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Grade: 12
* 1.I have at least one year specialized experience equivalent to Grade 11 level in the Federal Service as described below:
  1. Yes
  2. No


Specialized experience would consist of performing duties that have provided knowledge of, ability to perform, and experience in encouraging community development investments; strengthening opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities to access financial products, services and education; developing/promoting initiatives to strengthen neighborhood reinvestment and stabilization; developing strategies that support small micro-business lending and development; helping financial institutions, communities and others understand the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA); or interpreting and applying CRA, fair lending, and other financial industry consumer protection laws.

* 2.I have established contacts in communities in the following ways:
  1. Telephone/mail contacts with community groups as part of an assessment program
  2. Visits to community organizations to meet with leaders and gather information
  3. Actively participated on committees with community organizations
  4. As a employee of a community organization and active in outreach programs
  5. Working on special projects or initiatives that require substantive planning with community organizations
  6. None of the Above


* 3.Choose the response that most accurately reflects your highest level of experience in regard to building consensus, fostering cooperation, and bridging organizational differences:
  1. I have served in positions that have afforded me the opportunity to be involved in situations requiring skill in bringing together differing viewpoints and philosophies to accomplish a common goal
  2. I have served in positions that have afforded me the opportunity to fully participate in situations requiring skill in managing change and bringing together differing viewpoints and philosophies to accomplish a common goal
  3. I have served in positions that have afforded me the opportunity to be the primary facilitator of managing change and bringing together differing viewpoints and philosophies to accomplish a common goal
  4. None of the above


* 4.I have conducted research, analyzed data and made program recommendations in order to:
  1. Identify characteristics of a group/organization/community and issues to be dealt with in order to achieve goals
  2. Identify a variety of public and private organizations and their program related activities
  3. Evaluate regulatory and program requirements to determine compliance
  4. None of the above


* 5.I have worked projects, initiatives, or research related to:
  1. Deposits
  2. Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation
  3. Small or Micro-Business Lending and Development
  4. Housing
  5. Neighborhood Stabilization
  6. Credit Reporting and Repair
  7. Non-deposit products and services
  8. Comminity Development Investments or Community Development Finance
  9. Asset Building
  10. Financial Education
  11. Economic Inclusion (for unbanked and underbanked consumers)
  12. Rural Development
  13. Coalition and Capacity Building
  14. None of the above


* 6.Which BEST describes your highest level of experience in making formal oral presentations:
  1. Presenting technical and non-technical information to peers, management or the public on a regular and recurring basis.
  2. Presenting non-technical information to peers, management, or the public infrequently or as an assistant to a higher level person.
  3. Presenting complex or controversial information to peers, management or the public in an effort to persuade them to support my position.
  4. None of the above


* 7.My highest level of experience in encouraging partnerships and initiatives to address community development needs and underserved financial services markets has been accomplished by:
  1. Identifying and recruiting key people and organizations for the establishment or expansion of a coalition.
  2. Meeting with representatives from other agencies and organizations to discuss regulatory issues.
  3. Managing or providing oversight for coalition efforts or interagency projects.
  4. Coordinating outreach or training activities for banks, consumers, and community groups.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.I have been considered a subject matter expert with respect to programs, initiatives, laws, regulations, rules and guidance that apply to:
  1. Deposits.
  2. Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation.
  3. Small or Micro-Business Lending and Development.
  4. Housing.
  5. Neighborhood Stabilization.
  6. Credit Reportig and Repair.
  7. Non-deposit products and services.
  8. Community Development Investments or Community Development Finance.
  9. Asset Building.
  10. Financial Education.
  11. Economic Inclusion (for unbanked and underbanked consumers).
  12. Rural Development.
  13. Coalition and Capacity Building.
  14. None of the above.


* 9.I have identified, researched, or reviewed issues affecting consumers, financial institutions, or communities relating to:
  1. Truth-in-lending violations.
  2. Fair Lending.
  3. Abusive practices, such as predatory, unfair, or deceptive practices.
  4. Payday or subprime lending.
  5. Community Reinvestment Act.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.I have experience in and/or provided technical assistance in examinations for compliance/CRA in financial institutions in the following areas:
  1. I have not had an opportunity in this area.
  2. I have been responsible for writing examination reports.
  3. I have participated in compliance examinations.
  4. I have participated in consultation meetings regarding examination findings.
  5. I have worked with financial institutions to develop CRA strategic plans.
  6. I have identified problems or made recommendations regarding CRA compliance.
  7. I have provided training on complying with CRA requirements.


