Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs REALTY SPECIALIST (CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT), GS-1170-7/9 in New Town, North Dakota

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

Opened Saturday 10/15/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

*Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): *1826453

REALTY SPECIALIST (CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT), GS-1170-7/9, #4200028, DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Fort Berthold Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services, Branch of Real Estate Services, New Town, North Dakota

GS-9: $48,968 - $63,654 Per Annum GS-7: $40,033 - $52,043 Per Annum


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, veteran’s 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:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.


NOTE*:* If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES*:*The incumbent will ensure that leases permits, easements and/or rights-of-way are issued at or above fair market value for the use of the land and that all terms and conditions of the contract are met in order to facilitate opportunities for beneficiary involvement and responsibility in the use and management of trust assets.

  • Serves as an advocate in assisting the Tribes and Tribal members with respect to the utilization of their real property holdings.

  • Analyze request for use of Indian-owned trust assets and resolves any lease-related problems with owners or leases/agreements.

  • Consult beneficiaries, lessees, land owners and other interested parties about the contracting process, options and other needs and documentation.

  • Prepares or oversees the preparation and publishing of an advertisement for lease/contract.

  • Identify lands available for lease from expiring leases or through review of idle lands reports.

  • Analyze the transaction, including the application, land description, appraisal, NEPA, TSR, and other clearances, to ensure compliance with statutory authority, laws, regulations, tribal ordinances, policies and procedures.

  • Makes recommendations for contract approval or disapproval.

  • Completes approvals, disapprovals, and awards, and notifies beneficiaries and other interested parties of the decision.

  • Determines ownership to authorize distribution of funds.

  • Ensures that all parties are in compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract.

  • Performs on-site inspections for compliance; recommends corrective action or changes needed.

  • Tracks and evaluates compliance issues and corrective actions; and takes appropriate corrective action in response to violations.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to attend meetings and/or trainings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

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 in the Federal servicethat included work involving providing oversight to management of trust and restricted property; responds to technical inquires and explains realty services and processes in the area of contracts management; prepares in draft realty transactions of moderate difficulty for review and approval; maintain and retrieve information from automated systems performing on-site inspections for compliance; recommending corrective action or changes needed; analyzing transactions including applications, land descriptions, appraisals, NEPA, TSR, and other clearances, to ensure compliance; consulting with beneficiaries, lessees, land owners and other interested parties about the contracting process, options, and other needs and documentation. Maintain and retrieve information from automated systems. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience) OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or equivalent); or LL.B. or J.D., if related to this position.

GS-7*:* 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level grade level in the Federal service that included work involving responding to inquiries and explaining Realty services; prepares in draft routine realty transactions for review and approval; perform quality assurance on detail transaction data, i.e., contracts and conveyances; coordinates records for compliance with established record management guidelines; assist in maintaining and retrieving information from automated data systems; assist with ensuring that leases, permits, easements and/or rights-of-way are issued at or above fair market value and that all terms and conditions of the contract are met. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience) OR 1 full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent); or Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) - see definition of below.

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT*:* Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

FOREIGN EDUCATION*:*If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS*:* A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information please refer to the following link: Government Wide Guidance - Fair Employment Opportunities to Applicants

OTHER*:* 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 will be 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.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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.

Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1170-07/09

Promotion Potential: 9

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453512500

Job Announcement Number: AB-17-04