Research Specialist


Vacancy ID: 864556   Announcement Number: 13-DE-864556-NW   USAJOBS Control Number: 340396700

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 864556


1. Title of Job

Research Specialist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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6. Citizenship

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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20. Occupational Specialties

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21. Geographic Availability

080600031 Denver, CO

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the statement that best describes your education and/or experience.

A. I have at leaset one year of specialized experience at the GS/SK-11 level providing support by assisting staff in researching information related to areas of program emphasis; collecting and extracting data from a variety of sources and compiling research results; preparing correspondence, reports, or other documents related to work assignments; and maintaining records, documents, and files.
B. I do not have one year of specialized experience at the GS/SK-11 level as described above and am ineligible for the position.

2. Select the statements that best describe your experience applying research theory, tools, methods, and principles.

A. I have demonstrated experience applying knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of legal research, editing, information systems, and records management.
B. I have researched and analyzed constantly changing or uncommon administrative or program issues; recommended new or modified work methods, organizational structures, management processes, or other procedures to resolve issues.
C. I have served as the lead or senior researcher/analyst on a project requiring coordination with others, oversight of results of the project and preparing a final product.
D. I have experience conducting substantive research which required identifying the appropriate sources and using a variety of resources.
E. I have had education and/or training related to the application of research theory, tools, methods, and principles.
F. I have participated in operational or planning meetings to discuss program or project milestones or activities.
G. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

3. Select the statements that best describe your experience responding to requests for information.

A. I have responded to a variety of internal and external questions and request and have developed correspondence, reports, briefings and responses for assigned program.
B. I have coordinated requests requiring interpretation and adaptation of guidance to particular situations; reviewing incoming requests, contacting the requester as required for clarification.
C. I have researched requests requiring interpretation and adaptation of guidance to particular situations; identified legal issues, analyzed disclosure exemptions; and made disclosure determinations.
D. I have interpreted regulations and organizational policy regarding release of information under the FOIA and Privacy Acts and provided advice and guidance for FOIA requests requiring interpretation and adaptation of guidance to particular situations.
E. I have had education and/or training related to responding to requests for information.
F. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

4. Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing requests, researching, collating, determining if information is appropriate for release, and preparing the requested information for release and/or review.

A. I have experience developing formal written products and providing guidance to less experienced staff on how to effectively research and present information for responses to inquiries; writing formal responses to requests for information and presenting research finding for use in formal settings such as courtrooms, hearings, etc. or to senior level staff.
B. I have experience researching, compiling, and summarizing information.
C. I have experience researching information from various complex and technical sources (i.e. legal or accounting documents, scientific reports, statistical information, databases, Internet, etc.
D. I have had education and/or training related to the analyzing requests, researching, collating, determining if information is appropriate for release, and preparing the requested information for release and/or review.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

5. Select the statement that best describes your role in identifying and resolving problems.

A. I identify problems and unusual situations and refer them to the appropriate person for resolution.
B. I research and resolve most problems independently.
C. I resolve most problems and use judgment on when to refer complex issues to my supervisor.
D. I serve as a central point of contact to provide authoritative explanations on issues.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

6. Select the statement that best describes your experience to setup and maintain record keeping and retrieval systems particularly systems, which required cross referencing/indexing of material.

A. I have experience modifying and maintaining moderately complex recordkeeping and retrieval systems. Analyzed multiple user needs and incorporated varying requirements into the system.
B. I have experience maintaining less complex recordkeeping and retrieval systems.
C. I have experience designing and modifying a complex recordkeeping and retrieval system and in maintaining other recordkeeping systems.
D. I have had education and/or training related to the setup and maintenance of record keeping and retrieval systems.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

7. Select the statement that best describes your experience related to conducting complex research in order to apply rules and regulations for financial institutions to difficult situations and to contribute to the interpretation of rules and regulations.

