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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.Which of the following best describes your experience as it relates to establishing priorities, recognizing those that require individual or special attention; identifying resources available; anticipating lead times in order to manage resources (e.g., supply/equipment procurement, maintenance programs, staffing, creating products/services; and uniting disparate elements into a coherent whole)?
  1. More than 5 years experience performing this task
  2. 3 to 5 years experience performing this task with little or no supervision
  3. 1 to 3 years experience performing this task
  4. Less than 1 year of experience performing this task
  5. No experience performing this task


* 3.Describe your experience in written communications of information to various audiences, including written briefings, position papers, and executive correspondence.
  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.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 an organizational unit.
  2. I have had budget planning and execution responsibility for one or more programs in an organizational unit.
  3. I have contributed to the budget planning process in an organizational unit.
  4. I do not have any experience in the planning and execution of a budget.


* 5.Do you have experience directing, managing, and supervising a diverse technical workforce to fulfill program responsibilities including developing performance plans, assigning work, evaluating performance, approving leave, certifying time and attendance, identifying employee development needs, setting priorities, initiating and enforcing disciplinary actions, developing performance improvement plans, advising, counseling and instructing employees on both work and administrative matters?
  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.I am proficient in one or more of the following administrative areas. I have experience independently executing a range of complex and varied administrative functions for each area.
  1. Human Resources
  2. Procurement/Purchasing
  3. Contract Administration
  4. Travel
  5. Records Management
  6. Accountable Property
  7. Administrative Policy Development
  8. Budget
  9. Financial Operating Plans & Reporting
  10. Office Management and Services
  11. Continuity of operations
  12. None of the above


* 7.What is your experience in program management and/or policy development for a scientific organization?
  1. I have led or directly assisted national program management or policy development.
  2. I have led or directly assisted regional (more than one office or unit) program management or policy development.
  3. I have led or directly assisted local (field office) program management or policy development.
  4. I have neither led nor directly assisted program management or policy development at any level.


* 8.Do you have experience developing policies, regulations, or guidance to help Federal agencies implement the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have experience in the following supervisory functions:
  1. Identifying development needs and coordinating training of staff.
  2. Developing performance standards, monitoring and, evaluating the performance of staff.
  3. Planning the work of the team, assigning projects and tasks, and ensuring resources are available to accomplish the work.
  4. Setting short-term and long-term work priorities for my team or staff members.
  5. Providing expertise and guidance on assignments, processes, and procedures.
  6. Filling vacancies, including working on job announcements, and interviewing candidates.
  7. Resolving conflict and taking disciplinary action when needed.
  8. Nominating staff for awards to reward exceptional performance.
  9. Employing and maintaining a diverse staff.
  10. None of the above.


* 10.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience communicating effectively with clients and/or colleagues to formulate plans and respond to inquiries to achieve objectives or to solve problems?
  1. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me for assistance.
  2. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience performing this task.


* 11.Do you have experience representing an organization where you served as a spokesperson for the organization's policies or positions?
  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.