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Social Security Number: 065-85-2331 Veteran’s Status: N/A
Federal Civilian Status: Research Specialist, GS–12
OBJECTIVE Historian, National Park Service GS–13/15
PROFILE Historical research professional with five years of experience demonstrating organizational, writing and research skills. Possesses outstanding ability to communicate with all types of people and to maintain positive relationships with government employees. Recent assignment included the development of a brochure outlining historical parks in Veracruz, Mexico, and La Paz, Bolivia. Adept at reviewing, analyzing and maintaining government and private-industry programs, budgets and relationships with international contacts.
· Facilitated international meetings between members of the Department of Interior’s National Park Service office in Washington, D.C., and national park service representatives from Mexico and Bolivia. Prepared briefing materials, organized the scheduling and arranged materials to hand out at the various meetings.
· Researched and designed a full color brochure outlining historical places of interest in Veracruz, Mexico, and La Paz, Bolivia. Wrote and incorporated text describing the highlights in each country and distributed materials to media representatives.
papers to the Historical Society of South
American Studies on the natural resource utilization on Indian lands in
Manzanillo, Mexico, and isolated parts of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. This work involved international travel to
Mexico and Bolivia, and the establishment of positive relationships
international park officials.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR January 1995 to Present
313 4th Street, N.W. 40 hrs/week
Washington, DC 20005 Starting Salary: $23,150
Supervisor: Dr. Richard Butowsky (202)514-9898 Current Salary: $51,553
You may contact present employer
Research Specialist, GS–11 March 1998 to Present
historian of National Park Service. Independently
researched and designed
brochure for National Park Service, which was approved and implemented
Department of Interior. This same
brochure was subsequently adapted by the Natural Museum of History in
Washington, D.C. At the request of the
Chief Historian, reviewed and analyzed the National Park Service
Historic Sites program, focusing on issues related to early colonial
structures in Virginia.
Prepare reports and recommend candidate sites for nominations to be included in our National Park Service Historic Sites program. Research government documents, regulations, serials, archives,
secondary sources. Compile, abstract, and analyze raw data and perform title searches in county and federal records.
Research Assistant, GS–7/9 January 1995 to March 1998
Native American South-West Division 40 hrs/week
Supervisor: Dr. John Mullins (202)514-9884 Starting Salary: $23,150
Ending Salary: $31,440
Researched and wrote a summary on the origins of the River Sioux Nation Tribe. Participated in a thorough research project to establish a curriculum for the George Mason University department of History. Researched and analyzed more than 3000 public comments on the proposal to build a federal dam on tribal property. Conducted numerous telephone inquiries and library research to identify relevant issues dealing with the construction of federal property on tribal lands. Conducted library research to keep abreast of how journalists were covering the government project.
Wrote reports on Native American land and water utilization and rights for litigation use. Assembled annotated bibliographies for economic and resource study. Composed and maintained correspondence with government agencies and private groups. Worked closely with local, state, federal agencies and private groups. Initiated development of cooperative programs with government agencies and community organizations. Traveled extensively throughout South Dakota and Arizona to arrange meetings with tribal members and government officials.
Hilton Hawaiian Village October 1993 to January 1995
Honolulu, Hawaii 40 hrs/week
Supervisor: Joan Mcgregory Starting Salary: $21, 500
Ending Salary: $28,000
Front Desk Clerk
Welcomed arriving guests and thanked departing ones. Coordinated amenities for VIPs. Utilized computerized and manual registry systems. Developed 10-day occupancy forecasts. Wrote housekeeping reports. Ordered tickets for artistic events and sporting events. Placed and confirmed airline reservations. Reserved rental cars and limousines for guests. Made restaurant reservations. Arranged temporary child-care services. Fulfilled a wide variety of guest requests.
