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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Bureau of Indian Education

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:BIE-SES-2013-01R-PQ871943

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 03, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


This position is being readvertised.   Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This position was previously advertised from 04-05-13 - 05-20-13.  You need not reapply to receive full consideration for this position if you applied under the previous announcement.  Candidates may update their application materials during the current open period.  Refer to the "How to Apply" section for additional information.

Are you interested in joining:

  • An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders?


The U.S. Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  Indian Affairs offers an extensive scope of programs that covers the entire range of Federal, State and local government services.  The Bureau of Indian Education administers an education system consisting of 183 schools and dormitories, educating approximately 42,000 elementary and secondary students and 28 tribal colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers an extensive scope of  programs from social services, natural resources management on trust lands representing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals, estates, economic development programs, law enforcement and detention services, land and water claim settlements, housing improvements, disaster relief, replacement and repair of schools, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and operates a series of irrigation systems and provides electricity to rural Arizona.  Indian Affairs is seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission. 


This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Education; and you can find more information specific to our organization at


Indian Preference Policy:  Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, U.S.C. Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.


  • Key Requirements:
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • This position is subject to Indian Preference for employment.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses are authorized.


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Major Duties:

  • Accountable for the development of plans, programs and policies that will enhance student achievement and the quality of education and educational services provided to the Indian community (BIE operated and grant schools) in line with Public Law 107.100, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and other applicable laws.
  • Carries out the full range of managerial and supervisory responsibilities including financial, property, internal management controls, procurement, safety and occupational health and other authorities necessary for the administrative and fiscal management of Indian post-secondary, secondary and elementary schools including curriculum development, teacher training, student achievement and interaction with parents and tribal leaders.
  • Provides proactive education leadership to and supervision of the Bureau operated university, technical, post-secondary and elementary schools, dormitories and post-secondary institutions, and provides leadership and oversight to contract/grant schools and Tribally Controlled Community Colleges.
  • Maintains close working relationships with tribal groups and Indian leaders, soliciting their opinions and attitudes on matters of importance to them and the Bureau.  Communicates to and interprets programs and policies instituted by Congress, the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Education.
  • Provides outreach to the education community through participation in civic and community organizations in order to acquaint the non-Indian communities with the work and objectives of the Bureau and the accomplishments of Indian people.
  • Manages a multi-million dollar budget for the Bureau and is accountable for the oversight of all goals, strategic planning and for providing high quality, and scientifically research-based educational programs for BIE schools.


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As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications included in this announcement.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade levels 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.  The experience includes the administration of education programs at all levels, including elementary to post-secondary education and has successfully managed educational programs and activities in a large, geographically dispersed organization. 


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 and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below in a separate, narrative document that you include with your application materials.  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 have been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below in addition to the Technical Qualifications.  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 must be addressed separately and submitted with your application.  The narratives addressing ECQs must follow the format provided at, or you will not receive consideration.  Narrative statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages in total.  To address the Technical Qualifications, please do not exceed 2 pages per technical qualification and you may follow the format for the ECQs in addressing your Technical Qualifications.  If you exceed these limits you will not be considered.  Please note if you do not address the ECQs and Technical Qualifications in the narrative format, you will not be considered for this position.


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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4:  BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resource strategically.

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.



1.  Knowledge of the concepts, methods and techniques in the field of education and educational administration in accordance with Federal laws and regulations.

2.  Experience and proven success in the management of a school system such as a university, college or school district.

3.  Ability to produce positive student outcomes.

4.  Ability to build a strong management team that will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategic plan for education that reflects the needs of the students and parents and achieves objective student outcomes.

5.  Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the educational and social needs of children and adults from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.



Candidates for this position will need to meet the following basic education requirement to be considered for this position.  


GS-1710, School Administration Positions


A.  Degree:  that was supplemented by professional teaching or staff experience at the elementary or secondary levels that demonstrated thorough knowledge of the operation of educational programs at the elementary or secondary levels, and completion of at least one semester or the equivalent of graduate-level course work in school administration or school management, and/or curriculum development.




B.  Possession of a permanent license or certificate for school administrator (either elementary or secondary) issued by a State, the District of Columbia, or one of the territories or possessions of the United States.


Though candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree, as identified above, candidates with a Master's or Doctorate are desirable.  Candidates must submit documentation of their educational background to include transcripts, licenses, or other applicable documentation and experience must clearly identified in the application or resume.

Indian Preference Policy:  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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.


Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees:  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 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 within your application package.



Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive 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.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications described above.



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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.



Note:  Special requirements for current and former political appointees.  See Documents Required section for more information.


Financial Disclosure:  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.


Background Investigation:  The sensitivity level of this 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.


Motor Vehicle Policy:  The incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.


Senior Executive Service Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.


Indian Preference Policy:  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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579):  This information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


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.


Note:  Applications mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.  Do not e-mail documents to the contact e-mail address listed in the announcement.  Please use the "Apply online" button included in the announcement to submit your application or follow the procedures to Fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.  When faxing your documents, you will need to use the Official Fax Coversheet found at and also include responses to the questionnaire on OPM Form 1203-FX, which can be found at and reference vacancy identification number 871943.





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Your complete application pakcage must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 04, 2013.


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 “Application Status”.  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, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX ( and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to access the  Online Questionnaire).  You must use the official FAX coversheet found here: and cite Vacancy Identification Number 871943.


If you cannot apply online, you must speak with an HR representative prior to the closing date of this announcement.


After two business days, verify receipt of your faxed documents by logging into your Application Manager account at






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


1.  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 use the resume tool on the USAJobs site.  It is recommended that you include the following information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number 871943;
  • Full name, mailing address, e-mail address and day and evening telephone numbers;
  • Educational information including the name, city and state of colleges and universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received;
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including:
  •       o   Job title (include series and grade if Federal job);
          o   Duties and accomplishments;
          o   Employer’s name and address;
          o   Supervisor’s name and phone number;
          o   Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year);
          o   Salary;
          o   Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor; and
          o   Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
    2.  RequiredNarrative statements addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid or unpaid), education, training, awards and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each  ECQ and each technical qualification must be addressed separately.  The narrative addressing ECQs must follow the format provided at  The ECQ narrative must not exceed 10 pages in total.  Technical Qualification narratives must not exceed 2 pages per qualification.  If you do not provide narratives of the ECQs and Technical Qualifications, you will not be considered.
    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.
    Your narrative statement MUST be submitted using "Executive Core Qualifications" or "Other" as Document Type.
    3.  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.  If you are a current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee, please submit documentation of your appointment, including a copy of your SF-50.
    4.  Required:  If you are claiming Indian Preference for Employment, a copy of your BIA Form 4432 must be provided.  Please remove your date of birth from the form. 
    5.  Required:  Documentation of your educational background to include transcripts, licenses or other appropriate documentation.
    6.  Highly Recommended:  A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).  Please remove your social security number.
    7.  Highly Recommended:  Candidates are required to complete the DI-1935, Applicant Background Survey, on a voluntary basis.  Information will be used solely to review compliance with Federal law.  Failure to complete this form will not affect consideration.  The form can be found online at


Allison Beard
Phone: (202)208-2825
Agency Information:
AS IA Human Resources
Office of Human Capital Management
1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC



We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a SES Rating 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.  If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to the following address:



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