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Grade: 09
* 1.[334] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-09 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 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.[1730] Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience developing, leading, directing, and motivating a diverse staff, taking into account individual goals, values, and sensitivities.
  1. Provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  2. Led, supervised, and managed professional and administrative staff in the design and delivery of programs and projects.
  3. Led a large, complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels.
  4. Led a management evaluation or assistance team to provide assistance on organizational programs.
  5. As a senior staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others.
  6. Led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish specific projects.
  7. No experience in developing, leading, directing, and motivating a diverse staff.


* 3.[36688] Select the statement(s) that describe actions you have taken to provide guidance, information, training to assist others in performing administrative functions.
  1. I have assisted others by providing guidance on the work processes of the office.
  2. I have made recommendations for improvement of administrative functions.
  3. I have participated as a team member in the development and/or implementation of new or improved administrative procedures.
  4. I have effectively organized the flow of clerical work processes in the office.
  5. I have coordinated administrative assignments of others.
  6. I have recommended and implemented new or improved administrative procedures.
  7. I have provided informal one-on-one training to peer on administrative functions.
  8. I have identified training needs for administrative staff.
  9. I have developed a training course (such as classroom instruction, programmed instruction, computer assisted instruction, case study, or formal on the job training).
  10. I have established training goals and objectives.
  11. I have evaluated results (design, content validity, employee reactions, employee learning, or bottom line measures).
  12. None of the above.


* 4.[52118] Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: assigning work; training or instructing employees; reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; monitoring work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions.
  1. I have no experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, but have participated as an individual contributor in multiple, technical project teams.
  2. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating some, but not all of the project work activities listed, with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating all of the project work activities listed, with some guidance from my supervisor.
  4. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a small group (2-3) of employees assigned to a project.
  5. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a moderate group (4-6) of employees assigned to a project.
  6. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a large group (7 or more) of employees assigned to a project.
  7. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating work activities of a large group (7 or more) of geographically dispersed employees assigned to a project.
  8. None of the above


* 5.[8724] Select the statement(s) below that describe(s) your demonstrated ability to plan and organize work to be completed in compliance with timeliness requirements.
  1. I complete job assignments and duties meeting virtually all deadlines and timeliness requirements.
  2. I ensure that other staff members comply with timeliness requirements.
  3. I am able to respond to immediate and urgent matters while maintaining appropriate productivity for routine assignments.
  4. I use time management techniques to prioritize multiple assignments and ensure that timeliness requirements are met.
  5. I am flexible in shifting resources and adjust work assignments in response to changes in priorities and directives from leadership.
  6. I motivate other staff members to complete assignments under demanding conditions and accept changes in priorities determined by management.
  7. I have little to no experience in this area.


* 6.[8343] Select the statement that describes your experiences as they relate to conducting business with various levels of internal and external customers.
  1. I do not have experience in this area.
  2. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers and immediate supervisor only.
  3. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers, immediate supervisor, and some external customers.
  4. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers, immediate supervisor, associates, various levels of external customers, and high-ranking officials (both internal and external).


* 7.[1458] Select the statement that best describes your experience interacting with and communicating issues to peers and upper level management within your organization.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 8.[2831] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your communication skills.
  1. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to those within and outside the office.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups.
  3. I have facilitated an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have established and maintained working relationships with internal organizational units.
  5. I have approached each problem/situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality.
  6. I have used contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.
  7. I have developed and enhanced alliances with external groups.
  8. I have engaged in cross-functional activities.
  9. I have found common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  10. I have worked in groups and teams.
  11. I have conducted briefings and other meetings.
  12. I have gained cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
  13. I have facilitated controversial/complex situations.
  14. I have considered and responded appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations.
  15. I ensure that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  16. I have the authority to speak on behalf of my organization in making decisions in one or more program areas.
  17. None of the above.


* 9.[4285] Select the statement(s) that reflect your experience in interpersonal communication while serving as a non-supervisory senior employee.
  1. I have negotiated with and influenced others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new or existing ideas/ programs/ policies.
  2. I have persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  4. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  5. I have coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  6. None of the above


* 10.[7393] Select the statement that most closely represents your experience reviewing and proofreading documents, correspondences and reports in order to edit grammar and spelling and ensure consistency between the document and the goals and policies of the division/department.
  1. I have had experience reviewing and proofreading technical documents with scientific terminology for content, formatting and grammar. I have made/suggested edits as needed for clarity, consistency and consonance with the organization's styles and formats. I have performed this task successfully on final drafts that will be distributed.
  2. I have had experience reviewing and proofreading non-technical documents for content, formatting and grammar. I have made/suggested edits as necessary for clarity, consistency and consonance with the organization's styles and formats. I have performed this task successfully on final drafts that will be distributed.
  3. I have had experience proofreading documents for grammar and spelling mistakes. I have also ensured that the formatting of these documents is correct and aligns with the organization's formatting style.
  4. I have experience formatting documents according to the organization's formatting style. I have not reviewed documents for clarity, consistency or grammar.
  5. I have limited experience performing the tasks described above.