University of Hawaii June 1991 to October 1993
Honolulu, Hawaii 30 hrs/week
Supervisor: Mack Strom Starting Salary: $17,225
Ending Salary: $20,500
Coordinated workload and selected projects for a staff of 15 workers. Installed, replaced and repaired water mains, meters, fire hydrants and related water services equipment. Read and prepared detailed maps and
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drawings of several
fire systems. Interpreted technical
manuals, read schematics and blueprints. Maintained
university grounds, roads, waste water facility and
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MA Degree, History December 1994
University of Hawaii
BA Degree, History
University of Hawaii June 1992
Diploma, Graham High June 1988
University of Hawaii 1993–1994
Native American Culture Program
Mentor: Terry Monrow (808)256-5663
Successfully completed developmental assignments emphasizing Native American culture in the west. Classroom training included open discussions, intense research training and cultural diversity studies throughout South and North America.
Other Professional Courses:
History related courses
U.S.D.A. Continuing Education Program
Native American Folklore (1998)
Studies in History (1999)
Department of Interior
Introduction to research for the professional historian (1997)
Research and writing (1997)
Department of Interior
Public Speaking (1998)
The Learning Center
Effective Communication Skills for Management (2000)
Author and designer of brochures titled, Native American Structures in South America, Department of Interior, 1999; Natural Resource Utilization on Indian Lands, Historical Society of South American Studies, Spring 1999.
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123 William Street
Arlington, Virginia 22393
Social Security Number: 454-89-8435
Veteran’s Status: N/A
Federal Civilian Status: Grant Coordinator Specialist, GS-12
OBJECTIVE: Grant Coordinator Specialist, GS-13
PROFILE: Eight years of experience in grant coordination and management including three years as Grant Coordinator Specialist with the Federal Student Loan Division.
Coordinated Federal Student Loan Division’s end of the year review in response to an inquiry by the Office of Inspector General.
Reviewed 1998 and 1999 federal grant proposals submitted to the Federal Student Loan Division.
Coordinated the federal approval process for grant proposals submitted by more than 100,000 students and state-funded schools.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Federal Student Loan Division
2558 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20003
January 1996 to Present
Grant Coordinator Specialist, GS-11
December 1998 to Present
Starting Salary: 33,600
Current Salary: 46,455
Supervisor: Thomas Smith (202)543-0998
You may contact present employer
Assisted in development and refinement of federal policies and procedures regarding tuition rates in privately funded institutions and state-funded schools.
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Quality Ranking Factors
What are the KSAs?
This acronym stands for Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, also referred to as Quality Ranking Factors. This means that you must possess Knowledge (K) — a foundation upon which abilities and skills can be built, Skills (S) — be capable to perform a job with relatively ease and Ability (A) — have the capability to perform a job function.
announcements will include a set of KSAs that
you must address with your application package. If
you don’t include a supplement describing how you possess
your application package will be incomplete, and you will be
disqualified. The personnel specialist
looking over your
application will score your package according to your OF-612 and your
responses. The percentage of points
allocated to the OF-612 and KSAs varies depending on the vacancy
Why are KSAs so important?
The personnel specialist or ranking official has to make sure that the applicant has specific experience for the job for which he or she is applying. The better the descriptions in the KSAs, the more chances you have for your application to go from the ranking official to the selecting official for consideration. Chances that the ranking official will make the connections from your experience to the required KSAs are slim. You need to make it clear. Why take a chance?
include in the KSAs? Detail,
education and experience that is directly
related to the position for which you are applying. Then
move on to any volunteer work you have
done. Then describe your work experience,
and be as detailed as possible. Don’t
overlook self-development. Some KSAs will require the applicant to have
knowledge of a particular law or statute. You
can acquire this knowledge by researching the topic at the
and then you can be better prepared to address this issue in your KSAs.
your experience from every angle, and extract the best information to
to each Quality Ranking Factor. For
example, if you wrote a newsletter for a World Wide Web site, don’t
“Responsible for writing newsletter on the Web.” Think
of details: “Responsibilities included:
planning, research, writing, editing and proofreading a monthly
publication titled “How to find your dream government job in a week,”
readership of 80,000 Internet subscribers.”
KSAs, you will not have to do it all over again, just save them, and use them for other jobs
requiring the same KSAs.
Position Title: Investigator, Criminal GS–1811-09
Ability to plan, coordinate and conduct investigations of criminal wrongdoing through use of standard and specialized investigative standards.
