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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M. if related.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the following tasks you have performed for a period of 1 or more years as they relate to personnel management.
  1. Advise management on the recruitment, selection, and placement phases of staffing using organizational policies, practices, and procedures.
  2. Analyze and evaluate personnel ceilings from a fiscal point of view.
  3. Analyze and monitor positions for projected vacancies due to retirements.
  4. Analyze and monitor positions for changes in essential functions.
  5. Advise management of impact of changing personnel management regulations for the organization.
  6. Review, evaluate, and approve proposed personnel actions including appointments, promotions, awards, and training to ensure regulatory compliance.
  7. Oversee training requests (number of participants, location, etc.)
  8. Oversee the preparations of personnel documents that evaluate performance to ensure compliance with established regulations and guidelines.
  9. Consult with representatives of employee unions on proposed organizational policies and practices that impact working conditions of employees in the bargaining unit.
  10. Develop policies, guidelines, and procedures for the implementation of proposed personnel actions.
  11. Advise supervisors on employee-management issues, such as employee conduct, poor performance, medical accommodations.
  12. Advise supervisors on the interpretation and application of labor-management negotiated agreements and related issues.
  13. Provide advice on apprenticeship programs.
  14. None of the Above


* 3.Select the answers that indicate those administrative areas in which you have performed substantive work for a period of one or more years.
  1. Budget
  2. Finance
  3. Payroll
  4. General Office Services
  5. Property Management
  6. Supply
  7. Procurement
  8. Financial Assistance
  9. Information Resource Management
  10. Telephone Services
  11. Facilities Management
  12. Fleet Management
  13. Records Management
  14. Physical Security
  15. Information Security
  16. Personnel Management
  17. Employee Relations
  18. Labor Relations
  19. Visitor Programs
  20. Employee Development
  21. Travel
  22. Americans with Disabilities Act
  23. Safety
  24. Management Controls (i.e., Government Performance and Reform Act, Federal Activities Inventory Reform, and Management Control Program).
  25. None of the above


* 4.Select the automated administrative system(s) you have specifically used and are proficient with (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. QuickHire (as a manager)
  2. FPPS
  3. E-TAS/TAAS
  4. NBC Datamart query system
  5. FFS
  6. IDEAS
  7. HR Manager
  8. MPS
  9. DOI Learn
  10. ARTS
  11. CARMA/Maximo
  12. SMIS
  13. REDS
  14. E-Gov (Travel)
  15. EAGLS
  16. FAIR Act
  17. GPRA database
  18. Travel Manager
  19. None of the above


* 5.Select the answers which best indicate your experience working with a variety of principles, practices, methods, and techniques involved in supporting the management of multipurpose projects.
  1. Interpret, negotiate and analyze internal and external proposals from a financial perspective.
  2. Provide guidance concerning obligations incurred, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  3. Compare and contrast historical budget and workload data for similar programs and activities to anticipate needs for funds.
  4. Perform major reprogramming of funds to accommodate critical program changes.
  5. Recommend alternative courses of action concerning adjusting estimates of funding needs.
  6. Provide policy and regulatory guidance concerning the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) process.
  7. Conduct studies of organizational elements and work to identify problems and improve resource utilization, administrative support, and managerial effectiveness.
  8. Determine resource requirements (for example, staffing, funding, equipment) based on program or project objectives.
  9. Apply analytical and evaluative methods to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of existing practices, procedures, policies, and directives to implement improvement of program operations.
  10. Provide advice on potential congressional reactions to proposed budgets.
  11. Determine courses of action in response to congressional action.
  12. Provide advice and possible solutions for dealing with administrative problems.
  13. Provide guidance concerning the Freedom of Information Act.
  14. None of the above.


* 6.Select the answers which indicate your experience in formulating, implementing, and/or monitoring budget accounts.
  1. Analyze financial reports to assure funds are properly allocated, obligated, and spent in conformance with program objectives.
  2. Review program data, work load reports and staffing requests to assure that all positions are properly funded.
  3. Oversee the compilation of funding data and cost information.
  4. Prepare budget requests and related statistical justification, supporting documentation and exhibits.
  5. Monitor and track obligations & expenditures for organizational functions.
  6. Review, edit, and consolidate budget estimates.
  7. Verify that obligations & expenditures are within amounts programmed.
  8. Verify that obligations & expenditures are met.
  9. Process or record financial transactions or information.
  10. Perform final review and approval of budget data for an organization.
  11. Provide guidance on budget laws, regulations, policies, standards or procedures to management and customers.
  12. Interpret and apply available guidelines in order to complete budget assignments.
  13. Adapt available guidelines in order to complete budget assignments when established guidelines do not provide applicable operational procedures.
  14. Advise management on the regulations related to travel authorizations and vouchers.
  15. None of the above


