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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-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.

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

Selective Factors:

  • Applicants must have practical techniques/skills in computers, their operating systems, and the associated components.
  • Applicants must have the ability to troubleshoot and provide technical assistance and support to computers operating within the department or office location.
  • Applicants must have the ability to interpret and analyze problems, diagnose and resolve computer system difficulties.


* 2.Do you meet the Selective Factors for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Factors for this position.

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this knowledge and experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Factors for this position.


KSA QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to converse effectively and speak clearly and concisely with individuals inside and outside the agency. They must interact with Executive Staff, Central and Regional Office staff, Education Administrators, Teachers, a diverse inmate/student population, contractors, volunteers, institution staff, and other outside individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have supervised inmate work crews; and/or I have counseled an inmate student regarding proper uniform attire; and/or I have provided updates in departmental/staff meetings.
  2. I have presented an overview of the program area; and/or I have spoken to community service groups; and/or I have attended inner-city youth conferences; and/or I have spoken to members from trade advisory boards or citizen volunteer groups.
  3. I have conducted tutor training sessions; and/or I have given a presentation to new staff members; and/or I have counseled an inmate/student who requested educational assistance; and/or I have conducted telephonic vouchering of potential contractors or volunteers.
  4. None of the above.


4.Vocational Training Instructors are required to possess a thorough knowledge of the various philosophies and methods of teaching. They must be able to use this knowledge to motivate and educate inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have given presentations without demonstration; and/or I have provided instruction from standardized textbooks; and/or I have lectured from lessons provided by commercial curricula or substitute teacher lesson plans.
  2. I have modified/adapted curriculum to meet multiple learning styles; and/or I have demonstrated teaching techniques by using hands-on applications; and/or I have supervised computerized curriculum labs or other independent study curricula (i.e., study guides, units, testing, etc.).
  3. I have conducted lay workshops; and/or I have presented material for external organizations/clubs or philanthropic organizations; and/or I have provided a demonstration in a school classroom.
  4. None of the above.


5.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to develop a curriculum design and record-keeping system to organize and track student progress. They must be able to make modifications in curriculum materials and techniques as needed by students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed specific lesson plans for student's area of interest; and/or I have utilized commercially available course curriculum with modifications; and/or I have utilized individual self-paced instruction materials.
  2. I have assisted in writing a manual and/or supplemental teaching materials; and/or I have assisted in writing specific modules/units within a textbook; and/or I have assisted in developing course curriculum in similar areas.
  3. I have used individualized learning plans provided by other professionals with few modifications; and/or I have adapted basic curricula provided by another organization (i.e., philanthropic, civic, religious, etc.); and/or I have created an individualized self-paced lesson plan for a specific learning-disabled student.
  4. None of the above.


6.Vocational Training Instructors in a correctional setting provide instruction to a variety of students with diverse needs and backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have identified supplemental teaching materials, or assisted with the modification of supplemental teaching materials, to assist those with diverse needs or backgrounds; and/or I have worked with diverse groups of individuals in a community setting, such as coaching sports, serving as a leader in a youth civic organization, etc.
  2. I have instructed juveniles in a juvenile detention type facility from diverse economic levels and cultures; and/or I have selected and used available curriculum and supplemental activities to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds; and/or I have used curriculum materials developed by others; and/or I have identified assessment tools/criteria for student selection into the occupational program.
  3. I have conducted a training class unique for correctional staff; and/or I have assisted with the selection of curriculum, or modified existing curriculum objectives, to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds.
  4. I have supervised and maintained control of group activities; and/or I have assisted with the administration of assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  5. I have addressed different perspectives of students through communication techniques which were sensitive to those differences; and/or I have identified and intervened if/when cultural or other differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have administered assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  6. None of the above.


7.Vocational Training Instructors must have a good knowledge of the trade industry standards, methodologies and techniques for teaching their respective trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed an apprenticeship through union; and/or I possess a 4-year degree unrelated to the position/trade; and/or I possess a certificate from a technical trade school.
  2. I have taught professional classes related to the specialty trade area; and/or I have conducted one-on-one, on-the-job training at the work site; and/or I have tutored entry level trade students, such as in high school, community seminars, or adult/juvenile correctional facilities.
  3. I have extensive work experience in the trade; and/or I have assisted with teaching the trade in small groups, such as mini-seminars; and/or I have participated (practiced) in voluntary community service projects which utilized trade related skills (i.e., building/constructing homes for individuals without homes).
  4. None of the above.


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.

