Bureau of Land Management Division Chief in Washington, District Of Columbia

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These positions are located under the Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (WO230) and under the Division of Environmental Quality and Protection (WO280) in Washington, DC. Information about the area can be found at Washington, DC.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Physical Demands: The work involves office activities, largely of a sedentary nature. Travel is required in connection with various work assignments. The employee often works under very tight deadlines involving projects of national significance.

Work Environment: Most of the work is performed in an office setting where risks, generally associated with an office environment are present. Some temporary duty travel to field locations is necessary.

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The incumbent will serve as a Division Chief under the Resources and Planning Directorate. Major duties include but are not limited to:

Human, Fiscal & Material Resources Management:Provides supervision for members of the Division; responsible for position management; identifies skill/personnel needs within the Division, Responsible for all aspects of human resource management within the division. Supports two or more work/team leaders/project coordinators, committee chairs, subordinate supervisors or other comparable personnel.

Allocates and monitors the Division’s operating budget, and approves overtime/ compensatory time, travel, training and other expenses.

Manages Division workflow, assigns work projects and tasks and assure quality control of products and staff work.

Internal and External Coordination:Coordinates with other Headquarters entities to ensure cooperative relationships and effective information sharing. Balances skill needs with available resources; identifies issues, ensures consistency, and promotes efficient working relationships; and ensures proper allocations of resources, as well as providing needed support to Departmental and other internal customers.

Identifies and implements ways to reduce or eliminate barriers to efficient operations and to improve business practices and facilitate Division meetings.

Serves as, or supervises Division members who are, the primary BLM contact for external customers and stakeholders, field offices, non-governmental organizations, foreign government representatives, and other agencies for matters within areas of the Division’s program responsibility. Develops and maintains close working relationship with non-governmental groups, industry, state, local, and Native American organizations who have an interest in areas of the Division’s program responsibilities.

Principal WO liaison for the assigned program(s) with the BLM field offices, Office of the Solicitor, other Federal Bureaus and Agencies, interest groups, associations, state agencies and the public, and ensures close working relationships.

Program/Policy Management:Supports strategic and tactical planning that reflects BLM mission, goals and objectives relative to program areas of responsibility. Provides programmatic input to the BLM budget Division and the Assistant Director on long-range program and fund acquisition strategies, recommendations for budgetary resources needed to support program efforts, and input to the preparation of budget justification documents and Annual Work Plan directives.

Develops policies and procedures to ensure proper Federal implementation of the assigned program(s), balancing resource development, environmental protection, and resource protection needs as a public trustee, and with a consideration for maintaining healthy public land conditions.

Determines need, and provides initiative, supervision, and national-level coordination for the timely preparation of regulations, procedures, or other policy statements and directives to ensure consistency and uniformity of policy and statutory implementation in areas of program responsibility. Directs preparation of comments on other Bureau and Agency regulations. Manages preparation of legislative proposals for the Department legislative program, and directs the preparation of comments on legislation and other Bureau and Agency legislative proposals in areas of program responsibility. Supervises development of technical input for testimony prepared for Bureau and Departmental officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be as needed

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All current Bureau of Land Management employees with competitive eligibility and CTAP eligible candidates in the local commuting area.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. This position is under the Administrative and Management Qualification Standards.


Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

For GS-15:One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the federal service is required. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent level include: Experience directing and managing the development of regional and/or national policies, procedures and guidelines for areas of program responsibility; experience developing program budget, policies, procedures and guidance for all aspects of resource programs; experience providing technical direction to subordinate employees on the work to be accomplished; experience resolving complex and highly controversial issues and problems identified relative to policy guidance implementation in environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, resource management plans and on the ground management activities.

Substitution of Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

Experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation. 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 in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

TO QUALIFY FOR A DETAIL: The applicant must show in their resume the ability to learn and obtain experience in this position. Applicants who do not qualify for a temporary promotion will be considered for a detail to obtain the experience for future opportunities.

Additional information

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

This is a not-to-exceed 1 year detail/temporary promotion assignment (dependent on qualifications). Multiple selections may be made from this recruitment. Length of assignment is dependent on the applican'ts availability and may be set for less than 1 year, but may not exceed 1 year.

Applicants who score 90 and above but do not qualify for a temporary promotion will be considered for a detail to obtain the experience for future promotion opportunities.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the DOI Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points) on the rating criteria for this position. 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.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

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: Selective Service Website.

Occasional travel may be required.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization’s mission and to use new technology to enhance decision making.

KSA 2: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.

KSA 3: Knowledge of a variety of professional disciplines to provide leadership in the identification, integration, and guidance of programs, functions, and responsibilities assigned to the Directorate, and knowledge of the principles and procedures used in evaluating and assessing program results, processes and functions. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Thelma Jones, HR Assistant, in the HR Office at (202) 912-7071 or t1jones@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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Agency contact information
Thelma Jones







Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management WO-712 Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499650700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/15/2018 to 06/06/2018

Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Temporary Promotion - Temporary Promotion - Detail/temporary promotion assignment not-to-exceed 1 year.