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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Basic Requirement GS-13 and Above - Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I meet both the requirement described in the experience description below and the requirement described in the education description below.
  2. I wish to be considered qualified based on the waiver provisions described below.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


Experience Description:
I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower grade level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

Education Description:
I have successfully completed four full years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Waiver:
When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the hiring agency may waive any or all of the experience and education requirements listed above if that procurement official certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.

* 2.GS-14 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the 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 described above.


* 3.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


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience persuading, influencing, and delivering proactive customer service?
  1. I have experience conducting discussions or participating in work groups as a representative for the agency in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups.
  2. I have experience participating in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve problems.
  3. I have experience and training that demonstrates effectiveness in dealing with internal customers and external service providers.
  4. None of the above descriptions apply.


* 5.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in working with senior managers to implement new initiatives.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group meetings (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, and conference sessions).
  3. Develop and present technical briefings and/or training activities in topics 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. Provide information to supervisor, managers, employees and members of the general public involving clarification of procedures, decisions, problems, or further action needed.
  7. 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 who have conflicting agendas.
  8. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 6.Select the description that best represents your highest level of experience interacting and achieving consensus with various groups and individuals.
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  2. Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems, which arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  3. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  4. Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your communication and briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support organizational goals and leadership.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I defend agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  5. I build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Have you drafted training materials for a multi-day training course?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Select the statements that describe your experience related to contracts.
  1. I have operational experience applying the principles, concepts, and accepted practices of the Federal contract process.
  2. I have experience soliciting, negotiating, and administering complex, cost type contracts for services.
  3. I have prepared and reviewed the design of acquisition strategies and plans for complex procurements to ensure maximum practical opportunity for small businesses.
  4. I have experience developing and managing federal government small business programs.
  5. I have experience performing and managing closeout functions.
  6. I have prepared and reviewed the design of acquisition strategies and plans for complex procurements.
  7. None of the above


* 10.Which activities have you performed related to performance measures?
  1. Determined performance criteria
  2. Collected performance data
  3. Analyzed performance data to determine the impact on staff, programs, and/or activities
  4. Made recommendations to management based on performance measure outcomes
  5. None of the above


* 11.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in writing instructional material (e.g., instructions, guidance, procedures, justifications, directives, guidelines) for implementation of regulations and organizational procedures.
  1. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Describe your ability to teach and facilitate learning of adults. This includes: the ability to communicate orally complex managerial development and technical material related to procurement functions to individuals with different backgrounds and experiences.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 13.Describe your skill in communicating effectively and competently in assisting groups with problem-solving and decision making.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 14.Describe your ability to develop long-term and short-term plans to incorporate and adapt developments in procurement into initiatives that offer promising solutions to long-standing or controversial program issues and problems.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 15.Describe your ability to evaluate feedback to determine continuous improvement strategies that keep abreast of innovations in the procurement field and the professional development needs of procurement practitioners.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 16.From the following choices, please select the statement(s) where you have at least 10 separate writing experiences.
  1. Overseeing the writing and editing of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for an office or larger organization.
  2. Writing and editing instructional or procedural materials concerning the procurement lifecycle for inclusion in instructor-led training programs, webinars, on-line courses or other training modalities.
  3. Preparing task/job-related aids, learning aids or other tools and informational materials for non-procurement professional’s use in navigating the procurement process.
  4. Writing and editing internal memoranda in which you had to propose or support a streamlining a complex process relating to procurement operations, policy, or procedure.
  5. Writing and editing correspondence that presents procurement data.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.Describe your ability to teach and facilitate learning of adults. This includes: the ability to communicate in writing complex managerial development and technical material related to procurement functions to individuals with different backgrounds and experiences.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 18.From the options below, please choose the answer that describes your experience managing and resolving conflicts and disagreements and minimizing negative impact.
  1. I have experience dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  2. I have experience interacting and working with multiple levels of co-workers, supervisors and high level management.
  3. I have experience identifying and responding to critical events with diplomacy and action.
  4. I have experience staying with a position or plan of action until the desired objective was achieved or it was no longer reasonably attainable.
  5. I have experience persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
  6. I have experience guiding individuals (subordinates, peers, superiors) or groups toward task accomplishment.
  7. I have experience maintaining effectiveness in varying environments and with varying tasks, responsibilities, or people.
  8. I have experience negotiating with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or a solution.


* 19.Select the one statement below that best describes your highest level of experience managing multiple assignments, conflicting priorities that have competing deadlines while maintaining the quality of your performance or work product.
  1. I have experience in working under pressure where fluctuating deadlines and priorities often occur. Throughout these experiences I have been able to maintain a customer service focus, meet deadlines, solve program issues, and keep stakeholders informed concurrently.
  2. I have experience in working under pressure to complete accurate, timely, and technically-sound data while providing good customer service and meeting deadlines.
  3. I have experience managing time and resources where numerous shifts in priorities occur to develop a product or meet program objectives.
  4. I have experience in accomplishing tasks while maintaining good customer service.
  5. I have experience maintaining an acceptable level of performance when working under pressure and/or opposition.
  6. None of the above.


* 20.Describe your experience with analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficiently to identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve interrelated multifaceted contract and procurement problems in correspondence such as letters, memorandums, research briefs, and analytical reports, review findings for senior management and external customers.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 21.Knowledge of the regulations and techniques of source selection sufficient to conduct a competitive selection.; plan, develop, and establish contractual strategy for an acquisition including assisting in the requirements, developing the pre-negotiation position, and determining the contract type.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.






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