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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, 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.Education Technicians must work with other staff, volunteer and contract staff, teachers, community library personnel, paralegal technicians, and all program participants. They must also deal tactfully and effectively with participants of diverse educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have explained overall testing procedures to inmates/students; and/or I have instructed inmates/students regarding completion of answer sheets; and/or I have conversed and exchanged ideas with staff at other facilities.
  2. I have briefed management on overall enrollment in all education classes; and/or I have briefed management on enrollment in college courses; and/or I have interviewed incoming inmates/students to determine educational interests; and/or I have presented an oral report on education activities; and/or I have assisted with classroom attendance and student accountability.
  3. I have provided management with information on class attendance; and/or I have provided GED test results to management; and/or I have counseled problematic students/inmates.
  4. None of the above.


3.Education Technicians prepare program activity reports to update management on enrollments, completions, and withdrawals. They also write a variety of correspondence, including memoranda, electronic mail, purchase requests, and requisitions for supplies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have drafted a summary of all educational programs with descriptions; and/or I have written an educational recommendation regarding programs for inmates/students; and/or I have participated in unit team/counseling groups; and/or I have corresponded via e-mail with management staff; and/or I have assisted with law library inventory.
  2. I have drafted letters seeking volunteers; and/or I have written letters/e-mails to clarify questions regarding inmates/students; and/or I have requested student transcripts.
  3. I have drafted letters of appreciation to outside guests/lecturers; and/or I have drafted letters inviting outside guests in for educational programs or activities; and/or I have written performance evaluations.
  4. None of the above.


4.Education Technicians must be able to identify elements of program activities that have an impact on major assignments. They must also keep informed about alternative education programs to which temporary assignments are made. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have maintained books and equipment; and/or I have compared and reconciled the financial fund control system (FMS) for the department; and/or I have ensured proper check-out and exchange procedures; and/or I have conducted Time and Attendance (T&A) report audits for all department staff; and/or with assistance, I have processed purchases required for law library per operations directive.
  2. I have ensured all reporting requirements of the education department are met; and/or I have created, maintained and filed education records for each student; and/or I have maintained inventory and submitted requisitions for ordering equipment and supplies.
  3. I have analyzed and summarized information on the budget utilized for an inmate/student education program; and/or I have verified enrollment data; and/or I have verified and compiled statistical information needed for a report for the administrator's submission to regional authority and/or Central Office; and/or I have processed purchases required for the law library per operations directive.
  4. None of the above.


5.Education Technicians must accurately enter and maintain information on course enrollments, withdrawals, and completions. They must also use WordPerfect to produce written reports for management, and use GroupWise to send electronic mail messages and access policy, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have accessed education information on a personal computer/Sentry system; and/or I have keyed test results in the system; and/or using WordPerfect, I have written descriptions of course offerings; and/or as instructed, I have produced reports and transactions needed to monitor program progress and complied with policy and updated student electronic records.
  2. I have entered data from education supervisors; and/or I have submitted Performance Pay reports to the department supervisor; and/or I have ensured accuracy of all documents; and/or I have keyed and submitted time and attendance data.
  3. I have created a table with columns, lines, and various fonts; and/or I have typed a statistical report on a table; and/or I have maintained basic student information in a personal computer/Sentry systems using various software; and/or under close supervision, I have conducted computer transactions needed to update electronic records.
  4. None of the above.


6.Education Technicians must possess a knowledge of program objectives, policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements affecting educational programs. They must also enforce Bureau of Prisons program statements, institution supplements, and regulations and procedures in a correctional setting, particularly when dealing with contract personnel. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have served as alternate to the Library Technician concerning all aspects of the library operation; and/or I have assisted in conducting semi-annual law library inventories; and/ or I have answered student questions regarding educational program offerings during orientation.
  2. I have advised other education staff of changes in national program statements, etc.; and/or I have followed test administration procedures; and/or I have answered questions regarding education standards.
  3. I have applied assignments from the EDS manual; and/or I have ensured accountability of policy, information, memos or correspondence; and/or I have responded to students/customers/inmates' requests regarding educational programs; and/or I have followed all education-related program statements and supplements; and/or I have assisted with the coordination and supervision of inmate libraries and/or evening programs such as student gatherings or inmate taught classes.
  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, 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.Education Technicians must work with other staff, volunteer and contract staff, teachers, community library personnel, paralegal technicians, and all program participants. They must also deal tactfully and effectively with participants of diverse educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have briefed management on research pertaining to student/client/inmate education; and/or I have acted as a contact with academic institutions or college coordinators that provided educational services to students/inmates; and/or I have met with unit team or counselors to discuss educational programs for students/inmates; and/or I have provided relief for a teacher to maintain attendance and order in the classroom.
  2. I have briefed management on overall enrollment in all education classes; and/or I have briefed management on enrollment in college courses; and/or I have interviewed incoming inmates/students to determine educational interests; and/or I have presented an oral report on education activities; and/or I have assisted with classroom attendance and student accountability.
  3. I have provided management with information on class attendance; and/or I have provided GED test results to management; and/or I have counseled problematic students/inmates.
  4. None of the above.