Completed 24 semester hours of criminal justice course work with special emphasis on criminal investigations. Served as an intern with law firm specializing in bank fraud investigations. Attended seminar in May 1993 titled “Basic Investigation Techniques.” Attended seminar in 1996 titled “Bank Fraud Investigations.” I have demonstrated and continue to excel in the area of planning, organizing and conducting investigations of Potential Responsible Parties (PRPs). In March 1995 I planned, coordinated and executed an investigation of a suspected financial institution. My investigation led to the prosecution of the vice president of the company. From January 1997 through June 1997, working without supervision, I successfully identified, located, interviewed and secured declarations from government witnesses in massive national investigation. These declarations established whether allegations against a particular defendant were accurate or not. In October 1998, I successfully located and developed informants that
assisted our department in finding additional information and locating new evidence. This evidence was used in June 1999 trial.
Position Title: Environmental Specialist GS–1223–11/14
Ability to communicate orally.
My job constantly requires me to interact professionally, both over the telephone and in person with Department of Justice trial attorneys, U.S. Attorneys, investigators, support staff, and potential witnesses. As a Paralegal Specialist I have been required to participate in daily meetings with staff in which I present technical information in a variety of settings. I participate in meetings with other agencies during which I am responsible for presenting new procedures and policies to a number of attorneys on issues to be decided, ongoing projects, and present facts and arguments in a logical and concise manner. I conduct interviews in person and over the telephone with potential government witnesses; these interviews can take place in Spanish or English and are conducted in formal and stressful settings. In March 1998, I organized and conducted a presentation on the legal and investigative uses of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Position Title: Computer Specialist GS–3443–9/11
Ability to communicate in writing in a clear, concise and organized manner.
One of the most important parts of my present job is to be able to produce written technical materials that describe in great detail any changes in financial-related software. As Project Specialist with the Department of Agriculture, I have been required to prepare, edit, and proofread technical reports to be presented to top managers and immediate supervisors. In May1998, I created two procedural manuals and three technical booklets for the department managers. In April 1999, I wrote a manual titled “Prepared for Y2K,” which outlined, in great detail, all of the measures that the agency has taken in order to be ready for the new millennium. The manual was distributed to more than 5,000 readers. Throughout the course of my academic career, I have written a number of papers dealing with significant computer events. As an undergraduate student at George Mason University, I wrote and presented several research papers dealing with computer viruses.
Position Title: Secretary GS–443–4
Demonstrated experience utilizing automated office equipment.
As an Office Manager, Administrative Assistant and Secretary for more than 5 years, I have been trained on, and used a variety of automated office equipment. From March
1997 through April 1999, I worked regularly with Microsoft Word 7.0, Microsoft Works, and WordPerfect 8.1 to compile, type, revise, edit, print and store legal briefs, correspondence, and press releases. From April 1999 until present I have been working with Windows 98, Microsoft Outlook e–mail, D–Base II, Lotus 1-2-3, and Westmate for Windows 6.3.
I regularly reproduce documents using the Xerox 5100 and 8530 machines, fax documents using the Canon Laser Class 7500, use the Pitney–Bowes 5LX mail metering machine, use a Macintosh computer and a SII Seiko Smart Label printer accessed through Windows 98.
Position Title: Legal Information Computer Specialist GS-06-1225
Knowledge of management information systems used to develop, track, analyze, and report legal, performance, and financial information.