A. I have experience locating and/or requesting information from sensitive record sources, such as medical records, social security and employment files, criminal files, and/or tax records.
B. I have experience conducting legal research of substantial variety and complexity in a legal specialty, such as claims or other legal matters arising from various statutes that required identifying the appropriate sources and using a variety of resources.
C. I have experience conducting research of applicable titles of law, implementing regulations, agency manuals and directives, agency precedent decisions, court decisions, and/or commercial legal publications to perform recurring case development and documentation assignments.
D. I have had education and/or training conducting complex research in order to apply rules and regulations for financial institutions to difficult situations and to contribute to the interpretation of rules and regulations.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

8. Select the statements that best describes your ability to plan and execute work.

A. I complete work assignments planned by supervisors, meeting critical deadlines, and accomplishing work, under general supervision.
B. I execute work assignments,including identifying work components and setting deadlines, milestones, and responsibility areas.
C. I independently execute work assignments, identifying work objectives and determining project approaches, specific project steps, input required, schedules, milestones, and resources required.
D. I have had education and/or training related to planning and executing work.
E. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.

9. Select the statement that best describes your experience researching, analyzing, and prepare written reports, policies and procedures.

A. I have experience identifying technical information and developing data to analyze difficult cases or unusual problems; prepare written analyses of issues/cases or investigations to justify sustaining the activity's ongoing administrative programs or to identify operational issues.
B. I have experience identifying many standard categories of technical information and extracting program data to analyze activity's current quality management operations.
C. I have experience identifying technical information and developing data to analyze substantive issues, systems, or business practices; results were used to prepare periodical reports on the status of the organizations activities and programs.
D. I have had education and/or training related to conducting research, analyzing, and summarize the findings.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

10. Select the statement that best describes your experience researching, analyzing, and preparing reports, policies and procedures.

A. I have experience making presentations other than in writing to senior-level professionals, managers, or at conferences, etc. in order to brief audience on research data collected.
B. I have experience making formal presentations in hearings or to high-level management staff; preparing a cohesive presentation of multiple interrelated complex issues, making persuasive arguments to an audience who may resist the objective of the presentation.
C. I have experience presenting research findings other than in writing to staff members and supervisor.
D. I have had education and/or training related to communicating other than in writing to prepare presentations summarizing large amounts of information.
E. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

11. From the list below, select all of the software applications you are proficient in utilizing to accomplish day-to-day work functions:

A. Word Processing (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)
B. Spreadsheets (e.g., MS Excel)
C. Databases (e.g. MS Access)
D. Graphics/Presentation Tools (e.g. MS PowerPoint)
E. Automated Legal Research Systems (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis)
F. Case Tracking Software
G. None of the above.

12. Select the statements that best describe your experience researching agency databases and files, media, government and corporate websites, and other relevant sources to locate information.

A. I have experience researching legal documents using a variety of computerized software.
B. I have experience researching complex legal documents, i.e., case law, U.S. Code.
C. I have experience researching and applying directives to resolve discrepancies in legal documents.
D. I have experience researching current agency regulations, policies and procedures to address program problems and issues.
E. I have experience performing sustentative review of legal documents/filings, conducting research and/or providing guidance regarding filing other legal documents.
F. I have had education and/or training related to researching agency databases and files, media, government and corporate websites, and other relevant sources to locate information.
G. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

13. Select the statements that best describe your ability to interact effectively with SEC executives as well as with SEC senior officials, supervisors, co-workers, industry representatives, and the public.

A. I interact with staff to resolve inconsistencies or issues on documents for publication.
B. I respond to telephone inquiries from the general public, and staff on a wide variety of subjects in assigned specialty area.
C. I participate in discussions to obtain or clarify information of a factual nature.
D. I exercise discretion, tact, and judgment when interacting with staff and external companies or other officials.
E. I use best practices and consulting techniques to ensure customer expectations are managed and met, whether during face-to-face meetings, by phone or e-mail.
F. I brief officials on agency policies, program direction, proposed program or policy changes, and program performance.
G. I keep abreast of new and changing initiatives to better serve as a consultant and advisor to top management.
H. I have had education and/or training related to interacting effectively executives, senior officials, supervisors, co-workers, industry representatives, and the public.
I. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

14. Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all applicable information/documents as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully, follow the online instructions for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not received, you will be found ineligible for this position.

I understand that all required documents must be received by the closing date to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement and that my resume must reflect the experience as described in the vacancy announcement. (Please follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement).

A. Yes.
B. No.