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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. (Check all that apply)
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet an objective
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to new staff
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed
  6. None of the above


* 2.I have performed the following management functions in work unit or team assignments. (Check all that apply)
  1. Setting standards, expectations and deadlines
  2. Developing, updating, and executing portions of operating budgets
  3. Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments
  4. Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees
  5. Reviewing completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  6. Following up with employees to assure timeliness in meeting milestones
  7. Reporting progress to senior management
  8. Implementing work completed
  9. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects
  10. None of the above


* 3.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in developing and enhancing working partnerships and resolving issues.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (i.e. group feedback sessions, focus groups, user workshops)
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities 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. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve issues. This would include making presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or have conflicting agendas.
  7. Represented an organization's program in discussions with individuals or groups who may be skeptical or in disagreement and require skill to influence, motivate, question or otherwise gain the desired outcome.
  8. None of the above


* 4.Choose all of the following which you done as a routine part of your professional work experience.
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Started up and managed projects through completion
  3. Established milestones and monitored project progress
  4. Met deadlines
  5. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  6. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  7. Anticipated and resolved problems
  8. Maximized use of limited financial and personnel resources
  9. None of the above


* 5.Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience planning and organizing work to achieve the goals of a program or organization.
  1. I have planned, developed and implemented programs with organizational scope and impact; managing work teams and/or advisory groups in the overall design of systems and programs.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives; planning for short and long term resource needs.
  3. I have set goals and/or planned work to be accomplished by others; set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  4. I have planned and organized my own work assignments against deadlines assigned by my Supervisor; often handling several work assignments at the same time.
  5. I do not have on-the-job experience planning or organizing work to achieve program / organizational goals.


* 6.Which of the following most accurately describes your experience setting priorities, organizing, and responding to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 7.Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience planning and organizing work to achieve the goals of a program or organization.
  1. I have planned, developed and implemented programs with organizational scope and impact; managing work teams and/or advisory groups in the overall design of policies and strategies.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives.
  3. I have set goals and/or planned work to be accomplished by others; set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  4. I have planned and organized my own work assignments against deadlines assigned by my Supervisor; often handling several work assignments at the same time.
  5. I do not have on-the-job experience planning or organizing work to achieve program / organizational goals.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the minor conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving major conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Select which statements best describe your experience in completing reports, evaluations, program analysis, and/or written correspondence.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex reports, memos, and policy papers requiring the analysis of interrelated concepts and strategies.
  2. I have prepared written documents that explain policies, procedures, or decisions on specific cases or studies.
  3. I have written clear and concise reports addressed for various target audiences from data collected and carefully analyzed.
  4. I have had formal coursework or training in technical or creative writing.
  5. I have written correspondence for signature of executive level officials, and have provided technical and complex information for writing responses to inquiries.
  6. I have written new or revised government regulations, policies, or procedures and developed modifications to final regulatory policies and procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in conveying complex issues in writing in a succinct, organized, and timely manner.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in such work.
  3. I have served as a member of a team doing such work.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such work.
  5. None of the above.






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