Program Specialist - NICHD- DE


Vacancy ID: 837165   Announcement Number: NIH-NICHD-DE-13-837165   USAJOBS Control Number: 338012500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Program Specialist (GS-0301-12) 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 qualification requirements for a Program Specialist, GS-0301-12 position as described in the Qualification Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-12 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: evaluating programs in areas such as grant review, program support management, financial management, procurement, quality assurance, management analysis or administrative program management; formulating and executing action plans to respond to business and management problems or initiatives; providing organizational support for program planning and analysis activities; evaluating the impact of new program policies; and determining measures of effectiveness in setting organizational goals and objectives.
B. My experience does not match the choice 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 each task in the following group, 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.

1. Compile and analyze data to arrive at conclusions and recommendations.

2. Develop operational and marketing strategies to make programs more efficient and effective.

3. Write reports, instructions, and correspondence.

4. Present organizational program information at meetings, briefings, and other activities in support of organizational programs.

5. Write analytical reports that include recommendations for action, policy and procedural changes to improve program delivery.

6. Present analyses and recommendations to management.

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

7. Do you have experience leading and delivering an educational program to scientists at the college level or higher?

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, 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.

8. Design and deliver training programs to strengthen scientific capabilities of scientists to meet future workforce needs.

9. Design and deliver professional development programs to enhance career competitiveness of postdoctoral and graduate trainees.

10. Establish training goals and objectives for each trainee level to meet scientific and professional needs through analysis of information obtained from professional resources inside and outside the organization.

11. Develop program strategies that influence opinion or promote ideas, products and services.

12. Create a scientific orientation to the organization for new trainees, to ensure integration and retention of new trainees.

13. Prioritize projects or programs, tracks milestones and measures outcome.

14. Develop training program curriculums.

15. Establish and maintain communications with outside academic institutions offering graduate-level training.

16. Plan, organize and participate in recruitment visits to colleges and universities.

17. Write and edit organizational publications, such as newsletters or program FAQs, edit cvs and personal statements.

18. Organize meetings and retreats.

19. Handle difficult or sensitive problems and work to avoid escalated complaints or disputes and identify options for resolution.

20. Interview trainees to identify needs and advise them of options.

21. Establish mentoring objectives and requirements of the organization to develop and recommend strategies that will strengthen the experience of scientific trainees.

22. Create and maintain career reference systems and resources about national and international systems of higher education, including grants.

23. Recruit competitive trainees and underrepresented students to the organization through outreach, presentations.

24. Plan and maintain a database to track intramural and research training programs.

25. Plans and maintain a database that records and tracks current and past program participants.

26. Advise committee representatives regarding program activities and initiatives.

27. Provide guidance on training procedures applicable to the organization.

28. Advise staff regarding loan repayment plans and eligibility.

29. Administer the operations of the office.

30. Track performance reviews of trainees and develop review criteria.

31. Develop outreach strategies to include advertisements in newspapers and scientific journals.

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.

32. 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.