Department Of Homeland Security - Boston, MA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at .

Every day, our Supervisory Immigration Services Officers direct the adjudications and naturalization programs and related functions, independently manage all administrative immigration programs, activities and operations within a USCIS Field Office, and represent the Field Office in conferences and meetings concerning program functions.
This position of SUPERVISORY IMMIGRATION SERVICES OFFICER (DEPUTY DISTRICT DIRECTOR) starts at a salary of $124,336.00(GS-15 step 1), with promotion potential to $155,500.00 (GS-15 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Field Operations Directorate Office of Field Operations District 1, Boston, MA within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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USCIS will pay relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy. KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
You must pass a drug screening
Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
You must submit resume and supporting documentation
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service DUTIES:

As a Deputy District Director with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will:

Share responsibility with an SES District Director for planning, directing, managing, and coordinate the activities of the District to include processing and adjudicating applications and petitions for immigration and nationality benefits and privileges. To support these functions, you will be responsible for related functions to include fraud detection, records operations, community outreach, public information services, and operation of computer support systems and administrative support activities.

Be responsible for developing and implementing policy, procedures, guidelines, and standards for the effective and efficient operation of all District operations and functions. You must be cognizant of and sensitive to the national political, social, economic, and national security conditions that impact the petitioners and applicants of immigration benefits. You will provide guidance and recommendations to senior agency officials and subordinates on advanced adjudication techniques and resolve critical problems in a thoughtful, timely and cost effective manner.

Translate broad organizational goals into concrete objectives, plans, and priorities; maintain an awareness of external factors that affect the organization; formulate short- and long-term strategies consistent with organizational goals and internal/external factors. I

Inspire, motivate and challenge others to maximize their potential; foster an environment that encourages a high performing workforce; models a high standard of conduct for others.

Plan work to be completed by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and set target dates for work completion. Coordinate, direct, and oversee subordinates and exercise significant responsibility in advising management officials. Evaluate and develop performance standards and assess work performance of subordinate supervisors.

You qualify at the GS-15 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

Planning and directing major agency-level immigration projects (such as Adjudications, Inspections, Investigations, and the Border Patrol).

Managing major components of immigration operational programs and their support functions.

Serving as an expert or consultant to senior management officials on the resolution of extremely sensitive and complicated immigration issues to include all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law and Procedures.

Directing the development of nationwide policy and program initiatives.

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Monday, February 25, 2013).

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a twelve -month probationary period upon appointment to this position. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within one year of assignment to this position.

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

Planning and Evaluating
Organizational Awareness
Managing Human Resources
Decision Making
Technical Competence

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here . BENEFITS:

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.” OTHER INFORMATION:

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for TOP SECRET CLEARANCE as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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