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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-5: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level or the next lower pay band (ZA-4) in the Federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Describe your experience interpreting administrative policies and procedures for use in the effective operation of an organization.
  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 type of experience do you have in the area of planning and executing a budget?
  1. I have had overall responsibility for budget planning and execution for a budget greater than $25 million.
  2. I have had overall responsibility for budget planning and execution for a budget less than $25 million.
  3. I have had overall responsibility for budget planning and execution for one or more programs in an organizational unit.
  4. I have contributed to the budget planning process in an organizational unit.
  5. I do not have any experience in the planning and execution of a budget.


* 4.What type of experience do you have in the area of performance evaluation and using an alternative pay system?
  1. I have served as a manager under an alternative pay system.
  2. I have had signatory authority for the performance evaluation of employees, but have not served as a manager under an alternative pay system.
  3. I have routinely provided input to a supervisor regarding the performance of employees in his or her unit.
  4. I have on occasion provided input to a supervisor regarding the performance of employees in his or her unit under special circumstances, but not on a regular, yearly basis.
  5. I have not had any experience in the area of performance evaluation or using an alternative pay system.


* 5.This position requires supervision of a diverse staff of technical, administrative and contractor personnel. Please select the best answer which describes your supervisory experience, non-supervisory experience and/or training in which you acquired or demonstrated the skills, abilities or attributes necessary to successfully perform supervisory duties.
  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.Please describe your leadership skills in the workplace providing guidance, coaching, mentoring, training, motivation and/or direct oversight to staff members to ensure project completion, procedural/regulation compliance and comprehension, task mastery, achievement of organizational goals, increased morale, etc.
  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.What experience have you had in crafting and guiding the mission, goals, and strategic plan for an agency or a large organization?
  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.


* 8.Do you have experience writing technical or other documents or reports and responding to policy issues, making clear certain analyses, or informing parties of key recommendations?
  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.


* 9.Do you have experience conducting presentations and orally communicating programmatic and technical details to both internal staff and the general public in an appropriate and effective manner?
  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 normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Please select the response that best describes your knowledge of and experience with the National Marine Sanctuary System (NMSS), and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA).
  1. I have no knowledge of or experience with the National Marine Sanctuary System and NMSA.
  2. I have taken college-level courses on the National Marine Sanctuary System and NMSA or have done some work within the geographic area of a national marine sanctuary.
  3. I have limited experience working with the National Marine Sanctuary System and NMSA.
  4. I have extensive experience working with the National Marine Sanctuary System and NMSA.
  5. I have extensive experience working with the National Marine Sanctuary System and NMSA all or part of which has been in the leadership or supervisory capacity.


* 11.What experience have you had guiding or managing a resource protection program that focuses on coastal or marine protected areas?
  1. I have supervised performance of this task and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.