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Bureau of Land Management Senior Policy Advisor in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


This position is located in the Bureau of Land Management's Headquarters and the location will be negotiable upon selection. Salary shown is the Rest of the US pay table; salary is determined by your assigned duty station. Temporary promotion will be for a period not-to-exceed 1 year and this temporary promotion may be extended without further competition; not to exceed a total of five (5) years.


Serves as personal assistant, confidential advisor, and staff analyst for the Director and Deputy Directors of the BLM. Creates and implements procedures that promote the efficient and effective functioning of the office.

Provides leadership for key matters related to integrating management, policy, and strategic planning across program lines and provides advice and support on achieving improved efficiency.

Represents the Chief of Staff and Deputy Director in negotiations with Bureau managers and executives, departmental offices, and other stakeholders on complex policy and program issues.

Directs or personally conducts special projects and/or confidential studies for the Director, Deputy Directors, and Chief of Staff that are highly sensitive or cross organizational or programmatic lines.

Such projects would normally involve issues of a controversial or sensitive nature requiring a specific solution developed by the Director?s Office.

These studies or special projects may focus on issues such as management efficiencies, changing program priorities, realignment of human resources and/organization realignments.

Ensures that assigned subject area documents and correspondence needing Director-level review or approval are completed in a timely, high-quality manner.

Responsible for ensuring Instructional Bulletins, correspondence, land use plans, environmental reviews and Federal Register notices contain sufficient decision-making information, have been technically reviewed, and have appropriated surnames.

Works to ensure that policy matters are well articulated and consistent with current BLM policies and regulations or clearly discuss new policy directions represented in internal and external deliberations of such issues.


Conditions of Employment


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience. You must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: Experience implementing changes to improve program performance for consistency with policies, compliance with procedures and regulations; conducting assessments of complex program operations, identifying problems and inefficiencies, recommending and developing new methods, work processes, and operational practices; and providing advice or guidance to the Executive Leadership Team. There is no substitution of education for the GS-15 level. 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. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level. There are no qualification requirements for a detail assignment. However employees must meet any positive education/licensure requirements in order to be detailed to positions with these requirements. Detail assignments do not include additional compensation and the selectee will not earn time-in-grade at the higher grade level.


Additional Information

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position. SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. Travel, per diem, and lodging will not be paid. All travel and lodging expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. This is a not-to-exceed 1 year detail/temporary promotion assignment. At the expiration of this assignment, or whenever your services are no longer needed, you will be returned to your position or to a position of equivalent pay and grade within your agency of record. BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application