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The Supervisory Qualification Guide prescribes general guidance when determining requirements for supervisory positions in the General Schedule (GS) or equivalent at grades 15 and below. While not mandatory, use of this Guide is strongly recommended.
Ten (10) competencies listed in this document reflect those considered as most important for successful performance of Federal supervisory work. Candidates should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in these competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position.
The specific level of proficiency identified for each competency depends on the specific requirements of the position being filled and must be determined by the employing agency.
Many supervisory positions have specific subject-matter knowledge and skill requirements (i.e., technical requirements) candidates must meet. When the supervisory position has technical requirements, the employing agency must use an occupation-specific qualification standard. The Supervisory Qualification Guide should be used in conjunction with the occupation-specific qualification standard.
When filling supervisory positions agencies may consider using additional competencies beyond the ten (10) recommended competencies listed above. Agencies may choose from among any of the leadership competencies listed below or, based on job analysis, agencies may develop their own competencies/Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs).
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