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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.Assistant Food Service Administrator Trainees assist the Food Service Administrator in preparing reports, plans, policy, letters and other documents regarding food service issues, problems and operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed standard office forms; and/or I have completed inmate performance pay; and/or I have maintained written logs.
  2. I have developed menus for a large food service operation; and/or I have assisted in documenting audit findings into an action plan for improvement or corrective action; and/or I have prepared informational memorandums regarding a change in food service procedures or processes.
  3. I have prepared memorandums for internal distribution; and/or I have documented a food service altercation in an Incident Report; and/or I have responded to an Administrative Remedy request; and/or I have prepared correspondence to vendors to resolve a price discrepancy, scheduled delivery date, etc.
  4. None of the above.


3.Assistant Food Service Administrator Trainees must possess the ability to communicate with inmates, institutional staff, vendors, service oriented groups and others in a clear and concise manner. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have kept supervisor abreast of work load or issues encountered; and/or I have instructed inmates or others in the proper operation of food service tools and equipment; and/or I have contributed information during an informal meeting.
  2. I have directed inmates/employees in completing daily tasks related to the preparation of large quantities of food; and/or I have contacted vendors to coordinate orders or delivery of supplies; and/or I have presented food service policies and procedures to new employees or recently incarcerated inmates.
  3. I have discussed food service operating problems and recommended solutions during a monthly staff meeting; and/or I have resolved an inmate/client complaint regarding a food service issue; and/or I have determined and assigned workloads to others for special project assignment.
  4. None of the above.


4.Assistant Food Service Administrator Trainees use a variety of guidelines, regulations and procedures in order to assist in the effective operation of a correctional food service program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used the food service manual to prepare reports in correct format; and/or I have referred to the manual of medical diets to select proper menu for an inmate with a medical condition; and/or I have followed MSDS sheets to handle and store hazardous materials.
  2. I have utilized meal planning guides to prepare cycle menus; and/or I have assisted with the preparation of accreditation; and/or I have administered the HAACP program for a food service operation.
  3. I have completed office/agency tasks according to established procedures; and/or I have recorded equipment temperatures according to food service standards; and/or I have followed cook preparation worksheets for meal preparation.
  4. None of the above.


5.Assistant Food Service Administrator Trainees must possess the ability to direct the preparation of mass quantities of food items, ensuring proper serving techniques are observed and utilized. They assist the Food Service Administrator and the Assistant Food Service Administrator in the operation of a food service department in a correctional facility. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have supervised mass food preparation of a holiday meal; and/or I have detected and corrected sanitation or safety deficiencies; and/or I have implemented menu changes to coincide with available items.
  2. I have operated food service equipment to cook, serve or process food; and/or I have cleaned and sanitized a food service area or equipment; and/or I have stocked shelves and storage areas with food products and supplies, ensuring older products are used prior to expiration dates.
  3. I have trained employees/inmates on proper food handling techniques and requirements; and/or I have entered and retrieved automated food service information; and/or I have utilized recipe cards to convert ingredients to proper quantity needed; and/or I have determined appropriate cooking temperatures for a variety of food items.
  4. None of the above.


6.Assistant Food Service Administrator Trainees will assist in the direction and supervision of subordinate employees and an inmate work crew. They must effectively learn to allocate time for project completion, establish priorities for work accomplishment, and supervise a subordinate civilian and inmate workforce. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have overseen the preparation and delivery of mainline operations; and/or I have ensured tasks were completed according to instructions provided; and/or I have provided training and assistance to lower level employees or co-workers.
  2. I have developed subordinate work schedules; and/or I have approved and disapproved leave to ensure continual coverage of the department; and/or I have heard and resolved employee complaints and grievances; and/or I have prepared performance ratings on subordinate employees.
  3. I have approved emergency or short duration leave requests of subordinate employees; and/or I have recommended performance ratings for subordinate employees; and/or I have directed staff in the preparation of menu items; and/or I have counseled subordinates on performance issues.
  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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