U.S. nationals: Program Manager

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Sacramento, CA, United States
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Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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Join Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region leadership team as a Deputy Regional Director.  Be a part of this exciting mission of managing water in the West.  

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Office of the Regional Director in Sacramento, CA. For more information on the Sacramento area visit: www.saccounty.net.


Serves as a Deputy Regional Director sharing in the responsibilities of the Regional Director in the management of assigned programs within the Mid-Pacific Region.

  • Exercises strategic level supervisory and managerial control and direction over assigned programs.
  • Formulates and develops strategic objectives, and courses of action for the Region's work associated with hydro-electric power facilities, water resources, land and environmental resources management program.
  • Develops and implements innovative Regional policy consistent with the Regional Director's philosophies and Reclamation's priorities.
  • Represents and acts for the Regional Director in meetings, conferences, and interactions with representatives of State and Federal agencies, water users, contractors, landowners, media, and other local interests and the public.
  • Serves as Mid-Pacific Region or Reclamation’s representative to a wide range of committees and boards and makes commitments on behalf of the Region and Reclamation.
  • Leads the organization to ensure a workplace culture that is free of prohibited personnel practices, honors merit principles, while leveraging diversity, ensures and maintains a workplace culture where decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin or any other non-merit factor.
  • Serves as second level supervisor of employees engaged in professional, technical, and administrative work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 20% of the time.

Supervisory status Yes

Promotion Potential 15


Conditions of Employment

  • Intensive background investigation and secret security clearance required.
  • Required to file annual financial disclosure report, OGE Form 450.
  • Designated as a drug testing position.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience as defined below:

GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-15: Experience in a water resources or hydropower operations organization that provided management, oversight and direction in a variety of professional, technical and administrative fields; experience performing program management or professional engineering, natural resources or scientific work in support of the operation and maintenance of dams and hydropower facilities, water control systems and associated facilities; experience in planning, design, construction, operation, or maintenance of complex and difficult civil works projects related to power and/or to the storage and conveyance of water such as canals, dams, pipelines, or tunnels; experience in managing or personally performing complex and difficult work on land and/or water issues that are inherent in overall program management of water resources projects. Work experience should be at the senior level and demonstrate most of the following: project/program development, planning, and budgeting; formulation and execution of comprehensive plans covering water resource activities; maintaining contact and collaborative working relationships with state, federal and local agencies in implementing water resources projects; providing counsel to higher organizational levels concerning sustainable water resources issues; and ability to lead and supervise a multi-discipline staff. These examples are not all inclusive.

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.


Additional information

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. This is not a virtual position.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive: A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized. If authorized, incentive amount and length of service agreement will be determined at the time of selection.

Conditions of Employment/Other Information

  • This position is designated as a Critical-Sensitive National Security position.  It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated High Risk National Security background investigation. As a condition of continued employment the individual will be reinvestigated every five years. Failure to maintain the required security clearance may result in removal from Federal service.
  • This is a Drug Testing Designated position.  Position is subject to random drug testing as a condition of employment.  Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position will participate in drug urinalysis testing.  Job offers will be withdrawn from applicants who refuse to be tested.  Applicants with verified positive test results shall be refused employment.
  • This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • This is a supervisory position.  If appointed to this position, you must serve a one-year supervisory probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.
  • Required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450.
  • Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. 
  • Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card for business travel.
  • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ

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:http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. 

  • Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  
  • Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
  • Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.    

  1. Knowledge of and experience in program management to serve as a focal point for program execution, build trust and consensus among various government agencies, technical specialists and stakeholders, and implement and accomplish program goals and objectives involving complex water management and natural resources.
  2. Knowledge of national legislation, public policy and commitments relative to Federally funded water resource issues.
  3. Ability to collaborate to develop networks, build alliances, and find common ground with a broad range of stakeholders to develop solutions and ensure conflicts are managed/resolved in a positive and constructive manner to maximize results.
  4. Ability to communicate using highly developed oral and written skills.
  5. Skill and experience to acquire, develop, allocate and management human and financial resources to effectively accomplish program goals.

Competencies:  External Awareness, Vision, Strategic Thinking, Entrepreneurship

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your   DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
  • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employ...


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How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.

This vacancy is being announced through the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to , fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at http://www.federalrelay.us/. The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

Agency contact information

Human Resources Office

Phone 916-978-5476

TDD www.federalrelay.us/

Fax 916-978-5563