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 Indian, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
In this position you will serve as the Great Lakes Restoration Program Manager for the BIA Midwest Region. Your duty station will be located in Ashland, WI.
You will assist the Midwest Deputy Regional Director for Trust Services in restoring, protecting, developing, managing and enhancing sustainable and quality Indian trust resources for the benefit of Indian people. Also fulfils and executes the Federal Government's trust and rights protection responsibilities relating to fish, wildlife and natural resource gathering, environmental protection, outdoor recreation and tourist-related resources of the Great Lakes watershed utilized by tribes for sustenance, cultural enrichment and economic development and support, and by promoting the restoration, conservation, development and wise use of these resources for the maximum benefit of Indian people.
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 TERM POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 13 months; However, appointment may be extended to maximum limiation at management's discretion without further competition.
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSE ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY IN THIS POSITION WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.
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).
Major duties, but not all inclusive, are as follows:
- Serves as program manager and quality assurance specialist for the Region's government-to-government consultation with tribal governments for their participation in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Program.
- Assists in prioritizing and selecting tribal proposals for GLRI funding; establishes policies and guidelines for ranking tribal projects proposals.
- Assists tribes in obtaining GLRI resources to address tribal outcome-oriented performance goals and measures to target significant problems impacting tribal natural trust resources; seeks quality tribal proposals from up to approx. 25 tribal governments in the Great Lakes Watershed for categories: Great Lakes Tribal Species and Ecosystem Restoration and Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern.
- Provides GLRI program administration, including program planning, budgeting, organizing, quality assurance, accountability reporting, implementing, collaboration and controlling functions.
- Participates in broad collaboration with other entities as BIA representative on the GLRI task force and Regional Working Group.
- Briefs the Deputy RD for Trust and other Bureau and Departmental manager on all aspects of the Program; responds to inquiries about the GLRI program.
- Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), monitors, coordinates, and provides technical assistance for P.L. 93-638 contracts between tribes and BIA to obligate GLRI funding to tribal governments.