Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs REALTY ASSISTANT (CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT/OA), GS-1101-5/6/7 in Mission, South Dakota

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

Opened Saturday 10/15/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (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.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1826488


#4200152A, DOI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rosebud Agency, Deputy Superintendent -*Trust Services, Branch of Real Estate Services, Mission, South Dakota*

GS-07: $40,033 - $52,043 Per Annum

GS-06: $36,025 - $46,831 Per Annum

GS-05: $32,318 - $42,012 Per Annum

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE:Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA):Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.


NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.


  • Communicates with beneficiaries, lessees, land owners and other interested parties about the process options, documentation, and other needs that may be associated with contracting activities.

  • Perform work consisting of technical duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or problems that arise within the realty program.

  • Serves as an assistant assuming a wide responsibility of technical duties, i.e., proceeding with advertisement/ publications, verifying data to process applications for contract under immediate supervisor.

  • Accepts applications for realty associated activity, providing technical assistance and information in response to inquiries to assure regulatory compliance.

  • Screens incoming correspondence, prepares and processes replies to routine inquiries and assembles any required supplemental material and submits for signature.

  • Provides assistance to Indians who apply for the sale of land, patents in fee, exchanges, partitionments, removal of restrictions, and return to trust status of fee lands.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to attend meetings and/or trainings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Clerical and Administrative Support Positions, GS-1101).

GS-07: 1 year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-06 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) that involved processing conventional realty transactions: advertisements for lease/contracts; negotiate leasing activity; process leases, assignments, permits, and agreements; complete approvals, disapprovals, awards and record in the appropriate system; provide information and assistance to the beneficiaries and clients about the contracting process, options, and documentation. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-06: 1 year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector)that include work involved in accepting applications for leasing activity; reviewing transactions, land descriptions, appraisals, and other clearances to determine compliance with statutory authority, laws, regulations, tribal ordinances, policies, and procedures; assist in identification of lands available for lease from expiring leases or through review of land reports. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-05: 1 year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) that involved assisting specialists who process and approve subsurface leasing, leasing, permits, easements and rights-of-ways, and includes word processing, either solely or in combination with clerical work - for example, preparing realty correspondence, maintenance of logs and clearing and categorizing files or documents to aid in delivery of documents or files to the appropriate file format. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience). OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level in any field at an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. (One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.)

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS*:*In addition to meeting the experience or education requirements, for all positions titled as Office Automation or any clerical positions which has parenthetical title of Office Automation (OA), applicants must have typing proficiency of 40 words per minute (wpm) and knowledge of general office automation software such as, word processing, personal computer, electronic mail, database management, spreadsheet, etc. Failure to provide OA proficiency will resut in loss of consideration. Applicants may meet the office automation requirement by passing the appropriate test, presenting a certificate of proficiency from a school or other organization authorized to issue such certificates by the Office of Personnel Management local office or by self-certifying their proficiency.

FOREIGN EDUCATION:If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that 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. Dept of Ed.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

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. For more information please refer to the following link: Government Wide Guidance - Fair Employment Opportunities to Applicants

DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT:As a Federal employee, you will be required to submit a signed and completed "Declaration for Federal Employment," OF-306, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check for Federal employment.

OTHER:Incumbent is required may be required 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.

TELEWORK:The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS:Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit:

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1101-05/07

Promotion Potential: 7

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453519300

Job Announcement Number: AB-17-05