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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Public Affairs Specialist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have an LL.M. that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  5. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  6. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.I have made presentations or conducted briefings for the following individuals and groups:
  1. Team members in my organization
  2. Supervisors and managers in my organization
  3. High level government officials
  4. Business/industry officials
  5. Non-technical audiences
  6. Scientists and researchers
  7. Congressional delegations
  8. Foreign officials
  9. Tribal officials
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 3.Conduct briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds.
  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.


* 4.Worked on the development of communication and outreach 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.


* 5.Communicate with a variety of individuals which may involve explanation of administrative procedures, regulations, and processes.
  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.


* 6.Communicate with a variety of individuals and managers, which may involve explanation of web design, procedures, regulations, and website update processes.
  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.


* 7.Communicate with other organizations in order to understand their analytical research needs and to keep them informed of accomplishments and applications.
  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.Communicate technical issues to a wide variety of audiences
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 9.Do you have experience speaking to sizable groups of people (e.g., 12 or more) about sensitive and complex topics?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Do you communicate with all levels of management and staff?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Making formal and informal presentations to varied audiences (local, regional, community, national, or international).
  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.Do you have experience working on teams?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.If you have worked on a team, what types of teams have they been?
  1. Work group
  2. Committee
  3. Self-directed work team
  4. Team with representatives across divisions within an agency
  5. Team with representatives across agencies
  6. Team with representatives from other countries
  7. Team with representatives from different occupations or program areas
  8. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 14.I have worked on a team to:
  1. Develop a product, recommendation or strategy
  2. Develop a work plan
  3. Develop and implement operational changes
  4. Solve technical challenges
  5. Accomplish major components of a research program
  6. Derive an innovative solution to a problem
  7. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 15.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish duties and responsibilities.
  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.


* 16.Work on a team that included individuals from different technical specialties.
  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.


* 17.Participate in technical workgroups, committees, or teams related to environmental science issues or projects.
  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.


* 18.I have independently written, without supervision, the following:
  1. Newsletters
  2. Magazine articles
  3. Correspondence with the general public
  4. Correspondence with high ranking officials
  5. Fact sheets
  6. Brochures
  7. Briefing packages
  8. Position and/or issue papers
  9. Procedural guidance
  10. Policy analyses
  11. Press releases
  12. Public Service Announcements
  13. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 19.Do you have experience in developing and implementing corporate-wide communications strategies for outreach to state and federal governments and their stakeholders?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Demonstrated written inquiries to prepare analyses, reports, and memoranda.
  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.


* 21.Communicate with a variety of individuals, which may involve explanation of controlled correspondence procedures, processes and policies.
  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.


* 22.Select the contract management tasks that you have performed.
  1. Written a scope of work
  2. Prepared an independent cost estimate
  3. Prepared a budget plan
  4. Reviewed and evaluated proposed contract work plans
  5. Monitored and evaluated outputs
  6. Approved payments
  7. Resolved issues/conflicts with a contract officer or contractor
  8. Closed out and archived a project
  9. Served as Project Officer or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
  10. None of the above


* 23.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


* 24.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


* 25.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


* 26.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)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.






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