11th March 2016

Supervisory Review Appraiser Job in ABERDEEN, SD

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Vacancy No. OST-7711-16-LH-078(DEU) Department Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Salary $99,785.00 to $129,723.00 Grade 14 to 14
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/9/2016 Close Date 3/30/2016
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Job Title:  Supervisory Review Appraiser
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:  OST-7711-16-LH-078(DEU)

$99,785.00 to $129,723.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 to Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Full-Time – Permanent
1 vacancy – Aberdeen, SD
This position is open to all US Citizens.
Public Trust – Background Investigation


About the Agency

The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians was established under the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 and is responsible to the Secretary of the Interior for implementation of all aspects and responsibilities assigned under the Act. The Office of Special Trustee (OST) was created to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government. As trustee, the Department of the Interior has the primary fiduciary responsibility to manage both Tribal trust funds and Individual Indian Monies (IIM) accounts.

The incumbent of this position serves as the Regional Appraiser and is responsible for supervising regional appraisal staff. The Regional Appraiser independently performs and reviews highly complex and controversial appraisals of Real Estate/Property. The Regional Appraiser also administers the appraisal program and is considered the technical expert for all appraisal s and appraisal related duties. The incumbent is the primary advisor and consultant to the Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Appraisal Services’ Chief Appraiser, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Regional Director, Agency Superintendents, Regional Realty Officer, and tribes on all Real Estate/Property Appraisal matters involving tribal, allotted, and government-owned lands held in trust or restricted fee status for the benefit of Indians in the region. This position is located in the U.S. Department of the Interior; Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians; Office of Appraisal Services (OAS) located in Aberdeen, SD.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid, however relocation incentive may be offered.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-10 nights per month may be required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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.


The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Responsible for planning, organizing, supervising and executing the activities of the appraisal program for the Great Plains Regional OAS Office.
  2. Prepare budget proposals and justifications for the regional appraisal functions that should be implemented, curtailed, or eliminated.
  3. Review, approve, or disapprove appraisal reports prepared in the regional office’s jurisdiction (Valuations can include but not limited to Fee Simple, partial interest, leases, water rights, environmental or historic preservation, and probates).
  4. Prepare economic analyses, market studies and mass appraisal reports for districts or entire reservations.
  5. Evaluate established appraisal techniques; develop appraisal procedures and automated systems; and manage program workflow by defining objectives, priorities, deadlines, scope of work, and assign available resources.
  6. Provide technical guidance to staff, tribal, and fee appraisers on the interpretation, use, and implementation of appraisal standards, Jurisdictional Exception and Scope of Work as part of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraiser Practice (USPAP) and OST/OAS appraisal policies and procedures. Be capable of employing all recognized methods and techniques so that creditable appraisal products can be produced and relied upon by the Region. As applicable, provides technical guidance as provided in Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA) Standards.
  7. Supervisory duties include: training and development of subordinate staff, performance evaluations, recommend promotions and awards, and taking corrective actions to disciplinary problems.

Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Please note: The incumbent of this position will be required to operate motor vehicles and must possess a current, valid State driver’s license. The incumbent may be subject to periodic driving record checks by the Department.

On-site inspections often require some physical exertion such as: long periods of standing, hiking or lengthy walks over varying terrain, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, or reaching.

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

This vacancy is also announced as OST-7711-16-LH-079(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

Indian Preference Policy: Preference in filling this vacancy is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application prior to the closing date of the announcement, if claiming Indian Preference. Applicants selected under Indian preference from this vacancy will be appointed under the Excepted Service, Schedule A 213.3112(a)(7) appointing authority. Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applications in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.

NOTE: This HR Office uses an automated recruitment system. We query a question labeled “Background Information” in the Occupational Questionnaire to identify applicants claiming Indian Preference. You must answer this question. If you are claiming Indian Preference, you must also submit your valid BIA-4432 form to verify your claim.



To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience serving as a senior review appraiser who independently performs difficult and complex appraisals and appraisal reviews; taking the lead on review appraisal assignments and guiding junior review appraisal staff; reviewing appraisals performed by staff or independent fee appraisers; and develops and implements program processes and procedures to meet objectives.


All applicants must possess a current General Appraiser Certification in at least one state whose certification standards comply with the minimum Federal standards for general appraiser certification in compliance with Title XI of the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA). You must provide a copy of your current certificate with your application in order to be considered. Failure to submit this document will result in an “ineligible” rating. A professional designation from an appraisal organization that is a sponsor or affiliate sponsor of The Appraisal Foundation, Appraisal Institute or an appraisal organization requiring successful passing of appropriate course of study, comprehensive examination, demonstration report and experience credit for membership is highly encouraged.

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:https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

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. Seehttp://www.sss.gov/


Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Appraisal – Extensive knowledge of a wide range of appraisal principles, concepts and methodologies. Knowledge and experience in appraisal review to evaluate appraisals of a broad-range of properties and valuation products.

Technology Application Ability to apply automated databases, multiple regression analysis, mass appraisal methodologies, correlation matrix, summary statistics, Geographical information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS), automated valuation models, AgWare Datalog, discounted cash flow analysis, etc.

Oral Communication- in order to express information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); Ability to speak in a clear, concise, organized and professional manner for the intended audience.

Written Communication: in order to express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; Ability to write in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Leadership and Supervision– Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures to initiate actions and properly apply conflict management practices. Ability to motivate subordinates, conduct performance evaluations, develop training plans, initiate personnel actions, direct and supervise technical and administrative staff to achieve organization goals and objectives, implement incentive awards, disciplinary actions, etc.

If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.
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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.


Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Monster Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available athttps://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.(2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (4) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable); (5) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted; (6) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Jobs/USAJobs-Assistance ORhttp://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference) on the rating criteria for this position.


HR Assistant
Phone: 703-787-1446
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: human.resources3@bsee.gov
Agency Information:
Office of the Secretary of the Interior
4400 Masthead Street NE
Albuquerque, NM
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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