Secretary (OA)
Department Of The Interior - Santa Fe, NM

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team and to be part of the New Mexico State Office, Division of Minerals. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website . The position is located in the BLM New Mexico State Office, in Santa Fe, NM. Information about the BLM New Mexico State Office can be found at: New Mexico State Office .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest
  • or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES: The Secretary performs routine and non-routine administrative tasks and serves as a contact between the Deputy State Director (DSD) for Minerals and the division and staff personnel. Arranges conferences and meetings, including preparation of agendas, notifying participants, and establishing records. Provides dependable, expedient recommendations on procedures, reports, requirements, and other matters to carry out the State Office and Bureau's policies, directives, and instructions. Conducts review of documents prepared by other officials for approval of DSD for Minerals for conformance with regulations, policies, content, grammar, format, and spelling. Receives and controls all correspondence for the Division of Minerals, and initiates correspondence based on knowledge of the DSD's views and policies. Prepares regular and special records utilizing computerized applications, such as attendance and leave, employee performance plans, personnel action requests, and annual vacation schedules. Makes arrangements for travel for the Division staff, and assists staff with creating travel vouchers.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, you must have one year of experience that must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. This work involves responsibilities performing a variety of secretarial, administrative, office automation and support services, with knowledge of computer applications and software for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, automated personnel actions, automated payroll, procurement, travel, email, and records management.
For GS-06, requires one year of experience equivalent to GS-05. Positions at this level require knowledge of an extensive body of rules, procedures, or operations applied to clerical assignments, and knowledge of the organization and functions of the office in order to perform all of the procedural work of the office.
For GS-07, requires one year of experience equivalent to GS-06. Positions at this level require knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the staff sufficient to perform non-routine assignments such as: independently noting and following-up on commitments made at meetings and conferences by staff members; managing fluctuating workloads; or locating and summarizing information from files and documents when this requires recognizing which information is or is not relevant to the problem at hand.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified: 40 words per minute typing speed. Note: Words per minute are based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors. Applicants may self-certify by answering the associated question in the Assessment Questionnaire.

This position does not have a basic education requirement. At the GS-06 and GS-07 levels, substitution of education for experience is generally not applicable; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
1. Knowledge of office management and automation concepts, practices and procedures.
2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
3. Ability to plan and organize assignments in order to meet deadlines.
4. Ability to make travel arrangements and to prepare travel vouchers and reports.

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BENEFITS: To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS .

OTHER INFORMATION: Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

Occasional travel may be required.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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