Chief of Staff

Washington, D.C
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The announcement has been extended until Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

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.

The Chief of Staff position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget (AS-PMB) and oversees program coordination, office budget and personnel matters, policy implementation and special projects, and administrative direction to support staff. The office discharges the duties and exercises the authority of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to budgetary, financial and performance management and a wide variety of other management activities of the Department of the Interior (Department).

Specific Duties

The incumbent carries out the following specific responsibilities :
  • Serves as the principal management advisor and senior career officer for AS-PMB by providing direction and leadership on the formulation and execution of the office budget, other fiscal and administrative service matters, Administration and Departmental management initiatives, and special projects.
  • Provides advice, counsel, analysis and oversight regarding issues and policies of the most critical nature impacting the mission, strategic goals, financial management and operations of the Department.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations in the office relating to written and oral responses and inquiries, personnel issues, supervision of administrative staff and provides advice on general staffing of the AS-PMB.
  • Advises and participates with the AS-PMB in the development and presentation of AS-PMB and secretarial policies and programs.
  • Coordinates and advises AS-PMB in and schedules the preparation of all materials, such as written statements, briefing papers and background information, for the AS-PMB or Departmental officials to present testimony to Congress.
  • Liases and collaborates with senior officials across the Department and in the Secretary's Immediate Office, the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, the Office of Inspector General, The Office of the Executive Secretariate and the Solicitor's Office.
  • Formulates policy recommendations to the Assistant Secretary and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and as needed, provides overall directions to achieve goals and resolves or elevates issues for resolution include developing and maintaining Department-wide relationships in order to achieve the success of special projects.

  • 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.

    We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.


    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.
    • (Insert Professional Certificates or Credentials Required if applicable.)


    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:
  • The ability to integrate Secretarial and Administration goals and priorities into Departmental programs while balancing change and continuity, improving customer service, increasing program performance, and ensuring accountability.
  • The ability to explain and advocate policies and programs, orally and in writing, in a convincing manner to senior officials and groups internally and externally, and to develop an expansive professional network across the Department.
  • In-depth knowledge of Departmental policies, procedures and programs, and their interrelationships, to provide overall direction, implement policies, coordinate programs, and advise management.
  • In-depth knowledge of requirements, processes, and best practices that must be implemented at the Departmental level for top executive management to exercise appropriate oversight and to execute mission activities.
  • Ability to collaborate with senior department and bureau leaders to provide guidance/counsel to top executive management of an agency/organization with respect to policy/program/management issues and to coordinate with counterpart authorities with related responsibilities in other organizations

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    If applicable, travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

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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.