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Job Title:Program Director, Office of Natural Resouces Revenue (CEVA)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:ONRR-SES-2013-903395-VTR

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


Monday, July 08, 2013 to Thursday, August 08, 2013




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Lakewood, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Join the Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue!

The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the 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 affiliated Islanders.

The 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.  We are 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. 


The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is in search of a SES candidate to be the Program Director for the Office of Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation and Appeals (CEVA).


The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is responsible for managing (in accordance with mineral leasing laws and regulations) all program activities to collect, account for, and disburse more than $10 billion yearly in revenues from offshore Federal mineral leases and onshore mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands. These revenues are disbursed to about 35 states, 38 Indian tribes, 30,000 Individual Indian Mineral Owners, and to U.S. Treasury accounts.

The Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation, and Appeals (CEVA) organization is responsible for coordinating State and Tribal audits, initiating and tracking enforcement actions, performing independent reviews of appeals filed by companies, and providing valuation support for production from Federal onshore, Outer Continental Shelf, and Indian lands.

If this sounds like a match for your skills, please apply! To find more information specific to our organization please visit


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not perviously completed.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) required.


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*Oversees the administration of the State and Indian Tribe delegated and cooperative audit agreements provided for under Sections 205 and 202, respectively, of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act, as amended; tribal internships; and Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreements with partnering states and tribes. Ensures customer service to States, individual Indian mineral owners, and Tribes by overseeing outreach, education, and consultation programs. 


*Advocates for Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners. Initiates and supports resources and regulatory changes within ONRR that aid trust management on Indian leases; oversees technical review of Indian Mineral Development Act (IMDA) Tribal proposals and ensures timely feedback to Tribes' requests; provides ONRR technical assistance to Tribes and Individual Indian Mineral Owners; and ensures compliance with Tribal Consultation Policies.


*Directs ONRR’s Enforcement Strategy focused on increasing companies’ timely compliance with laws, regulations, and lease terms, by emphasizing an appropriate balance of deterrence, compliance, enforcement actions, communication, continuous improvement, and partnering with other Federal agencies and bureaus.


*Directs ONRR’s Asset Valuation program. Oversees analysis of market information and transportation and processing systems to support ONRR decision-making for valuation policy, targeting for audit and compliance needs, and establishing fair market value for Federal and Indian mineral production.  Directs and manages development of royalty valuation regulations and issuance of royalty valuation determinations and guidance based on statutes and regulations.


*Directs the ONRR Royalty Appeals Program in performing and managing independent reviews of issues related to appeals filed by companies exercising their rights to dispute ONRR claims on additional monies due the federal government.


*Formulates and develops standards and procedures for Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation, and Appeals processes to ensure overall effectiveness and efficiency of CEVA.  Ensures timely response to internal/external review recommendations, compliance with internal controls to mitigate risk within CEVA, compliance with OMB Circular A-123 requirements, and supports budget formulation and execution in accordance with Departmental and ONRR priorities and emphasis.


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As a basic requirement, 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 (ECQ) 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.  Please note if you do not address the ECQs and Technical Qualifications in the narrative format, you will not be considered for this position.


Technical Qualifications:


1.     Demonstrated experience and knowledge of legal, policy, and regulatory aspects related to the administration of Federal and Indian mineral lease revenues and production.


2.     Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Indian fiduciary trust principles and responsibilities, including tribal consultation policies, as related to royalty compliance and asset management.


3.     Demonstrated experience and knowledge of regulatory and policy aspects related to the valuation of oil, gas, coal, geothermal, and other natural resources.


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 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.


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 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 urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.


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.


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 (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.


EEO Policy Statement

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring authority directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Legal and Regulatory Guidance


Privacy Act – Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579):  The 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.


Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.






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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. 


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 903395.

 2. Fax your cover page and documents to OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT at 1-478-757-3144. (Do not fax your cover page, resume, or supporting documents to the Interior Business Center or the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.) Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 08, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

Note: If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered. If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position.


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 include the following information:


-      Vacancy Identification Number

-      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)

-      Salary

-      Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

-      Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


2.  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 must be addressed separately.  It is highly recommended you follow the format provided at (Adobe Acrobat required).    The ECQ narratives 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.


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


5.     HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  Candidates are requested 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



Veronica T. Robinson
Phone: (202)219-0135
Agency Information:
Interior Business Center
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and other application documentation to ensure you meet the Executive Core Qualification and Technical Qualifications requirements. We will evaluate each applicant qualifications based on the information provided in the resume and supporting documentation and may interview the best-qualified applicants. For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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