The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
REALTY SPECIALIST (CONVEYANCES), GS-1170-9
#4200090A, Great Plains Region, Fort Berthold Agency,
Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services,
Branch of Real Estate Services,
New Town, North Dakota
GS-9: $47,448 - $61,678 Per Annum
NOTE : TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT REAPPLY UNDER THIS READVERTISEMENT.
INDIAN PREFERENCE : 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 of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7)).
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) : Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veterans preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa
US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES : Incumbent plans and implements acquisition and disposal transactions and projects for trust and restricted property, ensuring the protection of trust assets and receipt of fairmarket value or agreed upon value.
- Serves as an advocate in assisting the tribes and tribal members with respect to the conveyance of their real property holdings.
- Completes the recommendation for approval/disapproval of the conveyance.
- Ensures that approvals/disapprovals/awards are recorded in the appropriate system of record.
- Ensures that beneficiaries and other interest parties are aware of the decision, appeal rights, etc.
- Researches, analyzes and reviews complex and conflicting problems and issues, and provides findings and recommendations on problems/issues.
- Provides technical assistance to tribal members who apply for the sale of land, patents in fee, exchanges, partitionments, removal of restrictions, and return to trust status of fee lands.
- Authorizes appropriate and accurate distribution of funds.
- Consults with land owners and other interested parties about the conveyance process and other needs and documentation .
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS : (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, GS- 1170 ).
GS-9 : 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include, but is not limited to, experience gained in a complex real estate program that involved acquisition and disposal for trust and restricted property, or other duties that ensured the protection of trust assets. Work involving performing routine conveyances; analyzing the impact and relevance for the value of trust property; interpreting various types real property interests (life estates, homestead, vested interest, remainder and unknown remainder interest, etc.) to include the determination of trust, restricted and non-restricted interest and titles. Managing, processing and ensuring the approval of land titles for all land transactions. Plan and implement land transactions and projects for trust and restricted property, ensuring receipt of fair market values .
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS : A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination .
OTHER : Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid drivers license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF FEDERAL, OR DEPARTMENTAL, BUREAU POLICIES FOR REAL ESTATE SERVICES INCLUDING LAND ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT.
ABILITY TO READ AND INTERPRET MAPS
ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS : Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit:
NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS : Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment .