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Grade: 14
* 1.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[49984] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience serving as an advisor, consultant and technical authority to all levels of management/HR staff/employees on issues that impact recruitment and staffing operations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[49985] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience utilizing Human Resources principles, laws, policies, directives, regulations, and procedures to identify HR program deficiencies, make recommendations for improvement, and implement mission goals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[10060] Do you have experience applying staffing and recruiting laws, regulations and policies in order to advise managers and make sound recommendations regarding staffing and recruitment to include Delegated Examining and Merit Promotion program regulations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[25269] Select all response(s) that demonstrate the types of human resource management duties that you have performed in the area of recruitment and staffing.
  1. Developed job analyses, knowledge, skills & abilities (KSAs), and rating guides.
  2. Performed basic qualifications analysis.
  3. Conducted rating and ranking panels to determine the best qualified candidates.
  4. Provided advice and guidance to applicants.
  5. Written vacancy announcements.
  6. Developed questions for use in recruitment efforts through an automated staffing system.
  7. Consulted with managers regarding succession planning and position management.
  8. Set employee pay on new hires and promotions.
  9. Written or revised local policies and operating procedures.
  10. Participated in recruiting at a job fair/career fair or on campus recruitment.
  11. Developed questions for a structured interview.
  12. Developed advertisements for web recruiting, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  13. Developed a comprehensive recruitment strategy for an occupational group or key positions.
  14. I have no staffing or recruitment experience.


* 6.[25270] Select the statement that best reflects your experience utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.[10067] Select the area(s) in which you have professional work experience with recruitment plans/strategies with regard to hiring programs and diversity hiring initiatives for special emphasis groups.
  1. Management Directive (MD) 715 Annual Plan and Report
  2. Advisory services regarding recruitment, career advancement and retention for special emphasis groups
  3. Identifying barriers to employment opportunities
  4. Outreach efforts regarding persons with disabilities
  5. Outreach efforts regarding veterans programs
  6. Diversity outreach regarding underrepresented minority groups
  7. Entry/Junior level candidates
  8. Coop students/interns
  9. None of the above


* 8.[10439] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience developing and implementing accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in developing and implementing accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in developing and implementing accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have developed and implemented accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have developed and implemented accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, developing and implementing accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.[6482] Select all of the statement(s) that describe your experience designing and implementing Human Resource (HR) staffing initiatives or programs.
  1. I have participated as a team member in designing and/or implementing a staffing program or initiative.
  2. I have briefed HR colleagues on new staffing initiatives, programs and procedures.
  3. I have led an HR team to design and implement a new staffing program, product, or service and have been accountable for delivering a product.
  4. I have presented findings and recommendations on an HR initiative to top management officials and led the implementation of new programs and services throughout the organization serviced by my HR office.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[16488] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience implementing hiring reform initiatives.
  1. I am familiar with hiring reform initiatives, but have not applied the initiatives as a regular part of my job.
  2. I have applied hiring reform initiatives under close supervision from a manager.
  3. I have applied and interpreted hiring reform initiatives as a regular part of my job, on a regular basis.
  4. I have applied and interpreted hiring reform initiatives as a regular part of my job and have assisted and/or trained others in this function.
  5. I have written hiring reform policies and procedures based on my interpretation of the initiatives.
  6. None of the above


* 11.[9695] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience you have serving on a team, task force, or panel discussing technical or professional issues.
  1. Led a team, task force, or panel as an agency representative.
  2. Member of a team, task force, or panel as an agency representative.
  3. Led or served as a member of a team within an organization/office.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.[31788] Select the response that best describes your regular and recurring basis experience leading or advising the work of other employees. This experience must be well described in your resume or your application will be modified or removed from consideration.
  1. I have had training or education in this task, but have not performed it on the job.
  2. I have had non-work experience leading or advising, but have not had work related experience.
  3. I have led projects, work groups or small teams to accomplish a specific project, goal or task.
  4. I have provided guidance to a group, team or workforce, including prioritizing work, assigning tasks and ensuring completion in a timely and satisfactory manner.
  5. I have been a team leader or a supervisor of a group of employees. My responsibilities included assigning work, monitoring the progress, evaluating the contributions of others and ensuring that objectives were met.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.[23976] Choose the statments that describe the tasks you have performed to ensure that a group or team accomplishes work priorities and deadlines to produce quality products.
  1. Prioritized assignments to meet establish goals and deadlines.
  2. Monitored and reported the status and progress of work to the supervisor or manager.
  3. Checked on work in progress and reviewed completed work to see that the supervisor?s instructions have been met.
  4. Prepared reports and maintained records of work accomplishments and other administrative information
  5. Interceded with the supervisor on behalf of the group or team to inform the supervisor of performance management issues or problems and recommend course of action.
  6. None of the above


* 14.[10634] Please select the type(s) of written product(s) you have produced as a regular part of your job in a human resources (HR) environment.
  1. I have written material for briefings, meetings, or conferences on HR issues.
  2. I have written products to explain complex, controversial HR agency policies or programs.
  3. I have written agency-wide HR policy and procedural materials for dissemination to headquarters, field or bureau level components.
  4. I have issued position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations of HR issues.
  5. I have reviewed written HR material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  6. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.[19448] This position requires the skill to communicate in both formal and informal settings, including communicating effectively with the organization's executives and management officials as well as with employees, external organizations and Department level officials. The individual will represent the Division at key meetings of the organization and/or Department level workgroups. Select the reponse that best represents your interpersonal communication experience.
  1. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have routinely justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial training and/or development policy or operating program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with senior management, employee organizations and/or individuals at all levels in the public Federal and private sectors to convey the relevant policies, regulations and procedures.
  2. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly represented my office's policies and/or procedures and lead discussions and participated in workgroups on training and/or development matters. This included using effective communication skills to gain a desired outcome or compliance from individuals or groups skeptical or in disagreement with the policy, procedure or regulation.
  3. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts or resolve operating or procedural problems in training and/or development programs. This included influencing or motivating individuals for groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  4. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly provided advice and assistance to those seeking career related services from my office. Typically, the interaction would include acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  5. None of the above


* 16.[31769] Select the response(s) that best describes your experience providing staffing advisory services on a regular recurring basis. This experience must be well described in your resume or your application will be modified or removed from consideration.
  1. I have provided advice or guidance on using direct hire to fill positions on a regular and recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  2. I have provided advice or guidance on using the Schedule A appointing authority to fill positions on a regular and recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  3. I have provided advice or guidance on using Veteran and other non-competitive appointing authorities to fill positions on a regular and recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  4. I have provided advice or guidance on using merit promotion to fill positions on a regular and recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  5. I have provided advice or guidance on using category rating on a regular and recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  6. I have provided advice or guidance on filling Senior Executive Service positions on a regular or recurring basis independently with little to no review by a senior employee.
  7. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  13. 15


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 6.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


* 7.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.