Program Specialist, GS-0301-14

Vacancy ID: 621962   Announcement Number: MG-2012-T0215-SMV-621962D/M   USAJOBS Control Number: 311290800

Occupational/Assessment Questions:


1. Please indicate your eligibility to apply under Merit Promotion Procedures.

A. I am a current or former civilian Federal employee in the competitive service who has: career or career-conditional status or reinstatement eligibility or are eligible under an interchange agreement. You must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action showing time-in-grade (52 weeks at the next lower grade)
B. I am a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. If you are a current career or career-conditional employee without time-in-grade you will not be considered under this authority. You must provide official documentation documenting your military service such as a DD-214 or statement of service.
C. I am a current or former displaced Federal employee in the local commuting area. To be considered you must be rated at or above the well qualified rating criteria for this position. You must submit supporting documentation such as a copy of your separation personnel action (SF-50) and a copy of your reduction in force letter.
D. None of the above. I am not eligible under Merit Promotion Procedures.


2. Please indicate your eligibility to apply non-competitively.

A. You are a current or former civilian Federal employee who has held a permanent position in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position or are eligible under an interchange agreement. You must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action.
B. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority authorized for persons with disabilities such as Schedule A. You must provide a copy of your certification from state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
C. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority such as those authorized for disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. You must provide a copy of your DD-214 and VA letter
D. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority such as those authorized for returning Peace Corps volunteers. You must provide your Peace Corps documentation.
E. I am eligible for a Veterans Recruitment Appointment based on (1)a disabled veteran; or (2)veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or (3)veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or (4)recently separated veteran. You must provide documentation documenting your service and/or disability such as a DD-214, statement of service and/or VA letter.
F. I am eligible for non-competitive appointment based on the disability status or permanent duty station change of my spouse.
G. None of the above. I am not eligible to be appointed non-competitively.


3. From the responses below, select the one that BEST describes your experience that allows you to meet the qualification requirements of this position at the GS-14 grade level.

A. One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service developing National-level policy and doctrine in support of federal, state, tribal, territorial and local National Preparedness program activities. Your experience must also reflect directly working for or in support of State, tribal, local or territorial homeland security/emergency preparedness programs.
B. I do not have 1 year of specialized experience.

From the following items, choose the ONE statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Be sure to describe the experience that supports your responses to the task statements below in your resume. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your resume submitted for this position. If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised or managed performance of this task or consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Provide effective management, direction and control over assigned functions.

5. Develops, integrates, and implements solutions to diverse, highly complex problems across multiple areas and disciplines.

6. Establishes precedents in application of problem-solving techniques to enhance existing processes.

7. Applies innovative approaches to resolve unusual/difficult issues significantly impacting national preparedness policies or programs.

8. Effectively accomplishes multiple project/program goals within established guidelines.

9. Reviews project progress against program plans, and restructures project schedules, events, plans, and reporting requirements to better fulfill program goals.

10. Establishes and leads integrated team; conducts briefings related to project costs, schedule and performance; performs staff actions associated with acquisition decision and safety.

11. Develops plans and techniques to fit new situations to improve overall program and policies.

12. Identifies the core capabilities necessary for preparedness and a national preparedness system.

13. Participate in the interagency development of an implementation plan for completing the national preparedness goal and national preparedness system.

14. Ability to organize and lead writing efforts for preparedness documents including the NRF.

15. Demonstrated knowledge of the Emergency Support Functions (ESF)s and Support and Incident Annexes and their role in the NRF.

16. Serving as subject matter expert on how the NRF relates to HSPD 5, PPD 8 and PEKEMRA.

17. Working experience evaluating National Incident Management System evolving conditions and policies.

18. Evaluate national preparedness systems to include integrated national planning frameworks, covering prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

19. Provide national preparedness recommendations and guidance to support preparedness planning for businesses, communities, families, and individuals.

20. Serves as subject matter expert on emergency management laws, regulations, policies and program to include National Response Framework.

21. Implement requirements and make recommendations on preparedness planning, organizing, equipping training, and exercise assessment activities.

22. Establish and maintain effective working relationships and information networks with federal and local entities to facilitate their participation in the development of national preparedness policy and program requirements.

23. Conducts research and needs assessment to develop preparedness program policy tools and resources to meet the changes in policy guidance or legislation.

24. Ensures that objectives are met and evaluate effectiveness of preparedness policy support materials development.

25. Develops national preparedness briefing packages, information papers, and other presentation materials to summarize and/or defend program plans, progress, accomplishments, and problem areas.

26. Integrates new material into established National Incident Management System compliance activities.

27. Updates and modifies national preparedness compliance criteria and guidance as technologies, programs, and requirements changes.

28. Integrate emerging strategic initiative into "all hazard" preparedness doctrine development.

29. Analyze federal, state, tribal and local programs to ensure implementation of preparedness policies.

30. Leads working groups to coordinate the internal and external review processes to analyze programs and policies and develop functional requirements

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