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Grade: 07
1.GS-7 Choose the answer that best describes your education or experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: collecting data and evaluating information, reviewing budget data to monitor expenditures, and assisting with database queries.
  2. I possess at least one full year of graduate level education.
  3. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet 1 of the following: In the upper one-third of my graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on my official transcript, or based on courses completed during my final 2 years.
  4. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not possess the experience described above.


2.Select the response(s) that best reflect your experience preparing statistical or narrative reports using automated systems to document organizational activities and accomplishments.
  1. Developed statistical reports of organizational activities and accomplishments using database or spreadsheet software applications.
  2. Used statistical applications [such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or Statistical Analytical Software (SAS)] to compile data for organizational or academic reports, studies, or evaluations.
  3. Modified standard automated reports to supplement them with additional data.
  4. Created databases or spreadsheets to maintain organizational information and independently created reports to give to others.
  5. Worked with technical staff to enhance the integrity of the data.
  6. Developed new queries to produce ad hoc or one-of-a-kind reports.
  7. I have not performed this job function.


3.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: 09
GS-9 The following narrative defines experience you may have that is directly-related to this job. To meet the one year requirement of directly-related experience, the following work examples or highly similar work experience would be regular and recurring components of your job function(s) that occupy a significant portion of your time. The following are work examples of directly related experience that show you meet the qualifications of the job: 1. Engaging in ongoing analysis of business processes to continually identify and recommend solutions to problems (e.g. developing and implementing alternative methods of accomplishing work). 2. Using quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, developing and presenting factual evidence both in writing and before an audience to support enhancements in the methods of performing work. 3. Reviewing data (e.g. program or administrative data) for trends related to business processes, interpreting those trends, and determining causes and possible courses of action.

1.GS-9 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service as described above.
  2. I possess a master`s or equivalent graduate degree.
  3. I possess 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
  4. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not possess the experience described above.


2.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have experience working with a grant proposal process?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Participates on teams contributing appropriate skills and knowledge to achieve organizational outcomes.
  1. I have not had the opportunity to work in a team environment.
  2. I have participated on small teams (e.g., within a business unit or related to a specific academic course) to contribute my skills and knowledge.
  3. I have led internal organizational teams (e.g., within a business unit or related to a specific academic course) where I contributed my skills and knowledge and assured active participation by all team members.
  4. I have participated on cross-organizational/cross-discipline teams to contribute my skills and knowledge.


* 3.Assists customers by understanding their issues, needs, concerns, priorities, and by offering solutions.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have resolved customer concerns and issues in situations where the resolution was clear and easily implemented.
  3. I have resolved customer concerns and issues by referring the customer to the individual who could best provide the needed assistance.
  4. I have resolved customer concerns and issues by coordinating with appropriate parties and following through to ensure that the customer obtained the needed information or resolution.
  5. I have resolved customer concerns and complaints where the issues were not easily identifiable and could not be easily fixed. I was required to analyze the problem, develop new options, and implement an effective solution.


* 4.Manage information using automated systems and computer software to build program support and evaluate program activities.
  1. I have created databases that support or evaluate program activities.
  2. I have generated numerous reports from databases used to support or evaluate program activities.
  3. I have created queries within databases that support or evaluate program activities.
  4. I have created spreadsheets that support or evaluate program activities.
  5. I have used statistical software such as SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) or SAS (Statistical Analytical Software) to evaluate program activities.
  6. I used word processing software to prepare documents that build program support or evaluate program activities.
  7. I have produced charts or graphs that were used to build program support or evaluate program activities.
  8. I have assembled data from specialized management information systems and supplemented it with other data to build program support or evaluate program activities.
  9. I have used automated systems or computer software to support other kinds of program or administrative activities.
  10. I have not used automated systems or computer software to build program support or evaluate program activities.


* 5.Recommend procedural solutions to systemic administrative problems or issues.
  1. I have not performed this job function in my administrative work assignments.
  2. I have carried out related job functions in my administrative work assignments.
  3. On more than one occasion, I have recommended procedural solutions to systemic administrative problems or issues.
  4. I have recommended and successfully implemented solutions to resolve systemic administrative problems or issues.
  5. The procedural solutions I recommended and implemented permanently resolved the systemic administrative problem or issue.


* 6.Evaluate program effectiveness using analytical methods to report findings to management.
  1. I have measured a program's progress toward meeting goals by monitoring metrics or milestones.
  2. I have been responsible for quality assurance, quality control, or process compliance related to program operations.
  3. I have gathered and evaluated customer service satisfaction information to understand program effectiveness.
  4. I have used other analytical methods not listed here to evaluate program effectiveness.
  5. I have used analytical methods such as determining trends and projections, measuring progress, or evaluating financial performance, but not for the purpose of evaluating program effectiveness.
  6. I have not evaluated program effectiveness using analytical methods.


* 7.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.Choose the answer(s) that best describes your skills preparing written communications to internal or external audiences regarding program or business activities.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have used existing templates or form letters/emails to respond to internal and external inquiries.
  3. I have independently developed short memoranda or letters responding to internal or external customer inquiries.
  4. I have developed standard operating procedures on business or program processes for office staff to use.
  5. I have prepared instructional or informational materials directed to external customers.
  6. I have developed business reports or academic papers on topics that were subject to external (customer, professor, etc.) review and use.


* 9.Analyzes data using qualitative or quantitative methods to assess program or organizational activities.
  1. I have not performed this or similar job functions.
  2. I have not performed this specific job function but have performed very similar job functions.
  3. I have performed this specific job function and have produced results.






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