Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator - NICHD - MP


Vacancy ID: 861717   Announcement Number: NIH-NICHD-MP-13-861717   USAJOBS Control Number: 340089600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Health Science Administrator, GS-601-15 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-601-15 as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. Academic Environment - held position of Professor and/or Department Chair or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - held position of Laboratory Chief or equivalent.
C. Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) - evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration of a small company or a division of a large company; held position of Director of Research or equivalent.
D. I qualify for this position at the GS-15 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: developing one or more funding solicitations and managing grant portfolios to support scientific research; promoting coordination and collaboration among investigators; organizing workshops and developing reports related to programmatic initiatives; providing 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; identifying and developing new basic, translational and clinical research concepts, projects and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups, and formulating and developing Program Announcements, RFAs, RFPs, or a combination of these, to achieve objectives.
E. My experience does not match the choices above.


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 WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated. Failure to provide the required documents WILL render you not eligible for consideration.

1. Reinstatement – I am a former Federal government employee who served as a civilian on a permanent competitive appointment. Please note: not all former Federal government employees are eligible for Reinstatement. For more information on who is eligible for Reinstatement, please visit the USAJobs Reinstatement Eligibility Page.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your separation Standard Form--50 (SF-50) and a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126, or visit The National Archives Page.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Status Candidate– I am a current Federal government employee, serving on a career or career-conditional appointment who has served at least 90 days after competitive appointment. NOTE:If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from the eOPF Page. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or visit The National Archives Page.

 

Status Candidate– I am a current Federal government employee, serving on a career or career-conditional appointment who has served at least 90 days after competitive appointment.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from the eOPF Page. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or visit The National Archives Page.

A. Yes
B. No

3. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)– I am an individual who is eligible for VEOA. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 provides that agencies must allow preference eligibles or eligible veterans to apply for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce.

 

To be eligible for consideration under VEOA, you must: Be a preference eligible, OR a veteran separated from the armed forces after three or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Veterans released shortly before completing a three-year tour are eligible. ("Active service" defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned.).

 

NOTE: If you select "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).

 

Please visit the VetGuide Page for more information on VEOA.

A. Yes
B. No

4. Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)– I am an individual who is eligible for appointment under the VRA authority.

 

The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint eligible veterans without competition to positions at any grade level through General Schedule (GS) 11 or equivalent.

 

To be eligible for appointment under VRA, you must: Be 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 three years under honorable conditions.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of DD-214s and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package.

 

Please visit the the VetGuide Page for more information on VRA.

A. Yes
B. No

5. 30% Disabled Veteran– I am a disabled veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more; OR a disabled veteran who retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more, and my discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response 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.

 

Please visit the the VetGuide Page for more information on non-competitive appointments for 30% or more disabled veterans.

A. Yes
B. No

6. 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

7. Non-Competitive (Other)– I am eligible to be considered under a special non-competitive appointing authority (e.g., Peace Corps volunteer service, current career Postal Service personnel, conversion from service in the Presidential Management Fellows Program, Commissioned Corps, etc.) that was established by law or Executive Order.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit a copy of your non-competitive eligibility documentation to receive consideration.

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please enter the type of non-competitive eligibility you are claiming.

8. 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 The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.

A. Yes
B. No

Please indicate your area(s) of scientific expertise.

Please list the major field of study for the highest level of education you have attained.

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. Provide advice to government agencies, private firms, or other organizations regarding biomedical, behavioral health, clinical, or health-related research.

2. Manage the development of organizational or research group policies in response to changes in levels of funding or legislative/ program changes.

3. Analyze trends and new scientific fields to assess the adequacy of research being conducted and proposed in a given area.

4. Analyze the scientific merit of current and projected research programs.

5. Establish or conduct panels to review research proposals or reports, including the criteria and standards for the panel to follow.

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

6. Have you directed a group or team conducting research in a biomedical, behavioral health, or health-related area?

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.

7. Identify and recommend the program direction of new research.

8. Recommend funding levels for new research.

9. Monitor scientific progress of research or clinical programs to assure that objectives are met.

10. Manage research fund distribution amongst competing interests within an organization.

11. Propose comprehensive and cohesive research plans outlining the direction and long term goals to be accomplished.

12. Write major components of position papers or reviews on policy or critical scientific issues related to biomedical, behavioral health, or clinical health-related research.

13. Write major components of position papers or reviews on policy or critical scientific issues.

14. Write reports, evaluations, summary statements, or correspondences as a part of a review process.

15. Write report where you identify gaps in existing scientific knowledge and provide recommendations for future research efforts.

16. Present briefings on research to high level officials providing multiple alternatives and advice on the best course of action.

17. Review scientific papers, reports, or manuscripts prior to submission.

18. Organize and facilitate scientific meetings, conferences or workshops.

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

20. Explain policies and procedures to scientific staff in federal agencies, private companies, or academia.

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

21. Have you presented scientific papers or reports at national and international conferences as an invited speaker?

A. Yes
B. No

22. Have you served as an organizational liaison?

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.

23. Plan work assignments for colleagues or team members.

24. Coach or mentor staff, students, or post-doctoral fellows to achieve desired goals.

25. Report on the progress of research programs, studies, or trials to senior management.

26. Counsel employees on conduct issues.

27. Resolve conflicts, differences, or problems among team members.

28. Evaluate the performance of team members or subordinates.

29. Develop or coordinate training for colleagues.

30. Communicate policies, plans and objectives to employees.

31. Coordinate the work of multiple teams working on different assignments at the same time.

32. Establish goals and milestones for programs.

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

33. Have you managed and directed multiple concurrent research projects?

A. Yes
B. No

34. Have you served in a leadership role for a large scientific research project?

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.

35. 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.