Office of the Secretary of the Interior Senior Advisor in Washington, District Of Columbia

Office of the Secretary of the Interior
  • 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Insular Affairs. The incumbent serves as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) and the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas and assists in ensuring that the responsibilities of the Secretary regarding the Territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands) and freely Associated States (Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau) are carried out. The Senior Advisor also provides immediate and responsive policy and advisory assistance to the Assistant Secretary and Director in support of OIA's programs and priorities and in compliance with the Secretary's goals related to insular affairs programs.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

Salary Information (GS-14) (Step 1 $107,325 – Step 10 $139,523) per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

The duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Evaluates, interprets, and provides advice and guidance to the Director and Assistant Secretary on critical legislative proposals and/or changes in Federal and local regulations related to American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

2) Advises senior Department of the Interior leadership related to the activities of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA) which is co-chaired by the White House Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Integovernmental Affairs.

3) Performs public relations work, often of an extremely delicate nature, requiring a high degree of tact and diplomacy with Members of Congress and their staffs, with the White House, and with others whose activities bear directly on the insular activities of the Department.

4) Represents the Director as requested at high level inter-agency meetings and follows through to ensure that commitments of the Office of Insular Affairs are met.

5) The incumbent is responsible for conducting analyses of the political, economic and social development of the insular areas and providing advice and recommendations for improvement to the Assistant Secretary and Director of OIA.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel 1-5 Nights
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

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 defined as demonstrated experience in the following areas:

1) Experience serving an advisor to senior management in a liaison capacity providing high level leadership, representation, consultation, liaison, staffing and/or coordination to support an organization's mission and related policy and program responsibilities and initiatives.

2) Experience evaluating, interpreting, and providing advice and guidance to senior management on critical legislative proposals and/or changes in Federal and local regulations related to American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia.

3) Experience demonstrating expertise regarding the legislative process as it pertains to policy making for the insular areas.

4) Experience advising on policy proposals throughout the executive and/or legislative decision-making process, including experience in the U.S. Congress.

5) Experience utilizing, interpreting and applying Federal laws, regulations, and budget processes as they relate to insular areas.

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:**

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

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

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.


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Other Information

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.

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0301-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals.

Control Number: 452172700

Job Announcement Number: OS-1500-16-IB-240(DEU)