Job Title:SUPERVISORY LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST (PROBATE), GS-0901-11
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:AB-12-43 (READVERTISEMENT)
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/ Per Year|
|Wednesday, September 19, 2012 to
Tuesday, October 09, 2012|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time -
|1 vacancy in the following location:|
Rosebud, SD United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES|
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.
SUPERVSIORY LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST (PROBATE), GS-0901-11,
Pos.# 4900051A, Great Plains Region, Rosebud Agency,
Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services,
Branch of Probate and Estate Services,
Rosebud, South Dakota
GS-11: $57,408 - $74,628 Per Annum
NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT REAPPLY UNDER THIS READVERTISEMENT.
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, veterans 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: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa
- US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
- A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
- APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
- APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.
DUTIES:Back to top
NOTE: This is a supervisory position. Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final. Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
* Ensures correct distribution of trust assets upon a beneficiarys death through legal research, interviews, and consultation to individuals, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), officials/staff, and federal, state, and tribal government officials in determining heirs of deceased Indian landowners of trust or restricted lands and resources.
* Examines legal documents for the purpose of verifying ownership status of land and resources, ensuring accuracy of legal descriptions, researches land titles and prepares an inventory of real property in estates.
* Provides substantial support assistance to and consults with deciding officials in the Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) of the U.S. Department of the Interior on probates.
* Reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations to the OHA staff regarding proposed leases, rights-of-way, or other encumbrances of the trust or restricted land/assets in the estate; and performs legal research to assist the staff in resolving problems arising under federal, tribal, and state case law applicable to testamentary disposition of property, title status, genealogy and other probate problems.
* Responsible for taking all actions necessary to affect new land and resource ownership data and payment of any trust and restricted funds in the estate account.
* Evaluates factual documents and other information to determine level of legal complexity in Indian probate cases and assembles documentation and facts and evidence for inclusion into a probate case package.
* Provides supervison and oversight of work for lower graded employees within the branch.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, GS-0901).
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include work involving, but not limited to, responsibilities of program management and review of probate cases. Providing technical program advice in the administration and maintenance of probate issues. Research and gather legal/financial documents for probate case files and assemble for submission to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA); review and recommend approval/corrective action for case files prepared by tribal service providers; understand and apply the regulations for Testate and Testate Laws; conduct legal review of probate decisions to ensure the appropriate laws are applied in determining the distribution of trust assets; initiates update of data in automated tracking systems; initiates closure and distribution of estate assets through the Office of the Special Trustee.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
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 drivers 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply unique federal administrative laws and decisions relating to inheritance of Indian trust and restricted lands and resources.
- Knowledge of and ability to apply basic real estate principles, laws and practices sufficient to analyze land sales, acquisitions, leases, easements, mortgages, partitions, and wills.
- Knowledge of Indian law and legal documents which impact title, encumbrance, use rights, and income rights from land administered by the Bureau.
- Knowledge of federal, tribal, and state probate and administration of estate laws, departmental regulations, policy directives and delegations of authority that pertain to land titles and trust and restricted money accounts.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.