Job Overview


USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

This position is located in the Office of the Secretary, Office of Tribal Relations (OTR).  The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR), located within the Office of the Secretary (OSEC), works to ensure that relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the Native American Indians and Alaskan Native constituents they impact.

OTR is the primary point of contact for Tribal issues within USDA, and is responsible for government-to-government relations between USDA and tribal governments, advising the Secretary on Tribal issues and concerns, Tribal consultation, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and issues impacting Tribes and Tribal members. OTR is responsible for working cooperatively and collaboratively across USDA and other Federal offices to build an integrated approach to issues, programs, and services that address the needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and works with the Council on Native American Farming and Ranching and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.


This position is located in the Office of the Secretary, Officie of Tribal Relations.

The incumbent is responsible for:

  • Assisting with a variety of administrative and general office support for the Director and other staff. Receives telephone calls and visitors to the office. Reviews and distributes all incoming correspondence to the Director and other staff as appropriate and drafts replies to general inquiries and routine actions. Maintains office files within applicable guidance. Maintains office publications and directives, including web materials, and ensures they are current and periodically updated.
  • Assisting in developing office program objectives; identifying required resources, measures office program progress and quality service and devises actions to resolve office program problems in meeting goals and objectives.
  • Maintains the Director’s calendar. Coordinates and arranges various meetings and conference events and prepares agendas as directed. Tracks and provides follow-up on commitments made for or by the Director and/or other staff and ensures that information is clear, complete, and concise prior to submission and/or discussion. Prepares reports on various activities in which the Director is involved and analyzes the impact of certain aspects of the information in order that the Director is kept appraised of material prior to use.
  • Coordinates with travel staff for authorization of travel requests and vouchers for the Director and at times other identified individuals.
  • With supervision from the Director, composes and prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, briefing materials, and statistical and narrative material required to support the Director and/or other staff. Uses office automation applications to produce a wide range of documents into final form from own composition, brief instructions, or rough draft from the Director and other staff. Ensures clarity, completeness of reply, grammatical and procedural correctness, and conformance to Departmental standards for outgoing correspondence.
  • Coordinates and arranges various meetings and conference events as directed. Prepares agendas for meetings and conferences, and accurately documents and publishes summary of minutes from meetings and conferences as directed.
  • Assists the Director with a variety of special projects and initiatives and coordinates with other USDA offices, mission areas, and US Government Agencies to implement and follow up on those projects and initiatives in a timely manner and in accordance with the Director’s guidance. analyzes and extracts pertinent data from various sources within and outside the Department. Assignments entail determining the scope of the task, consulting with designated contacts or originators of tasks to verify requirements and interpret relevant guidelines, contacting personnel who should provide input and coordinating their input as needed, consolidating and reviewing the final product, and/or describing and recommending alternatives to the Director.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No