Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Self Determination Specialist in Lame Deer, Montana

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lame Deer, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (25 USC 472), gives priority in selection to eligible Indian preference candidates. The BIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Who May Apply:

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP) - Current and former career-conditional or career/status employees.
  • Excepted Service (ESEP) - Indian Preference applicants.
  • Veterans Preference - includes Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants.
  • Special Hiring Authorities - Common authorities include Schedule A, Peace Corps, Foreign Service employees, etc.

For additional information see the "Other Information" section.


Provide staff assistance in the implementation and administration of P.L. 93-638 (The Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975).

Provide a broad range of direct field services and technical assistance in the development processes associated with the effective transfer of bureau functions to the tribes and tribal organizations under the administrative jurisdiction of the Regional/Agency Office.

Assist supervisor in the implementation, maintenance and oversight of the Region/Agency P.L. 93-638 Self Determination Contract and Grant administrative functions.

Assures that programmatic and funding clearances have been obtained and assures accuracy of contract and grant documents prior to award.

Review and evaluate tribal administrative capabilities in the requirements associated with the development and operation of effective management systems.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Required to operate a Government owned or leased vehicle to perform job duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Vacancy ID Number:

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; work involving Indian self-determination activities and services, including monitoring and performing all P.L. 93-638 contract functions, contract proposals, awarding contracts, and ensuring contractors are in compliance with Federal Property Standards. Ensure proper certification, utilization and disposal procedures are in compliance. Establish a system to monitor plans, quarterly and annual reports. Apply OMB criteria on financial audit submissions, reviewing work submitted by contractors.

GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; includes work involving Indian self-determination activities and services, interpretation and application of self-determination related laws, regulations, policies, methods, and techniques.

GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; includes work involving Indian self-determination activities and services.

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

NOTE: If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

NOTE: This position is designated as a MODERATE RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation. This is a condition of employment.

OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probationary period.

After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package: Benefits and Additional Resources.

Additional benefits information:

  • Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year, if applicable.
  • Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses.
  • This position is eligible for emergency or situational telework.
Other Information

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligible was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions.

Appointing Authority information

The following links will provide additional information on how you may be eligible for the hiring authorities under this announcement.

Indian Preference

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Schedule A

Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Transitional Assistance Program (ICTAP)

Special Hiring Authorities

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1101-07/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Indian Preference eligibles, current status employees or former employees with Reinstatement eligibility.

Control Number: 453644400

Job Announcement Number: RMR-17-08