Job Overview


Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Announcement closing date extended through 09-21-14 due to recent USA Jobs downtime during the open period.

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 U.S. 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.  Indian Affairs offers an extensive scope of programs that covers the entire range of Federal, State and local government services.  The Bureau of Indian Education administers an education system consisting of 183 schools and dormitories, educating approximately 42,000 elementary and secondary students and 28 tribal colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers an extensive scope of  programs from social services, natural resources management on trust lands representing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals, estates, economic development programs, law enforcement and detention services, land and water claim settlements, housing improvements, disaster relief, replacement and repair of schools, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and operates a series of irrigation systems and provides electricity to rural Arizona.  Indian Affairs is 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. 

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Education; and you can find more information specific to our organization at

This position is being readvertised.  If you applied under the previous announcement, you do not need to reapply to receive consideration.


Major Duties:

The Associate Deputy Director - Navajo serves as a top level manager who contributes to the mission of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and is responsible for providing oversight of operating efficiency and effectiveness of BIE funded education programs to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribe's needs for cultural and economic well-being in keeping with the wide diversity of government entities.

  • The Associate Deputy Director - Navajo (ADD) is responsible for the line management, direction and supervision of six education line offices as well as other special projects at the direction of the Director-BIE.
  • As an ADD, the incumbent plans, develops and executes program action plans in consonance with BIE's Program Improvement and Accountability Plan (PIAP), Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), and other initiatives designed to provide maximum and optimal education services to Indian students focusing on improved student achievement and financial and program accountability for the BIE.  The incumbent is delegated authority to make decisions, commitments and policy within the framework of Federal laws and regulations, and BIE policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for assessing the effectiveness of education programs; developing short-term and long-term plans, strategic plans in alignment with PIAP and ensuring successful implementation.
  • Directs and administers the Federal government education treaty and/or education trust responsibility to Indian people:  achievement of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at assigned BIE funded schools by providing dynamic leadership to ensure that highly qualified staff are hired, trained and retrained; core instructional programs are scientifically research-based and supplemental programs are adequately aligned, meeting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements; ensures the establishment and maintenance of a school/student data system, effectively integrating an IT program for the academic and residential programs, directs the establishment of a method with the states to validate testing data, developing and implementing a system-wide sanctions/rewards program for schools who fail/succeed in achieving AYP; and responsible for partnering with respective State Superintendents of Education to align educational efforts to maximize the number of schools achieving AYP.
  • The position also provides managerial oversight of tribal grant/contract schools within a defined geographic area which are widely dispersed throughout Indian Country.  Ensures that grant conditions for Tribally Controlled Schools (TCS) are in compliance with required statutes and regulations and directs the development and implementation of appropriate supplementary education programs/initiatives to improve student academic achievement.
  • Responsible for obtaining and allocating resources to support and operate all assigned schools and programs.  Manages a multi-million dollar budget in accordance with BIE's business plan.  Direct and coordinates the obligation, tracking and evaluation of all funds appropriated for assigned schools and programs.
  • Represents the Director-BIE at congressional hearings, conferences held with the Bureau, the Department, other Federal agencies, Indian tribal groups, and with members of the education community for the purpose of discussing common interests, explaining program objectives, and promoting the education programs with authority to make commitments on matters covered by established policy and procedures.  Advises on legislative matters affecting assigned schools and programs.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Some travel will be required with this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.