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* 1.GS-15 you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level 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 full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.This position requires knowledge and experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy topics, including emerging technologies. Of the below topics, please check all that apply for which you have developed, edited, or directed informational materials such as speeches; policy, research, or position memos; talking points; reports; or other similar materials. Ensure selected experience is reflected in you resume.
  1. Solar Technologies
  2. Biofuels, Bioproducts, or Biopower Technologies
  3. Advanced Manufacturing
  4. Wind Power Technologies
  5. Water Power Technologies
  6. Geothermal Technologies
  7. Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies
  8. Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  9. Clean Energy Economics
  10. Clean Energy Policy and/or Legislation
  11. Financing Emerging Technologies
  12. Tax Credits, Rebates, Savings, Incentives
  13. Innovation Ecosystems
  14. Science Education
  15. Home Energy Efficiency
  16. Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards
  17. Commercial Building Efficiency
  18. None of the Above


* 4.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing, justifying, administering, and/or overseeing 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; and ensuring cost effectiveness.
  2. I manage budgetary processes; monitoring and controlling financial resources for part of a major organization within an agency/corporation; and ensuring cost effectiveness.
  3. I prepare and justify a budget for part of an organization; approve and track expenditures for an organization within an agency/corporation; and ensuring cost effectiveness.
  4. I have helped prepare and justify a budget for an organization; monitoring, reviewing and tracking expenditures; and 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.


* 6.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.Concerning your leadership experience, select those duties that you have experience performing or have performed on a regular, recurring basis. Check all that apply.
  1. I have directed and facilitated collaboration, coordination, and communication among staff members as a supervisor.
  2. I have coached technical/professional staff members in problem-solving methods related to communications activities and strategies.
  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 through providing strategic communications guidance, formal or informal instruction, or on developing and executing writing, media, and outreach strategies.
  5. I have led and motivated others to accomplish mission goals and/or support functions.
  6. I have devised and implemented organizational management plans and procedures as a supervisor.
  7. I have directed or devised public affairs, communications, or web/IT project management plans.
  8. I have provided advice as a supervisor on work methods, practices, and procedures to professional and/or administrative staff.
  9. I have established performance standards and counseled employees on performance plans.
  10. I have taken necessary actions in a supervisory position, in cases of high performance, to reward staff.
  11. I have taken necessary action in supervisory position, in cases of poor performance or misconduct, to discipline or implement performance improvement plans with staff.
  12. None of the above.


* 8.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 9.Please select the response that best describes your experience expressing facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
  1. I guide review, edit and issue complex 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 agency wide/corporate wide, Government wide, industry wide, national or international impact.
  2. I guide, review, edit, and issue complex 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 typically have an agency wide/ corporate wide impact, and 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. My written materials occasionally/infrequently 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, small program or public 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, localized function or small public segment.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 11.This position requires abilities to express ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; make clear and convincing oral presentations; listen to others; and facilitate an open exchange of ideas. Please indicate which experience you have with the following. Check all that apply.
  1. I have clearly communicated, explained, or defended complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals, or policies through presenting to a large, live audience that is open to press (public or media, 100 or more attendees).
  2. I have clearly communicated, explained, or defended complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals or policies through being interviewed and/or videotaped by print, online, or social media representatives for inclusion of the content in news publications.
  3. I have clearly communicated, explained, or defended complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals, or policies in presenting at a conference or through a webinar/online means that was closed to press/media (100 or more attendees).
  4. I have clearly communicated, explained, or defended complex or sensitive information about the organization's activities, goals, or policies through briefing high-level officials or the media and responding to questions.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 13.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; and working with others to achieve goals.
  1. I encourage and facilitate cooperation and open communication and promote team work at all levels of a major organization; cooperate 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; cooperate 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; cooperate 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; cooperate 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; promote team work at all levels within an organizational unit; cooperate 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.


* 14.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 15.This position is responsible for developing strategic communications activities on behalf of and in concert with multiple technology programs and initiatives to ensure consistent messaging and quality information dissemination to media and the public. These activities enhance the organization’s ability to effectively accomplish its mission and goals. Please indicate which strategies you have developed and implemented as a regular part of your job. Check all that apply:
  1. Developed or analyzed strategic communications planning and implementation documents and guidance that are designed to accomplish a broad range of concurrent activities on a timeline.
  2. Guided and presented informational materials, such as briefings or speeches, for and to audiences that are skeptical or hostile to the messages in these materials.
  3. Managed or provided oversight of a large website enterprise and its content, design, and/or architecture.
  4. Managed or overseen corporate branding/identity/design strategies, and performed quality control of written products that are developed by several different sources and targeted to a range of audiences.
  5. Developed, performed, or overseen analyses and evaluations of communications activities.
  6. Managed or provided oversight of social media and digital communications tools and activities.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.Where on your resume is this experience shown (title and dates)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.