* 11.I have been considered a subject matter expert by my office with respect to fair lending laws, rules, and guidance that apply to:
  1. Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
  2. Fair Housing Act.
  3. Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
  4. Community Reinvestment Act.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.My MOST responsible role in coordinating activities, meetings, and conferences was:
  1. Independently directing and coordinating a specific activity and/or aspect of meetings and conferences.
  2. Directing a team in coordinating activities, meetings and conferences.
  3. Identifying meeting and conference goals and activities, identifying speakers and panel members and presenting agendas to management for approval.
  4. Independently managing administrative and logistical activities for meetings and conferences.
  5. None of the Above


* 13.My MOST responsible role in carrying out programs, projects or studies to meet the needs of low- or moderate-income communities or consumers has been:
  1. Independently implementing studies and developing programs or projects to meet identified needs.
  2. As a member of a team conducting studies for development of a program or initiative.
  3. Directing a team working on community revitalization or reinvestment programs.
  4. Independently working with community stakeholders, officials, and financial institutions to develop partnerships to address the needs identified for communities or consumers.
  5. None of the Above


* 14.I have regularly been called upon to research issues and respond to inquiries regarding CRA and community and economic development issues from the following audiences:
  1. Coalitions working on a community project.
  2. Regulatory agency staff in connection with a financial institution examination.
  3. Financial Institution employees engaged in developing strategies to meet community credit and service needs.
  4. Consumers or organizations to improve access to credit or capital.
  5. None of the Above


* 15.Is your most recent signed Performance Appraisal and Evaluation rated at least Fully Satisfactory or better, or a Pass in a Pass/Fail system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you received an award(s) that is directly related to the position to which you are applying?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Have you satisfactorily completed any training that is directly related to the position to which you are applying?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 13
* 1.For at least one year, I have performed duties equivalent to those of a Grade 12 or above and have experience in independently: - Providing technical assistance to community-based organizations, financial institutions, or other bank industry stockholders; - Assessing, developing, or managing outreach strategies for community development or underserved financial services markets; and -Managing collaborations, coalitions, or partnerships.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I have maintained cooperative relations with external organizations and agencies by independently:
  1. Convening meetings with community stakeholders, financial institutions or representatives from other agencies to discuss banking industry or community development issues.
  2. Developing and coordinating partnerships, coalitions, or collaboration activities.
  3. Conducting outreach activities for financial institutions, non-profits, consumers and community groups.
  4. None of the above.


* 3.Which types of oral presentations have you delivered?
  1. Lectures.
  2. Formal presentations at staff meetings within your organization.
  3. Classroom or workshop training.
  4. Featured or keynote speech at meeting or conference.
  5. Remarks as panalist.
  6. Briefings for senior management or executives.
  7. Community or public meetings.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the response that MOST accurately describes your highest level of experience with respect to a community development or financial services related program focused on short-term and multi-year tactical goals and objectives.
  1. I have developed and recommended short term and multi-year tactical goals and objectives.
  2. I have had oversight responsibilities for monitoring short term and multi-year range goals and objectives.
  3. I have been responsible for executing a multi-year tactical goal or objective.
  4. I have been responsible for executing a short-term goal or objective.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Which BEST describes your highest level of experience in making formal oral presentations:
  1. Presenting technical and non-technical information to peers, management or the public on a regular and recurring basis.
  2. Presenting non-technical information to peers, management, or the public infrequently or as an assistant to a higher level person.
  3. Presenting complex or controversial information to peers, management or the public in an effort to persuade them to support my position.
  4. None of the above


* 6.My highest level of experience in encouraging partnerships and initiatives to address community development needs and underserved financial services markets has been accomplished by:
  1. Identifying and recruiting key people and organizations for the establishment or expansion of a coalition.
  2. Meeting with representatives from other agencies and organizations to discuss regulatory issues.
  3. Managing or providing oversight for coalition efforts or interagency projects.
  4. Coordinating outreach or training activities for banks, consumers, and community groups.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.I have been considered a subject matter expert with respect to programs, initiatives, laws, regulations, rules and guidance that apply to:
  1. Deposits.
  2. Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation.
  3. Small or Micro-Business Lending and Development.
  4. Housing.
  5. Neighborhood Stabilization.
  6. Credit Reportig and Repair.
  7. Non-deposit products and services.
  8. Community Development Investments or Community Development Finance.
  9. Asset Building.
  10. Financial Education.
  11. Economic Inclusion (for unbanked and underbanked consumers).
  12. Rural Development.
  13. Coalition and Capacity Building.
  14. None of the above.


