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    This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date. All previous applicants will receive consideration and NEED NOT REAPPLY.

    The Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 4 position. The minimum pay for this position is $129,137 per annum. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

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    • 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 www.bie.edu .

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    Major Duties:

    NOTE:  There are special requirements for current and former political appointees.  See the “How to Apply” section for more information.

    The Associate Deputy Director – BIE Operated Schools serves as a top level manager who contributes to the mission of the Bureau of Indian Education and is responsible for providing oversight of the operating efficiency and effectiveness of all BIE funded education programs to provide quality educational 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 ADD-BIE Operated Schools will provide oversight and guidance to BIE-operated schools through building a responsive organization that provides resources, direction and services to BIE schools; foster parental, community and organizational partnerships to provide the emotional and social support students need; and provide a budget that focuses on providing resources and services. 

    • The ADD-BIE Operated Schools will establish Education Resource Centers which will maximize resources, build capacity, and promote sustainability of reform efforts as well as to increase equity, excellence and efficacy for American Indian Students.  The Centers will provide support for school needs in the areas of professional development, training and technical assistance, program support, consulting and more.
    • Defines needs and requirements and creates solutions to develop and sustain excellence throughout the full reach of the services provided through the Education Resource Centers, who provide services and products to BIE Operated Schools consisting of elementary schools, secondary schools or dormitories.  Works with subordinate staff and others within BIE to identify needs, problem areas and ensures that corrective actions are taken.  Monitors the delivery of products and services from the Education Resource Centers to BIE Operated Schools and works with the Director-BIE to develop solutions for identified problem areas.
    • Develops and implements regional turnaround programs to modify school practices due to continuous poor student performance.  The turnaround programs will assist the schools in integrating a revised school improvement plan, hiring effective coaches, instituting professional development programs, and combining collaborative strategies across rural areas.
    • Continually assesses the effectiveness of education programs; develops short-term and long-term plans, strategic plans in alignment with Bureau goals and the Nation’s Common Core State Standards. 
    • Responsible for ensuring safe and secure schools for all BIE funded schools by guiding the development and implementation of appropriate policies, procedures and processes to address violence, drugs, continuity of operations and overall student safety. 
    • Improves communication by ensuring parent and community involvement at all BIE-operated schools through meetings with parents, teachers, tribes and other stakeholders to identify critical issues affecting Indian education.
    • Works with Information Technology to upgrade IT capabilities at BIE-Operated schools.  Identifies necessary upgrades of software and hardware to administer student assessments during the school year; works to upgrade bandwidth to allow for testing of students three to five times annually; and finding ways to direct funding needed to obtain current state-of-the-art IT systems.
    • Participates with the Director in 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.  Directs and coordinates the obligation, tracking and evaluation of all funds appropriated for assigned schools and programs.  Identifies new program requirements and funding needs for schools and makes adjustments to attain an effective balance with respect to current or anticipated mission needs.
    • Develops working relationships within the Bureau, senior leadership within Indian Affairs, the Department of the Interior, Department of Education and other federal agencies; develops relationships with parent organizations, local school districts, Indian Tribal groups, and other members of the education community for the purpose of discussing common interests, explaining the program objectives and promoting the education programs of the Bureau and schools.  Attends meetings, conferences and other gatherings on behalf of the Bureau and the Director with authority to make commitments on matters covered by established policy and procedures.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel will be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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