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This position is part of the Chief Academic Officer, Bureau of Indian Education. As a Chief Academic Officer you will be responsible for improving the outcomes of all Indian students and the schools and educators that serve them.

Open & closing dates: 02/17/2023 to 03/20/2023

Salary: $170,489 – $212,100 per year

Pay scale & grade: ES 00

Washington D.C
Albuquerque, NM

Remote job: No

Telework eligible: Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Travel Required: Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed: Yes—You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time

As a Chief Academic Officer ES-1701-00, your typical work assignments may include the following:
Develops and executes program action plans consistent with BIE’s Strategic Plan, Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and other initiatives designed to provide maximum and optimal education services to Indian students.
Coordinates with other members of the Director’s leadership team to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the BIE’s academic program.
Manages, through Assistant Deputy Directors (ADDs), the CAO has full authority and accountability for the administration of three divisions, Tribally Controlled Schools, Bureau Operated Schools and Navajo Schools.
Ensures, through ADDs, the effective and efficient integration of a wide and geographically diverse range of academic programs.
Completes other special projects at the direction of the Director, BIE.

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards. For this position, they are listed below.


A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the positions
B. Combination of education and experience –courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above..

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed above. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy.

As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
Directing the work of an organizational unit;
Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

We recommend that your resume addressing the ECQs include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertake and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter “Refer to Resume” to explain your answers.
The narrative must not exceed 10 pages. NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.


ECQ 1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision)

ECQ 2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building)

ECQ 3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility)

ECQ 4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management)

ECQ 5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating)

To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management’s Guide to Executive Qualifications.(


Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)

The MTQs are designed to assess an applicants experience relevant to the position he or she is applying for.

Each of your MTQ narrative responses must: 1.) Must not exceed two pages per narrative statement; 2.) include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 3.) address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.
Ability to review, analyze, and evaluate K-12 academic programs across a large geographic area, and develop and implement recommendations, initiatives, new curricula, and programs to address areas in need of improvement with measurable successful outcomes.
Demonstrated ability to link contemporary educational philosophies and economic priorities in the development and management of an academic program that produced positive student outcomes as measured against outcomes in other quality U.S. school systems.
Demonstrated ability to plan and develop a strong leadership team that will lead the planning, development and implementation of a strategic plan for K-12 Academic Programs that reflects the needs of the students in Indian Country.

When addressing both the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ’s) it is required that you utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model:

Challenge-Context Action Result(s) (CCAR) Model. Challenge Context Action Result Model is as follows.

An ECQ or Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) statement should include more than one examples of relevant experience.

Challenge – Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context – Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action – Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

Result – Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. The accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

You will be evaluated on your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ’s) listed above and on your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) above as well. You are required to submit both your MTQ’s and ECQ’s to receive consideration for this position. Please see the required document section to understand the page limitation and to learn more about the formatting requirement.

Fundamental Competencies: Competencies are the personal and professional attributes that are critical to successful performance in the SES. The fundamental competencies are the attributes that serve as the foundation for each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. The fundamental competencies are cross-cutting, they should be addressed over the complete ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows master of these fundamental competencies overall.

EDUCATION: Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, credit hours, major, and grade-point average or class ranking, degree and date awarded. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the educational requirements have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

For further information on creditable education visit:

Additional information
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

The Bureau of Indian Education has determined that the duties of this position are suitable scheduled, situational and for emergency telework.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package at:, which includes:

1. Your resume (must be current/updated and include the following):
Work Experience:
Position title
Dates of employment (include month/year)
Hours worked per week
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Current supervisor’s name and telephone number
Duties (Please be specific and include any honors, awards, and special accomplishments)
References (include complete name and telephone number)
Must be 3 supervisory professional references
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)
Most recent SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action” Current career SES Members and former SES Members who have reinstatement eligibility to the career SES should submit an SF-50 showing career SES status; OPM-Certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates should submit a copy of their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.
College transcript(s): Copy of undergraduate education transcripts. Unofficial college transcripts are acceptable but official college transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
2. Other supporting documents:
Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (required for claiming Indian Preference). The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally-recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment) sign and dated:
Indian Children Protection Requirements:
Cover Letter, optional
NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, experience, and education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

DRIVING REQUIREMENT (Required only at time of appointment): Incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Education.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS (Required only at time of appointment): The candidate selected for this position must meet conflict of interest requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Standard Form 450, Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).

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