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Job Title:  Administrative Officer, GS-0341-12
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWW-MP-14-001 (986820)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Thursday, November 14, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Keystone, SD View Map
Current Federal Permanent NPS Employees Only


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information on the National Park Service, click:

This is a full time permanent position duty stationed at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota.

Who May Apply:  This position is open to current permanent NPS federal employees ONLY.  

This announcement is being advertised under merit promotion procedures, the candidates listed above may apply. 
Area Information:  Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located three miles west of Keystone, South Dakota, in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota.  Housing for purchase or rent, schools, medical and dental facilities, churches of most faiths, and shopping are available in Rapid City, 25 miles northeast of Park Headquarters, and in nearby Hill City and Custer.

Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.

Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

Number of Vacancies: One position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.

Anticipated Entry on Duty Date: February, 5, 2014.


  • Must be a current NPS permanent federal employee
  • Appt subject to background investigation with favorable adjudication
  • Initial probationary period required
  • Eligibles must meet time-in-grade requirements by closing date to qualify
  • Valid State Driver's License
  • Financial disclosure required


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The primary responsibility of this position is to provide authoritative advice on a wide range of administrative functions as these apply to the park, either as a personal advisory service to the Superintendent and Division Chiefs or by directing (or obtaining services of) specialists, technicians and clerical support positions in delivering services to management and employees of the park.


As a member of the park management team, plans, analyzes and monitors the formulation and development of complex and/or highly sensitive park-wide plans, programs, procedures, operating policies, internal controls and program goals. These plans, policies and programs are characterized by a complex web of laws, regulations, and policies that govern conservation and preservation of nationally significant natural, cultural and historic resources and are impacted by constant changes, variables and unknowns. The incumbent is the authoritative source for guidance and assumes the lead role in developing, documenting and publicizing policy and procedural issuances that govern management of the park, ensuring that the park's administrative and business needs are appropriately included.


Provides overall coordination throughout planning and development phases, leading to executed agreements. Initiates business and administrative studies on the basis of his/her own independent judgment of need, to assess unusual conditions that impact the effectiveness of park operations, develop new programs, improve effectiveness, resolve complex problems, and other management actions that impact the park's mission. Maintains surveillance over the park's business systems to ensure maximum probability of mission success.


In dealing with the Superintendent, Division Chiefs, and employees of the park, the Chief of Administration/Business Manager builds within the management team and staff an appreciation of the role of administration in accomplishing the mission of the park and a working environment that recognizes administration as a partner in the operational, planning, and partnership programs of the park. In addition, by means of these advisory activities, the incumbent instills in the park's management team an understanding of the principles of sound organization and management of programs in the public sector and of the current directions and emphasis of management reforms.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Thursday, November 14, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for review on OPM's website at To qualify for this position, you must possess qualifying specialized experience as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Specialized Experience:   Applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-11) in Federal service.  Applicants at the GS-12 level must have experience, education or training analyzing problems, identifying significant factors, gathering pertinent data and recognizing solutions. Experience includes but not limited to; preparing reports, plans, policies and various correspondence, to facilitate the availability and effective utilization of various resources. Experience in utilizing the organization, its mission and the organizational staff procedures, using quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of administrative and technical programs. Experience in analytical and investigative techniques. 

Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


Physical Demands: Most of the work is performed indoors in an office setting. There may be some extended walking through facilities, carrying light items, or driving an automobile. Mentally stressful and taxing situations are frequently present.

Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, and commerical vehicles.

Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year or a two year trial period, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement.

Time-In-Grade: Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.


Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire. The applications with the highest scores will be referred to the selecting official. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate administrative work
  • Budget and finance program
  • Property management and procurement program
  • Human resources program
  • Supervision


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As a permanent employee, you will be eligible to participate in many benefit programs offered by the federal government. Additional information on benefits programs offered by the Federal Government is available at:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations. However, there will be NO guaranteed home sale.


Incumbent must operate a government vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required. 

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Government housing is not available.

Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year or a two year trial period, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement. 

Additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement.


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NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax.  Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge.  Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which includes the following parts:
1. Resume (See Required Documents for information needed in your resume);
2. Online Questionnaire
3. Applicable supporting documentation (see Required Documents).
We encourage you to complete these steps online to ensure your application is received and processed in a timely manner.   Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern) on Thursday, November 14, 2013 to receive consideration.

To Apply Online:
1. Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s) you can fax your documents using the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 986820.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications with Supporting Documents:
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, November 14, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.  
(Note:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible).  
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:  
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.   
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


Resumes should include personal information, education, work experience (including dates of employment-month and year, and hours worked per week), and other qualifications pertinent to the position.  Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. APPLICATION OR RESUME:   We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume the following information is required:

  • Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade, and duty location for which you are applying.
  • Personal Information: Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code); country or citizenship.
  • Education: High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED; Colleges and/or Universities attended city, state and zip code; Major field(s) of study; Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total  credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
  • Work Experience: One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time   hours are pro-rated.  
  • Other Qualifications: A list of job related training courses (course title, hours for completion, date of completion); a list of job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); a list of job-related certificates and licenses; a list of job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).  Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested. 

2. OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE  – See above instructions " HOW TO APPLY". 

3. SF-50 - Current career or career-conditional federal employee must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Acton" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, position title, series, grade and tenure (do not submit SF-50's for awards, or pay adjustments), or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. 

4 PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL - Current career or career-conditional federal employees must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.  If you cannot submit your appraisal a written justification for its absence must be provided.

It is your responsibility to provide documentation of claimed qualifications, education, and veteran's preference. Failure to submit the necessary documents may result in you not being considered further.  Applicants will not be solicited for further data if that provided is found to be inadequate or incomplete. 


Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest West SHRO
National Park Service
please email or call with questions
Thank You, SD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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