Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NM Merit-2019-0092
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Administrative Officer
Open Period:
07/02/2019 - 07/15/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0341 11
USD $62,236 - USD $80,912
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Taos, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
David Gomez
(505) 954-2085


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); and Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Taos, New Mexico. Information about Taos and the Taos area can be found at Taos, New Mexico

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

As needed.


Responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of clerical and administrative position to carry out the mission of the organization. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; makes assignments based on capability and expertise; evaluates the work performance of subordinates; develops performance standards; gives advise or instruction to subordinates on work and administrative matters; and identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development or training. Responsibility of this position is to provide authoritative advice on a wide range of administrative functions as these apply to the agency, either as a personal advisory service to the Field Manager Division Supervisors or by directing specialist, technicians and clerical support positions in delivery services to management and employees of the agency. Responsible for keeping the Field Office revenues and spending in balance through authoritative advice and supervision of the staff of the Administration/Business Office dedicated to budget and financial management on a day to day basis. As such, serves as the principle advisor and consultant on all aspects of budget and financial management.  Provides support, coordination and administration of human resources programs to managers, supervisors, support services staff, and employees throughtout the assigned office. Assures that Management receives sound advice and guidance on position management through collaboration with human resources, including provision of staffing, classification, and payroll and reorganization. Participates as a full member of the management team that reviews vacant position as the field offices and makes decision on filling them. Responsible for acquiring all goods and services the field office requires to accomplish its mission and programs. Is the point of contact for all acquisition actions issues by the field office, several of which are highly complicated and complex. Oversees the work of the employees in charge of property management and control systems of the agency.

Physical Demands: Most activity is office-oriented and generally sedentary with easy levels of walking, bending, stooping, climbing or sitting. Duties are often performed under rigid time constraints. Incumbent must exercise considerable patience and tact in providing guidance and assistance. Periods of intense concentration with frequent interruption are often required. Long periods of driving, riding in motor vehicles on highways and off-road are occasionally required.

Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Occasional trips to other office locations and training sites are required.

Qualifications and Evaluations

This position does not have a positive education requirement.  However, you may qualify for this position based on education.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:

    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 interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1. Knowledge of management practices, theories, techniques, and methods so as to analyze and resolve complex problems. Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision, including analysis of training needs, employee development, performance, rating, affirmative action, etc. in order to lead the Office in these areas and to carry out supervisory responsibilities.

    2. Knowledge of the Bureau’s planning and program system and operating budget processes to interpret Bureau and State Office directives ad to coordinate and consolidate district program budget to conduct analyses, monitor and recommend corrective action concerning the operating budget, within the office.

    3.  Knowledge of a variety of management, supervisory, and administrative theories, techniques, and practices in order to perform assignments of a professional nature and apply knowledge to a range of complex administrative management and supervisory problems. Incumbent must recognize when conventional concepts and methods will not solve problems, and devise or adapt approaches tailored to specific administrative needs.

    4. Knowledge of the general organization and responsibilities of the Federal Government, the federal budget process, and a detailed knowledge of Bureau administrative organization, delegations, responsibilities and management of various administrative systems such as human resources, finance, property, contracting, procurement, fleet management, information technology, and office services and records.

    5. Knowledge of the districts office organizational structure, authorities, responsibilities, work processes, and needs to conduct analyses, identify management problems, recommend solutions, and implement improvements.


    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as:  

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-09) of the position to be filled.  Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-­09 level performing work that involves skills in dealing with organization, methods, funds, supervision, property management, and other tools or resources of management such as management analysis, contract administration, budget and finance, procurement, and human resources management. OR - Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related OR - Combination of Education and Experience:  Total
    qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Other Information:

    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 the Selective Service System website.

    Supervisory Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP 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.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    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.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

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

    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 the HR Office at (505) 954-2085 or djgomez@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.

    Required Documents:

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).  You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).  If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

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

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

    Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures  to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service  under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). "Required documentation" includes first  and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each  appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

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

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees:  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).

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    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.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

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

    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.

    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.