Watch Analyst


Vacancy ID: 868406   Announcement Number: MG-2013-02187-WLW-868406-D   USAJOBS Control Number: 340831200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

PLEASE BE SURE TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME THAT SUPPORTS YOUR RESPONSES. It is important that your submitted application package clearly shows that you possess the experience and skill levels that you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your resume for this position. If not, your rating score will be adjusted or your application will be determined not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating your application ineligible and losing consideration or terminating your employment, if hired. Choose one answer that best describes your experience or combination of education and experience as it relates to the specialized experience for this GS-343-11_GS-0343-12, Watch Analyst position:

1. Select the response that best describes your level of experience for the GS-11 position.

A. I have one full year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that demonstrates the ability to perform research, conduct analysis and provide advice on recurring program issues
B. I have earned a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.
C. I have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.
D. I have neither the experience nor education described.

2. Select the response that best describes your level of experience for the GS-12 position.

A. I have one full year of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, that demonstrates the ability to perform research, conduct analysis and provide advice on complex program issues.
B. I have one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 but it did not involve analyzing the Federal and/or state government's response to disasters and emergencies, and developing remedial solutions.
C. I have some of the education and experience described.
D. I have neither the experience nor education described.

3. Choose one answer that best describes your ability to independently collect and analyze data from a variety of sources and distribute information in a manner that facilitates information sharing between emergency management stakeholders.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have experience contacting other Federal, state, local or nongovernmental departments/agencies to gather and share incident information.
D. I have experience providing solutions to substantive operating and/or policy issues by leading team efforts or working independently to develop responses to management on new requirements in disaster response program operations, legislation, or agency regulations that impact on programs.
E. I have experience with emergency preparedness and incident response at the Federal, state or local level which has involved providing input to management concerning inadequacies and/or recommendations of remedial actions necessary to improve effectiveness.

4. Choose one answer that best describes your knowledge of and skill in working in an emergency operations center or similar operation where duties required the collection and analysis of information for the purpose of maximizing the effectiveness of the utilization of response resources

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have assisted in the analysis of the effectiveness of emergency management issues and I have worked with and persuaded program managers and/or other officials in positions of decision-making authority to follow a recommended course of action.
D. I have analyzed and evaluated constantly changing requirements in anticipation of or in response to major disasters or other emergencies at the Federal, local and/or state level and provided solutions to substantive operating and/or policy issues.
E. I am considered an expert in these areas, and have supervised others in performing these tasks.

5. Choose one answer that best describes your knowledge of and skill in contacting other Federal departments and agencies, state, local, and/or nongovernmental agencies to gather and share incident information.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have assisted others with work in emergency preparedness and incident response, but have done so with direction from a supervisor or senior team member.
D. I have worked independently in a variety of emergency preparedness and incident response situations.
E. I am considered an expert in emergency preparedness and incident response, and have managed others performing these tasks.

6. Choose one answer that best describes your experience with emergency preparedness and incident response at the Federal, State, or local level which has involved providing input to management concerning inadequacies and/or recommendations of remedial actions necessary to improve effectiveness.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have assisted others with work in emergency preparedness and incident response, but have done so with direction from a supervisor or senior team member.
D. I have worked independently in a variety of emergency preparedness and incident response situations.
E. I am considered an expert in emergency preparedness and incident response, and have managed others performing these tasks.

7. Choose one answer that best describes your understanding of the Federal, State, and local government structures, organizations, and functions, as they relate to disaster response.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in this area.
B. I have had education or training in this area, but have not yet applied it on the job.
C. I have coordinated inter-/intra-agency efforts dealing with disaster response.
D. I have experience serving in a management position at the Federal or State level in emergency management planning and operations related to disaster response.
E. I have served in a position of authority to interface with other operations or command centers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, or other critical organizations for outreach and awareness and information sharing as it relates to emergency/disaster response.

8. Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of demonstrated performance in the area of disaster planning or emergency response.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in these areas.
B. I have had education or training in these areas, but have not yet applied it on the job.
C. I have coordinated inter-/intra-agency efforts dealing with disaster response/emergency management issues.
D. I have experience serving in a management position at the Federal or State level in emergency management planning and operations.
E. I have served in a position of authority to interface with other operations or command centers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, or other critical organizations for outreach and awareness and information sharing as it relates to emergency/disaster response.

9. Choose one answer that best describes your level of knowledge of FEMA disaster programs, emergency response teams; and the ability to determine the information each needs initially and during the course of the disaster, including changing needs in a breaking disaster.

A. I have not had education or training in these areas of expertise, but have little to no experience applying this knowledge.
B. I am knowledgeable about FEMA disaster programs, emergency response teams, and have had education or training in performing these areas, but do not have extensive on-the-job experience.
C. I have a level of knowledge that has allowed me to consult with meteorologists, seismologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, and other disaster specialists to determine the most consequential factors in a disaster.
D. I have a level of knowledge and experience in developing/designing geospatial-based information systems (GIS) and other programs used to analyze and present operational and risk assessment information.
E. I have the knowledge and experience that comes from clarifying problems and identifying appropriate and suitable problem-solving tools, techniques, and applications to senior executives.

10. Select the response that best describes your knowledge of geographic information systems.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in this area of expertise.
B. I have had education or training in geographic information systems, but have had limited opportunity to apply it on the job.
C. I have consulted with meteorologists, seismologists, hydrologists, and other disaster response specialists to determine the most consequential factors to research for disaster response planning; or promoted and implemented training to teach basic skills in the use of GIS software, retrieval and analysis.
D. I have had responsibility for the acquisition of a range of spatial information required to support disaster planning.
E. I have significant hands-on experience with geographic information systems or other mapping programs to analyze and present operational and risk assessment information used for national disaster relief.

11. Choose one answer that best describes your knowledge and application of the operational concepts of the National Response Framework relating to emergency operations, procedures, and emergency notification.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this area.
B. I have applied knowledge of the operational concepts of the National Response Framework through involvement in one or more ESF functions as a cooperating agency representative or tribal representative.
C. I have worked in emergency operations centers as a nongovernmental, voluntary, or private sector organization employee or representative responding to an incident to provide specialized service(s). Familiar with the roles and responsibilities of local, State, and Federal levels of government working as essential partners in responding to incidents.
D. I have been involved in multiagency planning and coordination of incident management efforts to ensure a seamless integration of and transition between preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
E. I have performed duties such as coordinating and ensuring implementation of preparedness activities to include identifying resources for activation, and subsequent deployment.

12. Choose one answer that best describes your experience applying the National Response Framework in your work environment.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in this area.
B. I have applied knowledge of the operational concepts of the National Response Framework through involvement in one or more ESF functions as a cooperating agency representative or tribal representative.
C. I have Worked, through emergency operations centers, as a nongovernmental, voluntary, or private sector organization employee or representative responding to an incident to provide specialized service(s). Familiar with the roles and responsibilities of local, State, and Federal levels of government working as essential partners in responding to incidents.
D. I have been involved in multiagency planning and coordination of incident management efforts to ensure a seamless integration of and transition between preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
E. I have performed duties such as coordinating and ensuring implementation of preparedness activities to include identifying resources for activation, and subsequent deployment.

13. Choose one answer that best describes your ability to communicate analytical information orally.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have a general knowledge of situational awareness research techniques for analytical reporting.
D. I have experience assisting in the collection and analysis of information used for compiling situational awareness briefing materials and presentations.
E. I have demonstrated experience researching, analyzing, preparing, and presenting situational awareness information in briefing format, to a variety of audiences.

14. Select the response that best describes your experience compiling information and communicating information to senior staff.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have a general knowledge of situational awareness research techniques for analytical reporting.
D. I have experience assisting in the collection and analysis of information used for compiling situational awareness briefing materials and presentations.
E. I have demonstrated experience researching, analyzing, preparing, and presenting situational awareness information in briefing format, to a variety of audiences.

15. Select the response that best describes your experience communicating information in writing about vulnerabilities in critical areas of emergency management.

A. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in compiling and presenting situational awareness information in briefing format, to a variety of audiences. But have limited experience doing so.
C. I have general experience and knowledge of situational awareness research techniques for analytical reporting.
D. I have experience assisting in the collection, analysis and writing of information used for situational awareness briefing materials and presentations.
E. I have extensive experience researching, analyzing, preparing, and presenting situational awareness information in written form, to a variety of audiences.