Project Management Leader


Vacancy ID: 774636   Announcement Number: FRTIB-13-MP-010-774636   USAJOBS Control Number: 329798400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment in the Federal Government or Status for referral consideration. Please respond yes or no to the following questions. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS MAY RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated below. Failure to provide the required documents will render you not eligible for consideration. See instructions under the "How to Apply" tab for submitting documentation.

A- Yes.

B- No.

1. Current Federal Employee - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional employee in the competitive service. This also includes current Federal employees with excepted service status on a VRA appointment. (SF-50 block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"; or "2" for employees on a VRA appointment). (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package).

2. Reinstatement - I am a former Federal service employee who attained career status on a permanent, competitive status appointment OR had obtained career-conditional status and is within three years of the date of separation. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

3. Disabled Veteran - I am a disabled veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more or a disabled veteran who retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30% or more; AND my discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable. (NOTE: If you respond "yes" to this statement, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form 214 documenting final military discharge, release or retirement (your DD Form 214 must reflect the dates of service, character of discharge, and time lost, if any) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA), or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that you have a service-connected disability of 30% or more along with your application/resume package.)

4. Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - I am a veteran who served 3 or more years of continuous active duty service in the military (NOTE: if released shortly before completing a 3-year tour, you are considered to meet this eligibility); OR I am a preference eligible; AND my discharge was performed under honorable conditions.
(NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form214 and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package.)

5. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) - I am a current or former Federal employee displaced from a position in a Non-DoD Federal agency (e.g. IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of this vacancy. I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under ICTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and if they are found to be well-qualified for this vacancy. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this statement, you MUST submit a copy 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. Also, you must submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application/resume package.)

6. OPM Interchange Agreement Eligible - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional federal employee in the excepted service for an agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management. I have been continually employed for 1 year or more and have not had a break in service or I have been involuntarily separated from such appointment without personal cause within the preceding year and have met the 1 year service requirement. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

1. It is important to note that all of your responses are subject to review and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and / or experience, you will be rated ineligible or your score will be lowered.

A. I acknowledge this statement.

Thank you for your interest in the Project Management Leader position with the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Occupation Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Please review your response for accuracy before your submit this questionnaire.

2. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Project Management Leader at the GS-14 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level or equivalent which involved experience analyzing, planning, and carrying out major projects in the area of defined contribution plans, benefits, or investments; and demonstrating proficiency in project management tools.

B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- 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.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- 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.
E- 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 supervisors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

3. Initiate, plan, and manage projects for defined contribution plans, financial services or benefit programs.

4. Define project scope and requirements in coordination with the project sponsor.

5. Ensure stakeholders receive comprehensive information about the benefits of projects at agreed-upon intervals throughout the management, control, and monitoring phases of projects' lifecycles.

6. Identify appropriate metrics and collect project data to monitor project progress.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience within your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

7. Manage projects utilizing Microsoft Project.

8. Prepare various versions of project status, reports that are tailored to varying levels of stakeholders, including Executives, to communicate project status against agreed upon baselines, such as scope, budget, and schedule baselines.

9. Utilize Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and other related software in efforts to manage projects.

10. Employ surveys, focus groups, or other investigative assessments to obtain input from stakeholders on project business requirements.

11. Report project progress to key stakeholders via automated reports, presentations, charts, tables, graphs, publications, or written documentation.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience within your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

12. Establish baselines against which project progress can be effectively measured including all of the following: scope, schedule (milestones), budget, and quality.

13. Successfully manage large and complex projects with large, cross-functional project team members toward project objective.

14. Coordinate cross-departmental projects on a range of initiatives.

15. Prioritize workload in order to meet deadlines.

16. Inform key stakeholders on action plans throughout a project life cycle.

17. Perform oversight of contracts, budgets, schedules, assignments, and personnel requirements as it pertains to each project.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

18. Lead cross-departmental staff on the implementation of a project.

19. Revise existing and develop new Standard Operations Procedures, policy issuances, and other guidance.

20. Direct teams specializing in specified initiatives in the effort of meeting its goals.

21. Develop short and long-term project objectives and work plans.

22. Review project accomplishments for technical accuracy, progress against agreed-upon baselines and compliance with policies and directives.

23. Advocate for the initiation of important projects by clearly communicating the benefits of projects, both verbally and in writing via a project charter as well as other marketing materials, to stakeholders at project initiation to gain approval to start projects.

24. As previously explained, your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for your non-selection or for your dismissal from the position/agency during the probation period.

Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.  Failure to select a response will result in your application packet being removed from consideration for this position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

B. No. I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.