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Grade: 09

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Grade: All Grades

1 Have you served in the previous five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Appointment to this program is restricted to recent graduates. Please choose the response that indicates how you meet this requirement. (Note: To support your claim you must attach all required documentation as indicated in the "Required Documents" section of the announcement. Failure to attach required documentation will result in an ineligible rating). Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed all the requirements for an academic course of study leading to a qualifying degree from an accredited educational institution within the preceding two years. NOTE: Students who anticipate graduating within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement may apply with submitted unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification.
  • I am a veteran that completed all the requirements for an academic course of study leading to a qualifying degree from an accredited educational institution, but due to a military service obligation, I was unable to apply within the two year time frame, but it has been no more than six years since I have completed my qualifying degree.
  • I do not meet the above requirements.
3 GS-09: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LLB or JD, if related OR an equivalent combination of education and experience? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience and qualifying education.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Problem Solving (Influencing and Negotiation) - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. The focus is persuading others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior, works with other towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
4 Select the types of problem solving, influencing or negotiating experience you have in an educational or organizational setting. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Analyzed data and drew conclusions based on standards or criteria
  • Analyzed plans and proposals and made recommendations
  • Collected, analyzed and reported data used to evaluate or assess performance of a process, program or intervention
  • Analyzed and evaluated efficiency and effectiveness
  • Analyzed, reviewed and evaluated data and reports produced by others
  • Analyzed information to determine the validity of findings
  • Identified problem areas requiring action based on criteria or standards
  • Evaluated data submitted by others for consistency and quality
  • Developed a rational argument based on data and argued your position on the issue
  • Negotiated with or persuaded others to find mutually acceptable solutions
  • Persuaded others to change their behavior or alter their stance on a position
  • Worked as a quality control specialist or technician
  • Conducted formal investigation to determine root cause of a malfunctioning or faulty process
  • Developed an academic or business research proposal or project plan
  • Sold or persuaded others to accept your academic or business research proposal or project plan
  • Wrote legal or management briefs arguing a particular point of view
  • Participated in an academic debate or on a debate team
  • Coached or tutored others in an academic or business subject requiring problem solving (e.g., math, physics, chemistry, statistics, research design, process mapping, etc.)
  • None of the above
5 Select the types of education or training you have completed related to  problem solving, influencing or negotiating. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Completed training or coursework in research methods or statistics
  • Completed training or coursework in operations research
  • Completed corporate or private sector training in data analysis or problem solving
  • Earned professional certification in a technical or analytical specialty, such as Six Sigma,] or Total Quality Management (TQM).
  • Completed training or coursework in process mapping or flowcharting.
  • Completed training or coursework in business process reengineering.
  • Completed training or coursework in data science.
  • Completed training or coursework in project management.
  • Completed training or coursework in debating or negotiating.
  • None of the above
6 Select the types of developmental experiences you have had related to problem solving, influencing or negotiating. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Received mentoring or coaching in problem solving, influencing or negotiating
  • Served on a detail or temporary assignment specifically designed to solve a particular problem
  • Completed an intensive or complex problem solving assignment that was particularly challenging
  • Guided others in resolving difficult problems, using a structured approach and resulting in actionable outcomes.
  • Researched legal documents, government regulations and policies, professional journals and/or other technical documents to gather and interpet data while solving a complex problem.
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following best describes your level of education, training or experience in problem solving, influencing and negotiating? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience performing this task.
  • I have had education or training performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.
Written Communications - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience
8 Describe why you chose your college major and how you would like to apply what you have studied. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
Team Building -- Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
9 Select the types of team building experience you have in an educational or organizational setting. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Participated as a team member on a project team
  • Participated as official team leader on a project team
  • As a member of a team, initiated efforts to resolve conflict and reach consensus among fellow team members
  • As official team leader, initiated efforts to resolve conflict and reach consensus among team members
  • Recognized or gave credit to the contributions of other team members
  • Shared important knowledge and information with team members
  • Provided support or encouragement to other team members
  • Sacrificed personal goals and preferences in order to meet team goals
  • Intervened to resolve disputes within a team to enhance team performance
  • Served as coach of an academic or recreational team
  • Served as an individual or team coach or mentor
  • Served as a camp counselor, dormitory Resident Advisor(RA), or equivalent position facilitating and motivating others
  • Led a brainstorming session on a team
  • None of the above
10 Select the types of education or training you have received in team building. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Completed training or coursework in team building.
  • Completed training or coursework in supervision or leadership.
  • Attended wilderness or outdoor survival training for teambuilding
  • Conducted independent study or research on team building
  • Read books or attended lectures on team building
  • Completed a leadership development program or workshop
  • Completed a program in sensitivity training
  • None of the above
11 Select the types of developmental experience you have had in relation to team building. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Received mentoring or coaching in team building
  • Served on a detail or temporary assignment with a project team
  • Served on a team-based special project involving a high priority issue
  • Played a temporary acting manager or leadership role dealing with complex issues
  • Participated in team projects as part of an internship
  • Led or served as captain of a team-based competition
  • None of the above
12 Select the types of awards or recognition you have received for your behavior or performance in team building. (Check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • Academic, corporate or organizational award for excellence in team leadership
  • Letter of appreciation or commendation for team building behavior
  • Most valuable player (or team member) award for a group project
  • Nominated or selected to be leader of a team based on team building skills
  • Spot award for being a "team player"
  • Acknowledgement or recognition for team building at a staff meeting or other public venue
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following best describes your level of education, training or experience in team building? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience performing this task.
  • I have had education or training performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.