* 7.Select the answers which indicate the tasks have you performed for 1 or more years while administering a procurement program.
  1. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with procurement.
  2. Administer interagency agreements.
  3. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with contracts.
  4. Approve orders ensuring adherence to policies.
  5. Execute small purchases and basic Federal acquisitions in compliance with regulations.
  6. Execute large purchases and complex Federal acquisitions in compliance with regulations.
  7. Advise management on the impact of changing procurement regulations.
  8. Approve purchase card statements ensuring adherence to policies.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.Select the answers which indicate the tasks you have performed for 1 or more years while administering a property program.
  1. Provide oversight of the property system to ensure compliance with regulatory and policy requirements.
  2. Provide oversight of annual inventories to ensure compliance with regulatory and policy requirements.
  3. Interpret and apply available guidelines to complete property assignments.
  4. Advise management of the impact of changing property regulations for the organization.
  5. Provide oversight for disposal of excess and/or surplus property.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.In my work experience I have knowledge of maintenance requirements of office buildings.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.In my work experience I have the ability to work with a variety of disciplines to accomplish necessary building maintenance.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory functions that you have regularly performed.
  1. I have considered and approved leave requests in context of work requirements.
  2. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  3. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  5. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  6. I have prepared recommendations for disciplinary actions to address conduct and performance issues.
  7. I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  8. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  9. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  10. I have prepared award nominations in recognition of high performance.
  11. None of the above.


* 12.Select the answers which best describe your experience leading or supervising others.
  1. Coordinate and review recruitment, selection, promotion, awards and training activities to assure compatibility with staffing plans, personnel ceilings, and funding levels.
  2. Identify and track hours worked by employees.
  3. Review and evaluate from an internal management and fiscal point of view, proposed personnel actions including appointments, promotions, awards, and training.
  4. Consult with representatives of employee unions on proposed organizational policies and practices that impact working conditions of employees in the bargaining unit.
  5. Oversee the preparation of personnel documents for hiring, reassignment, promotion, performance evaluation, and employee recognition.
  6. Assist subordinate supervisors in structuring and describing positions.
  7. Assist subordinate supervisors in writing performance standards.
  8. Review position descriptions for accuracy.
  9. Review employee work plans for accuracy.
  10. Evaluate performance of subordinates.
  11. Identify developmental and training needs of employees.
  12. Provide recognition and reward for employee performance.
  13. Resolve complaints from employees.
  14. Resolve employee conduct and behavior issues.
  15. Define, analyze and prepare data and information on the planning and execution of strategic plans required by Government Performance and Reform Act (GPRA).
  16. None of the above


* 13.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the response(s) that best reflects your experience motivating, leading and providing structure to successfully complete work projects.
  1. Administered consequences, held others accountable and enforced program policies and standards in the workplace.
  2. Coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  3. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation was essential to the success of a project.
  4. Persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  5. Provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  6. Used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that held opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  7. Diffused confrontational events involving people who were difficult, hostile or distressed.
  8. None of the above.


* 15.Please select the response(s) that best match your experience motivating others.
  1. I have enabled others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well.
  2. I have created culture that encouraged others to meet mission needs and led them successfully on projects, programs, or task groups.
  3. I have inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities.
  4. I have influenced others to ensure that activities, services or products contribute to the accomplishment of the stated mission, goals and objectives.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.In my work experience I have participated in management studies/surveys for purposes of streamlining processes and improving program operation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience compiling and organizing narrative information to determine policy impacts on administrative operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience in developing performance metrics and analyzing data for process improvement opportunities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 19.Select the responses that best describe your experience with conflict resolution.
  1. I have experience with identifying and resolving conflict in a variety of situations.
  2. I have experience getting control of tense situations before they get out of hand.
  3. I have experience creating workplace conditions that promote cooperation.
  4. I have experience with building and mending relationships after a lose-lose or win-lose conflict has occurred.
  5. I have experience with maintaining my composure around difficult people.
  6. I have experience with reaching workable compromises without backing off.
  7. I have experience with motivating others to take positive action.
  8. I have experience with minimizing the negative impact of difficult personalities.
  9. I have experience addressing conflict with alternative dispute resolution.
  10. None of the above


