Job Overview


The Bureau of Indian Education's mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being and in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities.

The incumbent contributes to the mission of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) by serving as Supervisory Human Resources Specialist of an Employee/Labor Relations unit, with full responsibility for the overall integration, management, and supervision of the employee/labor relations services programs and related processes.

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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

STATUS CANDIDATES: Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.  Applicants not entitled to Indian or Veteran’s Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

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 about this program and to determine whether you are eligible, click here.


·        Directs the staff and operation level development, implementation and evaluation of the Employee/Labor relations for the BIE workforce under two different personnel systems, the Federal Personnel System and P.L.95-561 Contract Education Personnel System.

·        Responsible for planning, directing, reviewing, evaluating and organization of the Employee/Labor Relations unit.

·        Hears and resolves employee complaints, reviews serious disciplinary problems and effects minor disciplinary measures such as warning and reprimands.

·        Furthers EEO by demonstrating fairness in making selections, encouragement and recognition of employee achievements, fair treatment of minority group employees and sensitivity to the developmental needs of all employees including minority groups, women and the disabled.

·        Serves as the BIE expert for ER/LR programs including development of BIE policy, procedures and implementation guidance for the program.

·        Provides technical guidance in the area of ER/LR, which includes grievances, unfair labor practices, and third party hearings.