* 11.[7798] Select the statement that best describes your experience independently analyzing and assigning correspondence assignments.
  1. I have worked independently on simple, routine correspondence assignments, but sought guidance or clarification of instructions from my supervisor or other staff on how to carry out ad hoc or more complex assignments. My work was carefully reviewed by my supervisor for accuracy, completeness, and adherence to instructions or Administration policy. My work frequently required extensive revisions.
  2. I have worked independently on routine correspondence assignments, but sought instructions from my supervisor or other staff on how to carry out assignments for which there was no precedent. My work was reviewed by my supervisor for technical soundness and conformance to Administration policy, and sometimes required revisions.
  3. I have worked independently on routine correspondence assignments, but consulted with my supervisor or other senior staff on possible approaches to controversial or unprecedented situations. My work was reviewed for soundness of approach, feasibility of recommendations, and adherence to Administration policy. My supervisor normally accepted my completed work and recommendations with some changes.
  4. I routinely exercised independent judgment in the analysis and resolution of complex correspondence assignments. My supervisor normally accepted my completed work with only minor changes. The recommendations and decisions that I made were accepted by senior Agency officials as technically sound. Overall, my work served as a standard and guide for my peers.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.[8341] Select the statement that best describes your experience as it relates to reference sources and research techniques.
  1. I do not have experience in this area.
  2. I have written or edited documents by researching factual information from readily identifiable and available sources (e.g., libraries, archives, public source databases, Internet or subject matter experts).
  3. I have written and/or edited factual materials requiring the collection, analysis, selection and combining of information from a variety of sources to develop coherent written products. Experience reflects the use of a variety of research techniques, approaches and styles (e.g., surveys, conducting interviews, etc.).


* 13.[52168] Select the statement that describes your experience preparing responses, briefings papers, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, and other written materials for congressional officials or other elected officials.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, or other written materials for congressional officials or other elected officials.
  2. I have had education or training in preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, and other written materials, for congressional officials or other elected officials, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, and reports to Congress, and other written materials with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, and other written materials as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, and other written materials as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in preparing responses, briefings, issue papers, project summaries, correspondence, answers to questions, reports to Congress, and other written materials. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 14.[2275] Choose the statement that best reflects your level of competence in preparing and proofreading correspondence and other documents in final format for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in preparing and proofreading correspondence.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in preparing and proofreading correspondence, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I have independently and regularly prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format as a major part of my job and I have trained others OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.[4506] Select the response(s) that describe the verbal communications skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have interacted with internal and external customers on a daily basis.
  2. I have experience in describing rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  3. I have facilitated workshops using formal facilitation methods.
  4. I have conducted occupational and other interviews to develop technical or programmatic knowledge.
  5. I have made presentations to varied audiences.
  6. I have provided classroom training.
  7. I have briefed managers and executives outside my organization.
  8. I have successfully negotiated with customers, contractors and vendors to resolve problems.
  9. I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  10. I have acted as a meeting organizer and facilitator.
  11. I have successfully built consensus among individuals with disparate views and often in the face of high-level controversy, disagreement, and conflicting interest.
  12. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  13. I have clearly communicated the revisions needed on plans, specifications and estimates.
  14. None of the above


* 16.[36129] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job or in a formal education environment.
  1. Drafted reports, memoranda and correspondence for signature by higher-level official.
  2. Developed written materials for briefings, meetings and/or conferences.
  3. Produced documents clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively written for varied audiences.
  4. Drafted policy and procedural material for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  5. Composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, management reports, or articles.
  6. Prepared and wrote technical reports for internal & external audiences.
  7. Wrote issue/position papers or summary reports that included analysis and recommendations.
  8. None of the above


* 17.[48939] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience writing and editing clear, effective correspondence, articles, and speeches that explain departmental, agency or organizational programs or projects.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training on writing and editing clear, effective correspondence, articles, and speeches that explain departmental, agency or organizational programs or projects.
  2. I have completed formal education or training on writing and editing clear, effective correspondence, articles, and speeches that explain departmental, agency or organizational programs or projects but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  3. I have experience writing and editing clear, effective correspondence, articles, and speeches that explain departmental, agency or organizational programs or projects under close supervision.
  4. I have experience writing and editing clear, effective correspondence, articles, and speeches that explain departmental, agency or organizational programs or projects as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  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.


* 18.[8336] Select the statement that describe your experience applying editorial, writing, production management and consultation skills in order to restructure, revise, and rewrite material for better understanding by the target audience.
  1. I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


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.[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


* 3.[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


* 4.[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


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.