* 20.Select the one response that best describes your decision making ability to identify and evaluate alternatives, and make sound and timely decisions, even in uncertain situations.
  1. I have independently identified alternatives and made sound and timely decisions in non-routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  2. I have independently made decisions involving issues in routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  3. I have made decisions with supervisory review only at the final stage.
  4. I have made decisions with supervisor review and approval at predetermined stages in project development.
  5. I have made decisions involving simple or routine situations with frequent peer review and interaction with my supervisor.
  6. None of the above.


* 21.Select the answers that best indicate your oral communication skills.
  1. Serve as the liaison on personnel matters.
  2. Initiate and maintain contact with individuals outside the organization.
  3. Explain technical information to wide variety of individuals.
  4. Persuade others to take a particular course of action.
  5. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
  6. Express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
  7. Exchange information and discuss issues and options available with program managers.
  8. Interact with employees to obtain their ideas, transmit management’s views and identify potential problems.
  9. Participate in and represent the organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  10. Communicate with a variety of individuals to explain procedures.
  11. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  12. None of the above


* 22.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing written documents involving administrative programs.
  1. I have written reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy or directive.
  4. I have written reports/briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to internal employees to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to internal employees to communicate routine or noncontroversial in nature.
  7. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  8. None of the above.


* 23.Select the response that best describes your highest level of interpersonal communication skills you routinely and independently apply at work.
  1. Provide direction, guidance or instruction to support staff, co-workers and/or contract staff.
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  5. Diffuse confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  6. Administer consequences and hold others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  7. None of the above.


* 24.Select all responses that best describe your experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve effective solutions.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or contract representatives.
  5. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  6. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  7. I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your specialized experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the following tasks you have performed for a period of 1 or more years as they relate to personnel management.
  1. Advise management on the recruitment, selection, and placement phases of staffing using organizational policies, practices, and procedures.
  2. Analyze and evaluate personnel ceilings from a fiscal point of view.
  3. Analyze and monitor positions for projected vacancies due to retirements.
  4. Analyze and monitor positions for changes in essential functions.
  5. Advise management of impact of changing personnel management regulations for the organization.
  6. Review, evaluate, and approve proposed personnel actions including appointments, promotions, awards, and training to ensure regulatory compliance.
  7. Oversee training requests (number of participants, location, etc.)
  8. Oversee the preparations of personnel documents that evaluate performance to ensure compliance with established regulations and guidelines.
  9. Consult with representatives of employee unions on proposed organizational policies and practices that impact working conditions of employees in the bargaining unit.
  10. Develop policies, guidelines, and procedures for the implementation of proposed personnel actions.
  11. Advise supervisors on employee-management issues, such as employee conduct, poor performance, medical accommodations.
  12. Advise supervisors on the interpretation and application of labor-management negotiated agreements and related issues.
  13. Provide advice on apprenticeship programs.
  14. None of the Above


* 3.Select the answers that indicate those administrative areas in which you have performed substantive work for a period of one or more years.
  1. Budget
  2. Finance
  3. Payroll
  4. General Office Services
  5. Property Management
  6. Supply
  7. Procurement
  8. Financial Assistance
  9. Information Resource Management
  10. Telephone Services
  11. Facilities Management
  12. Fleet Management
  13. Records Management
  14. Physical Security
  15. Information Security
  16. Personnel Management
  17. Employee Relations
  18. Labor Relations
  19. Visitor Programs
  20. Employee Development
  21. Travel
  22. Americans with Disabilities Act
  23. Safety
  24. Management Controls (i.e., Government Performance and Reform Act, Federal Activities Inventory Reform, and Management Control Program).
  25. None of the above


* 4.Select the automated administrative system(s) you have specifically used and are proficient with (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. QuickHire (as a manager)
  2. FPPS
  3. E-TAS/TAAS
  4. NBC Datamart query system
  5. FFS
  6. IDEAS
  7. HR Manager
  8. MPS
  9. DOI Learn
  10. ARTS
  11. CARMA/Maximo
  12. SMIS
  13. REDS
  14. E-Gov (Travel)
  15. EAGLS
  16. FAIR Act
  17. GPRA database
  18. Travel Manager
  19. None of the above