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

Selective Factors:

  • Applicants must have practical techniques/skills in computers, their operating systems, and the associated components.
  • Applicants must have the ability to troubleshoot and provide technical assistance and support to computers operating within the department or office location.
  • Applicants must have the ability to interpret and analyze problems, diagnose and resolve computer system difficulties.


* 2.Do you meet the Selective Factors for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Factors for this position.

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this knowledge and experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Factors for this position.


KSA QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to converse effectively and speak clearly and concisely with individuals inside and outside the agency. They must interact with Executive Staff, Central and Regional Office staff, Education Administrators, Teachers, a diverse inmate/student population, contractors, volunteers, institution staff, and other outside individuals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have conducted tutor training sessions; and/or I have given a presentation to new staff members; and/or I have counseled an inmate/student who requested educational assistance; and/or I have conducted telephonic vouchering of potential contractors or volunteers.
  2. I have presented A&O (orientation) to groups of new inmates/students; and/or I have provided guidance to students on task accomplishments; and/or I have communicated with outside organizations/individuals in an effort to enhance classroom instruction; and/or I have informed my supervisor of an unusual issue and provided alternatives for resolution; and/or I have counseled a disruptive inmate/student.
  3. I have presented an overview of the program area; and/or I have spoken to community service groups; and/or I have attended inner-city youth conferences; and/or I have spoken to members from trade advisory boards or citizen volunteer groups.
  4. None of the above.


4.Vocational Training Instructors are required to possess a thorough knowledge of the various philosophies and methods of teaching and be able to use this knowledge to motivate and educate inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have given presentations without demonstration; and/or I have provided instruction from standardized textbooks; and/or I have lectured from lessons provided by commercial curricula or substitute teacher lesson plans.
  2. I have written supplemental material in the subject matter area in addition to commercially available material; and/or I have assisted in developing a teacher manual; and/or I have developed curriculum to meet multiple learning styles; and/or I have used multi-media technology for classroom instruction (i.e., DVD's, CD's, VHS, etc.).
  3. I have modified/adapted curriculum to meet multiple learning styles; and/or I have demonstrated teaching techniques by using hands-on applications; and/or I have supervised computerized curriculum labs or other independent study curricula (i.e., study guides, units, testing, etc.).
  4. None of the above.


5.Vocational Training Instructors must be able to develop a curriculum design and record-keeping system to organize and track student progress. They must be able to make modifications in curriculum materials and techniques as needed by students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in writing a manual and/or supplemental teaching materials; and/or I have assisted in writing specific modules/units within a textbook; and/or I have assisted in developing course curriculum in similar areas.
  2. I have written course units or study guides; and/or I have developed a curriculum model or performance objective; and/or I have developed individualized instructional programs for my own use in the education profession.
  3. I have developed specific lesson plans for student's area of interest; and/or I have utilized commercially available course curriculum with modifications; and/or I have utilized individual self-paced instruction materials.
  4. None of the above.


6.Vocational Training Instructors in a correctional setting provide instruction to a variety of students with diverse needs and backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have instructed adult students in a more conventional (basic) correctional setting; and/or I have assisted in the development of curriculum and supplemental activities to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds; and/or I have instructed inmates in a correctional setting.
  2. I have conducted a training class unique for correctional staff; and/or I have assisted with the selection of curriculum, or modified existing curriculum objectives, to meet diverse student needs or backgrounds; and/or I have addressed different perspectives of students through communication techniques which were sensitive to those differences.
  3. I have assisted in the development of communication and motivational techniques to encourage students with diverse needs or backgrounds; and/or I have assisted in the selection of materials; and/or I have selected assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  4. I have instructed juveniles in a juvenile detention type facility from diverse economic levels and cultures; and/or I have selected and used available curriculum and supplemental activities to meet diverse students needs or backgrounds; and/or I have used curriculum materials developed by others; and/or I have identified assessment tools/criteria for student selection into the occupational program.
  5. I have identified and intervened if/when cultural or other differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have administered assessment tools to determine entry level skills.
  6. None of the above.


7.Vocational Training Instructors must have a good knowledge of the trade industry standards, methodologies and techniques for teaching their respective trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have taught professional classes related to the specialty trade area; and/or I have conducted one-on-one, on-the-job training at the work site; and/or I have tutored entry level trade students, such as high school, community seminars, or adult/juvenile correctional facilities.
  2. I have written curriculum units of study within the trade specialty area; and/or I have team taught with another trade professional; and/or I have adapted commercially available curriculum and shared locally.
  3. I have extensive work experience in the trade; and/or I have assisted with teaching trade in small groups, such as mini-seminars; and/or I have participated (practiced) in voluntary community service projects which utilized trade related skills (i.e., building/constructing homes for individuals without homes).
  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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