This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Special Assistant, GS-0301-14/15 (JS-MPP)

Department:Department Of The Interior


Job Announcement Number:BR-WO-2012-069

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 5, 2012 to Monday, March 12, 2012




Temporary - Full time




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US


This position is open to current career or career-conditional Bureau of Reclamation employees and individuals who are covered by certain special hiring authorities (30% disabled veterans, individuals whose disability limits one or more major life activities). See "How to Apply - Required Documents" section to determine your eligibility to apply under one of the special hiring authorities.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

This announcement is being amended to clarify reduced per diem and return rights when assignment has been completed.  If you applied to the previous announcement you will not need to reapply.   

This is a temporary promotion/reassignment opportunity not-to-exceed 2 years.  This position will NOT be made permanent and may be terminated at any time.  Selectee will be returned to his/her previous position of record OR a similar position/grade upon completion of this assignment.  You will NOT receive a promotion upon completion of this assignment.

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a program manager and advisor. Responsibilities include providing advice, guidance, and oversight to the Assistant Secretary - Water and Science on Reclamation programs. Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential! You can progress from $105K to 123K in 2 years! Depending on your grade and step, you can progress in the range from $105k to $155k in 2 years. Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor approval. LOCATION: Commissioner's Office; Washington, D.C.

The percentage rate of Per Diem, while assigned to work in the Washington, D.C. office, is currently set at 70% of the local DC area rate.  The appropriate rate is determined by market analysis on an annual basis and applied at the beginning of each fiscal year.  It is possible that it will vary from year to year.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements. (See Qualifications)
  • For veteran consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information.
  • Position requires completion of Financial Disclosure (OGE-450) Report.


-Provides advice and guidance to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, on all facets of Reclamation programs. -Advises the Commissioner on issues of interest to the Office of the Assistant Secretary related to Reclamation programs. -Provides expertise in such areas as California Bay-Delta issues, Central Valley Project operations, Colorado River programs, water service and repayment contracts, cross-cutting Reclamation restoration initiatives, Endangered Species Act, budget, and other areas as needed. -Prepares research, position papers, briefing statements, talking points, and verbal reports for the Assistant Secretary on a wide variety of water resource issues. -Assignments involve extensive contact, coordination, and interaction with top officials of Reclamation, the Department, and other Federal agencies, the Congress, and non-Federal interests, which require sound judgment and sensitivity.


All GS-14 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. All GS-15 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: Examples of specialized experience include: GS-14- Experience providing assistance/advice on a variety of water resource issues; dealing with top officials of Reclamation and the Department on a wide variety of water resource issues; reviews, analyzes and assesses water resources or other programmatic issues. GS-15 - Experience working on complex operations issues such as in the California Bay-Delta or Colorado River Basin, or water service and repayment contracts, policy and administrative issues; preparing research, position papers or briefing statements on a wide variety of water resource issues; experience dealing with top officials of Reclamation, the Department, Congress and non-Federal interests on a wide variety of issues concerning water resource issues.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions, by the closing date of this announcement. TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions. 1. Knowledge of analytical approaches and research techniques. 2. Knowledge of Reclamation water resources and issues. 3. Ability to express facts and ideas in writing in an organized manner. 4. Ability to express ideas orally to individuals and groups effectively. Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


--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. For more information visit: --Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s). This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume, on-line assessment questions, and the following Supporting Documents, by the closing date, as appropriate: --SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. --For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility. --SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit:


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-58200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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