* 5.Select the answers which best indicate your experience working with a variety of principles, practices, methods, and techniques involved in supporting the management of multipurpose projects.
  1. Interpret, negotiate and analyze internal and external proposals from a financial perspective.
  2. Provide guidance concerning obligations incurred, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  3. Compare and contrast historical budget and workload data for similar programs and activities to anticipate needs for funds.
  4. Perform major reprogramming of funds to accommodate critical program changes.
  5. Recommend alternative courses of action concerning adjusting estimates of funding needs.
  6. Provide policy and regulatory guidance concerning the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) process.
  7. Conduct studies of organizational elements and work to identify problems and improve resource utilization, administrative support, and managerial effectiveness.
  8. Determine resource requirements (for example, staffing, funding, equipment) based on program or project objectives.
  9. Apply analytical and evaluative methods to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of existing practices, procedures, policies, and directives to implement improvement of program operations.
  10. Provide advice on potential congressional reactions to proposed budgets.
  11. Determine courses of action in response to congressional action.
  12. Provide advice and possible solutions for dealing with administrative problems.
  13. Provide guidance concerning the Freedom of Information Act.
  14. None of the above.


* 6.Select the answers which indicate your experience in formulating, implementing, and/or monitoring budget accounts.
  1. Analyze financial reports to assure funds are properly allocated, obligated, and spent in conformance with program objectives.
  2. Review program data, work load reports and staffing requests to assure that all positions are properly funded.
  3. Oversee the compilation of funding data and cost information.
  4. Prepare budget requests and related statistical justification, supporting documentation and exhibits.
  5. Monitor and track obligations & expenditures for organizational functions.
  6. Review, edit, and consolidate budget estimates.
  7. Verify that obligations & expenditures are within amounts programmed.
  8. Verify that obligations & expenditures are met.
  9. Process or record financial transactions or information.
  10. Perform final review and approval of budget data for an organization.
  11. Provide guidance on budget laws, regulations, policies, standards or procedures to management and customers.
  12. Interpret and apply available guidelines in order to complete budget assignments.
  13. Adapt available guidelines in order to complete budget assignments when established guidelines do not provide applicable operational procedures.
  14. Advise management on the regulations related to travel authorizations and vouchers.
  15. None of the above


* 7.Select the answers which indicate the tasks have you performed for 1 or more years while administering a procurement program.
  1. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with procurement.
  2. Administer interagency agreements.
  3. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with contracts.
  4. Approve orders ensuring adherence to policies.
  5. Execute small purchases and basic Federal acquisitions in compliance with regulations.
  6. Execute large purchases and complex Federal acquisitions in compliance with regulations.
  7. Advise management on the impact of changing procurement regulations.
  8. Approve purchase card statements ensuring adherence to policies.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.Select the answers which indicate the tasks you have performed for 1 or more years while administering a property program.
  1. Provide oversight of the property system to ensure compliance with regulatory and policy requirements.
  2. Provide oversight of annual inventories to ensure compliance with regulatory and policy requirements.
  3. Interpret and apply available guidelines to complete property assignments.
  4. Advise management of the impact of changing property regulations for the organization.
  5. Provide oversight for disposal of excess and/or surplus property.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.In my work experience I have knowledge of maintenance requirements of office buildings.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.In my work experience I have the ability to work with a variety of disciplines to accomplish necessary building maintenance.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory functions that you have regularly performed.
  1. I have considered and approved leave requests in context of work requirements.
  2. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  3. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  5. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  6. I have prepared recommendations for disciplinary actions to address conduct and performance issues.
  7. I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  8. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  9. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  10. I have prepared award nominations in recognition of high performance.
  11. None of the above.