My current job as a Paralegal Specialist GS-11 for the Department of Justice (1993-present) requires a basic knowledge of management information systems as these systems are used in a variety of complex environmental litigation. I am proficient with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Workstation and have pursued extensive continuing education. I am familiar with C++ and have taken various in-house classes related to automation databases. In October 2000, I took a refresher class on the uses of the latest version Concordance software. Other classes I have attended include Access, Quattro Pro Spreadsheets and Lotus Notebook which have refined my ability to support environmental civil litigation by showing me how to create databases in different formats and trained me to convert other types of databases, such as Microsoft’s Excel into a Quattro Pro format and Optical Disk spread sheets into WordPerfect charts. I am entrusted with vast responsibility related to maintaining, tracking and analyzing large databases containing discovery materials, pleadings, correspondence and trial exhibits. As a Paralegal Specialist I provide a wide array of administrative, informational and document intensive services to the Environmental Enforcement Section. For example, I have assisted in building databases in U.S. v. Chrysler, where I have through the use of Zyndex software, developed a searchable database of each deposition that we have received from the defendants. This database is now being used to track, analyze, and to extract pertinent information from each deponent. In U.S. v. Asarco , I assisted in building a management information system by inputting discovery and pleading collections into an Access database and managing the information through the JFS Litigator’s Notebook, specifically copying information from the Indexer, moving through the database, searching, retrieving, and printing documents; In U.S. v. Borden I used Concordance to manage, retrieve and analyze information in large environmental litigation case. I have extensive experience using Microsoft’s Excel and Corel’s Quattro Pro spreadsheet programs. Using these programs, I have constructed several databases by converting large collections of electronic and hard copy data into searchable, easy-to-use spreadsheets. More recently, in U.S. v. AEP I created a database where information was entered into the database, and a calculation function processed the data to give us figures useful for our discovery purposes. I have hands-on experience with Access, Lotus Notes, Quattro Pro, Concordance and Zyndex databases. In addition, I am familiar with bar code technology, electronic images of exhibits, the “ELMO” courtroom presentation system, and image scanning. I have seven years of Paralegal experience, and have coordinated the litigation support for five major trials in the Environmental Enforcement Section. I have demonstrated a broad and in depth understanding of the technical support required by the litigation taking place at the Environmental Enforcement Section. I have worked with different management information systems at several trials. In U.S. v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, I assisted our expert witness with his electronic image scanned exhibits. Through my trial experience, and years of litigation, I have acquired hands-on experience conducting cost/benefit analyses of in-house versus contracted operations. This cost/benefit analysis applies to photocopying jobs, bate labeling documents, imaged scanning graphic exhibits, trial supplies and equipment.
Position Title: Chemist Specialist GS-07-0024
Ability to communicate in both formal and informal settings such as communicating effectively with coworkers and users.
In my current position as a Chemist Specialist, I have become respected for my outstanding ability to communicate both orally and in writing with scientists, supervisors, vendors, support staff and others in the process of performing my job. While involved in numerous duties related to the analysis of new drugs with respect to the operations of this agency, I apply my skill in interviewing potential witnesses, attorneys, and other agency personnel in order to obtain factual information and provide accurate written materials related to each particular assignment. I also apply my communication skills while on travel assignments, when I gather information from drug companies and seminars. The matters in which I communicate both orally and in written format are considered complex, as I must possess an expert understanding of each drug I analyze and then communicate matters related to research projects, laboratory needs, availability of contractor services and types of in-house services available. I must perform a variety of research assignments of low to high complexity which require me to utilize conventional and advance research techniques in gathering and evaluating pertinent data and articulate the results of my research both in written format and orally. In 1998, I successfully gave an oral presentation to the Food and Drug Administration, regarding the uses of Internet databases in our support for drug modeling and interaction. My effective communication skills have been of vital importance, especially in my capacity as a Chemist Specialist during the five trials in which I have assisted, which included preparing all the pre-trial documentation, negotiating with numerous national laboratories, budgeting, supervising the performance and/or work product of contractors, making recommendations and providing the day-to-day management oversight. After I review, analyze, and prepare a wide variety of documentation and paperwork, I communicate orally and in written format to assigned senior staff and support staff as well as personnel from other agencies. I communicate orally with new or junior employees while training them to utilize a variety of data systems, and in-house programs such as the Atomax 1000. As a Chemist Specialist I communicate extensively in writing in the process of reviewing, analyzing, and preparing a wide variety of research projects for the Chief Chemist in our Section. In this job, I have applied my excellent communication skills within a government agency, and I have greatly refined my ability to communicate the results of research while verbally and in writing communicating data based on computer generated records and database operations.
4) Position Title: Entry Level Programming Specialist GS-09-1752
Knowledge of computer languages (i.e., C++) and experience in graphic packages such as Micrographix or Corel Draw.
