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.

#1010065A, Great Plains Region,
Fort Berthold Agency,
Office of the Superintendent,
New Town, North 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:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.


NOTE:  If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without 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 DUTIESThe incumbent serves and maintains the official relationship of the Government-to-Government Federal representative to the Three Affiliated Tribes by assessing Tribal needs and assisting in achieving the Tribes overall goals by providing advice and assistance to the Tribes 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 Three Affiliated Tribes.

·   Protects and manages land and natural resources held in trust, enhancement and improvement of social and economic status.

·   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.

·   Manages trust assets for the Three Affiliated Tribes, and coordinates cross-cutting trust funds management issues with Office of Special Trustee staff for tribal assets of $250,000,000 and individual Indian assets of $13,000,000. 

·   Advises on, plans, directs, and manages 457,837 acres of trust land for over 6,000 Tribal and/or individual Indian owners, living on and off the reservation by monitoring the lease compliance program, the acquisition of land into trust, manages current allotments, administers Indian-owned land and property.

·   Provides advice and guidance to the Three Affiliated Tribes 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.

·   Ensures staff is cognizant of market values for land rentals, price of agriculture products, oil and gas products, range, other natural resources, and transfer devices such as wills, gifts, donations, decrees, as well as Federal laws and regulations.

·   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.

·   Identifies goals, priorities, policies, guidelines, procedures, and directs the planning, organization, staffing, and budgeting of the federal government operations which provides a variety of programs and services and procures the support necessary for implementations.

·   Provides budget oversight and execution for Federal programs, to include direct appropriations, loans, and grants, recommends Tribal drawdowns for contracts, and other appropriated fund items.

·   Reviews and evaluates reports of Congressional groups, agency evaluation teams, the General Accounting Office, etc., drafts responses, and recommends corrective action to strengthen operations, staffing, programs, etc.

·   Provides oversight of 450 producing oil and gas wells, oil and gas leases, range unit permits, farm and farm pasture leases, HUD home site/private leases, sand and gravel permits annual, and other recreational, business, and long-term leases on trust land.

·   Ensures the agency is staffed with qualified employees in accordance with Indian preference mandates and personnel laws, regulations, and policies.

·   Explains and defines responsibilities, objectives and goals to subordinate supervisors and evaluates results achieved for program compliance and effectiveness.

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

·   Ensures that infrastructures are established to support real estate ventures; these include the creation and management of dams, roads, rights-of-way, scenic byways, and other reservation structures to meet the Tribal needs.

·   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.