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Grade: 15
1.GS-15 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower level as described in the vacancy announcement under the specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please select the program(s) you would like to be considered for. If you have experience related to the program(s) please ensure it is reflected in your resume.
  1. Advanced Manufacturing Program
  2. Biomass Program
  3. Building Technologies Program
  4. Federal Energy Management Program
  5. Fuel Cell Technologies Program
  6. Geothermal Technology Program
  7. Solar Energy Technology Program
  8. Strategic Programs
  9. Sustainability Performance
  10. Vehicle Technology Program
  11. Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
  12. Wind & Hydropower Technology Program
  13. None of the above


* 2.Please check all of the following that apply to your Specialized Experience as listed in the Job Opportunity Announcement.
  1. Strategic Planning (e.g. oversees visioning, strategic and business planning, goal-setting, performance indicators, quality/efficiency, organizational performance management, and ensuring alignment with the vision, mission, values and goals of an organization).
  2. Financial Management (e.g. priority and affordability analysis, budget formulation and execution, financial reporting, developing strategic and background documentation and justification for budget requests).
  3. Human Capital Management (e.g personnel performance management, staff development).
  4. Communications/Information Management (manage oral and written communications and outreach to internal and external stakeholders; prepare timely and accurate responses to high profile requests with tight deadlines).
  5. Business Operations (e.g. contracting, procurement management and internal controls).


* 3.Please check all of the following that apply to your Specialized Experience as listed in the Job Opportunity Announcement.
  1. Strategic Planning (e.g. oversees visioning, strategic and business planning, goal-setting, performance indicators, quality/efficiency, organizational performance management, and ensuring alignment with the vision, mission, values and goals of the EERE).
  2. Financial Management (e.g. priority and affordability analysis, budget formulation and execution, financial reporting, developing strategic and background documentation and justification for budget requests).
  3. Human Capital Management (e.g personnel performance management, staff development).
  4. Communications/Information Management (manage oral and written communications and outreach to internal and external stakeholders; prepare timely and accurate responses to high profile requests with tight deadlines).
  5. Business Operations (e.g. contracting, procurement management and internal controls).


* 4.Please provide a brief description of your specialized experience in strategic planning or where it is located in your resume.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Please provide a brief description of your specialized experience in financial management or where it is located in your resume.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.Please provide a brief description of your specialized experience in human capital management or where it is located in your resume.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.Please provide a brief description of your specialized experience in communication/information management or where it is located in your resume.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.Please provide a brief description of your specialized experience in business operations or where it is located in your resume.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 9.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five (5)years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the title, agency and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to provide proof to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  2. No


* 10.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Concerning your leadership experience, select those duties that you have experience performing on a regular, recurring basis. Check all that apply.
  1. I have facilitated collaboration, coordination, and communication between staff members as a supervisor.
  2. I have coached technical/professional staff members in problem solving methods.
  3. I have identified and balanced workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established skill levels as a supervisor.
  4. I have trained and mentored employees in a technical work environment.
  5. I have led and motivated others to accomplish mission goals related to energy efficiency.
  6. I have devised and implemented organizational plans and procedures as a supervisor.
  7. I have provided advice as a supervisor on work methods, practices, and procedures to technical/professional staff.
  8. I have established performance standards and counseled technical /professional employees on performance plans.
  9. I have taken necessary action in cases of poor performance or misconduct in a supervisory position.
  10. None of the above.


* 12.Please select the response that best describes your experience inspiring, motivating, guiding others toward goals; coaching, mentoring, challenging staff; adapting leadership styles to various situations; modeling high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily.
  1. I initiate and sustain action to accomplish the goals of a major organization by guiding, challenging and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, multiple internal and external customers and stakeholders in other agencies/corporations or countries (e.g., legislatures, interest groups, national unions/employee associations, professional associations, the public). I achieve voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapt leadership style to different situations.
  2. I initiate and sustain action to accomplish the goals of part of a major organization by guiding, challenging and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, multiple internal and external customers and stakeholders. I achieve voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapt leadership style to different situations.
  3. I initiate and sustain action to accomplish the goals of an organization within an agency/corporation by guiding, challenging and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, internal and external customers and stakeholders. I achieve voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapt leadership style to different situations.
  4. Initiate and sustain action to accomplish the goals of part of an organization within an agency/corporation by guiding and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, staff of other organizational units, internal customers, a limited population of external customers, and local stakeholder groups. I achieve voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapt leadership style to different situations.
  5. I initiate and sustain action to accomplish the goals of an organizational unit by guiding and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, administrative staff of other organizational units, internal and external customers of a localized function, and local stakeholder groups. I achieve voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapt leadership style to different situations.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Please check all of the following that apply to your experience with the budget process. I have:
  1. Advised program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  2. Performed cost-benefit analysis in support of programmatic or budgetary initiatives.
  3. Used automated databases to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings or fact sheets.
  4. Provided information under deadlines and maintained attention to detail under pressure.
  5. I have not performed any of the listed duties.


