Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a International Affairs Specialist. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.Learn more about this agency
Location - Lakewood, Colorado; Deputy Commissioner - Operations; Native American and International Affairs Office.
The primary duties of this position are:
Implements Reclamation's reimbursable international activities including technical assistance and training to federal, foreign governmental agencies, and international organizations and non-reimbursable cooperative technology exchange activities.
Conducts negotiations with representatives from other federal agencies, foreign governmental entities, international organizations, and other agencies to define the scope of specific Reclamation activities for reimbursable technical assistance and training programs, and non-reimbursable cooperative technology exchange.
Implements Reclamation's non-reimbursable visitor programs (no more than one day) for foreign personnel visiting Reclamation facilities to learn more about Reclamation.
Represents Reclamation at conferences and meetings with foreign water officials visiting the United States, conducts briefings in the Commissioner's Office or the Department. Serves as a liaison between the Commissioner's Office and other Reclamation offices and other agencies or outside organizations. The incumbent collects and analyzes background information concerning international water issues or other topics and prepares reports or briefing papers.
Reviews and interprets relevant legislation, Executive Orders, State foreign-policy material, and Department of the Interior (Department)/Reclamation policies and guidance to develop, articulate, and promulgate policy, directives, and guidance pertaining to the International Affairs Program.
Serves as a backup to the Foreign Travel Specialist.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following:
- U.S. Citizen or National
- Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
- Submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
- Meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
- Submit transcripts, if required, to verify education requirements
- For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
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). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.
Applicants may be required to serve an initial probationary period.
QualificationsTo qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Examples of specialized experience include: Implementing foreign visitor and foreign technical training programs related to water resources programs, working with domestic and foreign governments, organizations and entities; and specific experience with the execution of water resources and related programs in foreign countries.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Examples of specialized experience include: Assisting with the implementation of foreign visitor and foreign technical training programs related to water resources programs, working with domestic and foreign governments, organizations and entities; and general experience with the execution of water resources and related programs in foreign countries.
To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Examples of specialized experience include: experience with international organizations involved in water resources development and management; political, economic and technical factors of the International Affairs program for use in evaluating proposals from foreign countries; different cultural practices; and applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to identify and resolve issues and problems of a unique nature.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
GS-09: master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, LL.B. or J.D., if related.
GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related
At the present time, we have one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit https://www.e-verify.gov/
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: https://www.sss.gov
How You Will Be Evaluated
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and submitted documents, 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 20 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Competencies through his/her resume and responses to the online questions.
Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
External Awareness: Identifies and keeps up-to-date on key agency policies/priorities and economic, political, and social trends which affect the organization; understands where the organization is headed and how to make a contribution.
Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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. If a determination is made that an applicant has rated themselves higher than is apparent in his/her description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that his/her resume/application is incomplete, the applicant may be rated ineligible or his/her score may be lowered.
Preview assessment questions here:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10922685
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume, an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.
Resume: Applicants must submit a resume that demonstrates how skills and experiences meet the qualifications and requirements listed in the job announcement to be considered for the job. Each job experience should at least include start and end dates (month and year) and number of hours worked per week. For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/
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 the applicant is claiming eligibility. Do not submit award SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.
Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: Schedule A, Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers. Applicants claiming eligibility based on a Special Hiring Authority must submit applicable proof of eligibility. For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/special-authorities/
Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities): https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/peace-corps/
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If the applicant is a current or former land management agency appointee - the applicant must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows:
a) A copy of the applicant's SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment;
b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and
(c) A copy of the applicant's Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.
For more information on LMWFA, visit: https://chcoc.gov/content/implementing-policy-guidance-land-management-workforce-flexibility-act.
DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty (VEOA, VRA, 30% or more Disabled, or Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program): Applicants who are entitled to veterans' preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy preferred, including character of service), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves the applicants military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the applicant has a compensable service-connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85.0 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.
For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documentation) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement 11/16/2020. To apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.
This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-USA Staffing. For more information, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/
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 the applicant not being considered for this position.
Do not submit photographs with the application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - applicant must remove any images from badges, licenses, etc.
Agency contact information
USBR DO-WO Human Resources Office
AddressNative American and International Affairs
Bureau of Reclamation
Denver Federal Center
P.O. BOX 25007
Denver, CO 80225-0007
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 United States.
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