Office of the Secretary of the Interior Deputy Trust Administrator in Rapid City, South Dakota
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.
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
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The incumbent will report to the Regional Trust Administrators and serve as the Deputy Regional Trust Administrator (DRTA). The DRTA provides management and support functions for the Deputy Special Trustee - Field Operations throughout the nation. This position is with the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, Deputy Special Trustee—Field Operations, Immediate Office, in Rapid City, SD.
Major duties at the full performance level include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work directly for the Regional Trust Administrators and will review, define, and develop programmatic goals and objectives throughout the field and central offices as the Deputy Regional Trust Administrator.
- Perform program reviews of trust service operations to ensure that activities are being performed in accordance with established regulations, policies and procedures.
- Provide technical assistance, guidance and direction to designated Fiduciary Trust Officers (FTOs) and field staff on programmatic activities relating to or affecting assets held in trust, beneficiary trust functions and other miscellaneous trust matters as well as administrative functions associated with the field and central offices.
- Implement internal control standards for the monitoring and management of trust assets and the level, quality, and responsiveness of trust services provided to beneficial owners to ensure the protection and preservation of trust lands.
- Recommend new and innovative ideas, approaches and solutions to complex problems and unique issues that affect the organizations ability to properly fulfill its fiduciary trust obligations to beneficiary owners.
- Act on behalf of the Regional Trust Administrators (RTAs) in their absence and perform all expected job duties and functions of the RTA, including but not limited to, development of budget, active risk analysis of operations and functions, compliance with all administrative responsibilities, and supervisory and managerial responsibilities of personnel.
First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.
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.
Salary Information GS-15- $121,280 - $157,663 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
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.
Occasional travel - 1 to 5 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 http://www.sss.gov/
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
*To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series/grade to which you are applying. *
Specialized Experience* To qualify for the *GS-15, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. 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 work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) interacting with organizations that provide Trust Asset Management and Accounting Services; 2) providing outreach to beneficiaries and others on trust transactions and services including developments in trust laws, regulations and changes in departmental policy as it relates to trust asset management; 3)ensuring that trust transactions are in accordance with regulations, statutes and established policies and procedures.
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: *https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp*
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants applying under a special appointing authority (such as Indian Preference) do not have to meet Time-in-Grade.
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.
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. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Regulations and Guidance – Knowledge of or ability to learn appropriate regulations and procedures of trust service operations.
Analytical – Ability to apply principles of Indian fiduciary trust fund responsibilities to specific situations.
Oral Communication – To express processes and procedures in a concise and logical manner orally.
Technical Knowledge – Knowledge of trust services operations to ensure activities are performed in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures.
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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 https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Howtocreateyourresume
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(7) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted; (8) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, 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).
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as 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 30% 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: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .
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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Office of the Secretary of the Interior 4400 Masthead Street NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 United States
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513281600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/10/2018 to 10/24/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Salary: $121,280 to $157,663 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time