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Grade: 15
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf

GS-15: Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements that follow to qualify for this position. Carefully read all possible answers before selecting a response. Choose the one answer that best describes your IT related experience and specialized experience and indicate your response below: (See the Qualifications Section of the vacancy announcement for additional information.)

A.) I have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below and as described in the vacancy announcement:

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail;

2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services;

3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately;

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations; AND

I have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described in the Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement. This experience is equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

B.) I do not meet any of the requirements described above.

NOTE: Experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

* 1.GS-15: Based on your review of the basic qualification requirements listed above, choose the corresponding letter that best describes your education or experience.
  1. A
  2. B - I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please indicate all that you have experience with related to the information technology life cycle:
  1. Systems development life cycle
  2. Federal government information technology acquisition process
  3. Capability Maturity Model (CMM)
  4. Information technology system/project portfolio management
  5. Information technology project management
  6. Section 508 Accessibility requirements
  7. Information Assurance management
  8. Enterprise Architecture
  9. Configuration Management
  10. Usability Testing
  11. Quality Assurance Testing
  12. None of the above


* 2.Which of the following choices best describes your work experience in a team environment?
  1. I have no experience working in teams
  2. I have worked effectively as part of a team in meeting common team goals
  3. I have frequently worked in team environments and have led teams in non-work related activities
  4. I occasionally work in team environments and have led teams in work-related projects
  5. I regularly lead teams in work-related projects


* 3.Which of the following choices best describes your ability to lead a project with a group outside your immediate organizational unit?
  1. I have not been a project leader
  2. I was a lead on a project that only required working with others within my organizational unit
  3. I was a lead on a smaller, highly focused project that required working with representatives from different units outside my organizational unit
  4. I was a lead on a large, complex (multi-faceted) project that required working with many representatives from different units outside my organizational unit


* 4.Which of the following choices best describes your experience applying legislation, statutes, policies and/or regulations to information technology?
  1. I have no experience performing this task
  2. I have education or training in performing this task
  3. I have performed this task with supervision (e.g., research assistant, intern)
  4. I have performed this task as part of a team (e.g., coauthor, team member)
  5. I have independently performed this task (e.g., sole author or team leader)


* 5.What is your experience advising management on the impact of IT architecture issues?
  1. I have no experience advising management on IT architecture issues.
  2. I have experience advising management on how IT architecture guidelines and standard affect an office or bureau`s IT planning, programs and operations.
  3. I have experience advising senior Department level management on how IT architecture guidelines and standards affect a Department`s IT planning, programs and operations and made recommendations on instances of non-compliance.


* 6.From the list below select all of the activities in which you have engaged:
  1. I have never led a team
  2. I have led a team consisting of at least four co-workers from my unit to respond to projects that lasted less than 6 months
  3. I have led a team consisting of at least four co-workers from my unit to respond to projects that lasted longer than 6 months
  4. I have led a multidisciplinary team consisting of workers from my work unit and external units to address an ongoing project that lasted less than 6 months
  5. I have led a multidisciplinary team consisting of workers from my work unit and external units to address an ongoing project that lasted longer than 6 months


* 7.Which response best reflects your level of experience planning organizational activities for IT projects?
  1. I have no experience planning organizational activities for an IT project.
  2. I have assisted with the development of plans for projects ranging from 1 - 3 months duration for an office or bureau.
  3. I have independently developed plans for projects ranging from 1 to 3 months duration, and have assisted with the development of plans for projects ranging from 3 months to 1 year for an office or bureau.
  4. I have independently developed plans for IT projects of a year or more duration, and developed objectives and priorities to be met, for an office or bureau.
  5. I have independently developed objective and priorities, developed long and short range plans and coordinated activities and resolved problems encountered while carrying out the plans.


* 8.Which of the following responses best reflects your level of experience in business process analyses?
  1. I have no experience in business process analyses.
  2. I have assisted in describing and analyzing existing business processes.
  3. I have done business process analysis, describing existing processes and proposing new and better process and replacements.
  4. I have done business process analyses, describing both existing new processes and developed migration plans for shifting to the new one.
  5. I have developed business process analyses and transition plans, and managed the integration of these analyses and plans into a target architecture for an office or bureau.
  6. I have developed business process analyses and transition plans, and managed the integration of these analyses and plans into a target architecture for the Department.


