Office of the Secretary of the Interior Deputy Director for School Operations, ES-340 in Washington, District Of Columbia

Office of the Secretary of the Interior
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Are you interested in joining:

  • An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders?

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences. Indian Affairs offers an extensive scope of programs that covers the entire range of Federal, State and local government services. The Bureau of Indian Education administers an education system consisting of 183 schools and dormitories, educating approximately 42,000 elementary and secondary students and 28 tribal colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools. The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers an extensive scope of programs from social services, natural resources management on trust lands representing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals, estates, economic development programs, law enforcement and detention services, land and water claim settlements, housing improvements, disaster relief, replacement and repair of schools, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and operates a series of irrigation systems and provides electricity to rural Arizona. Indian Affairs is seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Education, Division of School Operations; and you can find more information specific to our organization at


NOTE: Special requirements for current and former political appointees. See the How to Apply section

Provides executive management for the following organizations and staff within the Division of School Operations for the Bureau of Indian Education: Teacher and Principal Recruitment; Acquisition and Grants; School Facilities; Educational Technology; Communications; and Budget and Finance. The incumbent will supervise and manage these offices in a manner that incorporates tribal priorities, addresses tribal concerns and improves the services that these offices provide to BIE-operated and Tribally-controlled schools.

Ensures that the administrative operations and services provided meet the needs of the Bureau and effectively improves the delivery of BIE programs to Indian tribes and people in meeting the goals and objectives of the Bureau. Establishes accountability for all administrative program areas under the direct management of the BIE.

Responsible for providing day-to-day executive leadership and management of the programs under the Division of School Operations for the Bureau. Defines administrative needs and requirements and creates solutions to develop and sustain administrative excellence throughout the full reach of BIE. Works with subordinate staff and others within BIE to identify needs, problem areas within each of the administrative functions and ensures that corrective actions are taken. Monitors the delivery of products and services with the administrative operations program and works with the Director-BIE to develop solutions for identified problem areas.

Serves as the senior financial advisor and provides counsel to the Director-BIE on all financial management issues. Develops and applies appropriate financial strategies for the BIE including results-oriented budget approaches, timely and accurate accounting and financial reporting, effective controls over contract cost and performance, and complete and accurate property accounts.

Serves as a member of the Tribal Interior Budget Council for the Bureau of Indian Education. Works with subordinate supervisors to provide the most current and up-to-date financial information to the tribal representatives who attend the council meetings. Works with tribal leaders and others to identify tribal budget needs and ensures that tribal priorities are identified in budget requests and helps to develop creative solutions to addressing budget shortfalls.

Represents BIE on financial matters within Indian Affairs, the Department, including the Office of the Inspector General. Serves as liaison with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Accounting Office, the Department of Treasury, representatives of other government agencies, officials of state and local governments, national and international groups, Indian tribes and individual Indians.

Ensures all investigative referrals and audits of BIE operations are promptly resolved and that timely action is taken to correct identified deficiencies. Coordinates resolution of audit findings directed to organizations that receive grants from or contracts with BIE. Serves as the liaison with departmental offices for the management control program.

Works with program and staff organizations to improve their effectiveness and efficiency by managing costs and seeking to improve performance. Identifies the costs associated with providing services and products and measures performance through collaboratively established financial and program performance goals.

Reviews, monitors and evaluates the administrative support programs at the headquarters and field levels for operational effectiveness, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and attainment of goals/objectives. Identifies administrative activities that have policy implications and takes necessary action.

Ensures that all administrative programs, policies and systems properly support and facilitate established goals and objectives of BIE. Coordinates with concerned organizational entities of the Department, other Federal agencies, Tribes and non-government organizations.

Manages funds, personnel, information, property and projects for all organizations under the purview of the Deputy Director – Administration. The Deputy Director ensures that BIE acquires and maintains an adequate staff with the requisite skills and knowledge to carry out all of its financial and administrative program requirements. Ensures efficient management and safeguarding of resources and operation of internal controls.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Some travel required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation will be authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Key Requirements:
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • This position is subject to Indian Preference for employment.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses authorized.

As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed in the application documents you submit. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below in addition to the Technical Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Each Technical Qualification and each Executive Core Qualification must be addressed separately and submitted with your application. *The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at or you will not receive consideration. Your narratives of the Technical Qualifications may follow this format as well. Narrative Statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. Technical Qualification Statements may not exceed 2 pages per qualification. If you exceed these limits, you will not be considered. *If you do not submit narrative statements addressing the ECQs and Technical Qualifications for this position, you will not receive consideration.**


ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

*ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN: *This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resource strategically.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

*ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS: *This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.


  1. In-depth, senior level management experience and skill in enabling the effective delivery of an organization's mission while adhering to the laws and regulations governing administrative programs, internal operations and services. This experience must reflect a track record of successful customer service and communication, outreach and collaboration, accountability and continuous program improvement of internal business processes and systems.

  2. Experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Federal budget process, including knowledge of the Congressional budget process and a thorough and detailed understanding of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policies, directions and regulations.

  3. Skill in leading and directing large-scale transformation projects (e.g., IT modernization, financial system modernization, call center transformation, etc.) in a fast-paced change environment.

  4. Demonstrated experience developing long-range plans and policy guidance on administrative programs, operational programs and fiscal issues.

*Indian Preference Policy: *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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

*Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees: *Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office within your application package.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a SES Rating panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to the following address:


Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below at

Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model that offers you choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. And you can pay your share of premiums as well as your out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.

Our leave policy provides ample time off to take care of your personal, your recreational and your health care needs. In addition to 10 paid holidays every year, you will accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 26 vacation days.

In addition to these programs, the Federal Government recognizes the need for income replacement and income support benefits down the road. Our 3-part retirement program includes a social security benefit, a 401(K) type plan, and a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history. In addition to retiree health insurance benefits under the FEHB Program, you also will be eligible for Medicare. You will be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family members. We offer the largest group long-term care insurance program in the country.

Other Information

*Financial Disclosure: *The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

*Background Investigation: *The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

*Probationary Period: *Selected candidates will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the SES, unless the required probationary period has been served or waived.

Salary: The Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 3 position where the minimum pay rate is set at the GS-15 Step 08 for the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The minimum pay for this position is $157,971 per annum, based on the new salary tables for 2016. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Motor Vehicle Policy: The incumbent may be 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.

EEO Policy Statement

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring authority directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Privacy Act– Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

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.

Social Security Number –Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application will result in your application not being processed.

Salary Range: $157,971.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0340-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452648300

Job Announcement Number: BIE-SES-2017-01-PQ1771822