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Job Title:  Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Job Announcement Number:  OS-13-SES-MM844170

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of the Interior is devoted to the protection and preservation of natural resources of this great nation, including national parks, landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affliated Islanders. 

As a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), the individual selected for this position will serve with a prestigious group of executives nationwide who are charged with responsibility for ensuring that Federal programs are efficiently managed and are responsive to the needs, policies, priorities, and goals of the Nation.  We are looking for the best qualified individual available to provide dynamic leadership and management of a robust administrative hearings and appeals program for the Department of the Interior.  The individual must have demonstrated outstanding executive management capability and have established professional stature. 

NOTE:  The maximum salary for individuals who have not previously held an SES position is $165,300. 

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


  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Participation in direct deposit is required
  • Veterans preference does not apply to the SES


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

The Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals exercises program management and administrative responsibilities with respect to the hearings and appeals functions of the Department, in accordance with existing policies, regulations, and procedures.  These responsibilities include strategic planning, budget execution, performance management, human capital management, and information resources management.  The Director serves as an ex officio member of the Appeals Boards of the Office, and he or she may participate in their decisions.  The Director may assume jurisdiction of any case pending before any Appeals Board of the Office, review a decision of any Appeals Board, or direct reconsideration of a decision by any Appeals Board.  As requested, the Director advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Assistant Secretaries on matters relating to administrative review functions within the Department.  The Director formulates or reviews policies, procedures, and regulations relating to such functions.


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As a basic requirement, applicants must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree and must be, at the time of appointment or conversion, a current, active member in good standing of a bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States and must comply with relevant ethical codes.


In addition, 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 listed below.  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.  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 ECQ SHOULD BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. It is highly recommended that you follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements should not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical and each individual ECQ.   


Technical Qualifications:

  1. 1.  Demonstrated proficiency in and originality of approach in interpreting and applying legal principles and resolution to judicial problems in one or more of the following areas:  natural resources law, public lands law, environmental law, probate of estates, and Alaska Native and Indian affairs law.


    2.  Demonstrated knowledge of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act and the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act, as well as alternative dispute resolution programs, and experience with the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in the administrative hearings and appeals processes. 


    3.  Demonstrated experience in managing attorneys and Administrative Law Judges as well as demonstrated experience with administrative hearings and appeals. 


  3. Executive Core Qualifications:

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 resources 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, Public Service Motivation



Applicants who meet all the ECQs and Technical Qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. 


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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 that we know will be of interest to you right now, 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. As a new employee, you may be eligible to enroll by answering just a few simple questions. And you can tailor your benefits package to your own needs.


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.


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.


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NOTE:  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 (political) 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.


Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Monday, March 18, 2013.


To apply for this position, click the APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all the required documents.


To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "My Applications".  Click on the position title, and then select APPLY ONLINE to continue.  Please ensure that you select the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You must print a copy of OPM FORM 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to Online Questionnaire) and use the official FAX coversheet found here 



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:


REQUIRED Your resume – it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement.  Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating.  It is recommended that you include the following information:


- Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
- Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
- Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
**Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
**Duties and accomplishments
**Employer's name and address
**Supervisor's name and phone number

**Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
**Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
**Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each ECQ and each technical qualification should be addressed separately.  It is highly recommended you follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required).    Narrative statements should not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical and each individual ECQ. 




If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.



If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.

REQUIRED (Except for Department of the Interior employees already in the GS-0905 series)  Documentation of your JD. or LL.B. degree (TRANSCRIPTS) AND documentation of your current, active member in good standing of a bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States.


REQUIRED  If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.  Please remove your social security number and date of birth.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).  Please remove your social security number.


To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on “My Applications”.  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, narrative statement and other supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144 and use the official FAX coversheet found here



Phone: (202)208-6702
Agency Information:
Office of the Secretary
1849 C Street NW
DE 5442
Washington, DC


We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a 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.

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