Chief Academic Officer

Department Of The Interior, O...
Washington D.C.
Nov 08, 2016
Apr 11, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

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 567 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date. 

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. The minimum pay for this position is $157,971 per annum. Pay is set based on consideration of the selectee's current salary and other factors.

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 Education; and you can find more information specific to our organization at

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel is required.

  • Yes
  • Full relocation expenses are authorized.

  • 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.

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.  Position specific qualifications include a strategic understanding of and experience in administering education programs at all levels, including elementary to post-secondary education; has successfully managed educational programs and activities in a geographically dispersed organization; and has attracted and retained a highly-skilled and diverse workforce.

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. Ability to review, analyze, and evaluate K-12 academic programs across a large geographic area, and develop and implement recommendations, initiatives, new curricula, and programs to address areas in need of improvement with measurable successful outcomes.

2. Demonstrated ability to link contemporary educational philosophies and economic priorities in the development and management of an academic program that produced positive student outcomes as measured against outcomes in other quality U.S. school systems.

3. Demonstrated ability to plan and develop a strong leadership team that will lead the planning, development and implementation of a strategic plan for K-12 Academic Programs that reflects the needs of the students in Indian Country.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  Candidates for this position will need to meet the following basic education requirement to be considered for this position:

A.           Degree:  that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


B.           Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

Though candidates must possess the education or experience as identified above, candidates with a Master’s or Doctorate are desirable.  Candidates must submit documentation of their educational background to include transcripts, licenses, or other appropriate documentation and experience must be clearly identified in the application or resume.

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.

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