3.Education Technicians prepare program activity reports to update management on enrollments, completions, and withdrawals. They also write a variety of correspondence, including memoranda, electronic mail, purchase requests, and requisitions for supplies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have drafted a summary of all educational programs with descriptions; and/or I have written an educational recommendation regarding programs for inmates/students; and/or I have participated in unit team/counseling group; and/or I have corresponded via e-mail with management staff; and/or I have assisted with the law library inventory.
  2. I have written and compiled submissions from other departments, and edited the Admission and Orientation (A&O) Handbook or informational handbook/brochure; and/or I have prepared detailed minutes from staff meetings; and/or I have prepared educational statistical reports for management; and/or I have written portions of an annual report on education programs; and/or I have conducted and completed law library inventory.
  3. I have drafted letters of appreciation to outside guests/lecturers; and/or I have drafted letters inviting outside guests in for educational programs or activities; and/or I have written performance evaluations.
  4. None of the above.


4.Education Technicians must be able to identify elements of program activities that have an impact on major assignments. They must also keep informed about alternative education programs to which temporary assignments are made. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have ensured all reporting requirements of the education department are met; and/or I have created, maintained and filed education records for each student; and/or I have maintained inventory and submitted requisitions for ordering equipment and supplies.
  2. I have analyzed trends on monthly and weekly data of participation in education programs; and/or I have evaluated and projected goals on outcomes of education programs; and/or I have analyzed and evaluated department budgetary data and financial records; and/or I have monitored operations memorandums/policy issued from the governing office and coordinated and completed the required legal purchases.
  3. I have analyzed and summarized information on the budget utilized for an inmate/student education program; and/or I have verified enrollment data; and /or I have verified and compiled statistical information needed for a report for the administrator's submission to a regional authority and/or Central Office; and/or I have processed purchases required for the law library per operations directive.
  4. None of the above.


5.Education Technicians must accurately enter and maintain information on course enrollments, withdrawals, and completions. They must also use WordPerfect to produce written reports for management, and use GroupWise to send electronic mail messages and access policy, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have produced daily, weekly, and monthly education reports; and/or I have worked with the education computer systems (education data systems (EDS)) group codes; and/or I have generated reports and information from a computer system; and/or I have independently produced reports and transactions needed to monitor program progress, and applied that data to inmate/student records.
  2. I have created a table with columns, lines, and various fonts; and/or I have typed a statistical report on a table; and/or I have maintained basic student information in a personal computer/Sentry systems using various software; and/or under close supervision, I have conducted computer transactions needed to update student electronic records; and/or with assistance, I have worked with the system and the transactions needed to update electronic records.
  3. I have accessed education information on a personal computer/Sentry system; and/or I have keyed test results in the system; and/or using WordPerfect, I have written descriptions of course offerings; and/ or as instructed, I have produced reports and transactions needed to monitor program progress and complied with policy and updated student electronic records.
  4. None of the above.


6.Education Technicians must possess a knowledge of program objectives, policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements affecting educational programs. They must also enforce Bureau of Prisons program statements, institution supplements, and regulations and procedures in a correctional setting, particularly when dealing with contract personnel. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have applied assignments from the EDS manual; and/or I have ensured accountability of policy, information, memos or correspondence; and/or I have responded to students/customers/inmates' requests regarding educational programs.
  2. I have used education classes (EDC) group codes and assignments from the Education Department Sentry (EDS) Manual; and/or I have administered tests according to test standards; and/or I have applied minimum standards for education according to the provisions in program statements; and/or I have coordinated and/or supervised student libraries time and other evening programs such as inmate taught classes or student groups.
  3. I have advised other education staff of changes in policy as national program statements, etc.; and/or I have followed test administration procedures; and/or I have answered questions regarding education standards.
  4. I have followed all education-related program statements and supplements; and/or I have assisted with the coordination and supervision of inmate libraries and/or evening programs such as student gatherings or inmate taught classes.
  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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