Senior Advisor for Appraisal and Valuation Services Office

Washington, D.C
May 22, 2022
May 23, 2022
Full Time

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) below. 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 nongovernmental organizations. Failure to meet basic qualification requirements and all mandatory technical qualifications listed automatically disqualifies an applicant.

This position is location in the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administrative Services, Office of the Director, Appraisal and Valuation Services Office (AVSO).

At nearly 200 employees, AVSO is also the third largest appraisal organization in the Federal Government, only trailing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the number of appraisers on staff. AVSO has offices from Anchorage to Atlanta, Palm Springs to Pennsylvania and scattered all over in between. We are geographically dispersed to provide the best coverage to our clients.

Specific Duties

The incumbent carries out the following specific responsibilities :

1. Serves as the Senior Advisor for Appraisal and Valuation Services Office (AVSO) and is responsible to the Director for performing executive responsibilities and administrative oversight of assigned programs in addition to representing the Director in their absence, manages privileged communications and material that are classified, controlled or sensitive in nature.

2. Directs the prioritization of staff resources to resolve conflicts; facilitates communication between staffs, communicates AVSO's priorities, and advises the Director, Associate Directors, Deputy Directors, Regional Directors, and Regional Leads of opportunities and problems related to Departmental matters of priority to the AVSO.

3. Collaborates with the Director on strategic planning and operational efficiencies for AVSO involving operational performance; initiates cross-functional reviews, committees, and study teams in such areas as strategic planning, workforce planning, and functional reviews; and issues and problems impacting long-term and short-term programs critical to AVSO success.

4. Elicits information, analysis, and other opinions to aid AVSO in the determination of its policies to develop detailed examinations of proposals, recommendations, and reports that require the Director's approval.

5. Formulates, develops, and provides review of policies, procedures, and guidelines pertaining to complex and critical aspects of AVSO to include preparing and/or reviewing AVSO program and policy reports, decision documents, operational plans and policies, directives, correspondence, proposed legislation and regulations, budgetary proposals, issue papers, and similar documents to identify the need for further clarification and analysis, assess impact on AVSO operations, and ensure their consistency with office policy and program positions.

6. Serves as liaison with other offices such as the Deputy Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries, all others within the Office of the Secretary, the Inspector General, and the Government Accountability Office and Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, this individual will be responsible for briefing senior leadership at the highest levels at the headquarter level. Moreover, this individual will act as the alter ego of the Director and will be the Senior level representative at the headquarters level and will be in lockstep with the priorities and objectives of the Director for AVSO and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

Applicants who meet all the mandatory technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical qualifications described in this vacancy.

If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.
We recommend that your resume includes examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance level for this position.
  • Ability to pass pre or post-employment drug screens (if applicable based on clearance level).
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Participation in direct deposit is required.


Applicants who meet all the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (i.e., MTQ's) will be evaluated by a panel to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required Mandatory Technical Qualification narrative statement(s) described above and listed below:
  • Experience designing and examining internal management controls, developing and managing performance metrics and benchmarks, identifying weaknesses, and recommending and implementing corrective action to drive continuous improvement in performance metrics and client satisfaction. Ability to monitor performance issues and trends to develop and implement appropriate program changes, and to identify and incorporate best practices and lessons learned into an effective valuation delivery program.
  • Knowledge of Federal laws and regulations relating to real property and real property interest valuation and acquisition management, as well as knowledge of Federal land conservation initiatives, including America the Beautiful initiative.
  • Knowledge of Indian laws and regulations for realty functions related to the Secretary's trust responsibility for Indians and Indian tribes as well as the ability to work closely with Tribal governments and the Office of Self-Governance in funding an process improvements for appraisals in Indian Country.

  • Education

    No positive education is required for this position.

    Additional information

    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.

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

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

    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.

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    If applicable, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.