SOCIAL SCIENCE ANALYST


Vacancy ID: 866539   Announcement Number: CIS-PJN-866539-OPP   USAJOBS Control Number: 340738400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to the on-line questionnaire must be supported by your resume. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

FAILURE TO SELECT A RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION WILL DEFAULT IN A NEGATIVE RESPONSE, WHICH WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FOR THIS POSITION.

1. There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Do you meet one of these requirements?

A. Yes
B. No
C. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee.
D. No, however I do fall under the EXCEPTION of state-side coverage. I understand that I must submit complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination at a later time if deemed necessary.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

2. From the descriptions below, select the response that best describes how you meet the Basic Requirement for Social Science Analyst, GS-0101-13/14.

A. I have a degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. I have a combination of education and experience that provided the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
C. I have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
D. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

3. Which of the following statements best describes your education and/or experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level exhibiting knowledge of social science research methodology to include the development of measures, concepts and principles; mastering the application of existing behavioral and social science research techniques, principles, concepts, and methods to phases or segments of complex research projects sufficient to support research, training, and other initiatives designed to communicate research findings to interested parties; managing various aspects of immigration research study design, execution, and results communication; exhibiting knowledge of how to develop research project management plans; conducting analyses of social and behavioral phenomena utilizing advanced quantitative and/or qualitative techniques; communicating, presenting, and articulating complex information based on research findings and documents to government personnel and other audiences; and preparing written analysis and summaries communicating research findings that are suitable to internal and external audiences.
B. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

4. Which of the following statements best describes your education and/or experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level exhibiting expert knowledge of social science research methodology to include the development of measures, research design, sampling, and data analysis; developing innovative approaches or methods to facilitate research; exhibiting knowledge of how to develop research project management plans; mastering the application of existing behavioral and social science research techniques, principles, concepts, and methods to complex research projects; planning and executing major projects concerned with the analysis and evaluation of administrative data; preparing publishable documents and summaries communicating research findings for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences based on quantitative or qualitative findings of immigration program/policy studies; resolving critical problems related to collecting and analyzing immigration data and information; and providing decision makers with empirical data and policy analysis related to immigration programs, immigrant populations, and immigration policies.
B. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

The following questions will be used to rate applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.

5. Indicate the extent to which you have defined research problems, gathered and analyzed facts, determined the accuracy of the data, and identified solutions.

A. I have not gathered data/information in preparation for analysis by others.
B. I have gathered data/information in preparation for analysis by others.
C. I have gathered data/information, analyzed it, and summarized the results of my findings.
D. I have gathered data/information, performed analyses, summarized results, and identified problem areas.
E. I have gathered statistical data and narrative information, performed analyses, summarized results, identified problem areas, and proposed/implemented solutions.

6. Indicate the extent to which you have planned, developed, and conducted surveys, evaluations, or analyses for a variety of purposes.

A. I have no experience planning, developing, or conducting surveys, evaluations or analyses.
B. I have assisted in planning and developing surveys, evaluations, or analyses.
C. I have planned and developed surveys, evaluations, and analyses.
D. I have independently planned, developed, and conducted surveys, evaluations, or analyses and ensured that I met my goals and deadlines.
E. I have overseen the planning, development, and implementation of surveys, evaluations, or analyses and ensured that project goals and deadlines were met.

7. Select the choice that best indicates your ability to use software to analyze qualitative data.

A. I have no knowledge of the types of software used to analyze qualitative data.
B. I have a basic knowledge of the types of software used to analyze qualitative data, but limited experience using them.
C. I have some knowledge of the types of software used to analyze qualitative data, but limited experience using them.
D. I am knowledgeable of most of the software used to analyze qualitative data, and I have hands-on experience using them.
E. I have extensive knowledge and experience using software to analyze qualitative data. I train and instruct peers and subordinates in the proper use of these software packages.

8. Select the choice that best indicates your ability to use statistical and analytical software to analyze quantitative data.

A. I have no knowledge of the types of statistical and analytical software used to analyze quantitative data.
B. I have a basic knowledge of the types of statistical and analytical software used to analyze quantitative data, but limited experience using them.
C. I am knowledgeable of most of the statistical and analytical software used to analyze quantitative data, and I have hands-on experience using them.
D. I have extensive knowledge and experience using statistical and analytical software to analyze quantitative data. I train and instruct peers and subordinates in the proper use of these software packages.
E. I have extensive knowledge and experience using statistical and analytical software to analyze quantitative data. I train and instruct peers and subordinates in the proper use of these software packages.

9. Select the choice that best describes your experience disseminating and explaining the impact of research findings or policy analyses.

A. I have not disseminated research findings or policy analyses to peers and subordinates.
B. I have limited experience disseminating research findings or policy analyses.
C. I have disseminated research findings or policy analyses to peers and subordinates.
D. I have disseminated research findings or policy analyses to peers and subordinates and explained the impact of these findings.
E. I have been responsible for disseminating research findings or policy analysis both up and down the organizational hierarchy, explaining the impact of these findings and their interpretation for decision-making and implementation.

10. Select the choice which best describes the extent to which you have prepared correspondence and other documents, from rough draft to final, in proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format.

