Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Legal Instruments Examiner in Billings, Montana

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This position is located with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region in Billings, Montana. Incumbent ensures timely entries for land titles.

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. The first cutoff date is, November 7, 2018.

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Responsibilities
  • Analyzes and examines extremely difficult, or controversial title cases. Cases related to the rights of Indians to hold or own realty property and life estates.
  • Plan, organize, conduct research and analyze legal documents pertaining to each specific case worked.
  • Examine and corrects title documents for the acquisition and disposal of real property rights pertaining to trust, restricted, fee and reserved lands.
  • Prepares abstracts of title by examining each legal instrument, determining the correct legal description of property.
  • Advises the realty specialist in the preparation of various forms of title conveyances, divestment documents, equitable title documents, deeds, leases, grants, property management agreements, stipulations, memoranda of understanding, easements, etc
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

8

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0963 Legal Instruments Examining

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Indian Preference applies
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • 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.
  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
Qualifications

Grade (05) General Experience: None Specialized Experience: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level Specialized Experience GS-05: Specialized experience demonstrates the applicants' ability to assist in analyzing and examining less complex titles, preparing chains of title, title status reports. Scan and code title documents. Correct less complex title documents. Retrieve and sort information files and or records. Education: 4 years of successfully completed education above high school level.

Grade (06) General Experience: None Specialized Experience:1 year of specialized experience to at least the next lower grade. Specialized Experience GS-06: Specialized experience demonstrates the applicants' ability to assist with the 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 files and or records, receiving and examining applications for completeness of information. Education: Generally, not applicable. .

Grade (07) General Experience: None Specialized Experience: 1 year of specialized experience to at least the next lower grade. Specialized Experience GS-07: Specialized experience demonstrates the applicants' knowledge, ability and with some supervision analyze and examine difficult and complex titles, prepare 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. Education: Generally, not applicable.

Grade (08) General Experience: None Specialized Experience: 1 year of specialized experience to at least the next lower grade. Specialized Experience GS-08: Specialized experience demonstrates the applicants' ability, independently and with very little supervision analyze and exam 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. Education: Generally, not applicable.

**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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

The full performance level of this position is a 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.

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/employeeguides/careertransition.asp .

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/.

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 which 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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

Your application package will be evaluated against the minimum qualification requirements specified above. In order to qualify, your resume must specifically describe your work history and the duties you performed in each position. Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date of 12/31/2018 to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. Qualified candidates will then be rated as best qualified, well qualified, or qualified depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, competencies and experience requirements as demonstrated by your responses to the assessment questions. Competencies measured include:

  • Ability to Abstract, Research and Document Transactions
  • Communication
  • Knowledge of Audit Requirements
  • Knowledge of Land Title Laws

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If the information in your resume does not support your responses to the assessment questions, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications.

Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.

You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10334276. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.

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Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

The following documents are required for this position:

  • Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy - mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
  • On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  • Most recent SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion. Be sure your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position in box 34, and that the SF-50 is not an award)
  • Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • Veteran's documentation - (if applicable) VA letter on VA letterhead stating your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge and dates of active duty military service.
  • Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
  • BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
  • Performance Appraisal (if applying under the Land Management Flexibility Act) If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 and your letter from the VA reflecting an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible. For more information see: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM Eastern Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED OR ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE.

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.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

  • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ); all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/ .

PLEASE NOTE - NO APPLICATION MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA E-MAIL.

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Agency contact information
Kathleen Keller-Manuelito
Phone

(406) 247-7956

Email

kathleen.keller-manuelito@bia.gov

Address

BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional 2021 4th Avenue North Billings, MT 59101 US

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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/514697000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/24/2018 to 12/31/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 5 - 8

Salary: $33,394 to $59,557 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time