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Job Title:  Counselor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Job Announcement Number:  AG-13-PQ824547 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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.

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in Washington, DC.  The mission of the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.  The incumbent of this position serves as a Counselor to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, focusing on maintaining liaison with other offices and bureaus that encompass the Indian Affairs organization.  The incumbent will consult with tribal leaders and communities, departments, congressional committee staffs and others within the private sector to carry out duties.  The role of the incumbent is that of an advisor in policy determining issues and related matters of a confidential and administrative support nature. 


This position is being advertised concurrently with (AG-13-PQ824548) using Merit Promotion procedures.  Status applicants who wish to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement. __________________________________________________________________________________

Who May Apply

  • U.S. Citizens


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
  • Relocation expenses may be paid.
  • Travel may be required.


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The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Coordinates assigned activities to ensure compliance with the Administration’s policies.  Provides coordination, liaison and initial review on matters pertaining to the program areas under the supervisor’s purview.

·         Assignments are complex, important and diversified in scope and may be within any jurisdiction of the Indian Affairs programs.  Assignments may be of a nonrecurring nature, and the incumbent is responsible for research and conducting special studies or surveys of problems, projects, or program implementation.

·         Produces briefings, decision memorandum and background papers on a wide variety of issues, problems or matters.  Develops strategies on sensitive and controversial issues and serves in a confidential capacity on organizational and internal matters.

·         Works with Departmental program and staff officials to assure that projects assigned are coordinated to meet the objectives of Indian Affairs and are ready for action or endorsement by the Assistant Secretary.  Participates in meetings called for the purpose of briefing key officials when assignments will require coordination between two or more program offices.

·         Participates in staff conferences and meetings called by the supervisor.  Contributes to program discussion and developments by citing current status of program involvement.  Notes and follows up on assignments made by the supervisor during these conferences and meetings.

·         Working closely with the top leadership staff of the Indian Affairs organization, the incumbent develops, coordinates, resolves and implements a variety of special projects which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of national importance.  Completes in-depth analysis of issues of importance to top leadership staff within Indian Affairs, which is frequently needed in very short time frames. 

·         Follows legislative matters of interest to the Indian Affairs organization and programs to keep the supervisor informed of their status and progress.  Utilizes knowledge of the supervisor’s viewpoints in the general review of proposed legislation in order to highlight and bring to his/her attention those portions of bills which conflict with current Indian Affairs policy.  Recommends policy alternatives to be incorporated as needed.



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GS-14:  All applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13), which includes: 1) analyzing proposed legislation and evaluating the impact such legislation may have on one's organization; 2) preparing, presenting, and defending proposed recommendations, policies, or regulations; 3) developing and delivering verbal presentations to high level officials on sensitive or controversial topics; AND 4) serving as spokesperson or representative for an organization or senior official.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement Friday, January 18, 2013.   Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of Friday, January 18, 2013.  Qualified applicants will be rated based on their possession of the knowledge and experience requirements identified under the "Qualifications" section.  Candidates rated as best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


  • Analytical Ability
  • Communication
  • Knowledge of legal research procedures, methods, and sources


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.



Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the documentation required by that form.
  • For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating.


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This agency participates in the standard Federal benefits program described here:

In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

·         Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year

·         Variety of available work schedules 

·         Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $125 per month for mass transportation expenses


Postion may be eligible for telework.



CTAP:  Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area, may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP:  Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have already been involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP. 

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package.  In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures.  For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.


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  1. Click "Apply Online" to the right.
  2. Log-in to USAJOBS and follow the instructions to submit your resume.  Note:  If you have not already created a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one.  This will also involve creating a resume in the USAJOBS system.
  3. After submitting your resume, enter your Application Manager username and password when prompted.  If you do not have an Application Manager username, you will need to create one.
  4. Complete the questionnaire in Application Manager.  To preview the questions, click here:  View Assessment Questions
  5. Upload all other documents listed in the "Required Documents" section below.  If you do not have certain documents electronically, you may fax them using the instructions below.
  6. Submit your application.  You will receive confirmation if your application has been properly submitted.



  1. Complete the fax coversheet provided here:  The vacancy identification number for this position is:  824547
  2. Fax your documents to 478-757-3144.  Please note, if you do not use the coversheet provided above,  your documents will not be properly processed.
  3. After two business days, verify receipt of your faxed documents by logging into your Application Manager account at


The following documents are required for this position:
  1. Resume showing relevant experience
  2. On-line Assessment Questionaire
  3. Veterans Preference Documentation if claiming preference:  VA letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214 (copy 4) that indicates an honorable discharge.


REMINDER:  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (Friday, January 18, 2013).  If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted.  Please double check your application package BEFORE you submit it.


Human Resources
Phone: (703)390-6420
Agency Information:
AS IA Human Resources
Reston, VA


If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages.

A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 4 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.

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