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Job Title:  Administrative Judge, Interior Board of Indian Appeals
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Hiring Organization:  Office of Hearings and Appeals
Job Announcement Number:  OS-14-SL-MM1095412

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Are you interested in joining - 

-- An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives 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 Department of the Interior:

·          Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.

·          Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.

·          Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation's vegetables.

·          Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation's domestic energy supply.

·          Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.

·          Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

·          Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.

·          Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.

·          Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position
  • Participation in direct deposit is required
  • A J.D. or LL.B. degree is required.
  • Bar Membership: Active and in good standing is required.
  • Applicants must separately address the Mandatory Qualifications.


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NOTE:  Special requirements for current and former political appointees.  See How to Apply section for more information. 

The incumbent of this position serves as an Administrative Judge on the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA).   The Board is an appellate review body that acts as the authorized representative of the Secretary of the Interior for considering and determining as fully and finally as might the Secretary, appeals from decisions of Departmental officials involving Indian matters.   The Board is located in the Department's Office of Hearings and Appeals, and exercises independent review authority over decisions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and in some cases decisions of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs and other Departmental officials, arising from the Department's relationship and dealing with individual Indians and Indian tribes.   The Board also considers and determines appeals from decisions rendered by Administrative Law Judges and Indian Probate Judges regarding the inheritance of Indian trust property.   In addition, the Board may consider and decide any other matter pertaining to Indian affairs which may be specially referred to it by the Secretary or the Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals.   As a member of the IBIA, the incumbent is assigned to participate in a panel of judges through which the IBIA, as the authorized representative of the Secretary, reviews and decides appeals where a right of appeal is provided by regulation.   The incumbent will prepare decisions on appeal in Indian cases involving a wide variety of statutes and regulations pertaining to Indian law.



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Applicants must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be current members in good standing of a bar of a State, the Districe of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States.  YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.

Additionally, applicants must have at least seven years of progressively responsible professional legal experience.  Qualifying experience must be of a type and level sufficient to demonstrates the applicant's ability to render final decisions in appeals covering a wide range of complex, highly contested issues in an efficient and timely manner.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Qualifications below.  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 nongovernmental organizations.  Failure to meet basic qualification requirements and all mandatory qualifications listed automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement addressing each mandatory qualifications individually.  The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in this Senior Level position.  This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.  Applicants who fail to provide this narrative statement in the format requested will not be considered.  EACH MANDATORY QUALIFICATION MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY and must not exceed two pages each.  IF YOU EXCEED THIS LIMIT, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS 

1.   Broad legal knowledge and understanding of Federal Indian law; administrative law; and land and natural resources law or environmental law, including relevant statutes, regulations, and case law.

2.   Ability to quickly develop a specialized knowledge of unfamiliar substantive areas of law.

3.   Ability to manage a significant personal caseload and to produce a high volume of quality work in a timely manner.

4.   Ability to analyze and synthesize voluminous and technically complex evidentiary materials or administrative records and conduct legal research.

5.   Experience in writing Department-level decisional documents, appellate briefs in administrative or judicial proceedings, or equivalent written products.  

6.   Skills in oral and written communications, especially the ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.

7.   Skills in consensus-building.

8.   Ability to work with colleagues and coworkers, at all organizational levels, in a collaborative and congenial manner.   



Applicants who meet all the Mandatory Qualifications may be evaluated by a panel of experts 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 statement for the Mandatory Qualifications described above.

Veterans Preference
: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and all other required documentation.


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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.  Please visit OPM's website to learn more about various Federal benefit programs.




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.

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 to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

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

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.

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.


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Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Thursday, May 15, 2014


To apply for this position, click the APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all the 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.  Please ensure that you select the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You must print a copy of OPM FORM 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to View Occupational Questionnaire) and use the official FAX cover sheet found here 


Note for certain applicants:

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.


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:

- 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)
**Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
**Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


2.  REQUIRED A narrative statement addressing each of the Mandatory Qualifications – experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each Mandatory Qualification must be addressed separately.  Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual Mandatory Qualification.  IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 


3.  REQUIRED Proof of J.D. or LL.B. degree and current Bar membership that is in good standing.


4.  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 redact your social security number and date of birth.


5. REQUIRED IF APPLICABLE  If you wish to have your status as a veteran considered, you must submit the appropriate documentation, such as a DD-214, SF-15 with appropriate supporting documentation and/or your last official statement from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, if you have a service connected disability.


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


7.  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

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.






Phone: (202)208-6702
Agency Information:
Office of the Secretary
1849 C Street NW
DE 5442
Washington, DC


We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process

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