Office of the Secretary of the Interior Congressional Affairs and Policy Advisor in Anchorage, Alaska
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Alaska Field Office, Anchorage, Alaska under the direction of the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Alaska Affairs.
This position coordinates policy, congressional, legislative matters and priorities related to the State of Alaska. The incumbent provides policy analysis and technical advice on matters related to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Note: This vacancy has been extended and will expire effective Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:59PM ET*
Salary Information: GS14 - $114,411 - $148,735 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
This vacancy is also announced as OS-1000-18-IB-083(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.
The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
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At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Coordinates assigned program activities related to congressional and legislative initiatives to ensure compliance with the Administration's policies meeting established and anticipated policy needs. Reviews proposed policy, regulation, or legislation.
Develops effective operational relationships within the Department and with members of Congress and their staffs to ensure that policy development is coordinated with departmental bureaus and offices, other executive agencies, congressional offices, public interest groups, state and local governments.
Clears or reserves for the Senior Advisor's attention a variety of operational products crossing the spectrum of programs and activities, such as legislative text analysis as it pertains to ANILCA and ANCSA, drafting Alaska related questions for the record to Congress, conducting agency oversight operations at the request of the Secretary and Congress, and providing agency briefings for members of congress and their staff.
Responsible for providing program and policy analysis to Departmental leadership on matters relating to NEPA, ANILCA and ANCSA.
Reviewing, analyzing and advising on proposed federal and state legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives with significant impact to Departmental and Administration priorities in Alaska; preparing reports and briefing materials to communicate findings and recommendations; identifying program and policy challenges and solutions; and engaging in discussions with various DOI bureaus and offices well as other Federal and State agencies, to resolve program and policy challenges.
When the need exists for development of a new policy or a change in policy, the incumbent conducts the necessary research and fully informs the Senior Advisor of all facts required for consideration and either verbally or in writing makes comments, suggestions, or recommendations on the subject.
Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month
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Conditions of Employment
- You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
- You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
- You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.
Note:At the GS-14 level you maynotsubstitute education for experience.
Specialized Experience:To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:
1) serving as an advisor to senior management in a liaison capacity to provide high level consultation regarding the development of policy relating to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and/or the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA)
2) evaluating, interpreting, and providing guidance on critical legislative proposals related to ANILCA and ANCSA
3) developing briefing materials for senior management to utilize when they appear and speak before the organization, congressional committees and proceedings, and other interested groups
4) serving as a liaison to congressional members and staff to ensure policy development coordination
Accredited law degree highly desirable.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:*https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp*
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
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.
Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
1. Management Advisory: To provide policy and advisory assistance to Departmental leadership on matters relating to ANILCA and ANCSA.
2. Policy: To monitor and evaluate complex policy issues related to NEPA, ANILCA and ANCSA
3. Interpersonal Communication: To advise staff and leadership on issues which affect the program area, provide recommendations on issues and influence management to accept and implement findings and recommendations
4. Political Savvy: Ability to perceive multiple points of view, communicate clearly and effectively on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues that are complex, controversial and interrelated
5. Analytical: Apply application of analytical and evaluative research techniques for the identification of policy issues and development of alternative solutions to improve general efficiency and effectiveness of assigned programs.
If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period. To preview questions please click here.
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Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Howtocreateyourresume
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof 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 station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
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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Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, District of Columbia United States
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496674200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/13/2018 to 04/23/2018
Salary: $114,411 to $148,735 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent