Job Overview


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.

REALTY OFFICER, GS-1170-11/12, #4200101,
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs,

Great Plains Region, Cheyenne River Agency,

Real Estate Services, Eagle Butte, South Dakota

GS-12:  $68,809 - $89,450 Per Annum

GS-11:  $57,408 - $74,628 Per Annum


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, veteran’s 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:


NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

NOTE: This is a supervisory position. Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a probationary period before their appointment becomes final. Those who do not satisfactorily complete the probationary period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay than those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, and developing the most economically feasible administrative practices and procedures for the execution of trust real estate services:

· Plans, develops, and implements a trust real estate services program to accomplish the timely and efficient processing of applications for patents, removal of restrictions, disposals, acquisitions, rights-of-way, surface and subsurface leasing and permitting. In addition, ensures lease compliance and respond to unresolved rights cases.

· Provides technical assistance to the Agency Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and staff; and tribal trust resources management staff in all areas of real estate management and decision making activities.

· Performs audits of real estate management practices, real estate transactions, and legal instruments preparation to assure conformance with legal, statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements.

· Monitors the collection of trust funds from realty transactions; and coordinates the maintenance and use of automated systems; i.e., Trust Assetand Accounting Management System (TAAMS); and may monitor payment distributions.

· Coordinates to ensure timely real estate appraisals are conducted for the evaluation of surface and subsurface estimated fair market values for transactions requiring same; i.e., disposals, acquisitions, fee patents, lease proposals, condemnation actions, and rights-of-way.

· Serves as the Agency's advisor in the field of Indian trust real estate management.

· Plans, develops, and implements training for all functions of the real estate services program that may include patents, removal of restrictions, disposals, acquisitions, rights-of-way, surface and subsurface leasing and permitting, lease compliance and unresolved rights cases, and coordinates training relating to environmental and cultural resources compliance, TAAMS, and the use of personal computers to utilize data from all information systems.

· Directly supervises the work of Agency realty staff; plans and carries out training and development; evaluates work performance; and recommends selections, promotions, status changes, awards, disciplinary actions, and separations.

· Gives positive direction in establishing the organization's EEO commitments to ensure fairness in making selections; encouragement and recognition of employees; and sensitivity to the developmental needs of all employees.