U.S. nationals: Program Analyst (Water Rights Coordinator)

U.S. Department of the Interior

Albuquerque, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Summary

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This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Region, Division of Natural Resources, Branch of Water Resources, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NOTE: THE PAY FLEXIBILITIES OF A RECRUITMENT BONUS OR STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED PENDING THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND MANAGEMENT APPROVAL.

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Clarification from the agency

Current or former career or career-conditional Federal employees in the competitive service Indian preference eligibles (must submit a BIA Form 4432) Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces with an honorable discharge Government employees eligible through an Interchange agreement Candidates eligible under Non-Competitive special hiring authority Current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Duties

  • Incumbent designs, plans, and coordinates the investigation, analysis and technical preparation for Indian water rights cases, including litigation reports and position papers.
  • Develops the technical basis for Indian title or claim to natural resources to permit effective advocacy for the Indian rights or interest involved.
  • Analyzes data collected in support of Indian water rights claims.
  • Reviews technical and legal documents such as court decrees and legal opinions regarding Indian and non-Indian water rights.
  • Prepares supporting documentation for court action such as litigation reports, position papers, and exhibits.
  • Represents the BIA in negotiating Indian water rights and resulting settlement.
  • Analyzes settlement terms to determine if appropriate and comport with the Federal Trust responsibilities.
  • Implements Indian water rights settlements.
  • Prescribes technical tasks required by the legislation and negotiation of ancillary agreements.
  • Prepares draft Federal Register publications.
  • Advises and collaborates in the development of short and long-term water management plans.
  • Prepares documentation and presents analyses at meetings or other technical briefings.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • 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.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
  • 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.
  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • The incumbent may be required as an incidental duty to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. If selected, you will be required to complete an Incidental Motor Vehicle Operators Certification Form.
  • The incumbent will be required to file an OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report Form in accordance with 5 CFR Part 2634, Subpart I.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions; Management and Program Analysis Series, 0343.)

GS-13: Qualifying is one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include identifying program activities and estimated cost and method for accomplishment; reviewing legal documents such as court decrees and legal opinions; preparing documents for litigation such as reports, position papers, and exhibits; writing tribal water codes, developing tribal water protocols and long-term plans; coordinating data used in negotiation; providing advice on water resource requirements such as data collection, research, inventory, and analysis; interpreting investigations of water demand, past water uses, future water needs, demography as applicable to water rights settlements.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2022 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Albuquerque, New Mexico. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the “rest of U.S.” chart.

TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT: If applying under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must provide documentation to support your eligibility (SF-50) and performance (references and/or performance appraisal). Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

  • Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.
  • Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period.

Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Benefits

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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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package will be evaluated against the minimum qualification requirements specified above. In order to qualify, your resume must specifically describe your work history and the duties you performed in each position. Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date of 08/15/2022 to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. Qualified candidates will then be rated as best qualified, well qualified, or qualified depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, competencies and experience requirements as demonstrated by your responses to the assessment questions. Competencies measured include:

  • Conflict Management
  • Decision Making
  • Hydrology
  • Oral Communication
  • Project Management
  • Technical Competence

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If the information in your resume does not support your responses to the assessment questions, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications.

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans’ preference.

Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and awards during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.

You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11573654. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

Required Documents

The following documents are required for this position:

  • Resume which details work experience including hours worked per week, dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, and grade (if federal service).
  • On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  • Transcripts (if using education to qualify) – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • Veteran’s documentation – (if applicable) VA letter on VA letterhead stating your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge and dates of active duty military service.
  • Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
  • BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
  • Performance Appraisal (if applying under the Land Management Flexibility Act)
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CURRENT & FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:
    • If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee OR a former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility you must submit the following by the closing date of this announcement, or you will not receive consideration as such:
      — a copy of a recent SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade. If you have promotion potential in any of your positions, please provide an SF-50 stating your highest full performance level; and
      — your most recent performance appraisal (if you do not have your most recent performance appraisal, please submit an explanation as to why it is unavailable); and
      — if applicable, a list of any awards you received in the last 5 years (i.e., superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.).

If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 and your letter from the VA reflecting an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible. For more information see: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/hiring-officials/strategic-recruitment-and-hiring/#content.

If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM Eastern Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED OR ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE.

How to Apply

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

“To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.”

ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION:

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

– To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

– Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

– After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

– You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ); all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/ .

PLEASE NOTE – NO APPLICATION MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA E-MAIL.

Agency contact information

 Deborah Abeita

Phone: (505) 563-5123

Email: [email protected]

Address

BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road, NW
Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM 87104
US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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