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Job Title:Native American Specialist

Agency:Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Job Announcement Number:ACHP-DC-14-DEU1046477

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

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$63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 06, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens






The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), established under Title II of the national Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), is an independent agency that provides a public forum to influence federal policy, programs, and activities that affect historic properties nationwide.  The NHPA charges the ACHP with advising the President and Congress on historic preservation matters and advancing historic preservation within the federal government.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) seeks to hire a Native American Program Specialist for its office located in Washington, DC.


The salary range for this position is equivalent to the GS-11.


These positions are in the Excepted Service. Competitive Service Status is not acquired under this appointment. Merit promotion procedures do not apply.


ACHP has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework (with supervisor approval) only after successfully completing a one-year probationary period.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel of 1-5 days/month possible.


  • No


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This position may require travel of up to 1 - 5 days per month.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • A one-year probationary period is required for this position.


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The major duties of the Native American Program Specialist include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Conducting research to assist the Director and other staff in developing policy, program and project review recommendations;
  • assisting the Director and other staff in researching, developing and delivering training, drafting outreach materials and, where necessary, providing logistical support;
  • management of the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) contact databases and other communication tools;
  • providing staff support to the Director and Program Analyst including producing of meeting notes, assembling background information,k and basic coordination activities for NOAA's initiatives as well as its participation in interagency initiatives;
  • assisting the Director and Program Analyst in following up on recommendations, ongoing communication, and subsequent dissemination of information concerning ACHP activities to appropriate Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, other Native Americans, intertribal organizations, State Historic Preservation Offices, and ACHP staff;
  • providing assistance with the production of reports, guidance and other documents for the ACHP regarding Native American issues; and
  • assisting the program Analyst in reviewing and analyzing the adequacy of federal agency tribal or native Hawaiian consultation when ONAA is involved in the ACHP's review of Section 106 cases and developing ONAA's recommendations to the Office of Federal Agency Programs.





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 Specialized Experience Requirements:


Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (equivalent to GS-9) in the federal service, which has provided the candidate with particular knowledge, skills and abilities utilizing the disciplines of archeology, anthropology, history, architectural history, cultural resources management, planning, environmental studies, historic preservation, or closely related field.  Specialized experience includes conducting research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other relevant professional activity with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, or other similar professional institution.


An advanced degree in archeology, anthropology, history, architectural history, cultural resources management, planning, environmental studies, historic preservation or a closely related field is considered highly desirable.  Experience in archeology and tribal consultation is highly desirable.  Experience in cultural resource management in the Plains and western united States is desirable, but not required.

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

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.



A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau Security Office.


Your resume will be evaluated by an Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) subject matter expert in order to determine if you possess the necessary qualifications to be further considered for this position.  If you are determined to be qualified, you may be contacted directly by the ACHP to arrange for an interview.  A determination of being qualified for the position does not guarantee a follow up interview for this position.


Please note that a resume is required for consideration for this position.  If you do not provide a resume, you will not be considered.



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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at .


As an employee of the federal government and the ACHP you will be entitled to a wide array of benefits.  The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program has many plans to choose from, all at reasonable rates that can be paid from pre-tax income.  The Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the nation and features three components:  a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan, an employee controlled investment program); and Social Security.  Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering employees and dependents.


The leave program offers exceptional time off benefits including annual leave, sick leave, an employee leave share program, Family Friendly Leave, Family Medical Leave, and 10 paid holidays per year.  Employee Assistance Programs provide confidential counseling and referral services to employees and their family members at no cost as well as periodic seminars on behavioral health issues.


You may also be entitled to career development and enrichment training, including tuition reimbursement.  As an employee of ACHP you will enjoy additional benefits such as the Transportation Subsidy program, a direct subsidy to qualifying employees; teleworking; and family friendly policies.


Important Note: All Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually.


Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.


This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures.


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.


Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.


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To Apply Online
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• Answer the Questionnaire in its entirety and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents.
• To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at  .
• Click on Application Status.
• Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.
To Apply by Fax:
• Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX found here.
• Answer the assessment questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire)
• When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.


Combination Online/Fax:
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
• ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
• Print the official FAX coversheet found here 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(1046477), SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
FAX the official fax coversheet and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by (Friday, February 28, 2014)

For additional information about the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, please visit:  


Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at .Your application package must include:

• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words


If you are a current federal employee, you are required to submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) for time in grade evaluation.  Do NOT send an award action as your SF-50.

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.


NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and veterans preference.


Derek Childress
Phone: (703)787-1441
Agency Information:
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Division of Human Resources
381 Elden Street
HE 2107
Herndon, VA


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview (by phone or in person). After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

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