Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director - Midwest in Bloomington, Minnesota

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Bloomington, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 11/5/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Are you interested in joining:

  • 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 Affairs, Midwest Region; and you can find more information specific to our organization at


Major Duties:

Responsible for representing the Bureau on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior in its interaction with Tribal, State, and local governments, other Federal agencies, and the general public within their jurisdiction, oversight responsibility in the application and implementation of overall policies and programs at the region, agency and field offices, providing technical advice and review, evaluating performance, coordinating those features of Bureau programs which extend beyond the jurisdiction of a single agency or field office, making final decisions on behalf of the Department as delegated by the Secretary and recommending to Headquarters revisions of policies, programs, procedures, and regulations.

Serves as a representative of the U.S. Government in carrying out the Government-to-Government relationship with the Federally recognized Tribes in the Region, assuring that Tribal enactments and budgets are processed according to authorized, governing Tribal resolutions and organic documents, Federal laws, regulations and Bureau policy.

Serves as the principal advisor to BIA/AS-IA Headquarters on delegated programs and responsibilities under the Region's purview and auspices, including the Government-to- Government relationship with the sovereign Tribal Governments in the Region.

Serves as the principal advisor to BIA/AS-IA Headquarters on delegated programs and responsibilities under the Region's purview and auspices, including the Government-to- Government relationship with the sovereign Tribal Governments in the Region.

Maintains close working relationships with Tribal groups and Indian leaders, and elected Tribal officials soliciting their opinions and attitudes on matters of importance to them and to the Bureau.

  • Provides assistance to and counsels with Tribal leaders and Tribal groups in the development of programs for the improvement of the social and economic status of the Indians, and in the development of legislative programs designed for the benefit of Indian self-determination and self-government.

Carries out a public relations program within the Region and adjoining jurisdictions through participation in civic and community organizations in order to acquaint the non-Indian communities with the mission and objectives of the Bureau and the accomplishments of the Indian people. Represents the BIA with authority to speak for the Director on all activities that promote or facilitate the accomplishment of BIA objectives.

Manages funds, personnel, information, property, and projects for all organizations under the purview of the Regional Director within designated line authority. Actively and personally supports the Equal Opportunity Program in day-to-day activities. Ensures fair and unprejudiced employment practices in the recruitment and selection of candidates for appointments to positions.

Provides oversight and direction on planning of annual audits and reviews with Tribes and Tribal organizations to be performed to provide adequate oversight of Bureau programs and operations. Considers risk and vulnerabilities to waste, fraud and abuse, conformance with the Single Audit Act and OMB Circular(s), and Bureau policies and procedures.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel will be required with this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Key Requirements:
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • This position is subject to Indian Preference for employment.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • ### Qualifications


As a basic requirement, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed below in the application documents you submit. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below in addition to the Technical Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Each Technical Qualification and each Executive Core Qualification must be addressed separately and submitted with your application. *The narrative addressing ECQ's must follow the format provided at or you will not receive consideration. Your narratives of the Technical Qualifications may follow this format as well. Narrative Statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. Technical Qualification Statements may not exceed 2 pages per qualification. If you exceed these limits, you will not be considered. *If you do not submit narrative statements addressing the ECQs and Technical Qualifications for this position, you will not receive consideration.**


ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

*ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN: *This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resource strategically.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

*ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS: *This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' mission, goals, and programs to facilitate Tribal self-governance and self-determination compacting and contracting; ensure Bureau policies and programs are consistent with the Federal trust responsibility and government-to-government policies; and uphold statutory, regulatory, and treaty obligations and rights.

  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with trust resource management and rights protection programs and associated mandates and governing regulations to oversee the management of these programs in the bureau.

  3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the diverse and complex programs designed to achieve the Bureau's objectives to improve the social and economic status of the American Indian.

*Indian Preference Policy: *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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

*Note for Current and/or Former Political Appointees: *Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office within your application package.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a SES Rating panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to the following address:


Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details at:

  • Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model that offers you choices and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. And you can pay your share of premiums as well as out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
  • Our leave policy provides ample time off to take care of your personal, your recreational and your health care needs. In addition to 10 paid holidays every year, you will accumulate 13 days of sick leave and 26 vacation days each year.
  • You will be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family members.
Other Information

*Financial Disclosure: *The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

*Background Investigation: *The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

*Probationary Period: *Selected candidates will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the SES, unless the required probationary period has been served or waived.

Salary: The Department of the Interior structures its SES positions into categories to determine the minimum pay for each position. This is a Category 3 position where the minimum pay rate is set at the GS-15 Step 08 for the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The minimum pay for this position is $157,971 per annum, based on the new salary tables for 2016.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Motor Vehicle Policy: The incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required.

*EEO Policy Statement: *The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

*Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: *Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring authority directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Privacy Act– Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Selective Service – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Social Security Number –Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application will result in your application not being processed.

Salary Range: $153,566.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0340-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452797300

Job Announcement Number: BIA-SES-2017-01-PQ1820327