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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 751375
DEPUTY REGIONAL DIRECTOR-TRUST SERVICES, GS-0340-15
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Enter the lowest grade level (15-15) you will accept.
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1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to claim Indian Preference? Note: You must include and upload your Form BIA-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.
2. Are you a veteran and submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include and upload your DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. or 10 pt. preference and Standard Form 15 including the required supporting documentation, if claiming 10 pt. preference.
3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility? Note: You must include and upload your latest SF-50 to verify transfer or reinstatement eligibility.
4. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?
Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.
5. From the list below, select the best response that best describes your qualifications for GS-15 Deputy Regional Director - Trust Services.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.
6. Develop and implement directives, formulate and recommend Regional policies and procedures, program plans, and improvement measures relating to the management, development, administration and protection of restricted individual Native allotments and townsite lots and the processing and adjudicating of probates for individual Alaska Natives with trust or restricted resources through the BIA system.
7. Develop and recommend instructions, policies, guidance and procedures for use by Trust, Probate, Subsurface Leasing, Land Titles and Records and Natural Resources staff including incorporation of performance measures for protection of Indian land held in trust or restricted status by the United States, and timely recordation of individual Indian ownership.
8. Apply and interpret the statutory environmental regulations and procedures of both the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act that pertain to individual restricted and Tribal trust properties.
9. Provide policy development and program management for the administration, processing, and adjudication of appeals to Bureau decisions and probates for individual restricted properties including the application of procedures and edicts of the Federal Courts, if applicable the State of Alaska Courts, the Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
10. Provide expert knowledge in developing, implementing and executing multiple Federal Government programs for Alaska Native, and for other Trust responsibilities in Indian Country.
11. Provide administrative leadership, supervision, and guidance to Trust managers - Natural Resources, Real Estate Services, Land Titles and Records, Probates and Estate Services, and Subsistence Management, on a wide variety of extremely complex, controversial, and unique Indian land, natural resources, subsistence, and water issues.
12. Develop annual work plans, internal control procedures and audits, evaluations, and performance measures for the Trust programs - Natural Resources, Real Estate Services, Land Titles and Records, Probates and Estate Services, and Subsistence Management.
13. Devise written guidance, directives, policy, and standards for use by all the facets of the Trust staff, including conservation measures for forest management, water development, wildland and prescribed fire management, probate processing and adjudication, and real estate services transactions.
14. Develop program goals or objectives for trust, minerals, probates, and natural resource management activities and services.
15. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of program operations and activities.
16. Write technical reports and findings where information in the reports has to be collected, organized and interpreted.
17. Prepare written responses to Headquarters, Regional field sites, and other Federal state local and Tribal government entities.
18. Respond in writing to technical Congressional, GAO and IGinquiries.
19. Prepare and/or review written recovery plans, program reviews, budget initiatives, strategy papers, and/or other management activities related to individual restricted and Tribal trust land, and natural and water resources.
20. Develop employee performance standards and prepare annual performance appraisals, employee awards, performance improvement plans, other developmental training plans, and disciplinary actions.
21. Serve as an expert witness in the defense of individual Indian and Tribal trust property rights, prosecuting trespass issues on land held in trust or restricted status by the United States, or defending conditions in leases and permits for the protection and utilization of Indian individual restricted and Tribal trust properties and other Indian land related negotiations and litigation.
22. Perform supervisory functions including the preparation of position descriptions, interviewing and selection, coaching, mentoring, and as necessary, disciplining employees.
23. Develop and present briefings, oral presentations, and recommendations, to Federal, state, local agencies, Tribes, special interest groups, and/or the general public.
24. Persuade, influence, or negotiate with Tribes, and/or Tribal organizations or Indian individuals who have conflicting views and interests regarding restricted land or trust resources to reach agreement that is consistent with established policy and regulations.
25. Present findings of studies, suggestions for improvement, and recommendations to Regional Director to obtain necessary approval in making program changes.
26. Defend and justify positions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior and resolve controversial disputes among competing of diverse interested parties.
27. Provide expert advice and guidance on a wide range of trust and natural resources management activities to representatives of Federal, state, Tribal, non-governmental organizations, private
individuals, or office staff.
28. Exercise judgment and ingenuity in determining the intent of the guidelines, develop policy and guidelines for natural resources, and formulate interpretations of the guidelines used.
29. Serve as an expert witness for the protection and utilization of Indian individual and Tribal trust resources/properties and other Indian land related negotiations and litigation.
30. Serve as a Regional expert authority on specialized statutes governing the restricted Native land, trust and tribal land, natural resources, and subsistence activities.
INSTRUCTIONS: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.
31. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.
INSTRUCTIONS: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF 50's) is received and is accurate.