* 8.I have identified, researched, or reviewed issues affecting consumers, financial institutions, or communities relating to:
  1. Truth-in-lending violations.
  2. Fair Lending.
  3. Abusive practices, such as predatory, unfair, or deceptive practices.
  4. Payday or subprime lending.
  5. Community Reinvestment Act.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.I have experience in and/or provided technical assistance in examinations for compliance/CRA in financial institutions in the following areas:
  1. I have not had an opportunity in this area.
  2. I have been responsible for writing examination reports.
  3. I have participated in compliance examinations.
  4. I have participated in consultation meetings regarding examination findings.
  5. I have worked with financial institutions to develop CRA strategic plans.
  6. I have identified problems or made recommendations regarding CRA compliance.
  7. I have provided training on complying with CRA requirements.


* 10.I have been considered a subject matter expert by my office with respect to fair lending laws, rules, and guidance that apply to:
  1. Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
  2. Fair Housing Act.
  3. Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
  4. Community Reinvestment Act.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.My MOST responsible role in coordinating activities, meetings, and conferences was:
  1. Independently directing and coordinating a specific activity and/or aspect of meetings and conferences.
  2. Directing a team in coordinating activities, meetings and conferences.
  3. Identifying meeting and conference goals and activities, identifying speakers and panel members and presenting agendas to management for approval.
  4. Independently managing administrative and logistical activities for meetings and conferences.
  5. None of the Above


* 12.My MOST responsible role in carrying out programs, projects or studies to meet the needs of low- or moderate-income communities or consumers has been:
  1. Independently implementing studies and developing programs or projects to meet identified needs.
  2. As a member of a team conducting studies for development of a program or initiative.
  3. Directing a team working on community revitalization or reinvestment programs.
  4. Independently working with community stakeholders, officials, and financial institutions to develop partnerships to address the needs identified for communities or consumers.
  5. None of the Above


* 13.I have regularly been called upon to research issues and respond to inquiries regarding CRA and community and economic development issues from the following audiences:
  1. Coalitions working on a community project.
  2. Regulatory agency staff in connection with a financial institution examination.
  3. Financial Institution employees engaged in developing strategies to meet community credit and service needs.
  4. Consumers or organizations to improve access to credit or capital.
  5. None of the Above


* 14.Is your most recent signed Performance Appraisal and Evaluation rated at least Fully Satisfactory or better, or a Pass in a Pass/Fail system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Have you received an award(s) that is directly related to the position to which you are applying?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you satisfactorily completed any training that is directly related to the position to which you are applying?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have applied a knowledge of community development, CRA, fair lending, and consumer protection regulations as a:
  1. Financial Institution representative responsible for compliance, community outreach, or products/services development/lending.
  2. Volunteer for an organization working with financial institutions, financial education, community and economic development, community reinvestment, affordable housing, etc.
  3. Financial Institution Examiner.
  4. Researcher or consultant.
  5. Professional with primary responsibilities for working directly with financial institutions, financial education, asset-building, community reinvestment, affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization, community/economic development, or community development finance.
  6. None of the Above


* 2.I have experience in conducting research and making recommendations to identify trends, emerging issues, and community development needs to increase access to credit and banking services for:
  1. Development of partnerships and collaborations.
  2. Consideration by management in the development of new program initiatives.
  3. Policy, regulatory or legislative matters.
  4. Program implementation.
  5. Increasing awareness of community investment and finance opportunities.
  6. None of the Above


* 3.My experience conducting research and responding to inquiries regarding CRA and community and economic development issues has been:
  1. Handling general inquiries regarding CRA and community and economic development issues.
  2. Working on examinations of financial institutions and answering questions related to examination findings.
  3. Working in a financial institution and providing information and answering inquiries from community groups and individuals concerning the institution's CRA and community and economic development programs.
  4. Working with community based organizations to develop programs in CRA and community and economic development and responding to inquiries concerning these programs.
  5. None of the Above


* 4.Are you a current or former Executive Branch political appointee who served on a political Schedule A or Schedule C appointment within the past 5 years?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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