Project Management Leader


Vacancy ID: 854426   Announcement Number: FRTIB-13-MP-033-NG-854426   USAJOBS Control Number: 339230200

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. Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) - I am a disabled veteran; or a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or I have separated from active duty within the past 3 years; AND my discharge was 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. Applicants eligible under the VRA appointing authority may be appointed to any grade level for which qualified up to GS-11 or equivalent.)

6. Persons with Disability - I am eligible for this hiring category. Note: eligibility for this category is: if you are an individual with mental retardation; a severe physical disability; or a psychiatric impairment which has been certified by a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Supporting documentation: a letter, record or statement issued from a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal or State agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Certification of job readiness may also be requested. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit documents supporting your claim with your application/resume package.)

7. 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.)

8. 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)

9. Postal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique Authorities - I am eligible for one of the following authorities:
Postal Career Service/Postal Rate Commission - Eligible when servicing under an appointment without time limitation, successfully completed a probationary period, and have no break in service.
VISTA/ACTION Volunteer - Eligible within 1 year of having completed 12 months of community volunteer service under the Peace Corps act or as a VISTA volunteer under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
Peace Corps - Eligible within 3 years after serving no less than 36 months without a break in service of 3 days or more of continuous service under the Peace Corps.
Foreign Service Officers and Employees - Present or former career officer or employee of the Foreign Service, appointed under authority of the Foreign Service Act of 1946, as amended. Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. Panama Canal Commission - Eligible after at least 1 year of continuous employment under non-temporary appointment in the Panama Canal Commission located in the United States. General Accounting Office - Eligible upon completion of 1 year of continuous service on a non-temporary appointment that began on or after 1 Oct 80. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Current/former employees are eligible with completion of at least 1 year of continuous service under non-temporary appointment. Employees appointed to high level positions under 28 U.S.C. 603 or a position of confidential or policy-making nature is not eligible under this authority. (NOTE: If you answer yes to one of these authorities you MUST submit proof of employment from the appropriate agency.)

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 leading the effort to initiate, plan, analyze, and carry out major and complex projects, managing the day to day operational aspects of projects, and demonstrating proficiency in project management tools.

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

This position has a specified requirement which must be met prior to employment. Your answer to the question in this section will indicate whether you meet the requirement of this position.

A- Yes.
B- No.

3. This position requires a Professional Project Management Certification. Have you received Professional Project Management Certification from an accredited source?

Accurately select Yes or No to describe your experience and/or training associated with each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

4. Do you possess experience beginning and managing projects for defined contribution plans, financial services or benefit programs?

5. Do you possess a strong working knowledge of 401(k) plan design, features and market trends?

6. Do you possess experience with 401 (k) plan designs, recordkeeping system, and/or market trends and issues?

7. Is your Project Management experience solely in an Information Technology discipline?

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.

8. Initiate, plan, and manage large and complex projects through completion. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

9. Lead the effort to define project scope and requirements in coordination with the project sponsor and key stakeholders for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

10. Identify the critical path for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

11. Identify appropriate metrics and collect project data to monitor progress for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

12. Perform risk management analysis for large and complex projects from initiation to close. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

13. Create project schedules/project plans for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

14. Responsible for tracking and reporting labor and other costs for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

15. Develop budget estimates for large and complex projects that include labor and hard costs. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

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.

16. Manage project schedules for large and complex projects utilizing Microsoft Project. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

17. Prepare various versions of project status reports for large and complex projects that are tailored to varying levels of stakeholders including Executives. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

18. Ensure project documentation is complete, current and stored appropriately for large and complex projects.

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.

19. Prioritize tasks and project phases to meet goals for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

20. Establish appropriate milestones against which to measure progress for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

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

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.

22. Identify, establish and lead large project teams needed to achieve goals and objectives for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

23. Lead and direct project team members that do not have a direct reporting relationship to you to successfully meet project goals and objectives for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

24. Develop short and long-term project objectives and work plans to organize the tasks and priorities of a team.

25. Identify problems and conflict among project team members and handle it appropriately.

26. Identify opportunities to build coalitions with appropriate partners.

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.

27. Communicate project status against agreed upon baselines, such as scope, budget, and schedule baselines at agreed-upon intervals for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

28. Interpret written material, including technical specifications, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; then summarize the findings into an easy to read and understandable context.

29. Compose memorandums, reports, letters, etc., for a supervisor who accepted without any major changes or modifications.

30. Provide briefings to all levels of management on a wide variety of subjects and topics of interest.

31. Document and utilize meeting minutes, action item logs, decision logs and other project management tools to effectively manage large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

32. Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders and other relevant groups.

33. Communicate effectively with a organizations' executives, senior level management, employee organizations, government officials, private industry representatives and vendors.

34. Lead effort to identify and document lessons learned for large and complex projects. Large and complex projects are defined as projects with 15 or more cross-functional project team members or cost $500,000 or more to implement.

35. Revise existing and develop new project management policies, Standard Operations Procedures, and other guidance.

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.

36. 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.