Deputy Bureau Director Office of Indian Services

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

Serves as the principal executive expert advisor to the Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs concerning Bureau programs designed to promote the welfare and development of individual Indians and Indian communities nationwide.

Plans, develops, monitors, and evaluates all programs, policies, standards, procedures and feedback systems in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Director, BIA and the Assistant Secretary.

Formulates major policy programs in the Indian Services arena through the direction of a professional staff of subject-matter experts.

Provides national program leadership for assigned functional areas. Develops, or supervises the development of new or revised legislation, policies, plans, and programs for application Bureau-wide. Provides for the development and coordination of training policies, program and technical assistance support for assigned programs.

Participates in the allocation of Bureau resources for respective program operations and makes recommendations to the Director, BIA regarding the necessary changes or adjustments in the programs and their implementation.

Provides authoritative professional viewpoints on the program methods, techniques, and procedures required within the Bureau to ensure the maximum effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of program operations according to the Bureau and the administration's program goals.

Represents the Bureau when dealing with tribal officials, State and local governments, private organizations and executive personnel of the Department and other Federal agencies.

Advises the Director, BIA on the status and effectiveness of program operations and identifies program weaknesses and strengths and recommends reprogramming of major policy directions.

Coordinates plans and policies with other Bureau Directors to ensure a unified management posture within the Bureau.

Manages funds, personnel, information, property, and projects for all organizations under the purview of the Deputy Director.

The Deputy Bureau Director provides executive direction to the following organizations:

The Division of Human Services is responsible for providing oversight, guidance, technical support and advisory services to the Deputy Bureau Director, field staff and tribes by developing policies and procedures and implementing activities to improve the quality of life in tribal communities in the areas of housing, social services, child abuse and family violence prevention, and welfare assistance.

The Division of Tribal Government Services provides oversight, guidance, technical support and advisory services to the Deputy Director, field staff, and tribes by developing policies and procedures and implementing activities to support tribal governments. This includes providing advice and assistance regarding tribal organic documents, tribal ordinances, tribal and judgment rolls, enrollment appeals, and judgment fund use and distribution plans.

The Division of Transportation provides oversight, guidance, technical support and advisory services to the Deputy Bureau Director, field staff and tribes by developing policies and procedures and implementing activities to support and improve transportation systems providing access to and located within Indian country. This includes design, construction, inventory and maintenance of roads, bridges, airfields and other transportation facilities; and serving as liaison to the Department of Transportation and other related transportation agencies.

The Division of Self-Determination provides oversight, guidance, technical support and advisory services to the Deputy Bureau Director, field staff and tribes by developing policies and procedures and implementing activities to support the Indian Self­ Determination and Education Assistance Act (P.L. 93-638), and related programmatic portions of the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act (P.L. 95-224), as they pertain to Indian self-determination. Responsibilities include providing advice, guidance, technical support related to ISDEAA to BIA senior management, tribal officials and other agency staff; maintains authorized database of current and eligible awarding officials; and manages the distribution of contract support-related funds, including the contract support fund and the Indian Self-Determination fund.

The Division of Workforce Development administers the Job Training and Placement Program within BIA. Coordinates a wide variety of employment, training, education, childcare, welfare, economic development, job development and related programs on behalf of American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Conditions of Employment

  • Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
  • Subject to financial disclosure.
  • 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.
  • Must complete a 1 year SES probationary period if not previously completed.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's)- *Required Documentation* The Office of Personnel Management has identified five executive core qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The ECQs are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential-not technical expertise.

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 resources 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, Public Service Motivation

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)- *Required Documentation* MTQs are designed to assess an applicants experience relevant to the specific position requirements. Each MTQ narrative response must 1.) not exceed two pages per narrative statement; 2.) include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 3.) address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.

1. Demonstrated ability to encourage productive partnerships with Federal, State and local governments and agencies to ensure policies or programs which affect American Indian tribes are consistent with the Federal Trust Responsibility, the Government-to-Government Policy, and/or satisfy and protect treaty obligations and rights.

2, Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, direct, monitor and evaluate diverse and complex programs designed to achieve the Bureau's objectives to improve the social and economic status of the American Indian.

Challenge-Context-Action-Result(s) (CCAR) Model. CCAR Model is outline below. When addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you are strongly recommended to utilize the CCAR Model . Each ECQ or MTQ statement should include more than one example of relevant experience.
    Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal. Context: Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Your responses to the ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated based on how clearly and concisely you emphasize your 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.

You are required to submit separate narrative statements for each ECQ and MTQ to receive consideration for this position. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section for complete details regarding the page limitation and formatting requirement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veterans preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES)INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.

For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please visit: Act - Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579):This information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

CURRENT FEDERAL APPLICANTS : If you are a federal employee (non-SES or SES), then you must include your most recent performance appraisal within the last 12 months of your submission to this application. Additionally, you must include your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that reflects an appointment (i.e., initial, transfer, reinstatement, and etc.) or pay adjustment.

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS: Your resume, performance appraisal, SF-50, Executive Core Qualification's (ECQs), and Mandatory Technical Qualification's (MTQs) for this announcement must be received online via the USAJOBS/Application Manager application system by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on closing date of the announcement. ECQs and MTQs must be submitted in the CCAR model format as previously outlined within this vacancy announcement.

Email submissions from an applicant will not be accepted. Failure to submit a complete application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist point-of-contact prior to the closing date if assistance is needed to submit an application online. 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.

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. Click here for general eligibility for a permanent change of station (PCS) move. Click here for Federal Travel Regulations PCS information. To view FAQ regarding PCS click here.

Senior Executive Service Probationary Period : If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one-year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.