Vacancy No.: PR
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Salary:
$51, 298.00 to $80, 685.00 Grade:
09 to 11 Perm/Temp:
*time Open Date:
11/5/2014 Close Date:
11/26/2014 Job Link:
Â Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)Job Title:
LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST (PROBATE), GS
Department Of The InteriorAgency:
Interior, Bureau of Indian AffairsJob Announcement Number:
$51, 298.00 to $80, 685.00 / Per YearOPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to Wednesday, November 26, 2014SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA WHO MAY APPLY:
*WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLESSECURITY CLEARANCE:
*Background InvestigationSUPERVISORY STATUS:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government
*government relationship with the tribal nations.
A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Vacancy Identification Number 1254673LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST, GS
*09/11, Posn.#4900019A, Pacific Regional Office, Office of the Deputy RegionalDirector
*Trust, Probate, Sacramento, CAGS
*09: $51, 298 - $66, 685 Per AnnumGS
*11: $62, 065 - $80, 685 Per AnnumNOTE:
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.
ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.
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 of Form BIA
*4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career
*conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran\\\'s preference is not a factor in these appointments.
To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Applicants must submit a copy of their DD
*214 for verification of eligibility.
For more information, click here:
//www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoaFORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:
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.
The majority of 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.
TRAVEL REQUIREDÂ Â Â » Not RequiredRELOCATION AUTHORIZEDÂ Â Â » NoKEY REQUIREMENTSÂ Â Â » US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.Â Â Â » A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.Â Â Â » APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.Â Â Â » APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.
If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Â Â Â » Provide substantial support assistance to and consults with deciding officials in the Office of Hearing and Appeals on probates.Â Â Â » Performing work on a wide variety of probate cases, issues and problems utilizing a high degree of expertise.Â Â Â » Perform extensive and thorough research of all types of probate cases by conducting interviews with beneficiaries and interested parties and examining agency and tribal genealogy records.Â Â Â » Review agency probate cases by examining legal documents for the purpose of verifying ownership status of land and resources, ensuring accuracy of legal descriptions, researches land titles and prepares an inventory of real property in estates.Â Â Â » Evaluate factual documents and other information to determine the level of legal complexity in Indian Probate cases, and assemble documentation into a probate case package.Â Â Â » Interpret and implement the decisions of the OHA deciding officials.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
(OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, GS
*11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS
*9 grade level OR Ph.
D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.
M., if related.
Examples of specialized experience may include the research and gathering of legal/financial documents that resulted in a Probate Case file assembly suitable for submission to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA); reviewed and recommended approval/corrective action for case files prepared by Tribal Service Providers; thorough understanding and application of the regulations for Testate and Intestate Laws; conducted legal review of Probate Decisions issued by OHA for purposes of ensuring the appropriate laws were applied in determining the distribution of trust assets; upon expiration of the appeal period, initiated update of data residing in the TAAMS and ProTrac systems; initiated closure and distribution of estate assets through the Office the the Special Trustee. (Your resume must support this experience).
*9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS
*7 grade level OR master\\\'s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.
B. or J.
D., if related.
Examples of specialized experience may include review, interpretation and understanding legal/financial documents and their effect on land/or individuals; detected errors and omissions in documents and initiated corrective action; review and determine purpose and effect of documents; posted or updated existing abstracts, ledgers, databases or other systems with pertinent document information; applied document data to the TAAMS, TFAS and ProTrac systems. (Your resume must support this 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.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.
S. colleges and universities.
Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request.
Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.
Dept of Ed.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:
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.
Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Incumbent may be required to operate, as an incidental duty, a government owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of official duties.
The Bureau of 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Â Â Â » Knowledge of and the ability to apply the unique Federal Administrative Laws and decisions related to inheritance of Indian Trust and Restricted Lands and resources.Â Â Â » Knowledge of and ability to apply the basic Real Estate principles, laws, and practices to analyze land sales, acquisitions, leases, easements, mortgages, partitions, and wills.Â Â Â » Knowledge of Indian Laws and legal documents which impact title, encumbrance, use of rights, and income rights from land administered by the bureau.Â Â Â » Knowledge of Federal, Tribal, and State probate and administration of Estate Laws, Departmental Regulations, Policy Directives, and Delegations of Authority that pertain to Land Titles and Trust and Restricted money accounts.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.
If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:
CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS:
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position.
To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position.
To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year.
To be well
*qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.
This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF
*50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http:
//www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.aspNOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:
Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.
HOW TO APPLY:
To Apply Online:
Â Â Â » Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to registerÂ Â Â » Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answersÂ Â Â » UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documentsÂ Â Â » To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.govÂ Â Â » Click on Application StatusÂ Â Â » Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continueWe strongly encourage you to apply online.
However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757
*3144 by following the steps below.
To Apply by Fax:
Â Â Â » Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203
*FXVacancy Identification Number 1254673Â Â Â » Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireÂ Â Â » When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203
*FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents.
No other fax page is required.
Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203
*FX are on top of all other documents being faxedCombination Online/Fax:
Â Â Â » Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to registerÂ Â Â » ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answersÂ Â Â » Print the US Government Application Cover PageÂ Â Â » Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1254673, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your applicationÂ Â Â » Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757
*3144Please note that it is the applicant\\\'s responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.
All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application.
This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section.
Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.
Â Â Â »Resume showing relevant experience and education.
*Work experience, must include the following:
Â Â Â » Position Title;Â Â Â » Dates
*from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);Â Â Â » Hours worked per week;Â Â Â » Salary (hourly/yearly)Â Â Â » Current Supervisor\\\'s Name, Address, and Telephone number,
*List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.Â Â Â » Form BIA
*4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference.
No other form will be accepted.Â Â Â » Form DD
*214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.Â Â Â » Copy of most recent SF
*50, Notification of Personnel Action.Â Â Â » College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education.
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.Â Â Â » GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator\\\'s License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre
Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide.
The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
BIA Center for Recruitment AnadarkoDO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONSPLEASE FAX TO 478
*3144XXXXX, OK73005WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful.
After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official.
If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.