Please indicate below how you would like to be considered for this position. You may make more than one selection as applicable. You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so please choose carefully.
MERIT PROMOTION You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Current career/career-conditional employees of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture applying for promotion to a position at a higher grade level than your current permanent position in the competitive service.
2. Current career/career-conditional employees of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture applying for reassignment, or change to lower grade to a position that has greater promotion potential than currently or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.
If applying based on #1-2 above, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure group 1 or 2 in block 24. You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.
NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for. You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.) Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.
2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You must submit a copy of your DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
3. 30% or more disabled veterans. You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.
4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.
5. Persons with disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment. You must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness.
6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers. You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.
7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement.
Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Supervisory Program Assistant position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.
1. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: experience coordinating and processing travel arrangements; collecting and analyzing data and information in order to prepare reports; tracking program status; providing assistance and guidance to panelists with questions about the peer review process; and progressively more responsible leadership assignments.A. Yes
2. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: experience providing operational support that required strong communication skills; mentoring a team to manage, implement and evaluate a vast array of programs, projects and/or activities; determining the proper routing or resolution of inquiries; using office automation equipment and related software to input data and prepare correspondence, reports, memoranda, and other written communication, ensuring that materials are grammatically correct, complete and accurate; maintaining program files and records; maintaining discretion and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information; collecting, compiling, and/or tracking data and statistical information; and interpreting and applying regulations, policies, and procedures.A. Yes
3. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level? In addition to those items listed above, specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: experience serving as a primary point of contact in an office, providing office management and/or administrative supervision and support in the implementation, management, and evaluation of financial tracking systems, programs, processes, and activities; planning and carrying out peer-review panel related activities (panel travel arrangements, scheduling and coordinating meetings, room setup, closeout); coordinating staff and workload to ensure adequate program assistance coverage during panel and non-panel times; and planning and providing assistance for special event coverage.A. Yes
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
4. Prepares, reviews, and approves travel authorizations for staff and others to conduct programs, ensuring that arrangements and allowances are in conformance with pertinent regulations.
5. Researches and resolves travel-related issues.
6. Provides administrative support and supervision for a research, education, and/or extension project.
7. Responds to technical questions from customers, stakeholders, grant applicants and grant recipients.
8. Advises potential applicants on correct procedures for submission of applications for competitive, special or formula grant programs.
9. Interprets applicable guidelines and regulations for applicants and awardees.
10. Evaluates and recommends procedures to improve ways of accomplishing program/project assignments.
11. Prepares panel materials, including pre- and post-panel processing.
12. Coordinates arrangements for meetings and assembly of materials to be presented to panels.
13. Reconciles peer panel expenditures.
14. Maintains status and progress in meeting program objectives and use of resources.
15. Schedules meetings through use of tools such as MS Outlook calendar and Doodle polls and sends notifications to participants electronically.
16. Prepares, processes, and files documents according to appropriate guidelines and schedules.
17. Uses spreadsheets to track and monitor routine and critical information.
18. Develops and manages databases to track items such as program funds, applicant information, panel dates, award dates, panel closeouts, and program status.
19. Compiles readily available data from prescribed sources, recognizing and correcting obvious discrepancies and data omissions.
20. Creates and inputs new records; and maintains data accuracy by validating previously recorded data.
21. Assures that equal opportunity is extended to all candidates for employment, all employees under my supervision, and all beneficiaries of pertinent programs under my management.
22. Balances workload to ensure that priorities and deadlines are met.
23. Provides guidance and training to staff on various projects or activities.
24. Facilitates the open exchange of ideas and team building.
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.
25. If you fail to respond to this item, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position. 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.