* 12.Select the answers which best describe your experience leading or supervising others.
  1. Coordinate and review recruitment, selection, promotion, awards and training activities to assure compatibility with staffing plans, personnel ceilings, and funding levels.
  2. Identify and track hours worked by employees.
  3. Review and evaluate from an internal management and fiscal point of view, proposed personnel actions including appointments, promotions, awards, and training.
  4. Consult with representatives of employee unions on proposed organizational policies and practices that impact working conditions of employees in the bargaining unit.
  5. Oversee the preparation of personnel documents for hiring, reassignment, promotion, performance evaluation, and employee recognition.
  6. Assist subordinate supervisors in structuring and describing positions.
  7. Assist subordinate supervisors in writing performance standards.
  8. Review position descriptions for accuracy.
  9. Review employee work plans for accuracy.
  10. Evaluate performance of subordinates.
  11. Identify developmental and training needs of employees.
  12. Provide recognition and reward for employee performance.
  13. Resolve complaints from employees.
  14. Resolve employee conduct and behavior issues.
  15. Define, analyze and prepare data and information on the planning and execution of strategic plans required by Government Performance and Reform Act (GPRA).
  16. None of the above


* 13.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the response(s) that best reflects your experience motivating, leading and providing structure to successfully complete work projects.
  1. Administered consequences, held others accountable and enforced program policies and standards in the workplace.
  2. Coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  3. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation was essential to the success of a project.
  4. Persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  5. Provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  6. Used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that held opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  7. Diffused confrontational events involving people who were difficult, hostile or distressed.
  8. None of the above.


* 15.Please select the response(s) that best match your experience motivating others.
  1. I have enabled others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well.
  2. I have created culture that encouraged others to meet mission needs and led them successfully on projects, programs, or task groups.
  3. I have inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities.
  4. I have influenced others to ensure that activities, services or products contribute to the accomplishment of the stated mission, goals and objectives.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.In my work experience I have participated in management studies/surveys for purposes of streamlining processes and improving program operation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience compiling and organizing narrative information to determine policy impacts on administrative operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience in developing performance metrics and analyzing data for process improvement opportunities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 19.Select the responses that best describe your experience with conflict resolution.
  1. I have experience with identifying and resolving conflict in a variety of situations.
  2. I have experience getting control of tense situations before they get out of hand.
  3. I have experience creating workplace conditions that promote cooperation.
  4. I have experience with building and mending relationships after a lose-lose or win-lose conflict has occurred.
  5. I have experience with maintaining my composure around difficult people.
  6. I have experience with reaching workable compromises without backing off.
  7. I have experience with motivating others to take positive action.
  8. I have experience with minimizing the negative impact of difficult personalities.
  9. I have experience addressing conflict with alternative dispute resolution.
  10. None of the above


* 20.Select the one response that best describes your decision making ability to identify and evaluate alternatives, and make sound and timely decisions, even in uncertain situations.
  1. I have independently identified alternatives and made sound and timely decisions in non-routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  2. I have independently made decisions involving issues in routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  3. I have made decisions with supervisory review only at the final stage.
  4. I have made decisions with supervisor review and approval at predetermined stages in project development.
  5. I have made decisions involving simple or routine situations with frequent peer review and interaction with my supervisor.
  6. None of the above.


* 21.Select the answers that best indicate your oral communication skills.
  1. Serve as the liaison on personnel matters.
  2. Initiate and maintain contact with individuals outside the organization.
  3. Explain technical information to wide variety of individuals.
  4. Persuade others to take a particular course of action.
  5. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
  6. Express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
  7. Exchange information and discuss issues and options available with program managers.
  8. Interact with employees to obtain their ideas, transmit management’s views and identify potential problems.
  9. Participate in and represent the organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  10. Communicate with a variety of individuals to explain procedures.
  11. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  12. None of the above


* 22.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing written documents involving administrative programs.
  1. I have written reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy or directive.
  4. I have written reports/briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to internal employees to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to internal employees to communicate routine or noncontroversial in nature.
  7. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  8. None of the above.


* 23.Select the response that best describes your highest level of interpersonal communication skills you routinely and independently apply at work.
  1. Provide direction, guidance or instruction to support staff, co-workers and/or contract staff.
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  5. Diffuse confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  6. Administer consequences and hold others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  7. None of the above.


* 24.Select all responses that best describe your experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve effective solutions.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or contract representatives.
  5. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  6. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  7. I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 2.VETERANS: Do you know that if you are eligible for consideration as a 30% or more Disabled Veteran or under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act-VEOA (5 or 10-point preference eligible OR veteran with 3 or more years of active duty and honorable discharge), you can also be considered under the concurrent merit promotion announcement stated in JOB SUMMARY section of announcement by submitting a separate application and all required documentation under the concurrent merit promotion announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. Not Applicable


* 3.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


* 4.If you selected OTHER as your response to the question above, please elaborate on your answer.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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