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Job Title:  Associate Deputy Director - Navajo
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Hiring Organization:  U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Education, Associate Deputy Director-Navajo
Job Announcement Number:  BIE-SES-01-1176016-Readv

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 $181,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 4, 2014 to Sunday, September 21, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Window Rock, AZ View Map
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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.


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


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


  • Key Requirements:
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • This position is subject to Indian Preference for employment.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.


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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.



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Qualifications Required:

 As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade levels in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.  Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification foactors automatically disqualifies an applicant.  Position specific qualifications include a strategic understanding of and experience in administering education programs at all levels, including elementary to post-secondary education; has successfully managed educational programs and activities in a geographically dispersed organization; and has attracted and retained a highly-skilled and diverse workforce.


You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.  To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below in the application documents you submit.  Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and have been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below in addition to the Technical Qualifications.  Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  Each Technical Qualification and each ECQ must be addressed separately and submitted with your application.  The narratives addressing ECQs must follow the format provided at, or you will not receive consideration.  Your narratives of the Technical Qualifications may follow this format as well.  Narrative Statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.  Technical Qualifications Statements may not exceed 2 pages per qualification.  If you exceed these limits, you will not be considered.  If you do not submit narrative statements addressing the ECQs and Technical
Qualifications for this position, you will not receive consideration.


Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1:  LEADING CHANGE:  You must have demonstrated an ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2:  LEADING PEOPLE:  You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3:  RESULTS DRIVEN:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4:  BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resource strategically.

ECQ 5:  BUILDING COALITIONS:  This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.




1.  Mastery of advanced professional theories, principles and practices of education and education administration and skill in integrating these principles so as to produce positive student outcomes as measures against other quality school systems.

2.  Ability to administer K-12 programs across a large geographic area, manage economic resources to produce positive results and to work positively with different groups of people including students, teachers, parent organizations, other school administrators and community leaders.

3.  Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of team buidling to create a team environment that fosters partnership, innovation, and continuous process improvement.


 Other Qualifications:


State Superintendent Certification:  Candidates must provide a copy of their Superintendent Certification with their application package to receive full consideration for this position.  Certification can be from any of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and does not have to be from the state where the position is located.  Candidates who do not provide a copy of their certification will lose consideration for this poition.


Education Requirements:


Candidates for this position will need to meet the following basic education requirement to be considered for this position:


A.  Degree:  that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


B.  Combination of education and experience:  courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.


Though candidates must possess the education or experience as identified above, candidates with a Master's or Doctorate are desirable.  Candidates must submit documentation of their educational background to include transcripts, licenses or other appropriate documentation and experience must be clearly identified in the application or resume.


Indian Preference Policy:  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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.


Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees:  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 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 within your application package.


SES Pay Range:  The maximum pay for individuals who have not previously held an SES position is $167,000 (EX-III).  Current SES members who earn more than $167,000 are eligible to be compensated up to $181,500 (EX-II).



Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members 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 statements for the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications described above.



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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.  Here are some highlights.  Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below at  


In addition to these programs that we know will be of interest to you right now, the Federal Government recognizes the need for income replacement and income support benefits down the road. 

           Our 3-part retirement program includes a social security benefit, a 401(K) type plan, and a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history.

           In addition to retiree health insurance benefits under the FEHB Program, you also will be eligible for Medicare.

           You will be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family members.

           We offer the largest group long-term care insurance program in the country.  As a new employee, you may be eligible to enroll by answering just a few simple questions.  And you can tailor your benefits package to your own needs.


Note:  Special requirements for current and former political appointees.  See Documents Required section for more information.


Indian Preference:  Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act 0f 1934 (Title 25, USC Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.


SES Pay:  The maximum pay for individuals who have not previously held an SES position is $167,000 (EX-III).  Current SES members who earn more than $167,000 are eligible to be compensated up to $181,500 (EX-II).


Financial Disclosure:  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.


Background Investigation:  The sensitivity level of this 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.


Motor Vehicle Policy:  The incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.


Senior Executive Service Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579):  This 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.


Social Security Number:  Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application will result in your application not being processed.


Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.





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Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.


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.


Review the "Required Documents" section of this announcement to make sure that you provide all of the documents required for this announcement.  Any required documents that are not submitted will render your application incomplete.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, narrative statement and other supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144 and use the official FAX coversheet found at:


If you cannot apply online:


1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions.

2.  Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire at:, and

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Reminder:  All documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement TAG:Closing Date.








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 use the resume tool on the USAJobs site.  It is recommended that you include the following information:

  • Full name, mailing address, e-mail address and day and evening telephone numbers;
  • Educational information including the name, city and state of colleges and universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received;
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including:
  •       o   Job title (include series and grade if Federal job);
          o   Duties and accomplishments;
          o   Employer’s name and address;
          o   Supervisor’s name and phone number;
          o   Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year);
          o   Salary;
          o   Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor; and
          o   Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
    2.  Required:  Narrative statements addressing each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Technical Qualifications – experience (paid or unpaid), education, training, awards and/or self-development activities as related to each.  Each  ECQ and each Technical Qualification must be addressed separately.  The narrative addressing ECQs must follow the format provided at  Please refer back to the Qualifications and Evaluation Section of the vacancy announcement for further guidance on preparing Narrative Statements.  If you do not provide these narrative statements you will lose consideration for this position.
    If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM Certification of Eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the Technical Qualifications.
    If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.
    Your narrative statement MUST be submitted using "ECQs and Technical Qualifications" or "Other" as Document Type.
    3.  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 remove your social security number and date of birth. 
    If you are a current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee, please submit documentation of your appointment, including a copy of your SF-50.
    4.  Required:  If you are claiming Indian Preference for Employment, a copy of your BIA Form 4432 must be provided.  Please remove your date of birth from the form. 
    5.  Required:  State Superintendent Certification:  Candidates must submit a copy of their Superintendent Certification with their application package to receive full consideration for this position.  Certification can be from any of the 50 States or the District of Columbia and does not have to be from the state where the position is located.  Candidates who do not provide a copy of their certification will lose consideration for this position.
    6.  Required:  Transcript(s):  You must certify that you have the qualifying education by including a list of course work, semester hours earned, and grade received or provide a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable).  Non-submission will result in being rated not qualified.  Education will be verified prior to appointment.
    7.  Highly Recommended:  A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector).  Please remove your social security number.
    8.  Highly Recommended:  Candidates are required 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
    The application package must be received on-line via USAJobs before 11:50 Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to submit a complete application, you will not be considered.  Complete application packages consist of items 1-6 listed above.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.  If applying online poses a hardship for you, please speak to a Servicing Human Resources Office for assistance, prior to the closing date.


Allison Beard
Phone: (202)208-2825
Agency Information:
AS IA Human Resources
Office of Human Capital Management
1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC



We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a SES Rating 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.  If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to the following address:



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