Health Scientist Admnistrator - NIDCD - DE


Vacancy ID: 724156   Announcement Number: NIH-NIDCD-DE-12-724156   USAJOBS Control Number: 324054100

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Health Scientist Administrator, GS-601-13/14 position at our Agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic requirements for a Health Scientist Administrator as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position because I have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), in an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences (i.e., biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, etc.) allied to health or health related research.
B. I qualify for this position because I have completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college/university, leading to a bachelor's or higher degree, with major study in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences which I have applied and utilized in health or health-related research AND I have at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience that is qualitatively equivalent to that acquired in meeting all the requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation.
C. My education does not match the choices above.

2. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic requirements for a Health Scientist Administrator as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position because I have worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research; served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and acquired an understanding of the history, interests, internal dynamics, and relationships of organizations in which health research is conducted.
B. My experience does not match the choices above.

3. Do you have at least one year of independent health research beyond the doctoral degree and one year of health research program administration experience?

A. Yes
B. No

4. Select the response that best reflects the highest level of education you have attained.

A. Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree
B. Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)
C. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
D. Master's or equivalent degree
E. Bachelor's degree
F. My education does not match the choices above.

5. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the qualification requirements for a Health Scientist Administrator GS-601-13 as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. Academic Environment - the management of significant independent research projects (analogous to an R01 and R29 grant) and supervision of graduate researcher or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-review panels or journals; held position of Assistant or Associate Professor or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - responsible for multiple scientific projects, supervising graduate researchers or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-reviewed panels or journals; held position of Research Scientist (permanent position), Section Chief, or equivalent.
C. Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) - evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent.
D. I qualify for this position at the GS-13 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: review the technical and scientific merit of applications and proposals received requesting grant or contract funds; provide advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects in your scientific area; identify new basic, translational and clinical research concepts, projects and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups and formulate and develop Program Announcements, RFAs, RFPs, or a combination of these, to achieve objectives.
E. My experience does not match the choices above.

6. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the qualification requirements for a Health Scientist Administrator GS-601-14 as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. Academic Environment - served as an appointed member of a scientific peer-review panel or editorial board; held position of Associate Professor, Professor, or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - responsible for at least two concurrent research projects with separate staff and budgets and supervising doctoral level staff; held position of Section Chief or equivalent for at least 2 years.
C. Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) - evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent.
D. I qualify for this position at the GS-14 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: organize and conduct workshops, conferences, symposia or similar activities to foster the aims of the program, to facilitate communication among investigators, or to advise on the status of progress and emerging directions of research in the assigned program area; manage the initial scientific and administrative review of center grant, program project grant, and training grant applications, as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications, multicenter clinical trial applications, and contract proposals assigned to the program area; plans, advises, and evaluates program activities for a portfolio of research project, research program and other grants/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned program area and the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies; review and evaluate periodic and interim progress reports to determine effectiveness of support and achievement of objectives; recommend funding plans for initiatives; establish the criteria and standards for a review panel.

E. My experience does not match the choices above.


The following section is used to determine your non-competitive eligibility or priority consideration.  If you want non-competitive or priority consideration, you must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated.

1. Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities) – I am an individual who has a permanent, severe physical, psychiatric, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and wish to be considered non-competitively.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit Proof of Disability.  If you are selected, you will be asked to provide a Certificate of Job Readiness.  You can obtain this documentation from a licensed medical professional; licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, agency of the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

For more information on this hiring flexibility, please visit the USAJobs Individuals with Disabilities Page.

 

A. Yes
B. No

2.

Commissioned Corps Member – I am currently an officer enlisted in the PHS Commissioned Corps.  I am interested in staying in the Corps if selected. 

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you will NOT be referred on the competitive Delegated Examining certificate of eligibles, as selection from that list would require you to resign or retire from the Corps.

 

For more information on the Commissioned Corps, please visit the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps Website.

A. Yes
B. No

3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position in a federal agency (e.g., IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of the vacancy.  I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent.  Applicants eligible under ICTAP/CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are well qualified.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area.  You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record.

For more information on ICTAP/CTAP, please visit OPM’s The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.

 

A. Yes
B. No

For the next group of responses, select the types of grant mechanisms you have reviewed specifically related to biomedical, behavioral health, or health-related research. Your resume should reflect this experience.

1. Small Grant Programs (i.e., R03)

A. Yes
B. No

2. Investigator initiated Research Project Grants (i.e., R01)

A. Yes
B. No

3. Individual National Research Service Awards (F mechanisms)

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

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.


4. Identify the appropriate technical and scientific expertise to evaluate the merit of grant applications requesting funding.

5. Establish uniform policies and procedures governing technical and scientific review of grant applications.

6. Establish criteria and standards for research grant review panels.

7. Coordinate the review of grant or contract applications using a wide variety of grant mechanisms.

8. Provide advice to government agencies, private firms, and other organizations regarding research in one or more of the following areas: hearing, balance, olfaction, gustation, voice, speech, or language.

9. Coordinate the development of organizational policies in response to changes in levels of funding or legislative/program changes.

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

10. Have you prepared major components of position papers on policy or critical scientific issues related to hearing, balance, olfaction, gustation, voice, speech or language research?

A. Yes
B. No

11. Have you written reports, evaluations, summary statements, or correspondences as a part of the peer review process?

A. Yes
B. No

12. Have you identified gaps in existing scientific knowledge and provided recommendations for future research efforts in written reports?

A. Yes
B. No

13. Have you served as editor for a peer-reviewed scientific journal?

A. Yes
B. No

14. Have you served on the editorial board for a peer-reviewed scientific journal?

A. Yes
B. No


For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

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.

15. Provide guidance or interpret regulations and grant policies regarding biomedical, behavioral health, or health-related research.

16. Function as an organizational liaison by explaining grants management objectives or changes to policies and procedures.

17. Provide leadership and guidance to support staff for processing grant applications.

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

18. Have you established and maintained productive working relationships with other scientists or professionals?

A. Yes
B. No

19. Have you served as a supervisor, manager, or administrator?

A. Yes
B. No

20. Have you coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results?

A. Yes
B. No

21. Have you planned work assignments for colleagues or team members?

A. Yes
B. No

22. Have you reported progress on review program status to senior management?

A. Yes
B. No

23. Have you resolved conflicts, differences, or problems among colleagues or team members?

A. Yes
B. No

24. Have you given presentations or briefings before scientific audiences?

A. Yes
B. No

25. Have you presented briefings to high level officials?

A. Yes
B. No

26. Have you presented scientific papers or reports at national or international conferences?

A. Yes
B. No

27. Have you presented scientific papers or reports at local seminar/workshops?

A. Yes
B. No



As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

28. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.