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.

SUPERINTENDENT, GS-0340-14/15, #1010066

Great Plains Region, Pine Ridge Agency,

Office of the Superintendent, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

GS-15:  $113,735 - $147,857 Per Annum

GS-14:   $96,690 - $125,695 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 trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  The incumbent serves and maintains the official relationship of the Government-to-Government Federal representative to the Oglala Sioux Tribe by assessing Tribal needs and assisting in achieving the Tribes overall goals by providing advice and assistance to the Tribe in the development and use of resources while maintaining and ensuring the conditions of the trust responsibilities, and the philosophy of P.L. 93-638, as amended and Self-Determination is prevalent in decisions of the agency:

· Develops and fosters the relationship to support a co-equal partnership arrangement in carrying out all governmental trust and programmatic responsibilities of the BIA to the Tribe.

· Administers programs and services in accordance with federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and guidelines.

· Approves Tribal attorney contracts, with delegated authority; and ensures all agency contracts, to include Buy-Indian contracts, are appropriately signed, monitored, and reviewed.

· Provides advice and guidance to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and State government on acquisition, land and water use conflicts; probates; transfers; dowries; life estates; land exchanges; fits; patents-in-fee, fee-to-trust; and legislation effecting Tribal real estate and property.

·Assures that the philosophy of P.L. 93-638 and Self-Determination is prevalent in decisions of the Agency.

· Provides advice for and continual review of automated systems to support trust responsibility such as TAAMS, TFAS, and MMS oil and gas mineral distribution systems, etc.

· Reviews regulations, policies and statistics related to agriculture, range, tourism, etc., to identify and coordinate any impact regarding Indian enterprises.

· Represents the Federal government at Tribal conferences, ceremonials, etc.; and attends Tribal and other meetings, wherein Tribal and Federal government business and information is discussed to make decisions and/or advise the Tribe on the decisions to be made.