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    This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Water Rights, Office of the Secretary (OIWR). The position reports to the Director, OIWR and is stationed in Washington, DC. The duties of this position include responsibilities managing and negotiating settlements of Indian Water rights claims with Indian tribes, western States, and local water users, bringing together disparate interests in constructive efforts to deliver water resources to Indian tribes and certainty to all water users.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Salary Information
    GS-13: $92,145-$119,794 per annum. GS-14: $108,887-$141,555 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as OS-1000-16-IB-169(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

    The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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    At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Conduct research and analysis of complex issues related to Indian water rights or natural resources, and the policies of the Department relating to Indian water rights matters. The results of analyses are presented orally and in writing and are used by the OIWR and the Office of the Secretary to make decisions or implement recommendations on the manner in which the Department deals with all aspects of Indian water rights settlements.

    2. Provides expertise in the drafting, design, review and implementation of laws and regulations relative to Indian Water Rights. Coordinates the development and revision of standard operating procedures for all work functions and ensures that procedures are ahered to by staff. Assists in the preparation of Interim Policy Documents and Program Manual Chapters. Supports OIWR Director in establishing, implementing, documenting, auditing, and enforcing OIWR policies, procedures, and programs. Reviews and provides expert commentary and analysis of pending laws, regulations, Congressional requests for information, technical reports and papers, and inquiries from the public.

    3. Provides policy guidance and advice to senior Departmental officials and staff on a wide range of complex and sensitive topics relating to Indian water rights settlements, including but not limited to: government-to-government relations, trust responsibilities, tribal self determination, self-governance agreements, and environemental impacts.

    4. Prepares issue papers, briefing papers, and information documents for the Secretary and senior Departmental officials and staff on a wide range of subjects involving or impacting Indian water rights settlements.

    5. Conducts in-depth review and analysis of legislative packages impacting upon Indian water rights settlement and formulates, assembles, and transmits written comments and oral summaries to the Secretary’s Office and senior Departmental officials.

    6. Drafts and reviews in depth Indian water rights settlement agreements, compacts and other related agreements.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel 1-5 nights per month.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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