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Job Title:  Deputy Regional Director- Trust Services, GS-0340-14/15
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  NRO 14/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$97,657.00 to $149,333.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 7, 2014 to Thursday, August 7, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Gallup, NM View Map
Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Federal Status Employee or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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.

Vacancy ID: 1079232

Posn.# 4000001, Office of the Regional Director
Office of the Deputy Regional Director - Trust Services, Navajo Region
Gallup, New Mexico


GS-14: $97,657 - $126,949 Per Annum
GS-15: $114,872 - $149,333 Per Annum


  • This is a supervisory position.
  • If this 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.
  • Government housing is not available

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). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must a Federal civilian employee with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to relatively remote areas when visiting reservation.


  • Yes
  • Travel and Relocation Expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations.




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  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of Bureau Trust Services Programs.
  • Responsible for representing the Bureau in its interaction with tribal, State, and local governments, other Federal agencies, and the public within their jurisdiction, oversight responsibility in the application and implementation of overall policies and programs by agency and field offices, providing technical advice and review, evaluating performance, and coordinating those features of Bureau programs which extend beyond the jurisdiction of a single agency or field office and recommending to the Regional Director revisions of policies, programs, procedures and regulations.
  • Designated official for upholding and discharging the trust responsibility of the Secretary of the Interior through public laws and regulatory requirements concerning individually owned native allotments and natural resources
  • Serves as a liaison with the Regional Trust Administrator to coordinate trust asset management activities within the region and in conjunction with the Trust Administrator.
  • Provides guidance to field staff in the examination, verification, and maintenance of accounts and accounting data for accounts, ensuring general trust funds and judgment funds are received, recorded, disbursed and/or maintained timely and accurately and providing leadership and oversight to ensure timely, courteous, and accurate response to account holders.
  • Maintains close working relationship with the Navajo tribal council and organizations to learn their opinions and understand their attitudes on Navajo reservation matters of importance to them.
  • Meets with the Regional Director and agency staff, Trust Services Branch Chiefs, field staff, tribal groups or interested parties to plan and coordinate P.L. 93-638 efforts and to provide technical assistance in regards to the trust responsibility.
  • Responsible for the review and appraisal of the various programs and activities within Trust Services that make up the total comprehensive trust program within the Region's jurisdiction.
  • Responsible for staff activities related to the assignment of work in areas of special projects and studies, and priorities within programs. Advises Branch Chiefs within Trust Services of requirements, Departmental Directives, special interest items, potential problems and changes in policies.
  • The Deputy Regional Director will provide direction and leadership to the following organizations within Trust Services as established within the jurisdiction of the Region:
    • The Division of Natural Resources can consist of Water Resources, Safety of Dams, Environmental, Agriculture (Farm, Pasture & Range), Fire Management and Transportation Resources staff who will be responsible for programs and activities at the local level for the monitoring, conservation and protection of trust natural resources and forest resources protection.
    • The Division of Real Estate Services can consist of Land Acquisition and Disposal, Probate, and Rights-of-Way and Lease/Permit staff who will be responsible for program activities at the local level of trust and restricted federal Indian owned lands. The Division will be responsible for the maintenance of title documents, document certification, title research and examination


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, 0340, GS-14/15).

GS-14: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include: managing the Trust and Indian Services programs; delegating managerial for the effective operation of programs, including Tribal and individually owned native land and Natural Resources, Realty, Probate, Water Resources, Safety of Dams, Environmental, Fire Management, and Transportation Resources.

GS-15: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include: managing the Trust and Indian Services programs; delegating managerial authority in setting annual, multi-year, or long-range work plans and schedules for the effective operation of programs, including Tribal and individually owned native land and Natural Resources, Realty, Probate, Water Resources, Safety of Dams, Environmental, Fire Management, and Transportation Resources; delegating supervisory responsibilities to plan, direct, implement, evaluate and coordinate functions of the programs.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION:  Occasionally operate a motor vehicle but not on regular basis.

TELEWORK INDICATOR: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to use extensive knowledge of the concepts, federal laws, principles, policies and procedures.
  • Program Management Skills.
  • Written Communication Skills.
  • Oral Communication Skils.
  • Interpersonal Skills.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered


CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.


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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

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
  • 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 application and other 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:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1079232, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed and received by 11:59 PM EST; Thursday, August 07, 2014.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.


The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position Title;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Hours Worked Per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


    Pamela S. Roundface
    Phone: (505)863-8211
    Agency Information:
    BIA Center for Recruitment Gallup
    PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144


    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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