* 14.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience providing human resources advice and assistance in resolving key management problems?
  1. I have experience that involves routinely working with management officials to resolve unique or complex HR issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management or shared problem solving. This includes exploring unique or untried solutions and relationships and often-soliciting feedback on programs and services.
  2. I have experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address HR issues or problems. This includes development rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to HR programs and all parties.
  3. I have no experience on the job but I have some HR training.
  4. None of the above


* 15.Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing, justifying and/or administering the budget for a program area; planning, administering, and monitoring expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies.
  1. I oversee and manage budgetary processes; monitoring and controlling financial resources for a major organization within an agency/corporation; ensuring cost effectiveness.
  2. I manage budgetary processes; monitoring and controlling financial resources for part of a major organization within an agency/corporation; ensuring cost effectiveness.
  3. I prepare and justify a budget; approve and track expenditures for an organization within an agency/corporation; ensuring cost effectiveness.
  4. I prepare and justify a budget for part of an organization; monitoring, reviewing and tracking expenditures; ensuring cost effectiveness.
  5. I prepare and justify a budget for an organizational unit; monitoring, reviewing and tracking expenditures; ensuring cost effectiveness.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Please select the response that best describes your experience identifying and keeping up-to-date on key agency policies/priorities and economic, political, and social trends which affect the organization; understands where the organization is headed and how to make a contribution.
  1. I stay informed about key issues affecting the agency/corporation, including political, economic, social, technological and administrative factors, and use the information in making program decisions that have an agencywide/corporatewide, industrywide, Governmentwide, national or international impact.
  2. I stay informed about key issues affecting the agency/corporation, including political, economic, social, technological and administrative factors, and uses the information in making program decisions that have an agencywide/corporatewide impact and may affect other agencies/corporations or the public.
  3. I stay informed about key issues affecting the agency/corporation, including political, economic, social, technological and administrative factors, and uses the information in making program decisions that affect a wide range of agency/corporate activities, work of other agencies/corporations, or the public.
  4. I stay informed about key issues affecting part of an organization, including political, technological and administrative factors, and use the information in making program decisions that affect a local operation, program segment, or limited population of agency/corporate customers.
  5. I stay informed about key issues affecting the organization, including political, technological and administrative factors, and use the information in making program decisions that affect an organizational unit or localized function.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.Please select the response that best describes your experience expressing ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; facilitates an open exchange of ideas.
  1. I clearly communicate, explain and defend very complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals and policies to agency/corporate employees, top management, top executives in other agencies/corporations or countries, or external stakeholders (e.g., legislatures, interest groups, national union/employee associations, professional associations, the public)
  2. I clearly communicate, explain and defend complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals and policies to its employees, higher-level executives within the agency/corporation, multiple internal and external customers, and stakeholders. My communication has agencywide/corporatewide impact and may affect other agencies/corporations or the public
  3. I clearly communicate and explain agency/corporate policies and work assignments to supervisors and staff, and communicate information about the organization's activities to peers, higher-level management, internal and external customers and stakeholders. My communication affects a wide range of agency/corporate activities, work of other agencies/corporations, or the public
  4. I clearly communicate and explain agency/corporate policies and work assignments to staff, and communicate information about the work unit's activities to peers, higher-level managers, staff of other organizational units, internal and external customers of a localized function, and local stakeholder groups.
  5. I clearly communicate and explain agency/corporate policies and work assignments to staff, and communicate information about the work unit's activities to peers, higher-level managers, administrative staff of other organizational units, internal and external customers of a localized function, and local stakeholder groups.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Please select the response that best describes your experience expressing facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
  1. I compose, review, edit and issue critical and sensitive written materials for diverse audiences; I communicate purpose in a succinct and organized manner, appropriate for context, time and place. My written materials have an agencywide/corporatewide, Governmentwide, industrywide, national or international impact.
  2. I compose, review, edit, and issue complex or sensitive written materials for diverse audiences; I communicate purpose in a succinct and organized manner, appropriate for context, time and place. My written materials have an agencywide/corporatewide impact and may affect other agencies/corporations or the public.
  3. I compose, review, edit, and issue complex or sensitive written materials for diverse audiences; I communicate purpose in a succinct and organized manner, appropriate for context, time and place. Written materials have an impact on a wide range of agency/corporate activities, work of other agencies/corporations, or the public.
  4. I compose, review, edit, and issue a variety of written materials for diverse audiences; I communicate purpose in a succinct and organized manner, appropriate for context, time and place. My written materials affect a local operation, program segment or limited population of agency/corporate customers.
  5. I compose, review, edit, and issue written materials for diverse audiences; I communicate purpose in a succinct and organized manner, appropriate for context, time and place. My written materials are of a routine nature and affect the immediate work unit or a localized function.
  6. None of the above.