A. I have no experience preparing meeting summaries and drafting requests for information.
B. I have developed policies, procedures, training manuals, and other complete documents.
C. I have prepared meeting summaries and drafted responses to requests for information. I have edited the non-technical writing of others.
D. I have prepared project status briefings, management reviews, research summaries, management reports, and conference materials.
E. I have written complex materials, such as scientific/technical reports, legal briefs, journal articles, or new laws/regulations, to include graphs, tables, appendices, and references.

11. Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing.

A. I have no experience writing narrative reports.
B. I have minimal experience writing narrative reports. I have participated in the preparation of major reports.
C. I have experience preparing narrative material and reports on somewhat complex issues.
D. I have experience in preparing narrative materials, papers, or analytical reports and guidance memoranda. I have experience in preparing high-quality formal reports that provide in-depth analysis of complex issues and problems.
E. I have experience in writing and editing a wide variety of written products on complex issues for internal and external audiences. I have experience preparing formal reports which provide in-depth analysis of complex issues and problems based on statistical and other quantitative data, official reports, policy formulation and dissemination documents, communications to other government and non-government parties, and guidance to other agency components.

12. Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations.

A. I have no experience providing oral presentations.
B. I have minimal experience providing oral presentations as a team member responsible for an aspect of the entire report.
C. I have experience presenting narrative material and reports on somewhat complex issues to a limited audience.
D. I have experience providing formal presentations that provide in-depth analysis of complex issues and problems. This includes presentations of reports, findings and issues to higher-level officials and peer groups.
E. I have experience preparing formal reports which provide in-depth analysis of complex issues and problems based on statistical and other quantitative data, official reports, policy formulation and dissemination documents, communications to other government and non-government parties, and guidance to other agency components. I have provided oral presentation of reports, findings and issues to higher management and to audiences such as professional groups, interagency working groups, or Congressional committees or staffs.

13. Select the statement that best describes your ability to establish and maintain liaison relationships with individuals at all levels of academia, government, and in the private sector.

A. I have no experience establishing and maintaining liaison with individuals in academia, government or private sector.
B. I have experience in maintaining peer-level liaison relationships in other agencies or organizations.
C. I have experience in maintaining and expanding already established liaison relationships across organization and institutional boundaries at the peer-level.
D. I have experience in initiating, maintaining, and expanding liaison with persons at the peer-level and to a lesser degree, with higher-level officials. I have contact with other academics, agencies and outside interest groups.
E. I have experience in initiating, maintaining, and expanding liaison relationships with persons, in and outside the government. I have a broad and extensive range of contacts that might include Congressional staffs, experts in several federal agencies, and relevant experts such as those in academia, think tanks or public interest groups. I have been included and actively participated in interagency or cross-organization working groups or task forces.

14. Select the choice which best describes your ability to establish and maintain effective working relations outside of the organization.

A. I have had no experience in performing this task.
B. I have limited experience performing this task.
C. I have provided routine information, resolved simple problems, questions, or complaints, and directed non routine problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person/office.
D. I have maintained relationships with members of the public who have diverse needs, assessed their needs, and provided moderately complex information to them. I have resolved fairly complex or non routine problems, questions, or complaints.
E. I have developed and maintained relationships with interest groups with diverse needs, anticipated and assessed their needs, and provided complex information to them. I have resolved complex or non routine problems, questions, or complaints.

15. Select the choice that best describes your experience in responding to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

A. I have not rearranged some priorities and rescheduled a significant amount of work to accommodate changes in resources or goals.
B. I have adapted to minor or temporary changes affecting my own assignments or work schedule by rescheduling work or refocusing my efforts.
C. I have rearranged some priorities and rescheduled a significant amount of work to accommodate changes in resources or goals. I have recommended new methods in situations in which established procedures were unavailable or inapplicable.
D. I have rearranged virtually all work priorities and schedules to accommodate sudden major changes, problems, or setbacks.
E. I have rearranged virtually all work priorities and schedules to accommodate sudden major changes, problems, or setbacks. I have chosen or developed new methods in situations in which established procedures were unavailable or inapplicable.

16. Indicate the extent of your experience in reviewing work products of contractors and accepting, rejecting, or directing work.

A. I have had no experience in performing this task.
B. I have the knowledge of this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have basic experience, gained while serving as a project manager or task supervisor, in reviewing work products of contractors and accepting, rejecting, or directing work.
D. I have had some experience, gained while serving as a project manager or task supervisor, in reviewing work products of contractors and accepting, rejecting, or directing work.
E. I have had extensive experience, gained as a project manager, in reviewing work products of contractors and accepting, rejecting, or directing their work.

17. Indicate the extent of your experience consolidating and evaluating disparate facts, events, and other types of material/information.

A. I have had no training or experience in this task.
B. I have had the training to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have had limited experience in consolidating and evaluating disparate facts, events, and other types of material/information.
D. I have evaluated disparate facts, events, and other types of material/information.
E. I have had extensive experience in consolidating and evaluating disparate facts, events, and other types of material/information.

18. Select the choice that best describes your experience in working in teams to complete a work-related project.

A. I have had no experience working in teams.
B. I have limited experience working as a member of a team.
C. I have worked as part of a team, but have not taken a leading role.
D. I have been a member of a team, responsible for a specific work-related task that successfully met the group goals and objectives.
E. I have led one or more teams assigned a complex or challenging work-related task that successfully met its goals and objectives.

19. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational 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 not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.

Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the 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 I may be removed from consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.