Technical Advisor

Vacancy ID: 702927   Announcement Number: HHS-ACF-DE-12-702927   USAJOBS Control Number: 321257200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience to perform the duties of a Technical Advisor, GS-0301-15.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, coordinating program operations and initiatives in support of child support enforcement plans, decisions, and policy actions; providing technical advice on child support program evaluations, advising senior officials on research methods and findings in support of family-centered child support policy development; applying methods for data collection and analysis for broad/complex social services delivery programs; presenting complex and sensitive findings in reports, briefs, correspondence etc,
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

Technical Competence

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

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 performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Research and evaluate child support enforcement/other social service programs.

3. Use policy analysis/program evaluation skills to analyze statutes, regulations, policies and research related to child support enforcement programs.

4. Develop and implement comprehensive projects/plans for outreach, special initiatives, pilots, and innovations to improve child support enforcement program performance.

5. Formulate objectives/priorities and implement projects/plans that align with the goals of a child support enforcement/social services program.

Planning and Evaluating

6. Plan child support and enforcement data collection and analyze statistical information from program operations and broad/complex surveys, etc.

7. Provide recommendations to external/internal customers on methodological studies on the development of child support enforcement programs.

8. Compile, analyze, evaluate and summarize child support enforcement data from multiple sources and develop strategies to improve program performance/compliance.

9. Use various evaluative methodologies to improve program performance [e.g. Qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, data gathering (data requests, interviewing), report writing, etc.]

10. Develop child support enforcement research plans using data analysis to inform management on the impact of short and long-range program goals and objectives.

11. Conduct cross-disciplinary surveys, review census data and perform analysis using an array of statistical and technical tools including use of data warehouses to assist in the design/implementation of child support enforcement programs.

Oral Communication

12. Brief and advise senior management on research methods and findings that support family-centered child support enforcement policy development.

13. Represent an organization at major meetings, conferences on issues related to child support enforcement programs.

14. Participate as a facilitator among team members within the organization with diverse perspectives/priorities on issues and concerns as it relates to child support enforcement programs.


15. Develop and implement child support enforcement work plans that reflect program goals, objectives and major decisions regarding child support enforcement programs.

16. Prepare and disseminate documents, correspondence, reports, and other materials to various media sources promoting innovative practices and improvement relating to child support enforcement programs.

17. Draft analytical reports, surveys and complex research documents related to child support enforcement programs.