* 19.Please select the response that best describes your experience demonstrating belief in your own abilities and ideas; being self-motivated and results-oriented; recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses; seeking feedback from others and opportunities for self-learning and development.
  1. I set my own goals and take the initiative in implementing ideas, programs, systems or policies that have an agencywide/corporatewide, industrywide, Governmentwide, national or international impact. I manage my own time efficiently; encourages feedback; and invests in self-development.
  2. I set my own goals and take the initiative in implementing ideas, programs, systems or policies that have an agencywide/corporatewide impact and may affect other agencies/corporations or the public. I manage my own time efficiently; encourages feedback; invests in self-development.
  3. I set my own goals and take the initiative in implementing ideas, programs, systems or policies that have an impact on a wide range of agency/corporate activities, work of other agencies/corporations, or the public. I manage my own time efficiently; encourages feedback; and invests in self-development.
  4. I set my own goals and take the initiative in implementing ideas, systems or policies that affect a local operation, program segment, or limited population of agency/corporate customers. I manage my own time efficiently; encourages feedback; and invests in self-development.
  5. I set my own goals and take the initiative in implementing ideas, systems or policies that affect a work unit or localized function. I manage own time efficiently; encourages feedback; and invests in self-development.
  6. None of the above.


* 20.Please select the response that best describes your experience managing group processes; encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fostering commitment and team spirit; working with others to achieve goals.
  1. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication and promoting team work at all levels of a major organization; cooperating with staff, top management, peers, multiple internal and external customers and stakeholders in other agencies/corporations or countries to accomplish agency/corporate goals.
  2. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication and promote team work at all levels in part of a major organization; cooperates with peers, staff, higher-level executives within the agency/corporation, peers, multiple internal and external customers and stakeholders to accomplish agency/corporate goals.
  3. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication and promote team work at all levels within an organization; cooperates with staff, higher-level management, peers, internal and external customers and stakeholders to accomplish the organization's goals.
  4. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication and promote team work at all levels in part of an organization; cooperates with staff, higher-level managers, peers, staff of other organizational units, internal customers, a limited population of external customers, and local stakeholder groups to accomplish the organization's goals.
  5. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication; promotes team work at all levels within an organizational unit; cooperates with staff, higher-level managers, peers, administrative staff of other organizational units, internal and external customers of a localized function, and local stakeholder groups to accomplish the organization's goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 21.] Please select the response that best describes your experience persuading others; developing networks and coalitions; gaining cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; negotiating to find mutually acceptable solutions; building consensus through give and take.
  1. I use persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of key individuals in the agency/corporation, top executives in other agencies/corporations or countries, customers, or external stakeholders (e.g., legislatures, interest groups, national unions/employee associations, professional associations, the public).I bring opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish goals that have agencywide/corporatewide, industrywide, Governmentwide, national or international impact.
  2. I use persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of key individuals within the agency/corporation, peers, multiple internal and external customers, and stakeholders, including union officials.I bring opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish goals that have an agencywide/corporatewide impact and may affect other agencies/corporations or the public.
  3. I use persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level management, peers, internal and external customers, and stakeholders, including local unions. I bring opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a wide range of agency/corporate activities, work of other agencies/corporations or the public.
  4. I use persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level managers, peers, internal customers, a limited population of external customers, and local stakeholder groups. Brings opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a local operation or a program segment.
  5. I use persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level managers, peers, internal and external customers of a localized function and local stakeholder groups. Brings opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a work unit or localized function.
  6. None of the above.


* 22.Select the Human Capital areas for which you have had personal and direct experience providing advice or guidance to customers (such as managers, selecting officials, applicants, employees, union officials).
  1. Human Capital Strategic Planning
  2. Organizational Change
  3. Adult Educational design principles and tools
  4. Workforce and Succession Planning
  5. Position Classification and Position Management
  6. Skill/Gap Analysis
  7. Training and Employee Development
  8. Targeted Recruitment
  9. ADA policies and procedures
  10. EEO complaint processing
  11. Executive Resources
  12. Staffing
  13. Human Resources Information Systems
  14. Employee Payroll and Benefits
  15. Labor and Employee Relations
  16. Performance Management
  17. None of the above.


* 23.This position is responsible for developing strategies to implement complex administrative and management programs that resolve problems and issues, in order to enhance the organizations ability to accomplish its? mission and goals as effectively as possible. Please indicate which strategies you have developed and implemented as a regular part of your job. Check all that apply:
  1. Developed or analyzed a complex strategic plan designed to accomplish activities on a timeline.
  2. Developed performance measures to assess effectiveness in meeting established milestones
  3. Established and/or implemented procedures to support business practices that assure quality and eliminate redundancy
  4. Allocated budget and/or human capital management resources to achieve established goals and objectives
  5. None of the above.


* 24.This position requires strong leadership of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's technology deployment programs. From the following list, select the attributes you feel you possess.
  1. Vision
  2. Leadership
  3. Decisiveness
  4. Planning and evaluating
  5. Integrity/honesty
  6. Accountability
  7. Strategic thinking
  8. Interpersonal Skills
  9. Influencing/Negotiating
  10. Conflict Management
  11. None of the above