Assistant Director for Policy

Attorney
5701 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
United States
EOIR-18-0029
About the Office: 

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our team of expert professionals in becoming a part of our challenging and rewarding Agency. The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three adjudicatory components: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the Immigration Courts where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of these Immigration Judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases.

Job Description: 

The Assistant Director for Policy, will establish and direct the activities of the Communications and Legislative Affairs Division, Planning Analysis and Statistics Division, Legal Education and Research Services Division, and the Immigration Law Division. The Assistant Director (AD) will provide executive leadership, direction, and operational support in accomplishing EOIR's strategic goals and mission. The AD serves as the primary policy advisor to the Director and Deputy Director of EOIR in the following areas; strategic planning and data analysis; the review and coordination of all regulations promulgated by EOIR and its components to facilitate EOIR's statutory and compliance requirements; directing EOIR communication efforts, including preparation for non-budgetary congressional hearings and/or meetings as well as internal communication efforts; directs the team responsible for and associated legal training programs and research efforts; and overall identification, development, drafting, and standardization of agency priorities and policies.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Directing the communication and formulation of agency priorities and policies as the Assistant Director for Policy.
  • Formulating strategic plans for the execution of integrated processes of communicating data, programs, and policies that effectively present statutory and regulatory goals.
  • Leading management in the evaluation of existing EOIR policies to determine currency and relevance to agency operational programs, assessing the necessary resources required and the proper approach for revision and implementation.
  • Anticipating and advising on policy implications and issues.
  • Formulating the direction and directs programs of the Communications and Legislative Affairs Division, the Policy Analysis and Statistics Division, the Legal Education and Research Services Division, and the Immigration Law Division.
  • Providing oversight and continuity in the development, standardization and archiving of agency priorities and policies and the development and deliverance of legal education and training efforts.
Qualifications: 

In order to qualify for the Assistant Director for Policy position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B. or a J.D. degree -AND- Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the date of your admission to the bar) Must submit proof of bar membership
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Experience: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have practiced as an attorney, post-bar admission, for a minimum of seven (7) years at the time the application is submitted with at least 1 year of experience at a level equivalent to the GS-15 in the Federal service.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1- LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2- LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.
Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4- BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management

ECQ 5- BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.
Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication.

Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements:
In addition to the ECQs above, qualified candidates must possess the following technical qualifications. Possession of these technical qualifications must be clearly documented in your application package and should be addressed separately.
1. Demonstrated expert knowledge of immigration law to ensure that study/compliance/policy matters are sufficiently probed; meet statutory and compliance requirements; comprise innovative: analysis; of critical, difficult, and unprecedented issues and matters, and provide authoritative answers; to questions related to immigration law practice, and procedure, regulations, and compliance.

2. Demonstrated ability- to determine needs and formulate plans, policies, and objectives to achieve organizational goals and successfully lead a wide range of divergent programs, including legal, policy, and advisory services, related to multiple aspects of immigration law, professional development and legal education; regulatory and policy affairs and media/community relations.

3.. Expert communication skills to establish continuing, productive working relationships to resolve differences in approaches to interpretation of policies and procedures with managers, officials and advocacy groups interested in or affected by programs of EOIR and to provide advice and guidance to the Director, EOIR.

Salary: 
$126,148 - $189,600
Travel: 
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Bar Membership
4. For those entering SES career service for the first time must submit mandatory statements to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
5. All applicants are required to submit the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) as well.
6. Current SES must submit SF-50 and/or SES certificate to show current or prior service.
7. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):

CTAP/ICTAP documents

  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form, which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
  • Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authority documentation. For further information.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc.

How to Apply:

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire, which can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10153602.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated March 13, 2018

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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