Office of the Secretary of the Interior Program Specialist in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians was established under the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 and is responsible to the Secretary of the Interior for implementation of all aspects and responsibilities assigned under the Act. The OST was created to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government.

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The Department of the Interior is searching for an applicant who will be dedicated to the mission of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST). This position serves primarily in a staff capacity to assist in the various outreach activities involving the implementation of the Land Buy Back Program (LBBP), and acting as a liaison for the OST- Field Operations related to the ongoing outreach initiatives. The position is located in the Department of the Interior; Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians; Office of the Principal Deputy Special Trustee, Deputy Special Trustee – Field Operations, Albuquerque, NM.

At the full performance level (GS-09) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. This position serves primarily in a staff capacity to assist/participate in the various outreach activities involving, the implementation of the Land Buy Back Program (LBBP), acting as a liaison for OST-Field operations as well as assisting with OST’s ongoing outreach initiatives/activities.

  2. The incumbent keeps informed of LBBP and OST-Field Operation initiatives, schedule and implementation plans with particular attention to outreach efforts. This involves attending meetings, keeping abreast of implementation timeframes, deadlines, gathering and making available presentation and information materials, and coordinating related outreach efforts.

  3. The incumbent serves as a regional point of contact, reference source, and coordinator for the planning, development, and implementation of both new and ongoing outreach initiatives/efforts/projects related primarily to the LBBP as well as ongoing OST-Field Operations outreach initiatives/ activities.

  4. Incumbent will provide management with feedback considerations, suggestions and recommendations for enhancing/ improving outreach products/ efforts, assist in the development of related policies and procedures and contribute to gathering metrics relevant to measuring outreach effectiveness.

  5. The incumbent will work, communicate, and coordinate with all levels of employees (local staff, Fiduciary Trust Officers, Deputy Regional Trust Administrators, and Regional Trust Administrators) throughout OST in Albuquerque and in the field. Incumbent will also participate in planning sessions at management levels, in developing Field Operations-wide goals and objectives for providing assistance to the LBBP and ongoing OST-Field Operation outreach services to trust beneficiaries.

  6. The incumbent will routinely collaborate with and serve as a liaison/ coordinator between Field Operations and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), LBBP program, tribal government staff, and individual landowners relative to issues involving the goals, objectives, and implementation of the LBBP.

Salary Information

GS-09: $50,769 - $66,001 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

This vacancy is also announced as OST-7800-19-CD-006(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures and as OST-19-CD-MM10417864(ACWA) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

Indian Preference Policy: Preference in filling this vacancy is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application prior to the closing date of the announcement, if claiming Indian Preference. Applicants selected under Indian preference from this vacancy will be appointed under the Excepted Service, Schedule A 213.3112(a)(7) appointing authority. Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applications in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.

NOTE: This HR Office uses an automated recruitment system. We query a question labeled “Background Information” in the Occupational Questionnaire to identify applicants claiming Indian Preference. You must answer this question. If you are claiming Indian Preference, you must also submit your valid BIA-4432 form to verify your claim.

OST has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Please note: You may be required to operate a vehicle while traveling; therefore you must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.

* NOTE:* This is a TERM appointment. Appointments to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed (NTE) 13 months with the possibility of extension up to a total of three (3) years.

NOTE: Occasional weekend work may be required.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel of 11 or more nights per month may be required.

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

**To qualify for this position you must meet A, B, or C defined below for the grade to which you are applying.


A. Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-07 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) utilize computers and software programs to research information, and to track and verify data; 2) assist with coordinating meetings and making power point presentations regarding an organizations plans and activities; and 3) interact with multiple stakeholders and create new plans for disseminating information related to outreach activities.

OR B. Education: Completion of one full year of graduate level education or a Bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement* OR C. Combination of Education and Experience: A qualifying combination of specialized experience and post-high school education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (i.e., credits received beyond the second year). A combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement.

*Additional information regarding Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.):


A. Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-09 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) participate in the creation of outreach initiatives; 2) write informational material to be disseminated regarding an outreach initiative or activity; and 3) collaborate with multiple stakeholders on developing outreach strategies for tribal entities.

OR B. Education: You have completed a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR C. Combination of Education and Experience: You have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Please Note: If you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you MUST submit a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts to verify that you meet the education. Failure to provide this information will result in your receiving an “INELIGIBLE” rating.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: **

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements*. *

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Additional information

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Written Communication:In order to be express in written form the origin and components of the Land Buy Back Program to agency staff as well as beneficiary participants.

Oral Communication: In order to express and present ideas, concepts and processes in a clear, concise, convincing and logical manner.

Interpersonal Communication: In order to work effectively with other similar goal oriented organizations and agency staff to assist in the delivery of Land Buy Back Program (LBBP) outreach activities and their outcomes.

Analytical: In order to research, review and report on data, analyze and report on processes and procedures effecting outreach activities such as: land research, valuation and acquisition, and information/ financial support systems.

If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


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Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (4) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable); (5) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted; (6) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (7) Copy of a current and valid state driver's license.

NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: OR .

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Monster Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Agency contact information
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Office of the Secretary of the Interior 4400 Masthead Street NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 United States

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Next steps

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 02/12/2019 to 02/19/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Salary: $50,769 to $66,001 per year

Appointment type: Term - This is a TERM appointment. Appointments to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed (NTE) 13 months with the possibility of extension up to a total of three (3) years.

Work schedule: Full-Time