Ethics Program Manager, GS-301-15 (KD-MP)

Washington, D.C
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 18, 2019
Full Time



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As a(n) Ethics Program Manger (National Bureau Program Coordinator) within the Office of the Solicitor, Ethics Office located in Washington, DC, some of your specific duties will include:
  • Supervise approximately 7 bureau Deputy Ethics Counselors (DECs) and their teams to provide the full suite of ethics program services to bureau and office employees.
  • Supervise employees that provide authoritative written and verbal advice to all levels of bureau managers and employees on complex issues and problems involving traditional ethics subjects, including but not limited to: outside employment; employee gift acceptance; fundraising; bureau gift authority, obtaining approval for employees to serve, in their official capacity, as officers/board members for outside organizations; lobbying; political activities; use of Government affiliation, official position and title; nepotism; use of government property, time, and information; gambling; and post-Government employment.
  • In coordination with the DEO Training and Education Branch, oversee the effectiveness of bureau ethics training programs, in accordance with OGE and Departmental regulatory requirements, and ensures the training meets the unique needs of bureau managers, scientists, technical personnel, and other employees.
  • May assist in ensuring that ethics training goals for employees are met, to include creating and presenting such training.
  • Oversee the administration of and directs the financial disclosure system for bureau clients to include establishing procedures for collection of the financial disclosure forms and meeting all requirements of the financial disclosure system. This includes responsibility for the public financial disclosure, confidential financial disclosure, timely review and certification, recusals, waivers, and certificates of divestiture.
  • Provide the direct link between bureau director clients and bureau teams within the Departmental Ethics Office responsible for providing ethics program services.
  • Supervise and manage the delivery of ethics programs to bureau clients managing a staff which includes approximately 7 subordinate supervisors and 27 ethics staff (non-supervisory).
  • Work effectively with other bureau and Department of the Interior senior management officials; governmental entities; tribal entities; and with private parties.
  • Provide oversight to bureau ethics programs to ensure quality and consistent service delivery to bureau clients.
  • Collaborate with other branches within the Departmental Ethics Office to implement DEO policies and procedures within the bureau teams.
  • Provide expert liaison with other elements of the Solicitor's Office to ensure expedient and authoritative bureau ethics program service delivery.
  • Supervise and direct ethics program services that balance national and organizational program goals and priorities; develop and utilize innovative issue resolution approaches.
  • Collaborating with ethics officials throughout the Department on the identification and resolution of ethics matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel, average 1-2 nights per month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment 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.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.



To qualify for the GS-15 applicants one year of specialized experience in or directly related to the position to be filled that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples may include: serving as a subject matter expert on a wide range of complex, often unprecedented, and highly sensitive ethics issues that have a significant impact on organizational operations; providing authoritative written and verbal advice to all levels of management and employees on complex ethics issues including conflicts of interests and financial disclosure; developing, administering, and monitoring the effectiveness of ethics training; and developing, implementing, and interpreting ethics policies, procedures, and guidance materials.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

Additional information

  • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

--Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Management Advisory; Program/Project Management; Regs/procedural guidance; General Abilities and Knowledge; Office Automation; and Compile/Analyze data.

--Basis of rating: You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.

--NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

--If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

--If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here .

--If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement. For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:

--If you're applying as a current or former employee of a land management agency i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or U.S. Forest Service who is serving or previously served on a temporary or term appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (see: ), you must submit the following documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement in order to receive consideration:
  • SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your service under competitive examining procedures in time limited appointments that totals 2 or more years at land management agencies; and
  • Documentation of satisfactory performance such as performance evaluations or references by supervisors or other documents, e.g., memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an acceptable performance level.

  • --Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")

    -- Auto-Requested Fax : allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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