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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Human Resources Specialist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please select all that describes your Leadership-Supervisory experience:
  1. Developed performance plans with subordinate staff members.
  2. Evaluated individuals on attainment of performance standards and objectives.
  3. Counseled employees on methods to improve their job performance.
  4. Developed training plans for staff members and ensure that all professional, technical, and other job related training and development requirements are met.
  5. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning leave utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  6. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning disciplinary actions utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  7. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning promotions utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  8. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning awards utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  9. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning employee selections utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


* 2.Establish internal processes to ensure that the organization produces high quality products and that the work will be performed in an efficient, effective, timely and high quality manner.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Select all the Human Resources functions with which you have technical knowledge and experience.
  1. Compensation
  2. Pay
  3. Classification
  4. Leave Administration
  5. Recruitment and Placement
  6. Labor Relations
  7. Position Management
  8. Personnel Operations Auditing or Assessment
  9. Employee record keeping
  10. Automated personnel systems
  11. Performance Management
  12. Benefits/Retirement
  13. Worklife Programs
  14. None of the above.


* 4.Analyze complex issues, identify problems, evaluate alternatives and make recommendations and decisions that lead to the resolution of complex programmatic issues.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Do you have experience applying a wide range of Human Resource laws, concepts, principles, and practices to manage and oversee the full spectrum of General Schedule personnel operations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select the answer that describes your experience in writing and presenting complex information on major projects to senior managers and executives.
  1. I have little or no experience writing and presenting information.
  2. I have some experience writing and presenting briefing information on projects to staff, managers, or equivalent level officials.
  3. I have considerable experience in writing and presenting complex briefing information on major projects to senior managers/executives. Presentations address project management, risk management, or continuity of operations issues related to another large, complex organization's programs and operations.
  4. I have extensive experience in writing and presenting complex briefing information on major cross cutting, enterprise wide projects to senior managers/executives, other Federal and State officials, or equivalent level officials in private or non-profit organizations. Presentations address project management, risk management, or continuity of operations issues related to agency programs or operations.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Manage a recruitment and outreach program including the establishment of short- and long-range goals and activities, program evaluation, establishment of external contacts and development of marketing strategies.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Promote and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups in order to accomplish goals and objectives.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Develop and enhance working partnerships to resolve HR issues. (Check all that apply)
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, resume workshops).
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities in HR topics to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  6. Provide information to supervisors, managers, employees and members of the general public involving clarification of procedures, decisions, problems, or further action needed.
  7. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve HR issues (for example, make presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or who have conflicting agendas).
  8. Represent the Agency HR program in discussions with individuals or groups who may be skeptical or in disagreement and require skill to influence, motivate, question or to otherwise gain a desired outcome.
  9. Recognized as a technical authority in handling complex HR issues and plays a key role in resolving major, precedent-setting HR issues.
  10. Little or infrequent opportunity to perform as described above.


* 10.Develop recruitment strategies or outreach plans to reach a diverse applicant pool.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Support equal opportunity goals and workforce diversity programs, policies, and responsibilities; maintain relationships which require bias-free interpersonal skills for effective performance.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Develop policy recommendations that are based on an accurate evaluation of data and reflect an accurate understanding of organizational dynamics and needs and perspectives of different stakeholders.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.I have led a multi-disciplinary, diverse, professional staff or team.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)


* 18.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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