* 9.Which of the following BEST reflects your level of experience planning organizational activities for architecture projects?
  1. I have no experience planning organizational activities for an architecture project.
  2. I have assisted with the development of plans for architecture projects ranging from 1 - 3 months duration for an office or bureau.
  3. I have independently developed plans for architecture projects ranging from 1 - 3 months in duration, and/or have assisted with the development of plans ranging from 3 months to 1 year for an office or bureau.
  4. I have independently developed plans for architecture projects of a year or more in duration, and developed objectives and priorities to be met for an office or bureau.
  5. I have independently developed objectives and priorities, developed long and short range plans for architecture projects, and coordinated activities and resolved problems encountered while carrying out the plans.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your experience with information technology related policy?
  1. I have no experience with policy research.
  2. I have education or training in policy research.
  3. I have reviewed organization-wide policy related to information technology.
  4. I have interpreted policy related to information technology.
  5. I have identified applicable policy related to my information technology area of responsibility.
  6. I have been part of a team that developed policy related to information technology.
  7. I have independently developed policy related to information technology.


* 11.Which of the following responses best reflects your experience developing IT architectural policies, standards and designs?
  1. I have no experience developing IT architectural polices standards or designs.
  2. I have assisted developing IT architectural policies and standards for an office or bureau.
  3. I have independently developed IT architectural policies and standards for an office or bureau.
  4. I have independently designed and developed IT architectural policies, standards and designs for an office or bureau and maintained the related documentation.
  5. I have designed and developed IT architectural policies, standards and designs for an entire Federal Agency and maintained the related documentation.
  6. I have overseen and coordinated the design and development of all IT architectural policies and standards for an entire Federal Agency and managed the maintenance of related documentation.


* 12.What is your level of experience providing advice or guidance on the IT Governance process?
  1. I have not established or provided advice or guidance on elements of an IT governance process.
  2. I have provided advice and guidance on elements of a bureau or office IT governance process.
  3. I have established and managed elements of a bureau or office IT governance process.
  4. I have provided advice and guidance on elements of the Department-wide IT governance process.
  5. I have established and managed elements of a Department-wide IT governance process.


* 13.From the choices below, please indicate the information technology specialty areas for which you have experience providing direction:
  1. National Intelligence Systems (NIS)
  2. Information systems
  3. Local Area Networks (LAN)
  4. Wide Area Networks (WAN)
  5. Cryptographic systems
  6. Client-based operating systems and/or applications
  7. Server-based operating systems and/or applications
  8. Network security requirements
  9. IT architecture policies
  10. None of the above


* 14.Which of the following choices BEST describes your experience identifying industry leading best practices?
  1. I have formal training in methodologies to identify and benchmark industry leading best practices. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  2. I have experience demonstrating the ability to identify industry leading best practices and I work with others to develop recommendations.
  3. I have experience providing advice and guidance to identify industry leading best practices and I work independently to develop benchmarks for industry best practices.
  4. I have work experience managing process improvement projects to identify industry leading best practices with internal and external stakeholders to implement plans.
  5. I have no experience identifying industry leading best practices.


* 15.Which of the following choices BEST describes your experience developing roadmaps?
  1. I have formal training in developing roadmaps. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  2. I have experience demonstrating the ability to develop roadmaps and I work with others to develop recommendations.
  3. I have experience developing roadmaps and I work independently to implement recommendations.
  4. I have work experience developing detailed roadmaps that illustrate the as-is and to-be phases with internal and external stakeholders to implement plans.
  5. I have no experience developing roadmaps.


* 16.Please select from the list below situations in which you have experienced performing within an IT Enterprise Architecture.
  1. Directing an IT Enterprise Architecture program.
  2. Overseeing an IT Enterprise Architecture program.
  3. Aligning IT investments to IT strategic plans.
  4. Supporting System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) activities.
  5. Managing the creation of standard operating procedures for new IT Enterprise Architecture initiatives.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.Which of the following choices best describes your experience managing resources?
  1. I have no experience managing resources
  2. I have managed resources at the office level
  3. I have managed resources at the division level
  4. I have managed resources at the enterprise level