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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.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet either requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education;

  2. OR

  3. Completion of the requirements for a master's degree in social work that included a practicum.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, or B.


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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

Selective Factor:
  • Applicants must be licensed as a Social Worker in the state in which he/she practices.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I am licensed as a Social Worker in the state in which I practice.
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit Social Worker license for verification. This documentation 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.

3.Social Workers must have the ability to collect information from several sources, organize the information, identify problems and recommend action. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in gathering information; and/or I have assisted in another individual's project; and/or I have assisted in collecting data from the client population.
  2. I have assisted in compiling data from written/oral assessments; and/or I have maintained information on clients/patients; and/or I have organized records and updated data base files.
  3. I am familiar with various problem solving strategies; and/or I am knowledgeable of research methods; and/or I have collected data from a client population.
  4. None of the above.


4.Social Workers are team members who must be able to effectively communicate and coordinate information with the administration, physicians, inmates and co-workers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am familiar with the concept of interdisciplinary teams; and/or I have provided/shared information with other departments in the institution; and/or I have represented the department in institution meetings.
  2. I have kept lines of communication open; and/or I have participated in interdisciplinary team meetings; and/or I have attended other department's meetings; and/or I have provided information to other organizations within the agency.
  3. I have studied the concept of interdisciplinary teams; and/or I have had limited experience with other professionals; and/or I have attended department meetings within the job setting.
  4. None of the above.


5.Social Workers must have current knowledge of the principles, philosophies, and professional values related to the field of social work and how they relate to a correctional environment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed assessments or evaluations; and/or I have worked under the supervision of a clinical professional as a social work practitioner; and/or I have assisted in making a treatment plan.
  2. I have assisted in performing social work assessments; and/or I have participated in treatment teams; and/or I have conducted psycho-educational groups.
  3. I have observed senior social workers conduct assessments; and/or I have observed treatment teams; and/or I have provided limited assistance to group psycho-educational leader.
  4. None of the above.


6.Social Workers must have the ability to work with inmates in a therapeutic environment. This includes direct contact with inmates and their families often for the purpose of conducting therapy sessions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have participated as an intern/student role in counseling sessions; and/or I have observed psycho-therapy counseling; and/or I have assisted in organizing a counseling session.
  2. I have assisted others in leading individual or group counseling sessions; and/or I have been involved in the development of educational lesson plans; and/or I have experience with working with groups of people/interacting.
  3. I have assisted in teaching; and/or I have worked with individuals in a therapeutic capacity; and/or I have organized a counseling session.
  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


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





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