Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Legal Instruments Examiner - Open Continuous in Billings, Montana
Summary This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region in Billings, Montana. This is an open continuous job announcement. Initial application packages will be reviewed for eligibility and qualifications and issued to management on or about 22-MAR-2021. Additional application packages will be reviewed and issued to management on an as needed basis. Responsibilities Analyzes and examines extremely difficult, or controversial title cases. Independently plans, organizes, conducts research and analyzes legal documents pertaining to each specific case worked. Examine and corrects extremely complex title documents for the acquisition and disposal of real property rights pertaining to trust, restricted, fee and reserved lands. Prepares abstracts of title by carefully examining each legal description of the property. Advises the realty specialists in the preparation of various forms of title conveyances and divestment documents, equitable title documents, deeds, leases, grants, property management agreements, stipulations, memoranda of understanding, easements. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level. Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; analyze and exam titles, preparing chains of title, title status reports. Scan and code title documents. Correct less complex title documents. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. GS-6: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; routine examining of complex titles, preparing chains of title, title status reports, and maintaining the accuracy of computerized systems. Preparing documents, using office software programs to retrieve and sort information file or records, receiving and examining applications for completeness of information. GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; analyzing and examining difficult and complex titles, preparing chains of title, title status reports, and maintaining the accuracy of computerized systems. Receiving and processing permit applications, examining applications for completeness of information, adequacy of supporting documentation and certifications, ensuring applications meet regulatory requirements for requested permit types, and maintaining office permit files. Issue certified titled documents and ensure of accurate documents. GS-8: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are, but not limited to; analyzing and examining of extremely difficult, complex and or controversial titles, preparing chains of title, title status reports, and maintaining the upmost accuracy of computerized systems. Receiving and processing permit applications, examining applications for completeness of information, adequacy of supporting documentation and certifications, ensuring applications meet regulatory requirement for requested permit types, maintaining office permit files, and interpreting regulations and policy. Independently plans, organizes, conducts research and analyzes of legal documents. Examines and corrects extremely complex title documents for real property pertaining to trust, restricted, fee, reserved lands, title information from title companies. Prepare legal notices of decisions to be given to affected individuals. Advise the Realty Specialist in the preparation of various forms of title as they relate to the acceptance of title. Make determinations in situations where no guidance or precedence exists. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date. Education If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION Additional Information All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2021 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Billings, Montana. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. The full performance level of this position is GS-08. 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. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed. TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period. Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 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. Most 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.