As an undergraduate student at George Mason University I took a computer course entitled Computing Fundamentals with C++. In this class I learned how to analyze problems, determine what we wanted the software to do and create fields for the user to input information so that the program would give us the desired information. In this introduction to C++ I became knowledgeable about analyzing, designing and implementing C++ programming. I used this knowledge to create a program that would take into account several class grades and create an average of these grades. While developing these C++ programs, I learned how to use and incorporate Objects, Keywords, Constants, Assignments and Comments to each program.
While working for Janus, Inc., I quickly learned the World Wide Web page-description language HTML. Through the use of this computer language, I have developed several web pages for personal and company use. It is through this process that I have gain experience in graphic packages such as Adobe PhotoShop (all), Adobe Illustrator 8, and Paint Shop Pro 5. While assisting Nurture Magazine (a local parenting magazine) with graphic design, production and application of children/family oriented graphics, I have gained valuable experience in the use of Adobe PhotoShop software.
Position Title: Air conditioning equipment mechanic, W–5306–10/11
Ability to do the work of the position with normal supervision.
I have more than 15 years of experience installing, maintaining, repairing and modifying air conditioning equipment. I have extensive knowledge of the principles of combustion and heat in the Carrier 5000 units. From January 1990 to September 1997, I made several modifications to combustion valves in all types of Carrier models. These modifications resulted in less energy spent and greater output of heat. From April 1997 to present I have been working with the power distribution of the OSSA heating system. From May 1990 to present, without the supervision of any management, I have been responding to calls that required an ability to recognize and determine the best methods for correcting malfunctions. From 1985 through 1990, I acted as lead mechanic for MetaSol Inc., and was solely responsible for the installation and repairs to a variety of heat and power producing systems, including the Carrier 2000, 5000 and 21st Century series.
Position Title: Aircraft Attendant, WG–8862–07
Ability to service specialized systems of assigned aircraft.
From January 1986 through August 1992, I acted as assistant chief mechanic for US Airways. I was responsible for all take-offs, landings, inspections, and services assigned 757 Airbus and
aircraft. From September 1992 through March
1995, I acted as Aircraft
Assistant and was responsible for marshaling the 747 Airbus aircraft
out of and
into predetermined parking areas and directing the aircrafts into
position. My responsibilities included
directing the aircraft in parked position, placing the installs and
auxiliary aircraft equipment. From
1995 through present, I have been acting as Aircraft Attendant and have
for operating powered and non‑powered AGE support equipment. This equipment is necessary to prepare
aircraft for departure. I have extensive
experience with refueling and de-fueling the 747 Airbus aircraft, as
checking and replenishing engine oil and hydraulic fluid reservoirs. Other daily duties include the servicing of
hydraulic accumulators, landing gear struts, and pneumatic and oxygen
systems. I am responsible for the
up, adjustment, and operation of liquid oxygen and pneumatic servicing
carts. I lubricate all required
parts and systems. I supervise a
of three aircraft mechanics in charge of aircraft towing operations,
riders and spotters. I also assist in
removing and replacing aircraft parts and components and perform
post‑flight inspections of the 747 Airbus aircraft. I
am responsible for maintaining an inventory
of all assigned tools and tool kits, and I am responsible for ordering,
distributing, and recycling parts and maintaining bench stock at hand.
Types of Federal Employment, Service and Pay Systems
of Federal Employment
10 Temporary appointments usually last for one year. If offered, this is a good way to get your foot in the door.
20 Term appointments usually last for fewer than four years. These positions are usually given to individuals working on projects that will end between one and four years. If offered, this is another way to get your foot in the door.
10 Career–Conditional appointments turn into a career appointment after three years of service. The initial period serves as a probationary period.
20 Career appointments are the result of a successful probationary period and have substantial job security. In addition, the career employee earns more benefits than any other employment listed above.
Types of Service
20 Competitive civil service
Hiring is done through the Office of Personnel Management. This means that the jobs are under OPM’s jurisdictions and subject to civil service laws enacted by Congress.
2. Excepted Service or PAC (Professional Administrative Career)
Position that are filled directly through the
department rather than through OPM. The FBI and CIA are examples of
that are not under OPM’s jurisdiction.
Types of Pay Systems
10 General Schedule (GS), applies to professional, technical and other professional positions.
20 Wage Grade (WG), applies to non-professional jobs.