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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related a equivalent combination of education and experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.What is the extent of your knowledge and experience applying federal guidelines, regulations and statutes to requests submitted to a financial assistance program?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Do you have experience monitoring the processes related to grants and cooperative agreements?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Do you have experience assisting in the awarding and administering of a variety of grants and financial assistance programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the answer below that best describes your experience in assembling and finalizing grant and cooperative agreement packages.
  1. I prepare application packages for grant and cooperative agreements as a regular part of my job. I supervise others in this area or I am frequently consulted by others because of my experience and my work is not usually reviewed.
  2. I prepare application packages for grant and cooperative agreements as a part of my job. I am very familiar with processes and procedures for grant and cooperative agreement packages. My work is subject to supervision and review on a regular basis.
  3. I am occasionally involved in preparing applications for grants and cooperative agreements. I work under supervision and my work is usually reviewed.
  4. I have training in assembling and finalizing grant and cooperative agreements but do not have experience in this area.
  5. I do not have training or experience as described above.


* 6.Do you have experience working on a financial program; processing actions, collecting and summarizing information, and carrying out other administrative assignments?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience in using Grants Management Database systems?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task and am often consulted by others.
  2. I have performed this task independently and normally without review by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. My work on this task has been closely monitored by a supervisor.
  4. I have had some education or training performing this task.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.


* 8.In which of the following capacities do you have experience using an automated database system related to grants management activities?
  1. Tracking progress.
  2. Retrieving data.
  3. Requesting reports.
  4. Producing reports.
  5. Manipulation of data, including financial statements.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Do you have experience related to negotiating, interacting or providing grants advice to customers?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.From the following choices, identify those that reflect your experiences in the realm of customer service:
  1. I have conducted meetings with managers and staff to assess customer satisfaction and ensure customer needs are met.
  2. I have established office priorities to meet customer needs.
  3. I have evaluated and modified services and products to improve and ensure quality customer service.
  4. I have directly investigated, researched and resolved customer issues.
  5. I have established metrics and analysis systems to ensure timely and accurate actions.
  6. I have provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor or the customers.
  7. I have distinguished levels of performance among staff and publicly recognized individual achievement.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11: Do you have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level OR a combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have experience working with and knowledge of the legislative and appropriations process related to financial assistance awards?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.What is the extent of your knowledge and experience applying federal guidelines, regulations and statutes to requests submitted to a financial assistance program?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Do you have experience monitoring the processes related to grants and cooperative agreements?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Do you have experience in awarding a variety of grants and financial assistance programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Do you have experience related to negotiating, interacting or providing advice to customers regarding sensitive grants?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience in using Grants Management Database systems?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task and am often consulted by others.
  2. I have performed this task independently and normally without review by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. My work on this task has been closely monitored by a supervisor.
  4. I have had some education or training performing this task.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.


* 8.In which of the following capacities do you have experience using an automated database system related to grants management activities?
  1. Tracking progress.
  2. Retrieving data.
  3. Requesting reports.
  4. Producing reports.
  5. Manipulation of data, including financial statements.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Do you have experience meeting, dealing, and negotiating with representatives from business, legal and/or insurance companies?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.From the following choices, identify those that reflect your experiences in the realm of customer service:
  1. I have conducted meetings with managers and staff to assess customer satisfaction and ensure customer needs are met.
  2. I have established office priorities to meet customer needs.
  3. I have evaluated and modified services and products to improve and ensure quality customer service.
  4. I have directly investigated, researched and resolved customer issues.
  5. I have established metrics and analysis systems to ensure timely and accurate actions.
  6. I have provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor or the customers.
  7. I have distinguished levels of performance among staff and publicly recognized individual achievement.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12: Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the “Qualifications” section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have experience working with and knowledge of the legislative and appropriations process related to financial assistance awards?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.What is the extent of your knowledge and experience applying federal guidelines, regulations and statutes to requests submitted to a financial assistance program?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Do you have experience in awarding, administering, and managing a variety of grants and financial assistance programs?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Do you have experience monitoring the processes related to grants and cooperative agreements?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Do you have experience related to negotiating, interacting or providing advice to customers regarding complex or politically sensitive grants?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience in using Grants Management Database systems?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task and am often consulted by others.
  2. I have performed this task independently and normally without review by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. My work on this task has been closely monitored by a supervisor.
  4. I have had some education or training performing this task.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.


* 8.In which of the following capacities do you have experience using an automated database system related to grants management activities?
  1. Tracking progress.
  2. Retrieving data.
  3. Requesting reports.
  4. Producing reports.
  5. Manipulation of data, including financial statements.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Do you have experience meeting, dealing, and negotiating with representatives from business, legal and/or insurance companies?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Identify the quality management tasks from the following list in which you are proficient. Check all that apply.
  1. Determine customer requirements.
  2. Establish quality objectives.
  3. Map out and document a key business process.
  4. Control processes through monitoring or measurement.
  5. Analyze or evaluate measurement results to ensure output conformance.
  6. Use measurement results to correct or improve the process.
  7. Keep records of quality activities and effectiveness of decisions.
  8. Regularly review performance through internal audits.
  9. Communicate with customers on product inquiries, feedback and complaints.
  10. None of the above.


* 11.Please indicate which of the following leadership responsibilities you have had experience performing.
  1. I have established program direction(s).
  2. I have set priorities and made tactical decisions related to program development.
  3. I have developed and implemented a strategic plan.
  4. I have led efforts to change a scientific, engineering, or technical program.
  5. I have led multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have built partnerships within the agency as well as with other stakeholders.
  7. I have promoted cooperation, flexibility and teamwork among employees.
  8. I have enforced compliance with policies and procedures.
  9. I have reviewed, monitored and evaluated organizational performance.
  10. I have experience in long range technology forecasting.
  11. None of the above.