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.
This position is located in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
As a Deputy General Counsel, duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Direct professional attorneys and technical staff within the Office of the General Counsel.
- Provide expert advice to executive leadership on complex legal matters for agency programmatic or operational decisions regarding immigration law, employment law, FOIA, and Privacy Act laws.
- Refine broad plans and programs in the development of legal methods and means of accomplishing desired results.
- Provide methods for uniform interpretation and application of legislation governing identical functions and missions.
- Formulate processes for the review of draft regulations, policy statements, speeches, briefings, issue papers, and provisions for the legal analysis and risk assessments to senior agency officials.
In order to qualify for the General Deputy Counsel, GS-15 position, you must meet ALL of the following minimum qualifications by the closing date of announcement:
A. Applicants must have a LL.B. or J.D. degree and 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).
B. Applicants must possess at least four (4) years post-J.D. legal experience.
Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx . If you are selected for this position, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.
You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. You may apply online or fax in your documents. Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status. To begin the online process, follow these steps:
1. Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and use the following Vacancy Identification Number: 1670042; fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed. NOTE: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:
- Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
- Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
- Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. You may obtain the form by using this URL link, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
- Fax the completed 1203-FX form, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. Your 1203-FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.