided recommendations to Sheriff/Senior Manager as part of an after action review committee; and/or I have served on a task force with executive staff to develop and modify institutional programs; and/or I have made presentations at the annual strategic planning retreat; and/or I have facilitated meetings with upper management officials to develop policy, training programs or resolve a complex issue.
  3. I have presented a position paper on a streamlined procedure at a national conference or program; and/or I have served as the organization's Public Relations/Information Officer; and/or I have worked with union officials to resolve issues; and/or I have assisted in the organization of correctional activities with officials from Federal/State/Local correctional entities; and/or I have served on labor negotiation teams.
  4. I have participated in the resolution of issues involving departmental staff within the institution or private facility; and/or I have presented/facilitated training classes or presentations in multiple program areas to a diverse audience of line staff, supervisors and upper level managers; and/or I have served on a workforce utilization committee.
  5. I have participated in community based meetings to promote agency/organization; and/or I have resolved multi-departmental issues; and/or I have communicated findings of a staff assist/technical assistance visit to managers/wardens/CEO's, providing recommendations for discrepancies noted; and/or I have participated in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.
  6. I have coordinated jail inspections; and/or I have conducted a training seminar for peers; and/or I have chaired division meetings; and/or I have facilitated communication with involved parties to resolve internal issues; and/or I have participated in departmental meetings or attended executive staff meetings and presented information in an acting capacity.
  7. I have briefed other management staff on issues within and outside of discipline; and/or, during staff meeting, I have used interpersonal skills to change peers' opinions; and/or I have met with union officials to negotiate local working conditions.
  8. I have telephonically resolved discrepancies with information sources; and/or I have identified potential performance issues with staff and took corrective action; and/or I have recognized possible inmate conflict and took corrective action before it escalated.
  9. 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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